Tracy Lentz

Tracy L. Lentz graduated from East Lawrence High School in 1985 and lettered in golf and basketball. 

He began playing golf at age 8 and his dream was to compete as a professional golfer.  He won the North Alabama High School Golf Sectionals in 1984 and his East Lawrence team qualified for the State Golf Tournament in 1985 where they finished seventh.

Lentz received an Athletic Scholarship to the University of Alabama and was a member of the Crimson Tide men’s golf team from 1985 to 1990.  He was selected as a National Academic All-American in 1987 and 1990. He is recognized in the Crimson Tide Academic Hall of Fame.  In 1988, he won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award which honors the University’s top academic athlete.  He served as team co-captain for the 1989-90 season and had five top ten finishes including a fourth place finish in the 1990 Southeastern Conference Championship at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi.

Lentz then received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Finance and worked as an academic aide for the Center for Athletic Student Services while completing his Master’s Degree in Money and Investing from the Manderson School of Business at the University of Alabama in 1991.

After college his amateur golf career continued. In 1992, Tracy qualified and participated in the U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Course in Dublin, Ohio.  He also participated in the Scottish Stroke Play Championship in Troon, Scotland. He won six statewide events in 1992 including the Florence Country Club Invitational, Dothan Invitational and Terri Pines Invitational Championship.

In 1993, he qualified as an amateur to play in the Regional U.S. Open Qualfier in Atlanta, Georgia.  Lentz also qualified for the Southern Amateur in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the Eastern Amateur in Charleston, South Carolina.

In 1994, Lentz turned professional and participated in tournaments and qualifiers on the Hooter’s Tour, Nike Tour, Emerald Coast Tour and Golden Bear Tour. 

He finished 17th on the money list in on the Golden Bear Tour in Boca Raton, Florida.  He also, participated in the PGA Tour Qualfiying School in 1994, 1995, and 1996.

Lentz has since moved back to the Decatur area and is now married to the former Angela Hollimon of Trinity, AL, and they have two children, Trace and Mason. 

He owns an investment firm, Lentz Thompson Retirement Advisors in Decatur. He applied for and his amateur status was reinstated in 2002 and he still plays and competes in local golf tournaments and charity events. 

He is actively involved with Westmeade Baptist Church in Decatur and enjoys coaching his two sons in their local baseball and basketball leagues.

Deano Orr

Deano Orr grew up in Courtland and is the son of Robert and Maxine Orr. 

A three-sport student athlete at Courtland High School from 1985-88, he also excelled in the classroom, finishing salutatorian of his senior class.

As a senior tailback in 1988, he led the Courtland Chiefs to their first AHSAA state football title.  During the Class 1A championship game, Orr scored two touchdowns and rushed for 75 yards on just six carries to secure the Chiefs victory. 

Orr also led the Chiefs to the school’s first Class 1A state championship game appearance two years earlier in 1986, where he separated his shoulder after scoring the Chiefs' first touchdown.  Courtland lost to Sweet Water after Orr left the game and finished state runner-ups in 1986. 

He ended his Chiefs career with over 1,500 yards rushing and averaged 6.6 yards per carry and 15.5 yards per reception.  He earned All-County and All-Area his junior and senior seasons, where he was coached by Hall of Famer, Coach Louis White.

Orr was also a gifted basketball player with phenomenal leaping ability. He began dunking a basketball in the 6th Grade and averaged double figures in all three varsity seasons with the Chiefs while playing all five positions. He helped the Chiefs to the State Semi-Finals appearances in 1987 and 1989 and received All-County honors at the Lawrence County Basketball Tournament his senior year.

Orr also lettered in track and field and led the Chiefs to the Class 1A Runner-up trophy in 1989, where he medaled in the Long Jump and the 1600-Meter Relay at the Alabama High School State Track & Field Meet.

Orr was labeled an Alabama Blue Chip in Football by Lindy’s Recruiting Service and eventually signed a football scholarship with the Ole Miss Rebels. He lettered four years in the SEC with the Rebels, where he was a standout offensive, defensive and special teams performer on teams that reached three post-season bowl games.  Orr played in the 1989 Liberty Bowl, 1991 Gator Bowl and 1992 Liberty Bowl.  He was a 1989 recipient of the National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award at Ole Miss and earned All-SEC Honor Roll in 1991-92. 

