Hall of Fame set to welcome 27th, 28th class inductees during Aug. 7 ceremony

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a two-part series listing the honors and achievements of the members of the 2020 and 2021 Marion County Sports Hall of Fame classes. New inductees have been listed three schools at a time, alphabetically by last name.
The 2020 class was delayed until this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s listing includes inductees from Hackleburg, Hamilton and Marion County High School (Guin).
Inductees from Brilliant, Phillips (Bear Creek) and Winfield were listed in the Wednesday, July 28, edition. Each list of awards and achievements is compiled from information submitted by the inductees. If a photo is not shown, one was not provided.)

HAMILTON - The Marion County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 27th and 28th classes during a ceremony at the Bevill Center in Hamilton on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. The 2020 and 2021 classes will be made up of 53 members.
Tickets for the event are $10 each and can be purchased at the door. A ticket will be required for admission. There will not be a meal. Face masks are being encouraged for guests but they are not required.
Board members for each school are Jack Hayes (Brilliant), Ronnie Anglin (Hackleburg), Mark Dearen (Hamilton), Larry Akers (Marion County), Scott Veal (Phillips), Kim Hubbert Lee (Winfield) and Susan Seals (secretary).

Hackleburg Class of 2020
• Buddy Baker is a 1982 graduate of Hackleburg High School. He played football, basketball and baseball for coaches Larry Vickery, Ronnie Anglin and Bill Smith.
His freshman year, he was named MVP for junior varsity football and basketball. His sophomore year, he was selected as an all-county linebacker. His senior year, he was selected as an all-county tight end, all-area defensive end and all-state tight end. He was also a co-captain of the football team.
After high school, he served for four years in the U.S. Navy. He is currently an assistant plant manager at Bigbee Steel Buildings, Inc. in Muscle Shoals.
His wife of 32 years passed away of cancer in 2019. Baker has two daughters and eight grandchildren with number nine on the way.
His hobbies include hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Baker said his goal “is to be the best father, grandfather and Christian that I can be.”

• Gary Palmer (special category): Palmer, who grew up in Hackleburg, now lives in Hoover and represents Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.  Palmer attended the University of Alabama and was the first person on either side of his family to attend college. In addition, he was a walk-on member of the football team under legendary football coach Bear Bryant.  After earning a B.S. in Operations Management, he worked in the private sector for 12 years; including nine with two major engineering construction companies, before involvement with Focus on the Family led him to start the Alabama Family Alliance which later became the Alabama Policy Institute.
Palmer served as President of the Alabama Policy Institute for 24 years. During his tenure, the Alabama Policy Institute became a full-spectrum public policy organization that engaged in virtually all policy issues that affected Alabamians.  It is considered the premier conservative think-tank in Alabama.
In 2014, he was elected to the 114th Congress, having never served in office before. In Congress, Palmer is focused on paying down the national debt by cutting spending; regulatory reform by reducing the number and expense of federal regulations; lowering energy costs and spurring economic growth and job creation by accessing America’s vast energy resources; and replacing Obamacare with a health care plan that puts people back in charge of their health care decisions and that will truly make health care affordable and available; and protecting life in all its forms.  Palmer serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Republican Study Committee and its Steering Committee.
Palmer said that he played baseball and basketball at Hackleburg, but never achieved any honors or accomplished anything major until he walked on at Alabama.
Palmer said in his free time, he enjoys hunting and fishing. He and his wife of 37 years, Ann, have three children, Claire, Kathleen and Rob.

• Rocky Ridings is a 1972 graduate of Hackleburg High School. He played four years of football for coach Max Ray, four years of basketball for coach Gary Smith and two years basketball for coach Gene Dickinson.
In 1970, Ridings was recognized as the most improved player. In 1971, he won the most valuable lineman award. In 2015, he received the alumnus of the year award.
After graduation, Ridings went on to work for Federal Mogul Corporation for 20 years, Waverlee Homes for 19 years, and he served as Marion County Probate Judge for six years (2013-2019).
He married Sandra Cochran of Hackleburg, and they have two daughters, Misty Baldwin and Heather Haney. They have one grandchild, Spencer Haney.
Ridings is now retired and enjoys spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle and fishing with Spencer and watching him play football, baseball and basketball. Ridings also stays active as an AHSAA baseball umpire.

