Cal­houn-Gor­don County Hall of Fame 2016 class fea­tures stars from dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions,

Ath­letes, coaches, con­trib­u­tors make up im­pres­sive group of 2016 in­ductees

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Far­rer

The se­cond-ever Cal­hounGor­don County Sports Hall of Fame Class was an­nounced this past week with seven for­mer lo­cal leg­ends earn­ing in­duc­tion af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated and voted on by the Hall’s Board of Di­rec­tors.

In­cluded in the Class of 2016 is Maude Chat­tam, Michael Durham, Helen Jane McDon­ald, Ken­neth Moore, Mike Nance, Zeke McDaniel and Matthew Pitts.

Cal­houn-Gor­don County Hall of Fame Pres­i­dent De­wayne Bowen said each mem­ber of this year’s class was in­cred­i­bly de­serv­ing of the honor.

“Once again the Board is im­pressed with the in­ductees se­lected this year as well as the over­all nom­i­na­tions,” said Bowen. “The sports ac­com­plish­ments of th­ese peo­ple are in­cred­i­ble and we’re look­ing for­ward to in­duct­ing th­ese seven in­di­vid­u­als on Au­gust 13. This year the Hall of Fame mem­bers (Class of 2015) voted as well as the Board so th­ese peo­ple were top vote-get­ters from the 29 el­i­gi­ble bal­lots.”

The seven will be in­ducted dur­ing the Hall of Fame Ban­quet on Aug. 13 at Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Techi­cal Col­lege. To in­quire about tickes, email cal­houn­gor­don­sports@gmail.com or visit the Hall of Fame’s web­site at www.cgc­shf.com.

Be­low you will find more in­for­ma­tion on each of the in­ductees. Here it is in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der:

Maude Chat­tam

Chat­tam was a bas­ket­ball star at Stephens High School from 1955-1959, where she scored a to­tal of 2,300 points in four sea­sons. She helped lead the team to state cham­pi­onships in the 1957 and 1958 sea­sons and also two district cham­pi­onships, and was un­de­feated in 19 starts in 1958.

Chat­tam won top scor­ing hon­ors in the 1955 sea­son with 548 point and in the 1956 sea­son with 689 points. She scored 123 points in one three­game stretch in the State Tour­na­ment as well as scor­ing 90 points in three games in 1957 dur­ing the District Tour­na­ment. She earned an award af­ter scor­ing 66 points in two games in the 1958 State Tour­na­ment, and her sin­glegame high for her ca­reer was 53.

She also com­peted in track and field at Stephens high where she won awards for high jump, broad jump and the 440 re­lay. She went on to grad­u­ate from Ten­nessee A&I State Univer­sity and went to work for the FBI, Wood­ward & Lothrop, Auto-Train, the Univer­sity of the District of Columbia and re­tired from the Divi­sion of Fi­nance at D.C. Pub­lic Schools.

She won first place in the United States Bowl­ing Congress Women’s Cham­pi­onship in 2011, and is a mem­ber of the Roland Hayes Com­mit­tee and a trus­tee at Friend­ship Bap­tist Church.

Michael Durham

Durham was a four-sport ath­lete at Cal­houn High from 1975-1979, earn­ing his big­gest hon­ors in track and field. He was a four-year let­ter­man in track, which in­cluded be­ing re­gion run­ner-up in 1975 and 1976. He was the re­gion champ in high jump and tri- ple jump in 1976-1977, and the re­gion champ in high jump, long jump and triple jump in 1977-1978.

He set school records in all three jumps, placed in the top five at State all four years of his high school ca­reer, earned Stege­man High Point re­cip­i­ent at State Track and was Golden South Cham­pion. His ef­forts earned him a track schol­ar­ship to the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia.

While at Cal­houn, he also was a four-year let­ter­man in bas­ket­ball, twice earn­ing recog­ni­tion on the Rome NewsTri­bune All-Area Team and twice earn­ing recog­ni­tion on the Chat­tanooga Times TriS­tate Team. Durham was also a four-year let­ter­man and starter in foot­ball, and a oneyear let­ter­man in base­ball.

