Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame

Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame

Seven new names will be written into local sports history as the Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

The Class of 2017 was elected this week by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors and previously inducted Hall-of-Famers. The class, which is the third to be inducted, includes Jacin Bagwell, Staci Miller Banks, Casey Baxter, Ann Rogers Gallman, Barry Hall, Clarence Porch and Lynn Walter.

The group will be officially inducted at the annual CGSHOF Banquet on Aug. 12 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College Gordon Campus.

Here is some more details on this year’s inductees (in alphabetical order):

Jacin Bagwell

Bagwell is 1979 Calhoun High alumni, where he made his biggest mark in baseball. He was a varsity starter in all four years of his high school career from 1975-79. He also played basketball at Calhoun where he earned the Best Defensive Award and was a part of the National Honor Society.

Bagwell went on to attend Shorter College from 1980-84 where he earned a B.S. in Recreation Management while also continuing his baseball career. As a player for the Hawks, he started three years and holds school records for highest batting average in a single season (.421), most hits in a single season (80), most doubles in a single season (18) and most walks in a single season (45). He was two-time All-GIAC Conference selection, two-time All-District selection, All-Area selection and a NAIA All-American Honorable Mention selection. He was named tri-captain and also earned the Joe Hackett Memorial Award MVP before signing a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates after his junior season.

Bagwell played in the Stan Musial World Series in 1981 as part of a Summer League team and batted .444 in the series while also tying a tournament record by having three doubles in a single game. He has also coached youth sports in the Calhoun area, including three years in football, six years in baseball and two years in basketball.

Staci Miller Banks

Banks is a 1992 graduate of Gordon Central High where she was a multi-sport athlete, achieving success in basketball, softball and track. She was a four-year letterman in basketball where she holds the school record for most points in a single season and career, most rebounds in a game and career and most career free throws made. She held the record for most points in a single game with 39 until it was broken in 2009. She was a team captain for three consecutive years, region tournament MVP, All-State Honorable Mention in 1991 and 1992, NWGA Tip-Off Club Player of the Year for her team in 1990, 1991 and 1992, Rome News-Tribune All-Area Team selection in 1990, 1991 and 1992, Calhoun Times All-Area Team selection in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992 and Calhoun Times Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992.

Banks also made her mark in softball where she was a four-year letterman and earned Rome News-Tribune All-Area honors in 1991 and 1992 and Calhoun Times All-Area Team honors in 1991 and 1992. She was also named to the Chattanooga Free Press All-Star Team in 1992 and finished off her high school career with a .409 batting average and just one error in her senior season.

Banks was also a four-year letterman in track at Gordon Central, was voted Most Athletic Female by her senior class and was inducted in the first Hall of Fame class at Gordon Central.

Banks went on to play basketball at Valdosta State University where she was a four-year letterman and earned the Team Hustle Award and Coaches Award. She was part of a team that won the 1995 Eastern Division Championship and participated in the NCAA Division II National Tournament Sweet 16.

Banks has served as a youth softball and basketball coach locally for eight years and was an assistant girls basketball coach at Gordon Central from 2008-2010.

Casey Baxter

Baxter graduated from Calhoun High in 2002 where he was a standout athlete in four sports, making his biggest impact on the basketball court. His basketball career for the Jackets included being team leader in 2000 in points, steals and rebounds, a 2001 State Finalist, 2002 Regional champion, 2001 Chattanooga Times Free Press Area Player of the Year and Robert Davis Heart and Desire Award, 2001 and 2002 NWGA Tip-Off Club Player of the Year, 2002 Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival MVP, 2002 AJC Region 7-AA Player of the Year and was selected to the 2002 North-South All-Star Game. Baxter still holds the program’s all-time scoring mark and most wins in a career.

Baxter also was stellar on the baseball diamond, lettering for three years. He was a part of the 2000 State championship team and was named the Defensive Player of the Year that season. He was also part of the 2002 Elite Eight team.

Baxter played football at Calhoun as well where he was named the WEBS Team Impact Player of the Year and earned the Permanent Team Captain Award. In 2000, he was named All-State Honorable Mention and was a First-Team All-State selection in 2001. He was a part of a region title and an Elite Eight appearance during his career.

