2013 Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame: Five to be inducted

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 18, 2012 

A pair of college coaches highlight the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013, which was announced Tuesday.

The five members of the class will be inducted into the hall on Feb. 2, 2013, at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.

Joe Lee Dunn, who is the defensive coordinator for NCAA Division III McMurray University, and former Columbus State baseball coach Charles Ragsdale will be joined by Willie Bowman, Eugene White and Lewis Colbert.

Dunn played quarterback for Columbus High in 1962-63, winning the Bi-City championship both years with 3-0 record against other local teams. The '63 team tied Moultrie for the Refgion 1-AAA title.

Dunn has been a defensive coordinator at most of the schools he has been. He had the nation's top-ranked defense at Mississippi State in 1999.

Ragsdale was hired as the tennis coach and assistant basketball coach in 1965 when Columbus State was a junior college. When the school started a baseball program as a four-year school in 1970, Ragsdale was hired as the coach.

His 1984 team was the first to advance to the NCAA Division II World Series. Ragsdale retired after that season with 466 wins.

Bowman was a Columbus native who began selling drinks for the Nehi Corporation at Golden Park in 1946. He began selling peanuts in the early 1950s and developed his trademark "Goody, Goody, Goody Peanuts" cry.

White was a three-sport standout at South Girard High in Phenix City from 1964-66. He was the starting guard on the 1966 state championship team, the starting quarterback on the 1964-65 football teams and the center fielder on the 1965-66 baseball teams.

Colbert was a punter at Glenwood and at Auburn. He earned all-SEC first-team honors in 1985 as well as being named to the Coaches All-American team. He went on to play in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers.

Kevin Price, 706-320-4493

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