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2012 INDUCTEES
KEVIN SAMUEL
HIGH SCHOOL:   
Monroe Comprehensive High School -
Statistical Information
*Average 20 points - 7 rebounds - 6 assists - 4 steals
*Regional Player of the Year
*All State 1995-96
*Top 100 Players in nation 1996
*Kentucky Fried Chicken Classic
*All Tournament Team 3 years
*Played in North/South All Star Game 1995-96
*Played in Georgia/Tennessee All Star Game 1995-96
*Dave Krider All-American Camp top Five - 1995-95
*Golden Herald Award - Athletics
*Chuck Miller AU Star Camp -1995, '96
*All Star 1995', '96
*Sunshine Mazda All Sowega Team 1995/96
*Cel River Classic All Tournament Team
*1994-1995 - Slam Dunk Contest Winner for Tournament
*Tournament High Score Honors - Ocala
*Christmas Tournament - Ocala, Florida
*Region Player of the Year 1996
*Recruited by:    University of Georgia, Mercer University, Winthrop College,Tennessee Sate University, University of Tennessee, Middle
Tennessee Tech e~, University, Stetson University, Alabama State
University, University of Minnesota Kansas State University, Georgia State University
    Received correspondence from numerous other universities and colleges throughout the United States

COLLEGE:   
    Tennessee State University - 1996 - 2001 - Graduated 8/11/01
Statistical Information
*12.8 points - 5 rebounds - .4 blocks - 1.8 steals - 3.4 assists
*13th in the OVC in scoring - tenth in three -points percentage, ninth in steals, and eight in assists
*Freshman Player of The Year OVC '96
*Rookie of the Week
*Ohio Valley All-Newcomers Team 1996
*Freshman - Senior Letterman
*Player of the Week
*Team Captain
*Six Man Award
*Community Service Award
*All Tournament Team - Northern Iowa
*Pepsi-Oneida Bingo & Casino Classic All Tournament Team
*Illini Classic All Tournament Team
TOMMY SHARPE
    Tommy began his athletic career as a swimmer in the Albany Recreation Department's summer swimming program. He went on to swim year-round with the Albany Swimming Red Wave, the Albany-Americus Blue Tide and the Americus Blue Tide as well as the Westover High School Swim Team. He was a Four Year Letterman in swimming at Westover, qualifying for the State Meet all four years. He was a Georgia All-Star swimmer while a member of the Americus Blue Tide. He also played Dixie league baseball for a few years.
At Westover High School, Tommy was a four year letterman and four year starter on the Westover Varsity Football team - starting every game on the offensive line beginning in the 9th grade and playing both offense and defense the other years. He lettered on the Track team as well.
    He went on to Clemson University as an invited walk-on Deep Snapper, but won a spot on the Offensive Line as Center his red-shirt sophomore year. He became the starting Center by the middle of that season and remained the starting Center through his senior season. He was named "Offensive Player of the Game" in 2005 against Georgia Tech. He was also awarded the Offensive Hustle Award, the Iron-man Award, the most Improved Offensive Player Award, the Joe Francis Leadership Award, and was named Academic All ACC his senior year. At the 2004 Peach Bowl, he was honored as having one of the top ten grade point averages on the team and was named the junior with the highest GPA that same year.
    Following graduation from Clemson, Tommy remained there as a Real Estate Agent with Foothills ReMax and worked with a development company, HMS, in Clemson, South Carolina. He was active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club, Leadership Clemson and maintained ties with the University as well.
In the fall of 2007, Tommy returned to Albany to work with his family's business, U-Save-It Pharmacies. Tommy is married to the former Ariel Odom of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and also a graduate of Clemson University. They have two children, Bella age 2 1/2, and Thomas, a year old.
FRANK HEDRICK
    Frank Harrison Hedrick was born in North Carolina in 1914. As a youth, he became avid sportsman and was a starting guard for the Albany High School Indians Basketball team. Following his graduation, he attended Duke University but his collegiate career was cut short by the Great Depression. Returning to Albany, he played guard for several years with the Albany Blues which regularly competed against major universities and other semi pro-teams. However, golf was his true calling and he learned the game on the sand greens of the American Legion Club.
    Upon the outbreak of WWII, he entered flight school. He became a command pilot of a B-24 completing 37 combat missions to such dangerous places as Ploesti, Romania, in order to suppress Nazi oil supply. Upon his return, he continued to work on his golf game participating in the United States Amateur in 1949 (along with Arnold Palmer) and the British Amateur in 1957. Although during the years he won the club championships at Doublegate Country Club, Radium Springs Country Club as well as the Golf Championship for the City of Albany, his real interest was his service to the game itself. His continuing objective was promoting broad participation, junior golf and the continuing improvement of the game itself. Toward this end, he served many years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia State Golf Association including two years (1966-1967) as president. His ideas for promoting the participation of juniors and seniors were carried on by his successors and its is not disputed that the Georgia State Golf Association is the premier such association in the United States.
Throughout his career as a competitor and ultimately a fan of the game, he was never known to envy or wish ill of any opponent; to the contrary, his continuing interest was the love of the game.
VERNA BROWN
    I was heavily recruited for full 4-year basketball scholarships but decided to remain in my hometown and after graduating in 1975, I received a full 4-year athletic scholarship and joined the Albany State College Rammettes. As a Golden Rammette, I received the following honors:
-Albany State College Golden Rammettes - 1975 - 1979
* Played Center position
* Voted MVP 1976 and 1978
* Voted Best Defensive Player 1977
*Team Captain 1975 - 1979
*SIAC All-Star Team 1976 and 1977
    I graduated from Albany State in 1979 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with Emphasis in Accounting. After graduation I was drafted by the Washington Metros Professional Women's Basketball Team in Washington, DC in 1979 but decided not to take the offer and remained in Albany.
    I then worked as a Paraprofessional at Albany Jr. High School in 1980 with Mr. Jerry Clark as principal (former Westover High School football coach). While there, I was the Assistant Coach for the Albany Jr. High School girl's basketball team.
    During the summer of 1980, I was approached by a basketball agent that I met while training with the Washington Metros in DC who asked me if I would I like to play professional basketball in France. I took him up on the offer and Played Professional Basketball in Rouen, France from 1980 - 81. While in France, I received the following honors:
*Played Center position
*Only American on the team MVP Honors
*Taught basketball class to French team ages 9 - 10
*Team ranked 2 d in playoffs
    Suffered a knee injury while skiing in 1981. My knee injury ended my professional basketball career, and I returned to Albany and worked as a Physical Education Paraprofessional at Flintside Elementary School from 1981-82.
    I moved to Atlanta, GA in 1982 where I worked several jobs prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company where I have worked for the last 23 1/2 years. I played on various city league basketball teams in Atlanta from 1982 - 1988.