Baxter lettered in track during high school also as a five-event participant. He was a finalist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Scrappy Moore Athlete of the Year Award and was Calhoun High’s representative for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Baxter went on to play basketball at Shorter College where he was a three-year starter. He earned the Southern States Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Award and was a two-time Academic All-Conference selection. He was named the NWGA Tip-Off Club Team Player of the Year in the 2005-2006 season.

Baxter served as the head basketball coach at Calhoun High from 2007-2010 where he led the Jackets to two subregion championships and was named the NWGA Tip-Off Club Coach of the Month. He has also served as an assistant football coach at Ashworth Middle (2010-2012) and assistant basketball coach at Sonoraville Middle (2014-15). He is also an FCA Leader.

Ann Rogers Gallman

Gallman is a 1966 graduate of Calhoun High and was a star basketball player during her high school career. She played for the Jackets from 1962-1966 and was a two-time 3-AA Regional All-Tournament Team selection and the first forward in the history of Calhoun High to make the All-State Team. Gallman broke three school records, including 940 points in a single season, 41 points in a single game and 2,068 points in a career. She was a three-year letterman, co-captain, All-Area top scorer and made 100 free throws in a row.

Gallman has coached youth basketball and served as a Cub Scout den leader in Calhoun and served in numerous roles at Calhoun First Baptist Church for the past 25 years.

Barry Hall

Hall is a Gordon Central High alumni where he graduated in 1996 after a decorated football career. As a lineman, Hall helped lead the Warriors to the State quarterfinals and was a four-year letterman. Gordon Central retired Hall’s jersey in 2001 as the first and only player to ever have his jersey retired at the school. He also played basketball at Gordon Central.

Hall earned a full scholarship for football to Middle Tennessee State University where he played from 1997-2001. He was a three-time All-Conference selection, team captain, All-Independent player and All-American candidate. He ranked as a top-20 offensive tackle in 2001 and earned the Academic Athlete Scholarship.

Hall went on to play for the Tennessee Titans in 2001 before returning to serve as a Gordon Central High assistant football coach and teacher from 2013-2015. He founded Coaches Closet at Gordon Central High which supplies clothing to needy children. He has also worked with adaptive physical education and the Special Olympics and served as the Calhoun First United Methodist Church athletic director.

Clarence Porch

Porch was a standout in basketball and track during his time at Calhoun High before graduating in 1975. In basketball, he was a two-year letterman, Co-MVP in 1974 and MVP and Team Captain in 1975. He was named to the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival All-Tournament Team in 1973 and 1974 and was the leader in area stats in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. He was named as an alternate to the North-South Georgia All-Star Game.

Porch set school records in track in the 440 yard dash, 440 relay and mile relay in 1975. He also set the school record in the high jump in 1973 and 1975.

Porch received a full scholarship to play basketball at Dalton Junior College where he played from 1975-1977. He was a two-year starter for the Roadrunners, who were nationally ranked, and also a team co-captain and received the Team Captain/Leadership Award. He was the leader in scoring and rebounding for the team and ranked fifth in rebounding and field goal percentage in the Georgia Junior College Association Region XVII All-Tournament Team in 1977.

He went on from there to play at the University of West Georgia on a full athletic scholarship from 1977-1979. He was a two-year starter for the Braves and was the team leader in rebounding and scoring. He earned the Big Heart Award in 1977-1978, Ward Pafford Award in 1978-1979 and Jerry Faulkner Award in 1978-1979. He also ran track at West Georgia where he participated in the Florida Relays in the 440 yard dash and in the Berry Invitational in the intermediate hurdles and mile relay.

Porch has served as an Upward Basketball coach and a School Council member.

Lynn Walter

Walter is a Calhoun High graduate from 1957 and then went on to have an impressive coaching career at the school. As an athlete from 1954-1957, he was a three-year letterman in baseball, state mile relay team participant in track and also played basketball and JV football.

Walter went on to coach track, tennis and cross country at Calhoun High. As a track coach, he won two region championships and sent an athlete to the State Meet in 29 out of his 30 years. Walter won 16 region championships as a cross country coach and an overall state championship in 1974. He had three state runner-up finishes, five third-place finishes and five fourth-place finishes. He was named the 1983 Georgia State Cross Country Coach of the Year and the 1993 Atlanta Track Club Coach of the Year.

As a tennis coach, he had a State doubles champion and a two State doubles runners-up. He is the only coach in Calhoun High history to have state champions or runners-up in three different sports.