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Four selected as newest inductees into Decatur County Sports Hall of Fame class

BAINBRIDGE — The Decatur County Sports Hall of Fame announced its newest inductees for the 2012 class Wednesday. These four outstanding individuals, representing the DCSHOF’s second-ever class, were selected for their outstanding athletic accomplishments and commitment to excellence.

Those selected for induction this year are:

--- Ralph Jones, former Decatur County educator, administrator and coach at Bainbridge High School, guided his football teams to a 54-24-1 record in seven years (1981-1987) as a head coach and a the state title in 1982. He also guided Cairo High School to a state title in 1990. He played college football at Florida State University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree. He was the Decatur County superintendent from July 2002 through June 2010, and was the principal of Bainbridge High School from 1999-2002. Jones earned his master’s degree in arts from Troy State University in 1981 in educational administration. He earned an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision from Nova University in 1992 and earned a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from FSU in 1974.

--- The late Alfred Gant, a former Decatur County educator and coach, was a mainstay at Hutto High School as both an athlete, coach and athletic director. An Army veteran who also served in World War II, Grant helped guide the Hutto High School basketball team to a GIA state title in 1953. His teams were district football champs from 1950-1952, and in basketball in 1950, ‘53, ‘58, and 1960. He also lettered in basketball at Florida A&M in college before receiving his graduate degree in 1948. He later received a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in 1965.

--- Fred Barber, a 1961 graduate of Bainbridge High School, was a talented All-State running back and linebacker for the Bearcats and held the BHS career rushing title with 2,552 yards for more than 27 years. During his football playing days, he helped the team in a three-year span post a 27-4 record and undefeated regular season in 1960. He also played baseball and ran track during his high school years. He went on to play four years of football at the University of Georgia and was a starting fullback of coach Vince Dooley’s first Bulldog team.

--- Pam Martin-Wells, a 1981 graduate of Bainbridge High School, has been one of the top women’s professional fisherman in the United States. WBT championship winner 16 times National Champion, five-time Angler of the Year, inducted into Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame and all-time money winner on women’s tour.

These four individuals will be inducted at the DCSHOF banquet held March 3 at the Kirbo Center on the campus of Bainbridge College. There will be a “meet and greet” time at 6 p.m., followed by the banquet beginning at 7. Tickets are $20 each.