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Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame Names 2012 Class

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2012 on Tuesday.

The six elected to the Hall are Jerome Bechard, Thermus Butler, O.L. Gilstrap, Jeff Weekley, Max Wilkes, and Charles Wright. Induction ceremonies are set for February 4, 2012 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

Jerome Bechard was the first player signed by the Columbus Cottonmouths hockey team, and is currently the team's head coach and general manager.

Thermus Butler was a football star at Carver in the mid-60's. He played college football at Kansas and played professionally in the CFL and the WFL.

O.L. Gilstrap was tennis coach at Columbus State for two decades, leading the Cougars to winning records in 19 of those 20 seasons, including four top eight national finishes.

Jeff Weekley was a football team captain at Columbus High in the 50's and was a starting offensive lineman for Auburn University's national championship team in 1957.

Max Wilkes has been a referee and umpire for over a half-century in Phenix City and was a four-time president of the Alabama chapter of the American Softball Association. He also was one of the officials that ran the softball venue for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Charles Wright was a basketball star at Jordan High who made a national name on the softball field as one of the greatest sluggers in slow-pitch history. Wright hit a record 503 home runs in 1986, and was elected to the ISA Hall of Fame in 1987. Wright passed away in February 11th.

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