HALEYVILLE - The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, July 20, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. Tickets will be $20 for the steak dinner and may be purchased at the branches of Traders and Farmers Bank or at the door.
Tony Giles, the “Voice of the Crimson Tide” at Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum, will be the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker will be Tyler Watts, former Alabama quarterback.
The following are the inductees from Lynn High School:
Steve Cagle participated in varsity football five years from 2003-07;
Varsity baseball 2004-2008;
Varsity basketball 2005-06;
Varsity powerlifting 2004-08;
In football, he was named All State Honorable Mention 2006-07; NAC Most Valuable Player 2006; Daily Mountain Eagle Elite Team 2006-07; Northwest Alabamian All Star team 2005-07; All County 2004-07; All Conference 2005-07.
Baseball honors included All County 2004-08; All Conference 2005-08; Northwest Alabamian All Star team 2006-08.
Jennifer Tittle participated in basketball from 1996-2001; volleyball 1997-2000 and softball 1998-2001.
In basketball, she received All County honors from her freshman through her senior year. She was All Conference from the eighth grade through senior year; All Area sophomore through senior. year; All State Honorable Mention sophomore year; Northwest Alabamian All Star team her junior and senior year; Eagle Elite basketball team junior and senior years; Most Valuable Player and captain her sophomore, junior and senior years.
Volleyball honors included All County freshman and junior. years; All Conference freshman and sophomore years; All Area junior year; Northwest Alabamian All Star team junior year; Defensive MVP sophomore year; Most Valuable Player and captain junior year.
Softball - All County senior year; All Conference sophomore and senior years; Northwest Alabamian All-Star team junior and senior years; Eagle Elite softball team junior and senior years; Most Valuable Player and captain junior and senior years.
She received the 2001 Steve Williams Memorial Trophy for athletic accomplishment, leadership ability, academic achievement and moral character. Tittle was also named to the Student Athlete Academic All-State honor in 2000 and 2001.
The 2019 Winston County Sports Hall of Fame special category inductee from Lynn High School is Dan Nelson. Nelson was a long time teacher of the agriculture program at Lynn during the late 1980s and 1990s.
During his time at Lynn, he established himself as a very accomplished agriculture teacher. His classes taught many young men valuable skills they would use in future careers and in life.
Few people may have seen or known, but he was also a very instrumental part of Lynn athletics, especially to the football programs of coaches Dan Hogan, Mark Finley and Norman Trapp.
Nelson was a huge supporter and mainstay at Bears football games during his tenure. He was always there to support the players and coaches on game night. However, his biggest contributions probably occurred when most people were not looking.
Nelson was always a person who took initiative when he saw something that needed done. He did not wait for one of the coaches to ask him to help make repairs or improvements to the facilities. He spent countless hours on the upkeep of the football and baseball fields and other facilities. He used the time spent on these improvements to also teach skills to his classes. He and his students planted grass, mowed grass, sprayed fertilizers and weed killer, lined or painted playing fields for games and mended broken fences.
He welded and repaired many pieces of weight equipment for all athletes. If there was ever any remodeling or rewiring of any part of a facility, Nelson simply took care of it so coaches and principals did not have to worry with it.
Former Lynn coaches have made the statement that he and his agriculture program was the best in the Winston County School system to help and support the school and athletic programs.
Of the many building projects with which he was involved, one stands out above the rest. Nelson was a main contributor in building the baseball dugouts for Lynn’s high school field. The dugouts remain to this day and are still as good as any around.
Football coaches Hogan and Finley got plenty of coaching critiques from him, and he always reminds them he is still the only undefeated football coach in Lynn history, as his team always won the school’s inter-squad senior game. Lynn was fortunate to have such a great teacher, supporter and man at our school. The Hall of Fame is proud to induct Dan Nelson as the Lynn special category inductee for 2019.
See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.