• Tony Shackleford is a 1975 graduate of Hackleburg High School. He played football and baseball for coaches Max Ray, Gene Dickenson and Gary Smith.
Tony started all football games both his junior and senior years, but his favorite sport was baseball. He enjoyed his teammates and his coach, Gary Smith. Baseball at Hackleburg was often described like working on the railroad: it was never too hot, cold, snowy or rainy to practice.  One of Shackleford’s most memorable moments came when he pitched a doubleheader against Mars Hill Bible School. He pitched all seven innings in the first game and all eight in the second—a total of 15 in one day. The next week, Hackleburg traveled to Mars Hill for the third game.
It was the top of the seventh, and Hackleburg was behind 5-4 with bases loaded and two outs. Shackleford was up to bat. He hit a grand slam and sent Hackleburg ahead by 3 points. Then he took the mound again and shut out Mars Hill—three up, three down to win the game. The next week, Hackleburg played Athens Bible School, which had a pitcher that hadn’t been beaten. Shackleford threw 12 strikeouts, and Hackleburg won the game 1-0.
Shackleford was chosen to play in the East-West All-Star games his junior and senior years. His senior year, he was voted MVP by his teammates. for his win-loss records as a pitcher, he went 12-2 his junior year 14-3 his senior year.  
After high school, Shackleford went to the University of North Alabama, where he continued to play baseball. In one game, he pitched a no-hitter against Freed Hardeman University. After that, he went on to coach at baseball and softball for Northwest Junior College. For six years, he was the youngest head baseball coach in the college system. He has been an instructor of health and physical education, director of the wellness center and director of intramural sports, as well as other assignments.
Shackleford enjoys helping Hackleburg, as well as Marion and Franklin county, and serving on local boards. For over thirteen years, he has enjoyed promoting schools, communities, students and sports programs, and he also hosts weekly interviews with guests from all over Alabama and Mississippi on the BIG 99.5 radio station.
He enjoys playing ping pong, fishing, riding motorcycles, jogging and bicycling. He said that most of all, he is blessed with a great family: his wife, Jane, and their two children. Shackleford said he considers it an honor to be selected to the Marion County Sports Hall of Fame.

Hackleburg Class of 2021

• Hope Hudson is a 2010 graduate of Hackleburg High School. She played basketball and softball for coaches Mike Watts and Myra Frederick.
In basketball, she was team captain from 2007-2010. She joined the 1,000-point club with around 1,800 total points in her career. She played in the AHSAA North/South All-Star Game in 2009.
Hudson was named all-county and all-conference from 2006-2010. She made the most three-pointers, assists and points in 2010. She made the AHSAA Regional All-Tournament Team in 2009-2010. She helped lead her team to a regional tournament and sub-region win in 2010, leading to a Final Four appearance.
In 2009-2010, she was part of the team that won the North Alabama Conference (NAC) championship and took second in the county championship. The year before, she helped her team win sub-region and make a regional appearance at Wallace State. She helped her team win the Area 13 championship and the Fayette Christmas Tournament.
In 2007-2008, she was on the NAC championship-winning team that went on to be runner-up for Area 13.
In softball, she held the highest batting average in 2010. She made sub-regional appearances in 2008-2010. She helped lead her team to victory in the NAC and area championships in 2007 and 2008.
She went on to attend the University of North Alabama, where she earned a degree in business/marketing education. She then attended the University of West Alabama where she received a master’s degree in library media. She currently coaches basketball and softball at Hackleburg High School. While coaching, the softball team has made two regional tournament appearances and won the 2017 area tournament.
Hudson is engaged to Steven Sutherland. She has one daughter, Skye, who is four months old.  She is a librarian at Hackleburg Schools, and in her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

• Cindy Kivette Lolley is a 2010 graduate of Hackleburg High School. She played basketball, volleyball and softball for coaches Mike Watts, Monica Allen and Myra Frederick.

