The class included six individuals and one team, all spanning 50 years of Blue Devil and Lady Blue Devil success.
“When you look at this particular class, it goes back, at the earliest, to 1951, right up to 2001, and that’s about as far back as we can go with the 10-year allowance,” said Paul Hall, athletic director for Marietta City Schools. “It’s just a great representation over the years with great players, a great coach, a contributor and a team. It’s wonderful to be a part of, and it’s my favorite event to do. I’m kind of glowing with pride right now.”
Members of the class of 2012 included contributor Beverly Raines, coach Cheryl Love, James Morris, Rick Evatt, Jerry Jones, Hap Hines and the 2001 varsity girls track and field team. The inductees were also recognized at halftime of Friday night’s Hillgrove-Marietta football game at Northcutt Stadium.
Holding a lifelong link to Marietta as an athlete, coach, administrator and supporter, not to mention the high school’s athletic secretary from 1971-87, Raines also coached the varsity, junior varsity and ninth-grade cheerleading teams for 12 years. She served as administrative secretary for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association for 19 years and the GACA named its yearly honor for the best support person the Beverly Sanders Raines Award.
Love served as a teacher and coach for 43 years until retiring in 2010, and she chaired the physical education department for 35 years. She coached tennis, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and softball and was an early pioneer for girls athletics at the school. The head coach of the 1990 state championship girls tennis team, Love also won a number of region championships in girls tennis.
“I’m humbled, but I’m also honored and proud to get to be a part of such a wonderful thing,” Love said. “To be 43 years at the same place, and you’ve seen it grow from almost nothing to where we are today in 2012, I foresee nothing but greatness for the Marietta City Schools system in the future. We still have a passion, and we’re still winners.”
A 1951 graduate, Morris was a three-year letter-winner in football and track and field. An all-state and all-region football selection in 1950, he set a then-state record in the 180-meter low hurdles, as well as a state mark in the 110 high hurdles.
Evatt, a 1967 graduate, was a three-sport letter-winner in football, baseball and wrestling. He was an all-state football player in 1967 and played in the North-South All-Star Game that same year. He went on to earn three letters as an offensive lineman at Georgia Tech, was a member of the Georgia Tech Athletic Council and won the Clyde Lawson Memorial Trophy for leadership in 1970.
Jones was a 1990-91 all-county basketball selection, as well as a 1991 all-state honoree, during his senior season. He earned three letters and was a two-time all-American at Life College from 1993-95.
Hines was a two-sport letter-winner at Marietta in football and soccer. A 1996 graduate, he garnered all-county and all-state honors in football in 1995 before moving on to a four-year career at Georgia, where he ranks fourth all-time in career points for a kicker.
“This is, hands down, the greatest honor I’ve ever been given,” Hines, now an assistant football coach at Newnan High School. “It’s special because of the people who have been a part of the Marietta school system. It brings back so many fond memories, and I’d like to single out my former teammates that were here with me at Marietta.
“I learned that, any award you get, it wasn’t by individual effort alone. People helped you along the way, and, without a doubt, all of my teammates were the best teammates a guy could ever have when I played football here. So, I hope they feel some ownership in this as well.”
The varsity girls track and field team of 2001, helmed by former coaches James “Friday” Richards and Roscoe Googe, captured the Class AAAA state championship. The only girls state track and field title in school history, it was won during the same season as one of the five state championships for the boys team.