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Alabama Sports Prep Hall of Fame Inducting Nine

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The nine people who will be inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame this year have won championships in nearly every prep sport.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association announced the inductees for the ceremony on March 17th in Montgomery will be:

-Greg Echols, who in 15 years at Mountain Brook High School has coached three boys and five girls championship teams in cross country, as well as seven girls indoor track titles, five girls outdoor track titles, and one boys indoor track championship.

-Tammy Richardson, who coached 26 years at Pelham High School before retiring last year with 1,140 volleyball wins and two state championships in Class 6A.

-James Findley, who had four Final Four basketball teams at Holtville High School from 1993 to 1996, with the last team winning the state Class 3A championship.

-Alan Baker, who won four boys outdoor track championships and one indoor championship at T. R. Miller in Brewton.

-Michael Cheatham, who won four girls basketball championships at Conecuh County Training School in the 1950s.

-Don Cox, who coached Russellville High School to a 130-46 football record and 10 state playoff appearances over 15 years.

-Rickey Johnson, who won four state champions and had two runners-up in football at Hazlewood High School.

-Bob Pannone of Spanish Fort, who has been involved in high school athletics as an official and administrator for nearly half a century.

-Dale Welsh, longtime boys basketball, girls basketball, football and baseball coach at Spring Garden and Cherokee County, where his girls team won the Class 4A championship in 1992.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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