By Rob Ketcham
The Cullman Times
If wins were physical objects, Mark Britton might have a problem finding a place to store all of his.
Maybe the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame will provide a bit more room.
Cullman’s current sideline leader and the program’s all-time winningest coach — he has 113 after commandeering an eighth straight first-round playoff victory this past fall — headlines the prestigious group’s 2014 class, a list of 11 deserving names that have definitely impacted the local sports scene over the years.
Joining Britton as inductees are Garlan Gudger Sr. and Bert McGriff, representing Cullman and St. Bernard; Rufus Leeth and Bert Simpson, Hanceville; Jeff Freeman, Cold Springs; Kim Dyer Perry, Fairview; Connie Gardner, Good Hope; Bob Palys, Holly Pond; Ronnie Heaton, Vinemont; and Steve Woodard, West Point;
Cullman/St. Bernard and Hanceville are designated multiple selections because its athletic programs have been established longer than the other six schools in the county.
The CCSHOF will officially usher in its 15th faction at a banquet on April 26 at the Civic Center. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at Peoples Bank in Cullman.
The Times will again publish profiles of all the inductees in the weeks leading up to the ceremony.
Before agreeing upon 11 finalists, the CCSHOF board whittled the number of nominees down to 30. See the full list of semifinalists below:
Garlan Gudger Sr.*
Bryan Boz Whitaker
Donna Freeman Calvert
Kim Dyer Perry*
Paul M. Brown
Bertis G. Humphrey
Charles Rickey Kent
* 2014 inductee
% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 138 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.