E.A. Sports Today

County Hall names class

Six new members will be enshrined June 16 at the Oxford Civic Center, bringing Hall membership to 88

From staff

The Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame has announced its newest class of inductees – Perry Canada, Ragan Clark, Ray Glover, Karen Hester, Jim Hubbert and Wendell Kelley.

The group will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame’s 14th annual banquet June 16 at the Oxford Civic Center and bring the number of members in the Hall to 88.

Canada received a Distinguished Service Award from the Alabama High School Athletic Association in 1995 for 39 years of high school officiating in Alabama where he called football, basketball and baseball. He worked 27 years as a football official in the Gulf South Conference.

Clark led Alexandria to a runner-up finish in the Class 3A state basketball tournament in 1966, his first year as a head coach in any sport at any school, and fourth place in 1967. His 1970 Ohatchee football team was Class 1A runner-up and he was named Calhoun County football coach of the year that year.

Glover was the quarterback of the 1953 and 1954 Piedmont football teams. In his senior season, he was first-team all-county at quarterback and named an honorable mention all-state back in Class 2A by the Birmingham Post-Herald. As a junior, he was second-team all-county and recognized as honorable mention all-state for Class 2A by the Post-Herald.

Hester’s Donoho volleyball teams won AHSAA Class 1A state championships in 1994, 1998 and 2002 and finished second at the state three times. The Falcons won the Calhoun County volleyball tournament championship in 1993. Overall, her volleyball teams were 433-149.

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

Kelley played at Oxford and was on the Class 4A-6A all-county football team at linebacker in 1985 as a junior and again as a senior in 1986. He won four football letters at Jacksonville State as a defensive end. He was an All-American in 1992 after helping Jacksonville State to the NCAA Division II National Championship.

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