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2015 INDUCTEES

Richie Howard
High School: Albany High School (1969 - 1972).
College Attended: Auburn University (1975 - 1977).
Signed Football and Baseball Scholarship in 1972 while at Albany High School.
Drafted by New York Mets in 1974.
Signed Full Baseball Scholarship with Auburn Univeristy in 1974.
Won the Triple Crown his Senior Year in 1976 at Auburn University.
Set RBI record in 1976 at Auburn University while batting .383 with 10 home runs.
Led Auburn to the 1976 SEC Championship (Batting 7 for 8 in a final double header).
Led Auburn to the 1976 Southern Regional win over Florida State.
Led Auburn to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Hit 2 home runs in the College World Series.
Selected as First Team ALL SEC THIRD BASEMAN.
Selected as Second Team ALL SOUTH AMERICAN.
Drafted and signed with Pittsburg Pirates in 1976.
Selected to New York Penn ALL STAR TEAM (1st Team).
Signed with Atlanta in 1977.


Ben Lockett Jr.
College Attended: University of Texas and graduated from Southwest Texas State College in 1969.
Served in the U.S. Navy.
Served in the U.S. Secret Service for 27 years (retired in 1996).
Served as Assistant Director of Security at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and Athens, Georgia.
Power Lifting from the age of 18 to 64.
Set Louisiana High School Olympic Lifting record at the age of 19 in the 181lbs class in overhead press (220 lbs), snatch (210 lbs) and clean & jerk (280 lbs) and total 710 lb.
Won Louisiana High School State Championship two consecutive years (1960 & 1961).
Voted Outstanding High School Lifter in Louisana in the 181 lbs. class.
Competed in 55 Olympic competitions.
Set High School and teenage records in the press, snatch, clean & jerk.
Set a Junior Olympic Press record at University of Texas of 250 lbs in 181 lbs. weight class.
Won the National Collegiate 181lbs Championship in 1961.
Won the Southeastern U.S., Southwestern U.S., and Gulf Coast Championships in 198 lbs. class in 1962 and 1963.
Won the West Coast Championship in 1962.
Won the East & West Open Olympic Lifting Championship and the Armed Forces Championship in 1963 and in 1965.
Won State Championship in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia in 1963, 1964 and 1965.
Won 81 meets including 2 national titles.
Set 37 state records, 27 regional records, 14 national records and one world record.
Set 4 National Records in Jacksonville, FLorida at the National Police Olympics in 1979.
Won Georgia State Powerlifting Championship in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982.
Won Georgia Ironman Championship in Albany, Georgia in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1982.
Won Albany State Championship in 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980.
Won Turner Gym Championship in Albany, Georgia in 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.
Won YMCA Championship in Albany, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Shreveport, Louisiana; Monroe, Louisiana in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982.
Georgia Ironman Powerlifting Championship in Albany, Georgia in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988 and 1989.


Edwin Willis Sr.
School Attended: Monroe High School (1969 - 1970); Albany High School (1971). College Attended: Albany State University (1972- 1973).
Won 1-AAA Sub-Region High Jump at Monroe High School 1969 & 1970.
Won secon 1-AAA Sub-Region in Long Jump in 1970.
Won Sub-Region in High Jump at Albany High School in 1971.
Won Sub-Regional in 2nd Long Jump at Albany High School in 1971.
Placed 2nd in the mile run.
Attended Albany State University on a Track & Field and Football Scholarship.
Won over 120 karate awards.
Won over 100 running awards (5k, 10k, 12.5k and 26.2 ml) Established Community Police Office at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hopsital.
Played two years of semi-professional football for the Albany Vikings.
Carried Olympic Torch in 1996 on run through Dougherty County.
5th Degree Black Belt in Karate.
Rated 14th in the World in 1984 by the World Karate Association.
Kickboxing Record was 13-1-0.
Retired as State of Georgia Champion in "Super-Middleweight" and Light Heavyweight" class in kickboxing.

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