Viera High set to induct third Hall of Fame class Jan. 10
Ryan Just won four Cape Coast Conference diving championships and went to the state finals all four years during his career at Viera High School.
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The Viera Hawks have had a number of quality athletes and coaches prosper in their athletic programs through the years.
And once again, they’re going to celebrate them.
The third annual Viera High Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 in the school’s auditorium.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the school. The cost is $20 for the entire event, which begins at 6 p.m. It includes dinner. It’s $10 for just the induction ceremony, which is set to start at 7.
Here is a look at this year’s inductees:
Kevin Mall — Football/Track and Field
A 2012 graduate, Mall became the first Viera football player to receive a Division I scholarship when he signed with Furman University. A standout tight end/defensive end/linebacker, he led the team in tackles and was the FACA Division 7A, District 11 Player of the Year despite sustaining a season-ending injury in the eighth game.
In track and field, Mall won a district, Cape Coast Conference and regional championship in the shot put. He was All-State as a junior and finished among the top 10 as a senior despite wearing a cast on his broken leg.
After playing tight end at Furman for four years, Mall earned a degree in accounting. He recently completed U.S. Air Force pilot training and is serving as a commissioned officer in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
Ryan Just — Diving
Easily one of the most decorated divers in Viera history, Just graduated from the school in 2018. He was a four-time Cape Coast Conference champion from 2014 to 2017 and was undefeated against conference divers in dual meets all four years.
Just also was a three-time district runner-up and won the district title during his senior season. He qualified for the state finals all four years and, after finishing eighth as a freshman, came in fourth as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Just also swam the 50 freestyle and was part of the school’s 800 (4x200) freestyle relay team that won the CCC and district titles in 2017.
Morgan Woodard and Debbie Tweedie — Swimming
The mother-daughter team started the Viera swimming program and coached the Hawks for 13 seasons before stepping down after the 2018 season.
Tweedie was the program’s first head coach with Woodard serving as her assistant. The two switched roles in 2007. During their 13 seasons working together, the duo led the boys and girls teams to a combined 10 district championships. The girls team won the 2015 regional title and finished runner-up the next two seasons. The girls also won the 2018 CCC title for the first time in program history.
Woodard was named the CCC Boys Swim Coach of the Year in 2009-10 and the CCC Girls Swim Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons. She also was selected as the Viera High School Coach of the Year for 2017-18 and awarded the school’s Sportsmanship Award in 2018-19.