By PATRICK CASEY
The Walton High School Sports Hall of Fame will induct their fifth class this Friday (Oct. 13) morning at 11 a.m. at McLain’s Restaurant and will honor the group on inductees on Friday night at halftime of the Holmes County-Walton varsity football game at Everette Yates Memorial Stadium. The selections were made from former athletes, coaches, administrators and distinctive supporters of the Athletic Department at Walton High School.
This year’s class includes four individuals and the 1964 Walton football team that posted a 9-1 record in an era that was just beginning to build a state football championship playoff system.
The individuals to be honored include:
Mary Henderson- The former Maude Saunders physical education teacher (35 years at MSE and 41 years overall in teaching) served as one of the most reliable volunteer scorebook keepers for Braves athletics from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s for the Walton basketball program and she also had a hand in officiating games at one time. The multi-purpose building/gymnasium is named for her at Maude Saunders Elementary.
Tavarus Hogans- The 1996 Walton graduate was a four-sport athlete that went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University and was a scholarship athlete in football as a wide receiver for the Commodores football team from 1996-99. Hogans was one of the top all-around football players for the Braves in the 1990s and played on the varsity basketball and baseball teams throughout his career at the school. He was a district champion in track in the 100 meter dash (and third in the state) his senior year and took second in the long jump.
Lakeisha Parrish- The all-time leading scorer in Walton girls basketball history, Parrish posted 2,087 points in four years playing for coach Larry Geoghagan. Parrish helped the Lady Braves to four consecutive playoff berths (as well as four district titles) from 1992-93 to 1995-96 with Walton finishing as state runner-up in Class 3A her senior year after reaching the Final Four during her freshman season of 1992-93. Parrish led the team in scoring all four seasons as the team posted an 83-21 mark during her time at the school. Parrish went on to Troy University as a scholarship athlete and played three seasons as she earned Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors as a junior in 1998-99 and was the 10th player in school history to join the 1,000 point club.
Jeff Webb- The winningest coach in Walton football history (including playoffs) holds a record of 48-21-1 as the leader of the program from the 1981-86 seasons. Webb coached the Walton football to a state championship in 1985, a state runner-up finish in 1983 and a 9-0-1 regular season in 1986 before the Braves fell to Jacksonville Bolles 10-9 in a Class 2A state semifinal that was played at Everette Yates Memorial Stadium in what would be his last game with the school on Dec. 12, 1986. In 38 seasons of coaching he holds a record of 278-98-1 which places him in the Top 10 in victories in high school football in the state of Florida.
The 1964 Walton varsity football team posted a 9-1 mark with the squad’s only loss coming at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery in a 47-14 decision to Alabama Class 4A power Robert E. Lee. Walton broke Milton’s 29-game regular season winning streak with a 14-13 road victory on Nov. 6 of that season for a signature win in the only contest of their nine victories that saw a margin closer than 13 points. Eight players were chosen to the Northwest Florida All-Conference team and head coach Buddy Supple was chosen as Coach of the Year of the Northwest Florida Conference and by the Pensacola News Journal. Walton did not enter the state playoffs (it was in just its second year and had only two classes) but the 9-1 squad definitely ranks as one of the top teams in the school’s 97-year history in playing the sport.
Members of the 1964 football team and coaches invited for the event include:
Team Manager Chucky Roehm
Team Manager David Thomas
Head Coach Buddy Supple
Coach Wilmer Pelham
Coach Charles Paulk
Coach Cleve Jones
Come out this Friday night to Everette Yates Memorial Stadium as Walton High School and the Walton Sports Hall of Fame honors these individuals at halftime of the Walton Braves football game against Holmes County.