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Macon Sports Hall Announces Inductees

The Macon Sports Hall of Fame will grow by ten members this May.

The class, announced Tuesday, includes athletes and coaches representing several different high schools and colleges.

Brannon Bonifay was a star athlete at Lanier High School who went on to play baseball at Georgia Tech.  Last year he coached Brentwood to a GISA State baseball title.

Steve Putnal also played at Lanier High. He also earned a scholarship to Georgia Tech where he played linebacker for the Yellow Jackets.

Al Pollard was an All-State fullback at Central High School who led the Big Orange to the State Champoinship game in 1972.  He played collegiate football at Georgia and was a member of the Bulldogs 1976 SEC Championship team.

Terry Fair was a big part of Southwest High School's 1979 National Championship basketball team. He went on play at Georgia and helped the Bulldogs to the 1983 Final Four where they lost to eventual National Champion North Carolina State.

Larry Tharpe played football at Southwest and then collegiate football at Tennessee State.  He spent eight years in the NFL with the Lions, Cardinals and Steelers.

Latavia Coleman is considered by many to be the finest women's basketball player to come out of Southwest High.  She earned a scholarship to Florida State where she scored over 1400 points.  She's currently the head women's basketball coach at Howard High and led the Lady Huskies to the Elite 8 this season.

Larry Emery was a standout running back at Northeast High School. He earned a scholarship to Wisconsin and rushed for over three thousand yards in his Badger career.  He played one season in the NFL with the Atlanata Falcons.

Mark Farriba starred in several sports at Stratford Academy and earned a football scholarship to the University of Georgia.  He then embarked on a coaching career that has seen him win state football titles at FPD and Stratford.  Last season he led Prince Avenue Christian in Athens to the Class A Private Schools State Championship game in the Georgia Dome.

Barry Myers spent 25 years as the head baseball coach at Mercer University.  His team's won over 600 games and three conference championships.

The final member of the Class of 2013 is M.L. Clark who was a volunteer coach for many seasons at River North Academy and Stratford Academy.

This year's class will be officially inducted on May 16 at the Macon Centreplex.  Tickets for the banquet are $25.



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