Green Wave News · Easley to add 6 new members to athletic hall of fame


Easley High School will induct six new members to its athletic hall of fame Friday during halftime of the Green Wave’s game against Greenwood.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2018 is comprised of Sammy Galloway, Sam Houston, Gary King, Troy McGowens, Zach Reeves and Colt Shope.

Sammy Galloway

A 1969 graduate of Easley High School, Sammy lettered in Football, Baseball, and Track. A member of the 1967 AA State Champion Football Team, he was named Most Valuable, Best Back, along with being named a prep player of the week by the Greenville News and All State by the The State Newspaper during his football career. He also served as Co-Captain his senior year and was named one of the top 100 players in the country. Following his senior year, he was selected to play in the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association North-South All Star Game. In all Sammy earned 3 letters in football, 2 in baseball and 1 in Track. He signed a grant-in-aid with South Carolina to play football and was a starting Defensive Back on the Freshman Team.

Presently, Sammy resides in Easley and is a Plant Engineer with the School District of Pickens County. He has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Sam Houston

A 2013 graduate of Easley High School, Sam was a 3 year starter at Middle Linebacker for the Green Wave Football Team. Being named All Region his senior year, he also was the recipient of the Brooks-Carr Award, The Tom Oxendine Award and the Eddie Barbary Scholarship. During his senior year he was voted a Team Captain along with being named the Most Valuable Player. He also played baseball in high school and received a Football Scholarship to North Greenville University. At North Greenville, Sam was a 4 year starter at Middle Linebacker and holds several records for tackles during his career. In 2015 he was a NCCAA All American Selection along with being named North Greenville’s Most Valuable Defensive Player. In 2016, Sam was voted a Team Captain and the Team’s Most Valuable Player along with being nominated for the South Carolina Hall of Fame Player of the Year.

Presently, Sam lives in Easley and serves as a Graduate Assistant for the football team at North Greenville University.

Gary King

A 1958 Graduate of Easley High School, Gary lettered 4 years in football, basketball, and baseball. He played quarterback and tackle on the football team, forward on the basketball team and in the infield on the baseball team. At the time, he held the record for the most points scored in a basketball game with 38 versus Daniel in 1957. Gary played basketball at North Greenville Junior College being a part of the team that traveled to Kansas for the Regional Basketball Tournament. Gary also coached basketball and baseball teams at North Greenville along with serving as Dean of Men.

Troy McGowens II

A 2013 Graduate of Easley High School, Troy played football and basketball for the Green Wave. Troy was recognized All Region and All State in football. In basketball, he scored over 1000 points along with having over 500 assists. He was also named All Region and All State in basketball and in 2013 was the basketball team’s Most Valuable Player. Troy was also a participant in the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association North-South All Star Game in 2013. Troy received a football scholarship to Charleston Southern University where he led the Big South Conference in kick returns in 2013. In 2014 he was selected Big South Conference 2nd Team on Defense. In 2015 he was named Big South Conference 1st Team on Defense. In 2016, Troy was named Hero Sports 2nd Team All American and FCS 3rd Team All American.

Presently, Troy lives in Charleston and is the Sales Manager with AVS.

Zach Reeves

A 2002 Graduate of Easley High School, Zach played baseball for the Green Wave. During his high school days, Zack was named All Region along with All State. He was named the team’s Pitcher of the Year in 2001 and 2002 along with being the Most Valuable Player in 2002. He was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Big League World Series Team and was named Most Valuable Player, Best Pitcher and was the Runner Up for the Most Valuable Player in the American Legion State Championship. Following his senior year in 2002, Zach was named to the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association North-South All Star Game, the AAAA State Player of the Year, a Mr. Baseball Finalist for the state of South Carolina along with being named a Louisville Slugger All American. Zach received a scholarship to South Carolina where he was a member of two NCAA College World Series Teams along with playing in the Cape Cod Summer League.

Zach resides in Easley with his wife, the former Ashley Cooper of Greer and they have 2 children. Zach is a Supervisor with F & R Asphalt.

Colt Shope

A 2006 Graduate of Easley High School, Colt played Varsity Football and Track along with JV Basketball and Baseball. Colt started 33 straight games at quarterback for the football team. Colt was named Best Offensive Player in 2004 and Team Most Valuable Player in 2005 along with being a Team Captain in 2005. He was named a WYFF4 High School Hero during the 2005 season. Colt was named All County Quarterback for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 seasons. He was selected “Most Athletic” for the Class of 2006. Colt received a scholarship to LaGrange College and was a member of the 1st Football Team at LaGrange where he played Wide Receiver and Running Back. Colt is the record book for LaGrange where he recorded the 1st “First Down,” the 1st Blocked Punt and the 1st Touchdown in LaGrange College Football History. He was named SLIAC All Conference as a Wide Receiver and Running Back in 2008 and was a part of the SLIAC Conference Championship Team of 2008. He also became the 1st LaGrange College Football Player to enter and complete the nursing program.

Presently, Colt lives in Easley and is a Nurse Manager with the Greenville Hospital System. He is married to the former Abigail Adams of Easley and they have one son.