Walker County official Andy Pruitt honored

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 7/8/18

Walker County official Andy Pruitt has been on hand for several key moments in prep basketball and softball competition over the years and his peers and superiors have taken strong notice.

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Walker County official Andy Pruitt honored

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Walker County official Andy Pruitt has been on hand for several key moments in prep basketball and softball competition over the years and his peers and superiors have taken strong notice.

His body of work has recently resulted in two honors from Alabama High School Athletic Association, both on the hardwood and on the softball field.

Pruitt, who has been an official for over 13 years and has presided over regional and state championship games in basketball, was named the Northwest District Official of the Year in basketball by the AHSAA for his “tremendous contributions and service to our member schools.”

A second honor followed when he was selected to work the 2018 All-Star Sports Week in Montgomery that begins on July 16 for his work in basketball and softball.

Pruitt’s officiating in softball spans championship-level play as well throughout area, region and state tournament competition.

Pruitt said he’s humbled by both accolades and acknowledges mentors and those who have been instrumental in his development as an official.

“I’m very blessed and fortunate to even get mentioned for awards and honors such as these,” Pruitt said. “I know that I have had a lot of help along the way — many of the veteran and older guys who took me under their wing and showed me the right way to carry out the role we are entrusted with were pivotal. They didn’t quit on me — they continued to push and encourage me. I have to give a lot of credit to those guys as well.”