Hutchens, Arnold Picked For Hall Of Fame
Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 5, 2014
The Davie High Athletic Hall of Fame will have two new members this fall. They will be Kathy Hutchens of Charlotte and James “Cooter” Arnold of Wake Forest.
Hutchens, 55, graduated from Davie in 1977. Arnold, 27, is a 2005 graduate. They will be the 14th class of the hall of fame, bringing the total membership to 41.
Hutchens played softball, basketball and track at Davie, and she was a major star in two of them.
In softball, she was all-conference four times. During her senior year, Davie went 17-3 overall and 12-0 in the North Piedmont 3-A Conference as it destroyed opponents 141-29. Davie captured the bi-conference championship before claiming the WNCHSAA title.
Hutchens was a four-time all-conference performer in basketball. As a senior, she earned NPC Player of the Year while averaging 15.9 points and leading Davie to 22-5 overall and 17-3 in the NPC. She finished her career with 1,042 points. She is among 10 Davie females to reach 1,000.
Hutchens played basketball and volleyball at Catawba College. She was the basketball team MVP one year.
Arnold played on the winningest Davie football team ever, and he is arguably the greatest player in Davie history.
When Arnold was a senior in 2004, Davie went 14-1 and reached the 4A semifinals, an unprecedented march at that time. Playing quarterback, tailback, cornerback and punter, he rushed for 2,344 yards (a record), averaged 8.9 yards per carry (a record), scored 30 touchdowns (a record), threw nine TD passes and made eight interceptions.
He was named all-state on both sides of the ball.
There’s more: He rushed for 322 yards (a record) in a 43-17 win over South Rowan, and he ran for 273 (the second-highest mark) in a 28-7 win over West Rowan.
Arnold holds career records in TDs (67), rushing yards (5,236), 100-yard rushing games (29), 200-yard rushing games (five) and rushing attempts (786).
He played in the Shrine Bowl before playing at North Carolina from 2005-08.