Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame teaser

The Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2018. Six new members will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame’s fourteenth annual induction banquet June 16.

The Class of 2018 includes Perry Canada, Ragan Clark, Ray Glover, Karen Hester, Jim Hubbert and Wendell Kelley. Canada and Hester will be inducted posthumously.

This year’s banquet will again be held at the Oxford Civic Center. The Class of 2018 will join the current 82 members of the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame.

“We believe the greatest strength of the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame is the consistent quality of every class. The class of 2018 certainly follows in the tradition of excellence set forth by each previous set of inductees,” said Jon Holder, a member of the Hall of Fame’s board of directors and spokesman for the board.

Starting in 1951, Canada was involved in officiating high school and college sports for six decades, calling football, basketball and baseball. He officiated in the 1982 NCAA Division II football championship game. Canada worked 27 years as a football official in the Gulf South Conference and received a Distinguished Service Award from the Alabama High School Athletic Association in 1995 for 39 years of high school officiating in Alabama.   

Clark graduated from Alexandria in 1960 after earning all-county recognition in football as an undersized guard three times. His first head-coaching position was at Alexandria in basketball. He led the Valley Cubs to a runner-up finish in the Class 3A state tournament in 1966, his first year, and fourth place in 1967. As head football coach at Ohatchee, Clark led the 1970 Indians to a Class 1A runner-up finish and was Calhoun County coach of the year. 

Glover was the quarterback for coach Bill Farrell’s 1953 and 1954 Piedmont football teams. As a junior, he was second-team all-county and chosen honorable mention all-state for Class 2A schools by the Birmingham Post-Herald. In his senior season, Glover completed seven touchdown passes and was first-team all-county at quarterback and again named an honorable mention all-state back by the Post-Herald.    

Hester was head volleyball coach at Donoho from 1992 through 2002 where her teams won AHSAA Class 1A state championships in 1994, 1998 and 2002 and finished second in the state three time. She coached the Falcons to the Calhoun County tournament championship in 1993. Overall, her volleyball teams were 433-149. Hester coached Donoho to the 1995 Calhoun County girls basketball tournament title and the 1995 Northeast Regional Class 1A girls championship.     

Hubbert, an Oxford graduate, was first-team all-county at fullback as a senior in 1966 for coach Jack Grizzard. He began his coaching career as an assistant in football at Saks in 1974. In 1984, Hubbert became head football coach at Maplesville. In 17 seasons as a head football coach at Maplesville, Lanett and again at Maplesville, his teams were 171-51. Hubbert’s 1996 Maplesville team won the AHSAA Class 1A championship with a 15-0 record. 

Kelley played in high school at Oxford and was a two-time selection on the Class 4A-6A all-county football team at linebacker for coach Robert Herring. He was recognized on the 1985 team as a junior and again as a senior in 1986. Kelley won four football letters at Jacksonville State for coach Bill Burgess where he played defensive end. He was an All-American in 1992 after helping Jacksonville State to the NCAA Division II national championship.    

“Another key to the success of this organization is the continued support for its work from the communities across Calhoun County.” Holder said. “We are very grateful for the sponsors and contributors that make this event possible every year.”

For more information on the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame, visit the Hall of Fame’s website at www.ccshof.com.

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