Twenty inductees to join Walker County Sports Hall of Fame

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 7/29/17

Hosea Collins’ name is synonymous with Oakman High School football — that’s why the Wildcats’ stadium is named in honor of the former coach.

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Twenty inductees to join Walker County Sports Hall of Fame

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Hosea Collins’ name is synonymous with Oakman High School football — that’s why the Wildcats’ stadium is named in honor of the former coach.

Collins was there for every big moment in Oakman football history in both the 1960s and 1980s.

Collins was on the sidelines for Oakman’s first nine-win season (1967), 10-win season (1984) and 11-win season (1989). In the Wildcats’ very first year in the playoffs — 1984 — Collins guided Oakman all the way to the state quarterfinals, losing to Maplesville 21-20 on the road.

During two stints as the Oakman football coach (1962-67) and (1982-89), Collins amassed a 94-51-3 record. He also coached at Carbon Hill, Fayette County and Palmetto with an overall record of 163-110-6 in Alabama.

Collins will be one of 20 inductees into the 2017 class of the Walker County Sports Hall of Fame.

This year’s class will be inducted during a ceremony set for Saturday, August 5 at 6 p.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church’s Family Life Center located on Hwy. 5.

The 2017 class, the third Walker County Sports Hall of Fame, class will bring the total number of inductees to 70 (the first two classes included 25 inductees).

This year’s Hall of Fame class reaches as far back as the 1920s — for Walker County’s Ben Sankey and Dora’s Freeman Lee Johnson with some more recent athletes as well in Sumiton Christian’s Ricky Bowen and Josh Russell.

Dora’s Morris Savage, part of Auburn’s 1957 national championship football team, is also part of this year’s class.

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2017 Inductees

Murray Argo

(Walker College)

Dwight Bennett

(Curry High)

Ricky Bowen

(Sumiton Christian)

Robert Clements

(Carbon Hill High)

Hosea Collins

(Oakman High)

Gary Dorsey

(Dora High)

Milton Franklin

(Walker Co. Training)

Stephen Harris

(Cordova High)

William Hubbard Jr.

(Parrish High)

Freeman Lee Johnson

(Dora High)

Todd Lee

(Walker High)

A.J. McDanal

(Walker Co. High)

April McDonald-Lazenby

(Carbon Hill High)

Randy Morrow

(Dora High)

Alan Pate

(Cordova High)

Josh Russell

(Sumiton Christian)

Ben Sankey

(Walker County High)

Morris Savage

(Dora High)

Ray Tidwell

(Curry High)

Wayne Wilson

(Curry High)