Lolley scored over 1,000 points in her basketball career at Hackleburg. She had the most rebounds on the team, and was named varsity captain from 2007-2010.
She won the hustle award in 2006-2007. The same years, she had the best free throw percentage and was named most valuable player.
She was named Times Daily 2nd Team All-State for the 2009-2010 season. She also received the AHSAA Final 48 All-Tournament Award that season. She was named the AHSAA regional MVP the same year, and was also named regional all-tournament. She won several more all-tournament awards in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
She helped lead her team to a final four appearance in 2010. Her team also won the Northwest regional championship in 2010. She was named all-region for the 2008-2009 season.
She was named all-county and all-conference each year from 2006-2010. Her team won the NAC championship in the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 seasons, and the Area 13 championship in the 2007-2008 and  2009-2010 seasons. In the 2008-2009 and 2007-2008 seasons, they were the runners-up.
Lolley helped her team finish second in the Marion County tournament in the 2009-2010 season. The year before, she was with them on the trip to Wallace State for regionals. She helped her team win the Fayette Christmas Tournament her junior year, and she won the Fayette Lions Club all-tournament award her sophomore year.
In volleyball, Lolley was named all-county and all-conference from 2007-2010.
In softball, she helped her team become area champions in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. They were the regional runners-up in the 2007-2008 season.
After graduation, Lolley went to the University of Alabama to get her bachelor’s nursing degree in 2017 after attending Northwest Shoals Community College and earning an associate’s degree in nursing in 2013.
Lolley and her husband, Christian Lolley, have been married for eight years. They have two children, Lucas and Lincoln, and a third son on the way. She is a registered nurse working part time at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and teaching her children sports activities. She said Lucas has recently taken an interest in baseball and basketball.
• Morgan Wooten McCarley attended Hackleburg High School from 2004-2010 and played basketball and softball for coaches Mike Watts and Mya Frederick.
McCarley became another member of the 1,000 point club her senior year, and she had the highest free-throw percentage. She was the best defensive player, and had the most steals. From 2007-2010, she was named both all-county and all-conference. She helped lead her team to a final four appearance in 2010. That season, her team won The Area 13 and NAC championships. During the 2008-2009 season, she helped her team make it the regional trip to Wallace State, win the sub-regional and Area 13 championships, as well as the Fayette Christmas tournament. The previous season, her team won the NAC championship and finished second in Area 13.
McCarley also played softball, helping lead her team to make an appearance in the 2008 sub-regionals. After graduation, McCarly went to Northwest Shoals Community College to complete the basics, then went to Bevill and received a business office management degree. From there, she went to the University of West Alabama to get her bachelor’s degree in education. After that, she got her master’s in education from the University of West Alabama.
McCarley and her husband, Adam, are expecting their first child in September. She teaches seventh-ninth grade at Hackleburg High School and is also the Junior Beta Club sponsor. She is the head coach of the girls’ track team, and she is an assistant coach for junior varsity and varsity girls’ basketball and softball.

• Corey Powell graduated from Hackleburg High School in 2005. He played baseball and basketball. in 2003 and 2004, Powell helped lead his team to the state tournament, where they ended their seasons as runners-up both times. In 2005, he helped them get to the third round of the state tournament.
Powell and his wife, Julia, have three children, one boy and two girls. Powell currently works at Alabama Power as a power system coordinator.

Hamilton Class of 2020

•  James Dodd (Special Category) is a proud supporter of Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Aggies. Although he is a native of Winston County and played for the Lynn Bears during his younger years, he moved his family to Hamilton in 1974 and has been hooked on the Aggies ever since.
Dodd operated the KFC in Hamilton for 40 years from 1974 to 2014. During that time, he hosted and fed many Aggie football players, coaches and cheerleaders before their games, sometimes several times in a season. He was also known to take the night’s leftovers to the coaches following the game or on other evenings when they were working late reviewing films and strategize for the next game. In fact, coach Freddie Burnett still reminisces about eating chicken and playing dominos after the games.
Dodd was invited to join the CJ’s shortly after he arrived in Hamilton. Although the CJ’s provided many benefits to the community, one of the things he’s most proud of was the decision for the group to install new poles and lights at Sargent Stadium. He, Howard Emerson and Mike Shotts went to Marion County Banking Company and signed a note for $43,000 to purchase these materials. They accepted donations and held fundraisers to pay the note off, but those lights are still in use today.
Although he loves Aggie football, Dodd also loves Aggie basketball and baseball. Shortly after the new gym was built, he, Terry Kerr and Lex Moore ran the concession stand, where the offering was slim, with only drinks, popcorn and candy available. The trio introduced several new products, which significantly increased the profits coming in for the basketball program.
Dodd was a member of the Hamilton Booster Club for over 30 years, serving as president in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, he served as PA announcer until his successor, Bravell Jackson, took over on that duty. Dodd and KFC were also proud to sponsor trophies at the athletic banquets for many years.
From 1975-2015, Dodd can only remember missing two football games. Unfortunately, he missed more basketball and baseball games, only because they were held in the afternoons and he was at work. But he loves all Aggie athletics and the kids who play and went as often as possible. After retiring, Dodd had an accident and had to undergo emergency brain surgery in the fall of 2015. After recovering, he was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2017 and had surgery to remove part of his colon and he began taking chemo treatments, which he continues today.
Since he’s experienced major health problems, his attendance has been more random, but he’s thankful for his friend, Jeff Goff, who has gone above and beyond in picking him up and taking him to every away game from the time he recovered from his brain surgery until he simply couldn’t travel well due to his chemo treatments.
After being surrounded by women for most of his life, Dodd finally got a boy... a football-loving and football-playing grandson, Alex, who was born in 2000. Although he was proud of every Aggie to ever play the game and loved cheering them on, he cheered the loudest for Alex and enjoyed watching him play over the years, from peewee to varsity. Dodd was chosen to serve as Honorary Captain at a game in 2017 and was able to walk with Alex out onto the filed for the traditional coin toss.
Because of his health issues, Dodd likes to take it easy and sticks pretty close to home, the coffee shop and church. He enjoys visiting with friends and seeing the grandkids and great-grandkids.