DALLIS SMITH
High School Accomplishments:
*3 year Letterman in both Basketball and Football at Westover Comprehensive High School, Albany, Georgia
*2 year Letterman in Track at Westover Comprehensive High School, Albany, Georgia
*Still holds the record for 'steals' in Boys' Basketball Single Game at Westover Comprehensive High School, Albany, Georgia
*Still holds the record for the most 'steals' in Boys' Basketball Career at Westover Comprehensive High School, Albany, Georgia
*1982-1983    All Region Football 2nd Team
*1982-1983    Westover High School Boys'
*Basketball Best Defensive Player
*1982-1983    Greater Albany Touchdown Club *Outstanding Defensive Player Regular
    Season - Westover versus Tift County
*1981-1982    Westover High School Track Team State appearance in Triple Jump and Long Jump
*1981-1982    Westover High School Boys' Basketball Best Defensive Player
*November 1981    Greater Albany Touchdown Club Outstanding Defensive Player Sub-Region Playoff - Westover versus Valdosta
*September 1981    Greater Albany Touchdown Club Outstanding Defensive Player Regular Season Game - Westover versus Valdosta
College Accomplishments:
*Still holds the Gulf South Conference Football record with 21 career interceptions
*Still holds the Valdosta State Single Season Football record with 9 interceptions in 1986
*Named Valdosta State's Best Defensive Back in football in 1986
*1986    Named to the Gulf South Conference Team of the Quarter Century inFootball
*1986     All Gulf South Conference Football 1st Team Selection
*1985    All Gulf South Conference Football 1st Team Selection
*1984    All Gulf South Conference Football 2nd Team Selection
*1983    All Gulf South Conference Football 2nd Team Selection
*1987-1988     NFL Defensive Back
Seattle Seahawks, Seattle, Washington - Was a free agent signee and played as a professional member of the National Football League (NFL)

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