Orr spent time at running back, outside linebacker and inside linebacker during his time at Ole Miss and earned his Bachelor’s of business administration from Ole Miss in 1993.

Professionally, Orr has been employed with International Paper for 18 years and currently serves as executive director of the International Paper Foundation & Global Giving Programs. 

Orr also sits on the Ole Miss Alumni Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Deano and his wife LaSheka currently reside in Memphis, Tennessee.

Kylie Letson Smith

Kylie Letson Smith was born September 21, 1921, in the New Hope community of Lawrence County.  She attended grades 1-9 at Courtland and made JV All-County in 1937.  Since Courtland only went through the ninth grade, Kylie completed her education at Hazlewood High School in Town Creek, graduating in 1940. 

Smith was selected Varsity All-County in 1938, 1939, and 1940.  In the 1930’s, the basketball court was divided into three sections. Kylie played the guard position and was awarded  All-County honors for her outstanding defensive ability. Her husband always maintained she was like a shadow and nobody could score off Kylie and yet she never fouled the opponent. 

Mrs. Smith was a member of Hazlewood’s 1939 Lawrence County Championship team.

In October 1939, as a high school senior, Kylie married Reuben Smith (2003 Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee). 

Upon graduating from Hazlewood in 1940, she joined her husband and worked a short time at Goodyear Textile Mills in Decatur prior to purchasing a farm in the Langtown Community where Mrs. Smith resided until her death in 2010.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith had four children: Dr. Ron Smith, Carolyn Claborn, Beverly Bentley, and Coach Don Smith who was inducted into the Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

After being out of high school for 16 years, in 1956 when her youngest child entered the first grade, Mrs. Smith enrolled in college graduating from Athens State College in 1960 as her eldest son graduated from high school.  Kylie served as principal/teacher at the old Antioch School in the Five Points Community until it was closed.  For a short period of time she taught 5th grade and 8th grade at Moulton before transferring to 1st grade at Moulton Elementary for the next 22 years before retiring in 1984 at the age of 62.

Kylie and Reuben passed the love of basketball and sports on to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren where many continue to be involved in sports today.  Mrs. Smith attended every Lawrence County Basketball Tournament until declining health two years prior to her death. She often gave family members tips on how to improve their game –“you must have quick hands and quick feet” were her instructions. 

In earlier years (mid 1930’s), she actually sold eggs in order to pay admission to basketball games. Her love for the game of basketball continued throughout her life.

Mrs. Smith was a member of Alabama Education Association, National Education Association,  Lawrence County Retired Teachers Association,  Kappa Kappa Iota, and was a Lawrence County poll worker.

Kylie was a loving “Granny” to 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed attending any and all kinds of athletic events, reading, puzzles, gardening, flowers, and cooking everyone’s favorite food, especially those big Sunday dinners for  her family.

Clyde Goode, III

Clyde Goode III, was born the youngest of five children to Clyde Jr. and Vernell Goode. He played football at Alabama from 1987 to 1991.

After leading Hazlewood to a state championship, Goode passed on scholarship offers from smaller colleges and walked on at Alabama. He earned three letters and played for Bill Curry and Gene Stallings, but he is perhaps most remembered in Crimson Tide history for his entrepreneurship. When college coaches were visiting the Goode home recruiting his older brothers, Clyde III charged his friends admission to meet the coaches. He said Ray Perkins’ visit to the home netted him $7.

Goode ran track three seasons for Hazlewood and was on the 1987 team that won the 2A state championship.

During this championship run, he won the state triple jump and long jump. He is one of those rare athletes that was part of Hazlewood’s Triple Crown of Champions. This is when the Golden Bears won state championships in football, basketball and baseball in the same school term.

He was captain of Hazlewood’s 1987 football team and all-county and all-area. After completing his playing days at Alabama, Goode played one season in the Canadian Football League.

He is the single-father of four children: Peyton Harris, Milan Cowan Goode, Sloan Goode, and Sydney Goode.

Clyde joins brothers Chris, Kerry, Pierre, and father Clyde Goode Jr., as Hall of Fame members. His uncle, Percy Goode, and first cousin Antonio Langham are also HOF members.

Jimmy Mayfield

Jimmy Mayfield graduated from Red Bay High School in 1961 where he played football, basketball and baseball. He earned five letters in football, four in baseball and two in basketball.

After high school, he signed a baseball scholarship with Itawamba Junior College in Mississippi where he played two seasons for legendary coach Curtis Monroe.