• Lindsay Shaw Dozier graduated from Hamilton High School in 2009. She was a five-year starter at third base for the Lady Aggies softball team, playing for coaches Mike Shaw and David Sands. She also lettered in basketball and volleyball, playing for Larry Wiginton and Heather Battle. Dozier was most proud of being part of the 2009 softball team that made it to the 3A state championship tournament. Among her accomplishments her senior year, Dozier hit two home runs, a double and a single in the first game of the Regional Tournament. In another game, she hit for the cycle. Dozier led her team in home runs and RBIs. While the team did not give out individual awards, this group of ladies earned many team awards. They were the Marion County champions, Area 11 Class 3A Champions, North Central Regional 3A champions, Cullman Pre-State Blowout champions, and they made it to the Elite 8 in the 3A state tournament. Dozier earned an advanced diploma and was a member of the National Honor Society in high school. She received a softball scholarship to Columbia State University in Columbia, Tenn., where she continued playing her third base position. Dozier transferred from Columbia State to the University of Alabama where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in professional accounting. She is now a, licensed certified public accountant and works for Celebrity Home Loans. Dozier and her husband live in Guntersville and have two sons, Reed and Dean.

• Ethan Lawler is 2009 graduate of Hamilton High School. He played football and basketball under coaches Rodney Stidham and Barry Peoples. He was football team captain in the 2008-2009 season. He was also all-WAC and all-county from 2007-2009. He was all-state and Super All-State his senior year. He started for three years.
In basketball, he was team captain his senior year and was also all-WAC and all-county from 2007-2009. He made the Northwest Regional team in 2009, and started for three years from 2006-2009.  After graduation, he attended Bevill State for two years, then went to the University of Alabama from 2011-2014.
Lawler is currently the athletic director and head varsity boys basketball coach at Hamilton. He started in 2016 after coaching at Northridge High School from 2014-2016. He currently has a career record of 78-39 and was named Marion County Basketball Coach of the Year for the 2018-2019 season. Lawler also teaches science at Hamilton High School. He is married to Jordan Babb Lawler and they have a daughter, Tatum, who is a year old. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
• Robert Francis Loden was a 1931 graduate of Hamilton High School. He played football for three years. That three-year stretch was one of the best eras in Hamilton football history, with the team only having one loss to Russellville during that span. The cumulative three-year record was 22-1-3. Francis played a key role in the success of the team in that three-year period along with three other of his brothers--John, George and Houston. Loden played offense and defense and started every game at halfback. During those three years, he played every play of every game except for the fourth quarter in the 1928 season against Bear Creek. He was taken out with Hamilton leading 52-0 after three quarters.
The AGI-H-ECO describes Loden as follows: “Francis Loden—he had the charge of a lion and was a brick wall on defense. This was Loden’s first year; he has two more years to play.” In 1929, his junior year, the team had the first undefeated team in school history with a record of 7-0-1. The tie was a 0-0 game with Winfield, but the most remarkable thing was that in the eight-game season no opponent had scored on Hamilton.
His senior year was also very successful. He was the captain of another undefeated team, with a record of 6-0-1, with the tie being a 7-7 score with Hackleburg. The first five games of the season no one scored on Hamilton, bringing the string of consecutive shutouts to 14. It was a state record called a “record that would never be broken,” until it was discovered a school in Florida had 17 shutouts in the 1920s.
After graduation, Loden was a long-time merchant and civic leader in Hamilton. During his 40 plus years as a Hamilton businessman, he owned and operated a Standard Oil station, a grocery store (the City Market), a furniture store (Loden Furniture) and a farm supply store (Loden Farm Supply).
He also leased building spaces to other businesses. In addition, he was a member of the Hamilton City Council and school board, and he was an active member and deacon of the Hamilton Church of Christ. He is survived by his two daughters, Barbara Ann Loden Duncan of Hamilton and Martha Frances Loden Price of Cullman.

