On Saturday the Lauderdale County Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual dinner and induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Florence Conference Center. Tickets are available at all Lauderdale County high schools or by contacting Steve Harrison at 256-810-3460 or Dennis Hargett at 256-762-9056.
Here is a look at this year's 10 inductees:
Bevis was a three-sport standout at Wilson, earning all-area honors in football as a wide receiver and all-county honors in basketball. He was all-county and all-area in baseball as a pitcher and first baseman, throwing two no-hitters and striking out 15 in beating Bradshaw to win the Lauderdale County championship. Bevis batted .461 with 8 home runs, 45 RBIs and had an ERA of 2.95. After earning MVP honors at the East-West all-star game, Bevis went on to play at Calhoun, leading the team in hitting in each of his two seasons and earning Junior College All-America honors. Bevis signed with Alabama and batted .304 as a senior in helping the Tide earn an NCAA Regional berth.
The daughter of former UNA basketball star Otis Boddie, Whitney followed in her father’s footsteps at Bradshaw and later at Florence High School. She earned all-state honors in 2003 and 2004. In 2005 she averaged 21 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists per game and was named TimesDaily Player of the Year and Alabama Miss Basketball. Boddie signed with Auburn and made second-team All-SEC in 2008. In 2009 she led the nation with 7.9 assists per game and was named first-team All-SEC and All-American after leading Auburn to the SEC title. She was drafted by the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs in 2009 and averaged 16 points and 7 assists per game as a pro.
A 1975 Bradshaw graduate, Brewer became associated with the AHSAA in 1976, serving as an official in football, basketball and baseball through 1992. Brewer joined the AHSAA in 1985 as assistant director, serving until his retirement in 2017. He served as the AHSAA’s Director of Officials and established statewide training camps for officials in all sports, set up the current District Director program that is used to rate and further train contest officials; developed and helped implement the AHSAA pitch count rule for baseball, and created a sports officiating class for high school students. He was a 2018 inductee into the AHSAA Hall of Fame.
Played football and baseball at Central from 1963-1967. He averaged 103 yards rushing per game, with a career total of 4,014 yards, while also punting for a 41.2-yard average. Davis scored 57 touchdowns and kicked 86 extra points. He was selected to All-County team from 1964-1966 and was named All-State in 1965-1966. His single game highlights include a 47-yard field goal against Colbert County. Davis was also a baseball standout, startingat first base for four years for the Wildcats. He led the team in home runs and RBIs for three seasons and had a batting average over .400.
LAURIE BURNS FRANKS
She was the leader of the Coffee High School golf team for four years, leading the Jackets to their only state golf championship in 1986. In 1988, she won the Alabama Women’s State Amateur Championship, becoming the only north Alabama winner since 1951. She also was the Florence Golf and Country Club’s Junior and Ladies champion. Burns was a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association for 14 years and served as the assistant golf professional at Florence Country Club. She also conducted many golf clinics in north Alabama and southern Tennessee. She passed away in 2005 of pulmonary thrombosis at age 37.
Fulmer was a 6’ 6” forward/center who played at Alabama from 1956-58. He led Alabama in scoring in 1957 when he averaged 21.4 points per game. He led the team in rebounding two years. Fulmer ranks third all-time in single season rebounds at Alabama with 383 and is sixth in career rebounding average at 9.4 per game. A Coffee graduate, Fulmer was part of the Tide’s Rocket 8 team that won the SEC championship in 1956, going 14-0 in SEC play. Fulmer was the second pick in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Royals in the 1958 NBA draft. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
DANA LONG TERRY
Long lettered in volleyball, basketball, tennis track and softball at Lexington and was named Lauderdale Female Athlete of the Year in 1989. In basketball she averaged 28 points and 15.5 rebound per game as a senior, earning all-area, all-region and all-state honors. She scored more than 2,100 points in her career. Long led Lexington to five consecutive Class 3A state runner-up finishes and was an all-area, all-county and all-state selection. She played in the Junior Olympics and was named team MVP. She played volleyball at UNA for two years and recorded more than 400 kills. Long also competed in the state track championship and one tennis state championship.
A standout in three sports at Brooks, Morrison won numerous individual state championships in track with the Lions before graduating in 1981. He was also on the state champion 4x100 and mile relay teams. Morrison started playing varsity basketball in the 7th grade and was an all-county, all-area and all-state football player He was named the TimesDaily Outstanding High School Athlete award for 1980-81. Morrison received a football scholarship to UNA before transferred to Auburn for track. He competed in long jump, triple jump and 100, 200, and 400 meter runs. He had 4th place finishes in SEC meet in long and triple jumps and 5th place in 400 meter run.
Talley began his 36-year coaching career at Lauderdale County High School in 1973. He served as junior high and assistant varsity football coach for 26 years and was a part of the 1974 Class 2A state championship team. His junior high teams had a record of 56-15 in nine seasons. Talley was later the girls track coach and led his team to a state title in 1978 and runner-up finishes in 1977 and 1979. He was head baseball coach for five years. Talley was head B-team boys’ basketball coach for 14 years and varsity head coach for 15 years. As a head coach he won six county championships, five area titles and his 2007 team finished as the state-runner-up.
An all-sport standout at Rogers, Thigpen placed third in the state high jump. In football he was an all-area wide receiver and defensive back. As a baseball player, Thigpen compiled a career batting average of .480 with 32 home runs and 131 RBIs. As a pitcher he had an ERA of 1.12 and 115 strikeouts with one no-hitter during his senior season. Thigpen set 13 school records and was named Lauderdale County Male Athlete of the Year in 2000. He signed a baseball scholarship with Alabama, but instead signed with the Boston Red Sox after being drafted in the 16th round. He pitched three seasons in the Red Sox organization and three more in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization.