Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inducted

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Top row L-R: Hobson Hite, Mitch Morris, Russell Nicoll, Eddie Lawrence, Lance Boyd and Keith Burns representing Phillip Callahan. Bottom row L-R: Jimmy Schaffer, Brandon Pugh, Brett Crider, Kimberly Gray Whitman, Shelia Berry Buckelew and Stan Jennings. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – After last year’s induction ceremony was postponed, The Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame finally got the opportunity to recognize its newest members at Stone Bridge Farms Saturday night. The Class of 2020 was officially inducted Saturday night at the 21st annual banquet and induction ceremony and includes Lance Boyd, Shelia Berry Buckelew, Phillip A. Callahan, Brett Crider, Hobson Hite, Stan Jennings, Eddie Lawrence, Mitch Morris, Russell Nicoll, Brandon Pugh, Jimmy Schaffer and Kimberly Gray Whitman.

After an invocation from Hall of Fame member and Board of Directors member Claborn Campbell and a meal, Hall of Fame Chairman Jackie Satterfield began introducing each member of this year’s class, beginning with Lance Boyd.

Lance Boyd

  • Graduated from Hanceville High School in 1988
  • Played baseball, basketball and football
  • Played punter, safety and quarterback on football team
  • Went to state semi-finals with football team
  • All-County in basketball and baseball
  • Selected to the Cullman-Blount County All-Star Team
  • Awarded baseball scholarship to Wallace State
  • Coached Football at Hanceville and Fairview High School
  • Coached basketball at Fairview High School
  • Coach with Hall of Fame coaches Dafford Smith, Ed Oaks, Keith Burns and Mark Moore
  • Taught at Hanceville and Fairview High School, Cullman Christian School and Wallace State Community College

Shelia Berry Buckelew

  • Graduated from Holly Pond High School in 1978
  • Participated in basketball and track
  • All-County in basketball in 1977 and 1978
  • All-Area in basketball in 1977 and 1978
  • Area Tournament MVP and All-Tournament Team
  • Member of County Championship Teams in 1977 and 1978
  • Member of Rifle Corps and Color Guard Captain
  • Coached middle school basketball for three years
  • Coached volleyball for two years
  • Played on first girls basketball team at Wallace State

Phillip A. Callahan

  • Graduated from Hanceville High School in 1975
  • Member of the baseball, basketball, football and track teams
  • Voted MVP of football team
  • All-State in football and played in All Star Game
  • Led track team in points
  • Senior Class President, Member of National Honor Society and voted Mr. Hanceville High School
  • Made baseball team at Auburn University as a walk-on
  • Graduated Auburn University in 1985 in Veterinary Medicine

Brett Crider

  • Graduated from Cold Springs High School in 1991
  • Member of football, basketball, baseball and track teams
  • All-County and All-Area in football in 1989 and 1990
  • All-State in football in 1990
  • Set County record in rushing (1,987 yards), touchdowns (30) and finished third in the state in rushing in 1990
  • Academic All-State Team in 1990
  • 4-year starter on baseball team as shortstop and center fielder
  • 2-year starter on basketball team
  • All-Area in basketball for 19990 and 1991
  • Played in Cullman East-West All-Star Basketball Game
  • Cullman County Power Lifting Champion in 1989 and 1990
  • Coached boys and girls middle school teams at Cold Springs

Hobson Hite

  • Graduated from Gilbert High School in South Carolina in 1979
  • Team Captain in baseball and football
  • First Team All-Conference in football
  • Played football for Livingston University in 1982
  • Head Football Coach at Fairview Junior High from 1988-1997
  • Head Basketball Coach at Fairview Junior High from 1988-1990 and 1993-1996
  • Head Track and Field Coach at Fairview High School in 1998-2007
  • Head Cross Country Coach at Fairview High School for 18 years
  • Won county championship in junior high boys and girls basketball
  • Won county championships in high school boys and girls track

Stan Jennings

  • Graduated from Vinemont High School in 1991
  • Member of baseball, football and basketball teams
  • All-County football in 1990
  • All-Area in football as junior and senior
  • All-State in football as a punter
  • Passed for over 1900 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior
  • Led team to second round of state playoffs
  • Joe Schultz Basketball Award winner as a senior
  • Played in Lions Club North-South All-Star Baseball Game in 1991
  • Valedictorian of Vinemont High School Class of 1991
  • Cullman Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year
  • Played for Hall of Fame coaches Mark Smothers, Mike Grantham and Mike Cupp

Eddie Lawrence

  • Graduated from Cullman High School in 1974
  • Member of football, basketball and baseball teams
  • One of two seniors to Letter in three varsity sports
  • Coached by Hall of Fame members Bill Griffin, Dafford Smith, Oliver Woodard, Gerald Johnson and Ray Talley
  • Won three state championships and seven runner-up trophies as boys and girls cross country coach
  • Coached baseball at Cullman High School from 1983-1988 (record of 83-60)
  • Assistant baseball coach at Cullman High School from 1999-2005 (record of 198-98)
  • State baseball champion in 2002 and runner-up in 2003 and 2004
  • 30 years of experience as an official in football, baseball, softball and basketball
  • Member of Sacred Heart Softball Team that won 88 consecutive league games and six league championships
  • Special Olympics Coordinator for 20 years

Mitch Morris

  • Graduated from Holly Pond High School in 1984
  • Played baseball and basketball in high school
  • All-County and All-Area in baseball as a senior
  • All-County three times and All-Area twice in basketball
  • Played in state basketball All-Star Game
  • Head Basketball Coach at Holly Pond High School from 2004-2020 (300-plus victories)
  • 10 consecutive area championships and three county championships
  • Most wins in a season (30) and fewest losses in a season (2)
  • Nine consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins
  • Coached most games in school history
  • Two appearances at the State Final Four

Russell Nicoll

  • Graduated from West Point High School in 1996
  • Participated in football, basketball and track
  • All-County in football in 1994 and 1995
  • Birmingham News First Team All-State Football in 1995
  • Alabama Sportswriters Association All-State Honorable Mention
  • Birmingham News Super All-State Football in 1995
  • Earned scholarship to Vanderbilt University for football
  • Lettered four years at Vanderbilt
  • Received the 2000 Kyle Cullahorn Award at Vanderbilt

Brandon Pugh

  • Graduated from Good Hope High School in 1990
  • Member of baseball and basketball teams
  • All-County in basketball in junior and senior years
  • All-Area in basketball three times
  • All-State in basketball senior year
  • Joe Schultz Award winner
  • Bryant-Jordan Scholar representative
  • Lettered in baseball four years
  • All-County in baseball three years
  • Played in first two rounds of state baseball All-Star Game
  • Class President and Valedictorian
  • Appointment to West Point Military Academy
  • Lettered in Division 1A baseball at West Point Military Academy

Jimmy Schaffer

  • Graduated from Cullman High School in 1977
  • Participated in football and track
  • Played on both the offensive and defensive lines
  • Voted the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman
  • Selected to the Tennessee Valley All-Conference Team
  • Played from Hall of Fame Coach Dell Brock

Kimberly Gray Whitman

  • Graduated from Groveland High School in Florida in 1988
  • Lettered in track for four years
  • Awarded the Greenback Pride Award as Most Dedicated
  • Won the Scholastic Award for highest grade point average
  • Won the 2005 Mississippi Marathon
  • Won the 2006 Clearmont Florida Marathon
  • Qualified for 10 consecutive Boston Marathons
  • Best Boston Marathon finish top 3%
  • Coached track and cross country at Cullman Middle School
  • Currently employed in Cullman County School System

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