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2008 INDUCTEES

Teresa Brown
Teresa Brown began her athletic career at Deerfield Windsor High School, participating in basketball, softball, tennis, and track and field. In 1987 and 1988, Brown made All-State and All-Region teams for both basketball and softball, and ¬ preceded that with All-Region in basketball in 1986 and in softball in 1986 and 1985. She also won Athlete of the Year at Deerfield Windsor during the1986-97 school year, as well as GISA Player of the Year for the Atlanta Tip-Off Club in 1987-88. The Atlanta Tip-Off Club also awarded Brown the Naismith Trophy in 1988. That same Year, she made the GISA South All-Star team. From 1986 to 1988, Brown won the Most Valuable Player for basketball, and again from1985 to 1987 for softball. Brown racked up 1,663 career points during her time playing for the Knights and earned her highest batting average in 1987. She was also Dougherty County All-Sports runner up for the 1987-88 school year, combining that with her contributions to the State Championship in basketball for a 25-0 record. After her time at Deerfield Windsor, Brown attended the University of Florida where she earned a spot on the women's basketball from 1989 to 1992. making the Academic All-SEC and winning the Unsung Gator Award in l991 and 1992. Brown was a four year varsity letterman for the Florida Gators women's basketball team. Following college, Brown began a coaching career at Athens Academy, coaching the girls' teams from 1994-1995 at Georgia State University, she was the assistant coach from 1993 to 1995 and again in 2004-2007. In 1996, Brown accepted a position at her high school alma mater and coached ladies basketball from 1996 to 1998, earning GISA Coach of the Year in 1997 and winning the Regional championship that same year. Brown then moved on to Western Carolina University where she served as the assistant girls coach from 2000 to 2002.


Gordon Dixon
Gordon Dixon, now 72 yeas old, had a high school career with then Camilla Consolidated, playing football from 1949 to 1953. He made the All-Region End in football during his last year, as well as All-State. That same year he participated in All Regions playing basketball, and in the 100 yard and 220-yard dashes, Gordon won the Regional track meet. His participation in football, basketball, and track and field earned him status as a letterman. From 1953 to 1954, Gordon attended Georgia Southwestern University playing basketball, then moved on to Florida State University (FSU) basketball for 1954-1957. Gordon graduated from FSU with a Bachelor's Of Science in 1957. That same year  Gordon begin his teaching and coaching career at Monticello High School. From there, he spent three years at Albany Junior High and an additional 34 years at Albany High School. During his first year at Albany High, The Albany Herald picked his team to finish last in Region 1-AAA but surprised everyone with a tournament win. Gordon's tenure at Albany High included 15, 20-win seasons and one 30-win season, making it all the way to the state playoffs "approximately 80 percent of the time," Gordon said in a statement to The Albany Sports Hall of Fame. Besides coaching the football team, Gordon spent several years with the basketball and tennis teams. He also coached the South All Star team in 1971. Gordon is proud to have been a motivating influence in the lives of his student athletes, who have included Georgia Small, Bobby Stanford, Don Knight, Al Smith, Mike Lundy and Shaun Holland, just to name a few, For 50 years, Gordon also worked as a general insurance agent and is married to Barbara Dupree.


David McIntyre
David Mcintyre began his athletic career in 1948 on the junior varsity basketball team, earning a position as the high scorer. He also participated as a pole vaulter on the varsity track team, and played in AAU baseball. The following school year, Mcintyre continued his high scoring performance in basketball and to his track repertoire, he added the high jump. This same year he earned a position as left half back for the junior varsity football team, following it up with positions as punter and quarterback. In basketball, Mcintyre played as forward in 1950. He then went on the win the Regional Pole Vault Championship. Continuing his trend of athletic jack-of-all trades, Mcintyre added to his abilities yet again as an extra point kicker, this time on the varsity football team. And with every game they started, his team won, with Mcintyre kicking an additional 32 points per game. The varsity basketball team saw Mcintyre as captain also in the 1951-1952 school year. And as the track captain, Mcintyre won first place in pole vaulting in every competition, scoring the most points for a squad∑for that
year in five separate events. Additionally, he won first place in Regional competition in pole vaulting then went on to the State AAU pole vault competition to earn a record jump of 11 feet, 11 inches. In 1952, Mcintyre began attending
Georgia Military College (GMC) where he played varsity football as defensive
half back and the back-up quarterback. He also helped to organize, coach and
worked with the team as a player on GMC's first basketball team that competed in the Men's City League. He continued displaying his leadership quality in GMC's First Battalion Track and Field Day Competition with his organizational skills and participation. Mcintyre began attending the United State Naval Academy in 1953, where he became captain of the 1957 Varsity Track Team. He became a member of the Naval Academy Sports Hall of Fame for having pole vaulted a record breaking 13 feet. He also won first place in most competitions as well as the Indoor Heptagonal Track Meet, with was the largest collegiate indoor meet in
the country at that time. He was voted runner-up Most Outstanding Athlete. From 1957 to 1977, Mcintyre served in the United States Marine Corps, coaching and competing in numerous team sports on-base. During that time, he helped his team win titles in volley ball, softball, racquetball, tennis and golf. His volley ball team also placed second in the All-East Coast Marine Volleyball Championship, at which event Mcintyre was voted Most Valuable Player.