• Mike Metcalf was born in Korea and raised in an Army family. He is a 1997 Hamilton High School graduate. He was a stellar running back for the Hamilton Aggies and went on to play at the University of North Alabama, where he started at tailback.
 He was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Upon graduation, Metcalf was commissioned as a Signal Corps Officer.
Mike Metcalf’s career includes the University of North Alabama Army ROTC, Army Signal Officer Course, The Army Officer Advanced Course, The U.S. Army Ranger School, French Special Operations Language Training Course, Survival/Evasion/Resistance/Escape (SERE) Course, Special Operations Detachment Officer Course.
His deployments while serving in 2d Battalion 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne) include four deployments in Afghanistan   Meritorious services include deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom V, and Commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of our National Security.
Maj. (Ret.) Mike Metcalf’s numerous awards and decorations include Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Valorous Unit Citation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal. Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Jumpmaster Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab.
Metcalf passed peacefully at his home in Winter Garden, Fla., on Aug. 9, 2019. He is survived by his wife,  Leah Metcalf, their two sons Kameryn Metcalf and Kaden Metcalf, his parents, Randall Metcalf and Sun Hwa Metcalf, sister Mignon Metcalf, and brother Myron Metcalf. His hobbies included traveling, fishing, coaching football at all levels, mentoring youth, and everything related to the University of Alabama football program
Hamilton Class of 2021

• Jeff Clark has a long-time love of sports, lettering in football, baseball, track and basketball in high school, but from an early age, basketball was his passion. In his hometown of Hamilton, he played basketball his 7th – 12th grade years, and among his achievements, earned titles as all-state and most valuable player. In addition to his love of basketball, Clark put his faith in Christ at the age of 9 and felt a calling into ministry at only 15.
Throughout his early beginnings, it was his faith and basketball that determined the steps of his path. Upon graduation from Hamilton High School, Clark was awarded a basketball scholarship to Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss. One of his favorite college basketball memories includes playing against an Auburn University team that included Charles Barkley and Chuck Persons. While playing for Mississippi College, Clark earned his bachelor’s degree and also met his wife, Alicia Gunn.
They were married in 1982 and will celebrate their 39th anniversary this August. Following Mississippi College, Clark pursued his calling into the ministry by attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he graduated in 1986 with a Masters of Divinity. Later in 1986, Clark was asked to join the staff of First Baptist Church Hattiesburg as youth pastor. While on staff, he continued to further his education and in 1995, graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a doctorate of philosophy in counseling psychology.
Clark has been the lead pastor of Venture Church (formerly FBC Hattiesburg) since 1996 and recently celebrated his 35th year on staff at the church. Under his leadership, Venture Church has grown from a small staff to a staff of more than 67 employees operating five physical campuses across south Mississippi and an online campus, all of which reach thousands each weekend.
As a result of Clark’s vision and leadership, Venture Church has been recognized nationwide multiple times as one of America’s 100 largest and fastest-growing churches. He and his wife, Alicia, have three children, BethAnne, Hunter and Lynley, and five grandchildren, Benjamin, 7, Hudson, 6, Addie, 6, Grace, 5, and Brody, 4.
Presently, they all reside in Hattiesburg where Clark enjoys spending time with them, watching Alabama football and continuing to fulfill his calling into ministry. You can even catch him occasionally showing some of his younger staff members how to dunk a basketball.

