- Cullman, Alabama

February 9, 2014

LOCAL SPORTS: Bearcats’ Britton headlines Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame’s 15th class

By Rob Ketcham
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — 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:

Cullman/St. Bernard

Mark Britton*

Garlan Gudger Sr.*

Bert McGriff*

Brian Bowen

Wayne Chappell

Todd Hermetz

Bill Peinhart


Rufus Leeth*

Bert Simpson*

Jayne Clem

Bryan Boz Whitaker

Cold Springs

Jeff Freeman*

Tim Burleson

Donna Freeman Calvert


Kim Dyer Perry*

Greg Boatright

Mark Moore

Good Hope

Connie Gardner*

Edwin Calvert

Mike Stansberry

Holly Pond

Bob Palys*

Vickie Akers

Paul M. Brown

Donald Reid


Ronnie Heaton*

Frank Gingrich

West Point

Steve Woodard*

Bertis G. Humphrey

Charles Rickey Kent

Doris McAdams

* 2014 inductee

% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 138 or at