While at Ge­or­gia, he fin­ished as high as third in the SEC De­cathlon, that fin­ish com­ing in 1982 when he was also third in the high jump. He fin­ished fifth in the SEC De­cathlon in 1980 and 1983 and fourth in the event in 1981.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Ge­or­gia, he be­came a teacher and a coach and has served in that ca­pac­ity at sev­eral schools. As a head track coach, he has coached state cham­pi­ons, in­clud­ing a fe­male run­ner that ran a 10:51 in the 3200 me­ter, which was the fastest time ever in Ge­or­gia. He also coached a state cham­pion who went on to be a five-time NCAA high jump cham­pion and placed fifth in the 1996 Olympic Tri­als. Durham also has been At­lanta Track Club Coach of the Year.

He has served as a head bas­ket­ball coach and as­sis­tant coach in foot­ball and softball. He is cur­rently the head track and field and head girls bas­ket­ball coach at South­east Whit­field.

Zeke McDaniel

McDaniel was a bas­ket­ball stand­out at Stephens High School, which he at­tended from 1948-1952. He helped lead Stephens to the 1952 state cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Stephens, he went on to Sa­van­nah State Univer­sity, where he played four dif­fer­ent sports. He was a team cap­tain and four-year let­ter­man in foot­ball, started as a fresh­man in bas­ket­ball, and also let­tered in base­ball and track and field dur­ing his time there.

McDaniel be­came a teacher and coach af­ter grad­u­at­ing from col­lege. He was the head bas­ket­ball coach at Stephens High, where he led the team to the 1961 state cham­pi­onship.

He was also the head track and field coach as his team won state cham­pi­onships in 1960 and 1961.

He then be­came head bas­ket­ball coach at Ge­or­gia School for the Deaf where he served from 1963-1986, lead­ing the Tigers to the Ma­son-Dixon Cham­pi­onship five times.

McDaniel is a mem­ber of the GSD Hall of Fame and Rome/Floyd County Hall of Fame and has also won Ge­or­gia Ath­letic Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion Coach of the Year, At­lanta Tip Off Club Coach of the Year, Rome News-Tri­bune Coach of the Year and Ma­sonDixon Coach of the Decade.

Helen Jane McDon­ald

McDon­ald was a four-year let­ter­man in bas­ket­ball at Cal­houn High School where she holds the scor­ing record for a sin­gle game with 47 points. She led her team to a re­gional cham­pi­onship and berth in the State play­offs, was voted All-Re­gion 7-A.

She av­er­aged close to 30 points a game at Cal­houn, where she is con­sid­ered by many to be the best fe­male bas­ket­ball player ever at the school.

McDon­ald also let­tered one year in softball at Cal­houn be­fore go­ing on to at­tent col­lege at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia. She played in­tra­mu­ral bas­ket­ball at UGA where she av­er­aged 33 points per game dur­ing her fresh­man and sopho­more years. She also coached dor­mi­tory teams in in­tra­mu­ral ath­letic ac­tiv­i­ties her ju­nior and se­nior years.

McDon­ald went on to teach at Cal­houn High, where she coached for 29 years. She was in­stru­men­tal in start­ing the girls track and field pro­gram, boys and girls vol­ley­ball pro­grams and girls cross coun­try pro­gram. She was named the As­sis­tant Coach of the Year by the Ge­or­gia Ath­letic Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gion 7-A.

She was a found­ing mem­ber of the Cal­houn High School Tip Off Club and also coached at the Cal­houn Recre­ation De­part­ment for 29 years. She co-founded the Amer­i­can Red Cross Swim Pro­gram for Cal­houn and Gor­don County, co-founded the Gor­don County Ladies Golf League and sat on the rules com­mit­tee for the Ge­or­gia Recre­ation and Parks As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ken­neth Moore

Moore at­tended Cal­houn High School from 1945-1949 where he was a four-sport stand­out. He was a four-year let­ter­man in foot­ball and led the re­gion in points (118) in 1847 and was All-Re­gion Class C in 1948. He was named All­State and State 2nd-Team for all classes and won Al­lSouth­ern Hon­ors. He scored the most touch­downs in one game with 10 and scored 384 points in his four-year ca­reer.

He was also a four-year let­ter­man in track where he was All-Re­gion and All-State in low hur­dles, first in high jump and a record holder. Moore also was a four-year let­ter­man in bas­ket­ball and base­ball.

He earned a schol­ar­ship to Clem­son Univer­sity where he set ACC Con­fer­ence records for most yards on punt re­turns. He av­er­aged 30.4 yards per re­turn and scored on the long­est punt re­turn of 78 yards. He also ran track at Clem­son, com­pet­ing in the broad jump and pole vault.