Lester Sherman
In the 1960s, Lester Sherman made a place for himself at Monroe High School as one of the football team's running backs. "The level of competition was exceptionally strong in our Region 1-AAA. The Tornadoes with Lester Sherman were always serious contenders and demanded respect of the opponent," Winfred Benson, Sherman's high school coach, said in a nomination letter to The Albany Sports Hall of Fame. "His performances were virtually unmatched, outscoring most of the serious contenders." Sherman's high school career consisted of high scoring ratios, including 40 points against Lowndes County and 50 points against Worth County - 90 points in two games during the same season. In that same season, Sherman rushed for more than 1,000 yard and was selected to the All-South team. Sherman was considered fast and agile, two qualities as a player that aided his "aggressiveness on the field." Not only did Sherman entertain the fans who flocked to watch him play the games, he was admired by his peers. "He worked very hard," Benson said, "was a leader, had a very positive attitude and outstanding character." Sherman was offered a number of scholarships to institutions such as the University of Iowa. Albany State University and others. He chose to remain in southwest Georgia to attend and play for ASU. "He was one of the greatest athletes who had played the game of football in Albany, Ga., and the southwest region," said Benson. Sherman died August 1, 2007, at the age of 55 and in an obituary tribute, Albany Herald sports writer Scott Chancey writes of the local legend, "When a football was in his hands ... he came to life - running, twisting, turning, anything to get that extra yard ." Chancey then quotes ASU coach Hamp Smith, who worked with the student player Sherman: "One man could not tackle Lester. ... He would just not let them. He had moves that were just unpredictable, and on top of that, he could block and catch."


Paul Stevens
Beginning in 1982 in junior level tennis, Paul Stevens was one of seven players selected to represent the state of Georgia on the Junior Davis Cup Team for 1985, 1987 and 1990. Stevens went on to represent the South as one of six players to play on the Southern Tennis Association Intersection Team in 1990. In that same year, he was selected to play at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Minneapolis-St. Paul where he earned a third place bronze medal, as well as the Sportsmanship Award. Among numerable accomplishments as a junior tennis player, Stevens also placed at several qualifying championships and invitationals across the country. Internationally, he placed in the Top 16 in the Grass Court Championships m 1989. Stevens was one of 16 players in nine states selected.. to attend this competition. And out of 493 total junior tournaments, Steven won 376. Deerfield-Windsor High School saw Stevens letter for five years from 1986 to 1990 without losing a match in regular season team matches in those five years, Stevens said in a statement to The Albany Sports Hall of Fame. Also in 1990, he earned the GISA Coaches Association Athletic Academic Achievement Award, making him the first Deerfield Windsor student to accept the honor. While attending Georgia Tech University, Stevens served as team captain 1994-1995, earned Region II Rookie of the Year in 1991, and the Bud Parker Most Valuable Player award in 1991 and 1995. Stevens ended his college tennis career at No.4 on the all-time singles wins list with 81 wins and No 9 on the all-time doubles list with 60 career wins. While attending college, Stevens volunteered for Hands On Atlanta and with tennis clinics for under privileged and physically handicapped children. Paul continued playing tennis throughout his graduate and postgraduate studies until graduating with a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering with a 4.0 average. A knee injury ended his ideas of a pro career in tennis. Stevens currently lives and bikes in Utah while pursuing a career as an integration manager for Brooks Automation.


Nominating and Selection Committees

From left, Paul Eames, Maxine Strickland, Jerry Clark,  Margaret Jo Hogg and Shirley Brown.  (seated), Frank Orgel

From left, Johnny Seabrooks, Jerry Brimberry, Joe James and Bobby Stanford. Not pictured are Aileen Conner and Robert Hydrick

Board of Directors
 
Diane Benford, Barbara Coleman, Chris Norman, Chris Cannon, Bob Fowler, Eddie Mecks, Suzanne Davis,
 Fred Sharpe, Alan Dismuke, Debbie Gates Devane, Walter Strickland, Jerry Brimberry, Margaret Jo Hogg, Robert Margeson III, Wilfred Benson, Dennis Hester,  Bobby Stanford, Aileen Conner,  Frank Orgel, John Davis, Joe James, Cleve Wester, Pete Cox, Wilber Wright, Johnny Seabrooks.
 
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