Walker County Sports Hall of Fame to induct class of 14

Simon, Langley, Raburn among HOF Class of 2019

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 7/14/19

Tim Simon closed out his Cordova High School career in 2008 as one of the most decorated high school football players in the state.

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Walker County Sports Hall of Fame to induct class of 14

Simon, Langley, Raburn among HOF Class of 2019

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Tim Simon closed out his Cordova High School career in 2008 as one of the most decorated high school football players in the state.

Next month he will take his place among the top athletes Walker County has had to offer.

Simon is among the 14 athletes who will be inducted into 2019 Walker County Sports Hall of Fame class on August 10. The induction ceremony will be held starting at 6 p.m. at the New Prospect Baptist Church’s Family Life Center. The church is located at 770 Highway 5 in Jasper. Admission to the ceremony is free.

Walker High School graduate and athlete Tina Langley, now the head women’s basketball coach at Rice University is also in this year’s class. Langley has turned Rice into a winner in a short time, leading the team to 45 wins over the last years combined.

Former Walker County High standout athlete Gene Raburn is also in this year’s class. Raburn was part of two national championships under Bear Bryant at Alabama.

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This year’s inductees

William Harvey Banks, Jr.,

Oakman High School

*Lettered in football and basketball for five years at Oakman High School.

*Became first Oakman player to be named first team All-State in 1956.

*Signed with Auburn in 1956 and was one of the first Oakman athletes to sign with a major university.

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James Bryant

“Mickey” Beaty, Jr.,

Dora High School

*Was a two-way starter at Carbon Hill High School as a senior.

*Coached at Dora High School for 20 years. Led Dora boys basketball team to three consecutive county titles.

*Started girls basketball program in 1988, leading team to a 15-0 record.

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Al Blanton,

Walker County

High School

*Two-sport athlete at Walker County High School.

*Was awarded a scholarship to Birmingham-Southern College where he played baseball and football.

*Graduated from the University of Alabama Law School, was an FBI agent and elected circuit judge in 1956. He served for 20 years.

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Scott Freeman,

Oakman High School

*Starred as an offensive lineman at Oakman High School for three years on the varsity team.

*Played collegiately at the University of Pennsylvania, helping the team to two Ivy League titles and two perfect seasons (1993 and 1994).

*Was an All-Ivy League honorable mention selection as a senior.

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Larry Hinds,

Carbon Hill

High School

*Lettered in football, basketball and baseball all four years at Carbon Hill.

*Named to All-State basketball team in 1958.

*Played baseball and basketball at Huntingdon College, graduating in 1963. He is a member of the Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Norman Holt,

Dora High School

*Was All-State football player and helped lead Dora to first ever state playoff appearance in 1978.

*Played baseball at Freed-Hardeman University and selected as co-captain his senior year.

*Selected the 1982-83 Senior Male Athlete of the Year at Freed-Hardeman University.

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Charles “Baby Doll” Kitchens,

Cordova High School

*Lettered six years in football at Cordova High School.

*Started on the 1949 Cordova football team, which was the first undefeated team in school history.

*After enlisting in the Army, played military football at Fort Jackson, S.C., and one year of junior college ball at Scuba Junior College in Mississippi.

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Tina Langley,

Walker High School

*After stellar high school career, played both volleyball and basketball at Bevill State before wrapping up career on West Alabama basketball team.

*Coached at Walker High School before starting assistant coaching career that included stints at Toledo, Clemson, Georgia and Maryland.

*Currently serves as the head women’s coach at Rice University, amassing a 54-45 record and back-to-back 20-win seasons.

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Vindetta Medlock, Walker High School

*Four-sport athlete at Walker High School.

*She was voted team MVP in volleyball, the best defensive player in basketball and the most outstanding in track and field.

*Received a full volleyball scholarship to Alabama A&M University, where she played for four years and was co-captain of the 1998 team. She was inducted into the Alabama A&M University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Dwight Norris,

Carbon Hill

High School

*Helped Carbon Hill High School to back-to-back county basketball championships (1960-61).

*Played two years at Walker College where he was named an honorable mention All-American. Continued his playing career at Austin Peay University on both the basketball and baseball teams.

*Coaching career included stints at Hewitt-Trussville as well as Lakeside and Norcross high schools in Georgia.

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Gene Raburn,

Walker County

*Lettered at football, basketball, baseball and track at Walker County High School. Was named All-State in football.

*Continued his career at Alabama for coach Bear Bryant and played on two championships teams (1964-65).

*After a career in the Army, he began a coaching career in Escambia County High School in Florida. He later served as an administrator and was an assistant principal at Walker High School.

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Tim Simon,

Cordova High School

*Led Cordova to the 2007 Class 3A state championship. Was named the MVP of the title game and 3A Back of the Year his senior season.

*Finished his Cordova career as the third all-time leading rusher in state history with 8,536 yards.

*Signed a scholarship with Ole Miss following his time at Cordova but suffered a career-ending injury against South Carolina.

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Wayne “Smitty” Smith, Curry

High School

*Played basketball, baseball and football at Curry High School, leading the 1957 team to a third-place finish at the state tournament.

*Played basketball two years at Walker College where he was elected captain both years.

*Signed with Florence State College after his time at Walker College where he played basketball two years.

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Flavel Westbrook, Parrish High School

*Led Parrish to its first undefeated football regular season in 1979 as well as the school’s first trip to the state playoffs.

*Rushed for 1,604 yards as a senior, garnering All-State honors and was the 1A Back of the Year.

*Signed with the University of North Alabama following a stellar career at Parrish. A broken ankle suffered in his freshman year ended his football career.