Moore was also a mem­ber of the U.S. Marines from 19501951 where he was a 6 Naval District Cham­pion and Lit­tle Army Navy Cham­pion.

He is a mem­ber of the Ki­wa­nis Club.

Mike Nance

Nance went to Cal­houn High School from 1977-1981 where he was a stand­out ath­lete in both bas­ket­ball and ten­nis. He was a four-year let­ter­man in bas­ket­ball and is Cal­houn’s All-Time top re­bounder, is top-two all-time in scor­ing av­er­age and is top five in free throw per­cent­age.

He helped lead the bas­ket­ball team to a re­gion cham­pi­onship, was named to the Rome News-Tri­bune All-Area Team twice, the Chat­tanoota Times Free Press All TriS­tate Team once and was the Cal­houn Times No. 1 Player in the Area twice. He broke the sin­gle- game scor­ing record with 51 points, was a two-year cap­tain of the team, was voted MVP of the bas­ket­ball team and voted Cal­houn High School Male Ath­lete of the Year, was named Shoney’s Out­stand­ing Player of the Year and nom­i­nated to McDon­ald’s All-Amer­i­can Team.

Nance was a four-year let­ter­man in ten­nis as well where he won re­gion in dou­bles, was run­ner up in State Ten­nis Fi­nals, won two ten­nis Sub-State Cham­pi­onships, went un­de­feated in Re­gional sin­gles, was a state quar­ter­fi­nal­ist in dou­bles and was Se­quoyah Open Sin­gles Cham­pion.

He earned a full bas­ket­ball schol­ar­ship to Val­dosta State Col­lege be­fore trans­fer­ring to Shorter Col­lege. He earned Covenant Invitational MVP, held all-time field goal per­cent­age record and led nation in free throw shoot­ing at half- way point of ju­nior sea­son. He missed two free throws his en­tire ju­nior sea­son.

Nance con­tin­ued his athletics ca­reer af­ter col­lege play­ing softball, bas­ket­ball, ten­nis and golf. In softball, he won seven straight church league ti­tles while play­ing for First Bap­tist Church and won seven straight district cham­pi­onships and mumer­ous other league and tour­na­ment cham­pi­onships.

As a golfer, Nance has won three Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, five Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety State Cham­pi­onships, a No Sand­bag­ging Cham­pi­onship. He won 16 times on the Golf Chan­nel Ama­teur Tour and won nu­mer­ous league cham­pi­onships.

In bas­ket­ball, he won 10 men’s open league cham­pi­onships, eight church league cham­pi­onships and once scored 67 points ina game with 20 3-point­ers.

As a ten­nis player, he won the 1997 USTA Men’s State Cham­pi­onship, was a two-year state cham­pion in the men’s open divi­sion won nu­mer­ous USTA League and tour­na­ment cham­pi­onships.

Nance was a part of Cal­houn/ Gor­don County Lead­er­ship in 1989 and a Cal­houn Recre­ation Board Mem­ber.

Matthew Pitts

Pitts went to Gor­don Cen­tral High from 1996-2000 where he was a three-sport stand­out, earn­ing his big­gest hon­ors in wrestling.

He was a two-time state cham­pion on the mat, won 15 tour­nametn cham­pi­onships dur­ing his high school ca­reer and was voted Out­stand­ing Wrestler at five dif­fer­ent tour­na­ments. He was named to the Chat­tanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps Al­lArea Wrestling Team, was the Dal­ton Daily Cit­i­zen’s Wrestler of the Year and earned High School All-Amer­i­can Hon­ors by Wrestling USA Mag­a­zine. He was ranked No. 8 in the coun­try in his weight class.

Pitts also ex­celled in foot­ball as a three-year let­ter­man, earn­ing Rome News-Tri­bune All-Area Team two con­sec­u­tive years and earn­ing the Golden Hel­met Award. He was also a four-year let­ter­man in soc­cer and was named to the All-Area Team.

Pitts earned a wrestling schol­ar­ship to the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga, and while there, he was voted South­ern Con­fer­ence Fresh­man of the Year, earned three berths in the NCAA Cham­pi­onship and placed se­cond at the South­ern Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onships.

Pitts is the owner and head wrestling coach at Grind­house Wrestling School, which he opened in 2011. He has been an as­sis­tant wrestling coach at Red Bud Mid­dle since 2009.

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