The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 7, 2014

Limestone Sports HOF announce 2014 inductees

By Jonathan Deal
jonathan@athensnews-courier.com

— The Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame will induct eight new members at its annual banquet held June 14 at Athens State University. The 2014 inductees are:

Hugo Bates: A 1955 graduate of Tanner high school, Bates is best known for his support of Athens athletics and band for more than a decade. Bates was involved in the AHS band and served as a basketball and softball manager for many years.

Bates was a crossing guard at Julian Newman Elementary School for 14 years and received the Outstanding Service Award from the Athens Booster Club in 1991.

Carrell Daniel: Carrell stared in baseball, football, baseball and track for Athens from 1950-53. The AHS fullback was selected to the All-Tennessee Valley Conference and All-State Teams in 1953.

He was the TVC 100-yard dash champion and finished 2nd place in the state track meet in the 100, 440 and 880 relays. Carrell also pithed on the AHS and summer independent league teams.

After a stellar career at Athens, Carrell received a scholarship to the University of Alabama where he played both ways on the 1955 that featured Bart Starr at quarterback. Carrell transferred to Florence State College for his final two college seasons a was a team captain his senior year.

Jimmy Elmore: A four-sport letterman at Dothan High School, Elmore excelled in football, basketball, baseball and track. Elmore moved to Athens in 1963 where he was a three-sport letter and made the All-TVC football and basketball teams for his final two seasons.

After making the All-State football team his senior year, Elmore received a football scholarship to Memphis State and played defensive back for two seasons before a career-ending injury his junior year forced him off the field.

Elmore coached the Memphis State freshman team as a senior in 1967. The 1964 Athens graduate went on to coach Austin High School.

David Hogan: An All-Conference performer at Tanner (1962-63) and Athens (1964-65), Hogan went on to play for Memphis State in 1966. Hogan made the All-Freshman team at Memphis State in 1966 then transferred to UNA where he set an NAIA record for most field goals in a single game (5) and most points in a game (21).

Hogan finished his career as a 25-year veteran coach of Hartselle, Austin, Johnson, Hazlewood and Haleyville.

The longtime football coach finished his career with an 88-40 record as a head coach, including a 14-5 playoff record. Hogan became the first coach to in back-to-back state championships in two different classifications with Hazlewood in 1981-82. His final record at Hazlewood was 54-7 including a 32 game winning streak.

Larry Keenum: Longtime coach at Athens State University, Keenum was inducted into the Alabama Jr. and Community College Hall of Fame in 1996. Keenum’s final record at Athens State was 475-288.

His teams came close to winning national championships twice, finishing second in 1994 and 1999.

As a player, Keenum had a .463 batting average in 1974 was named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American as sophomore.

James Nolan: A three-year starter at Trinity High School, Nolan scored more than 30 touchdowns in his career. He went to play for Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio where he started at running back in his final two seasons. Nolan later played running back for the semi-pro Decatur Rough Riders during their undefeated inaugural season. Nolan was selected to the All-Time Trinity Football team in 1999.

Billy Owens: Longtime coach and current principal at Tanner High School, Owens played basketball and baseball at Athens State from 1976-78. Owens went on to coach Athens Bible School, West Limestone and Tanner.

Coaching Tanner in 1986, Owens was named the 3A State Coach of the Year after winning the state boys basketball championship.

Owens has served as athletic director for 15 years and was a Limestone County baseball umpire for 31 years. For the past 11 years, Owens has served as the Limestone County basketball tournament director.

Paul Parker:  An All-State running back, Parker helped Athens to a 10-0 regular season record and state playoff appearance. Parker later played for Abilene Christian University, which won a national championship during his first season in 1973.

Parker went on to coach at Athens Middle School, Athens High School and is currently the physical education and head archery instructor at Athens Intermediate School.