Mayfield is a member of the Franklin County Hall of Fame and serves as a director for the organization.

After 39 years of coaching, Mayfield considers Hatton to be the best coaching years of his career. He led the Hornets for eight seasons and still wonders why he left.

In his first two seasons as Hatton’s head coach, Mayfield had a 6-14 season. He was determined to turn the program around. Mayfield, with Royal Carpenter as his assistant, posted a 51-19 record his final six seasons and carried the Hornets to the state playoffs twice. Mayfield coached in the 1975 North-South all-star football game. The North won 7-6 on a Hatton player's famous punt return late in the game.

In his later years, Mayfield turned to coaching baseball and golf. He amassed over 300 wins in baseball. In golf, Mayfield carried his teams to the state playoffs seven times. They finished second twice and third three times.

Mayfield's record for his last three years was 108-25-1. In his last year of coaching, Red Bay finished 24-4-1 and state runner up.

Mayfield said he is fortunate to have coached some fine young men and to meet up with the Carpenter family. His wife of 35 years (Barbara) died in 1999. He is currently married to the former Lavell Armstrong for 12 years and they are both retired and living in Red Bay.

Calvin Gholston

Calvin Gholston is arguably on of the greatest offensive players to ever wear a basketball uniform in Lawrence County. His skills were evident when he scored a junior high county tournament record 40 points. His junior high teams lost only two games.

Gholston graduated from Mount Hope High in 1975.

With Teddy Reed as his coach, he started three consecutive seasons on the varsity for the Yellow Jackets. He was all-county three years and all-area twice. He also led his team in scoring in 1974 and 1975.

During his senior season, Gholston led Mt. Hope to county, area and regional championships. Gholston scored 32 points as the Yellow Jackets defeated Kennedy High School to advance to the state tournament.

Barry Sibley

Barry Sibley lettered in five sports at Lawrence County High School and was The Moulton Advertiser’s 1989 Athlete of the Year. He was also on the all-academic teams twice and the Decatur Daily’s all-area team three seasons.

In football, he started on both sides of the ball for four seasons. His 870 rushing yards in 1987 are the most ever in a single season by a modern Red Devil quarterback. His six 100-yard rushing games are also a record. He was an honorable mention all-state football player in 1988. For his career, Sibley compiled 3,500 yards, scored 45 touchdowns, made 151 tackles and had 11 interceptions.

In basketball, he was all-county and all-area his junior and senior seasons. He made all-area twice and started at guard for Lawrence County High School in 1989 state tournament in Tuscaloosa. A three-year starter, Sibley scored more than 1,000 points, dished out more than 200 assists and collected 102 rebounds.

In baseball, Sibley was again all-county and all-area two consecutive seasons. He was honorable mention all-state and played in the East-West All-Star game. He made The Decatur Daily’s 4A-6A all-area team two times. He had 30 wins as a pitcher and a .351 career batting average.

Sibley was the No. 2 player on the golf team and qualified for state as a member of the track team. He played two basketball seasons at Northwest Junior College and led the team in assists both seasons. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in computer engineering.

He was one of six athletes selected to the 1980 Lawrence County Team of the Decade with fellow Hall of Fame members Pierre Goode, Mike Lovelady, Bruce Jones, Sammy Gholston and Tarrant Lynch.

“Barry is the perfect example of what leadership means on and off the basketball court and in the business work,” his former coach and Hall of Fame member Gary Johnson said.

 Tarrant Lynch

A 1990 Hazlewood High School graduate, Tarrant Lynch lettered four years on the Golden Bears football team. In 1988 and 1989, his teams won state football championships and he was named to the All-State team three times. In 1989, Lynch was the Decatur Daily and Times Daily's Player of the Year.

In the 1989 state championship game, Lynch ran for 165 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Golden Bears to a 75-0 win over Georgiana.

As a basketball player, Lynch averaged 18.5 points and was All-State in 1989.

He excelled as a track athlete as well, earning state titles with his teams in 1988 and 1989.

Following high school, Lynch was a four year letter winner for Alabama as a fullback.

A three-year starter, Lynch was part of the 1992 national championship team and a co-captain in 1994. His 52 games played is a record at Alabama.

Lynch has three children, all girls. Tenisha (19) is a freshman at Alabama, while Alexus (16) is a junior at R.A. Hubbard and Tenautica (11) attends Hazlewood Elementary School.

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