• Casey Knight is a 2000 graduate of Hamilton High School. He was a four-year letterman in four sports, football, baseball, track and powerlifting. He was a four-year starter on the baseball team as a catcher and a two-year starter on the football team as a tight end and quarterback. He also played outside linebacker on defense.
In football, as a senior, he was all-county, all-conference and was an honorable mention for all-state honors from both the Alabama Sports Writers Association and the Birmingham News. He led the Aggies to the fourth round of the state playoffs and accounted for 30 touchdowns his senior season.
He also tied a state record for longest touchdown pass (99 yards to Tyler Bowen against Muscle Shoals).
In baseball, Knight was a two-year all-county and all-conference selection. He earned academic all-state honors for both football and baseball and was a Bryant-Jordan Award nominee. He was also awarded the Balfour Award at Hamilton for most outstanding senior.
Knight went on to attend West Point after high school from 2000-2005, where he made the rugby team and played for three years. He was also a brigade intramural football champion, out of 32 cadet companies his freshman year. He made the Dean’s List his junior year with a grade point average over 3.0 for the year.
Knight served for more than eight years, deploying as an artillery officer to Iraq and Afghanistan. He later transitioned to defense contracting, working at Redstone Arsenal for U.S. Army Aviation. He also serves in the 20th Special Forces Group in the Alabama National Guard as a staff officer. His hobbies include coaching travel baseball and spending time with family. He’s been married to his wife, Rebecca, for 14 years, and they have two children, Carter and Hannah.
 • Roosevelt Salter is a 1970 graduate of Hamilton High School. He played varsity basketball for three years. His sophomore and junior years, he won an award for the most rebounds. As a sophomore, he also won most improved. He had the most rebounds again as a senior, had the best field goal percentage and was named the most valuable player.
Salter also played baseball for three years.
After graduation, he attended Northwest Alabama State Technical College, which later became Bevill State Community College. He got married in 1971.
He moved to Winfield and got a job working for UPS until he was injured in an accident. After a few years of rehab, he worked carrying people to doctor’s appointments until he started having shoulder problems. He currently lives at home, and says he is truly blessed with a loving wife, three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

• Scott Strickland (special category) started coaching in the fall of 1979 at Hamilton High School as an assistant coach under head coaches L.C. Fowler and Freddie Burnett. Neal Childers and Mark Dearen were on that staff and were later joined by Wanda Gilliland, Bobby McCracken and Wade Palmer.
“I believe God put me in this position and surrounded me with outstanding coaches and people to learn from,” Strickland said. “I learned that hard work, discipline and treating everyone the same were key ingredients for success. I also learned that the key to good coaching is good players, and we had several in those days.”
Strickland began working in the mobile home business as a salesman. he returned to coaching in 1988 as the boys basketball coach at Haleyville. In 1990, he returned to Hamilton as assistant principal and basketball coach.
In 1994, he went back to the mobile home business until he retired three years ago.
While working in sales at Deer Valley Homebuilders, he volunteered to coach the seventh- and eighth-grade girls at Hamilton, and he later assisted Vess Hollingsworth with the varsity girls program.
“While I enjoyed the many friendships in the mobile home business, I always had a desire to follow in my father’s footsteps and coach,” Strickland said. “The satisfaction and fulfillment of seeing young ballplayers ‘get it right’ and grow as athletes and people has always been rewarding to me. I will always treasure the friendships and memories that were made with coaches and players.”
Strickland is currently spending his time golfing and learning how to play the banjo. He and his wife, Cherie, like to travel and enjoy spending time with their daughter, Rachelle, and her husband, Steven.

• Amanda Shaw Townley graduated from Hamilton High School in 2009. She was a four-year starter for the Lady Aggies playing first base and catcher for coaches Mike Shaw and David Sands.
She was a member of the 2009 softball team that earned record wins with a 37-12 record. This team won the inaugural North Central Regional Championship and advanced to the Elite 8 in the 3A state tournament.
Other achievements included winning  Marion County, Area 11 Class 3A and Cullman Pre-State Blowout championships.
Townley joined the varsity squad as a seventh-grader and registered the highest batting average as a freshman.
She also lettered in basketball and volleyball, playing for Larry Wiginton and Heather Battle. She was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and earned an advanced diploma.
After graduation, she received a softball scholarship to Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tenn. She was a utility player, playing outfield, shortstop, first and second base, and also catcher.
After Columbia State, Townley attended the School of Radiologic Technology and the Sonography Program at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, where she earned her credentials as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer.
She is currently employed by the Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital as a sonographer and radiologist assistant. She and her husband, Zack, live in Guntersville and enjoy golfing and spending time on the lake.
Marion County High School Class of 2020

• Willie Joe Hollis has made several contributions toward Marion County High School athletics. He first


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