Pelion High School has selected 3 outstanding alumni and contributors to Pelion High School to be inducted into the 2019 class. The 2019 ceremony took place in February due to limited time during football season.
Here are the 3 inductees.
Dan Cannon has always been active member of the Pelion community. He coached baseball, football and girls’ basketball in Pelion through the years. He served on the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission for 20 years
At Pelion High School, Mr. Cannon worked with Junior Achievement program and Coach Mark Bedenbaugh for 30 years. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through hands-on programs. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. With Mr. Cannon’s help, Coach B.’s economic classes created their own company, sold stocks, and ran a business. Their #1 selling product over the years was the world famous Pelion peanuts!
Mr. Cannon believes it is important that young people understand how the economy works and their place in it. Through Junior Achievement, he and Coach B. worked to teach students the reality of having a job and supporting themselves. Over the 30 years that he worked with PHS, over 500 students participated in the Junior Achievement program.
Coach B said that Dan and his help with the Junior Achievement Class was invaluable. Dan brought his business skill and acumen to the classroom and helped bring the concepts in the text to real life. His assistance with this class was also appreciated for that fact that he did it for 30 years. The year-ending “morale booster” business party was always one for the books!
Thank you Dan Cannon for 30 years of service to Pelion High School.
From the first day of Cross Country Practice when he refused to run with the JV runners and insisted on running with the Varsity until his very last race wearing the Maroon and Gold of the Panthers when we won the State Championship in the one mile run; Shane Kyzer was the epitome of toughness and the Stotan spirit. His honors included:
Two Time Conference Champion (2006 and 2007)
Named to the All-State Team 3 times (2005, 2006, 2007)
Individual State Runner-up for 2-AA in 2006 and 2007
4th on the All-Time individual wins list
Still has the fastest time run by a Pelion athlete at the State Meet
Named to the prestigious Shrine Bowl Relay team after his Senior Year.
Member of 4 Region Champion Track Teams during his career.
5 Time individual Champion (2 times in 800 meters, 2 times in 1 mile, one time in 2 mile)
Names to All State team after his Senior season
Two time Individual State Champion
School Record to this date in the 1 mile and 2 mile runs
Finished his career with 407 points scored.
Shane’s career as a standout Track and Cross Country Athlete is one that is still used as the measuring stick for athletes today when they put on the Maroon and Gold of Pelion High School.
Erik started his football career when he was in the seventh grade as a fullback. He played that position until the end of his freshman year in high school. That spring going into Erik’s sophomore year, Coach Freeman made him move to the offensive line where he played left tackle for the remainder of his High School career, although he would also play defensive end and while playing both sides of the ball.
Erik was a three-sport athlete during High School also playing basketball and throwing shot put for the track team. He won state in Shot-Put his senior year of high school and at one time held the record for shot-put for the school.
The Pelion, S.C., native continued his football playing career after high school at UPIKE as a standout on the offensive line from 2009 to 2012. While becoming a three-time All Mid-South Conference performer, Mobley finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology and recently completed a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from UPIKE
Robert Erik Mobley is in his seventh season as an assistant coach with the UPIKE football team, serving as a graduate assistant in 2013 and 2014, followed by two seasons as a volunteer coach while working as an freshman academic advisor in the student success office at the college, before moving into a full-time spot with the offensive line and strength & conditioning in 2017.
Erik is the son of Walter and Kathy Mobley and brother to Zack Mobley and Kayla Mclendon-Mobley. Erik contributes a lot of his success to his parents. He states that “They were great role models in my life that always pushed me to do amazing things that no one else thought I could do.”
Erik and his wife Michelle have been happily married for 2 years this May and they also just had their first baby, Nora Catharine in November.
Erik would like to thank his parents who sacrificed so much to make sure he, his brother, sister always had the best they could provide. He wouldn’t be standing here today without them.