Mackay, Williams, Upshaw, Johnson, Rutledge named to local sports hall of fame Class of 2014

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 17, 2013 

Golf, football, basketball and baseball were all represented as the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame named its Class of 2014 on Tuesday.

The five men will be enshrined into the hall of fame in a ceremony on Feb. 1, 2014, at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

• Jim "Bones" Mackay is best-known as the caddie for Phil Mickelson, who has won five major championships, including the 2013 British Open. Mackay played golf collegiately at Columbus State. He went on to caddy for Columbus resident Larry Mize and Scott Simpson before joining Mickelson.

• Jeremy Williams is a Columbus native who played high school football at Kendrick and college football at Memphis. He was an assistant coach at Manchester and Harris County before becoming head coach at Greenville. In eight seasons, he led Greenville to a 47-37 record and three state playoff appearances.

Williams was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease -- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- in 2008. ALS is degenerative and incurable. It attacks the nerves in the spine that control muscle movement.

He left his job as coach and athletic director in 2011. A home was built for Williams and his family on the TV series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2010.

• Marc Upshaw is also a Columbus native who was a standout in basketball at Columbus High from 1976-79. He averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior and 30 and 11 as a senior.

He went on to play at Rhode Island, where he earned all-Atlantic 10 Conference honors.

Upshaw and his former Columbus High teammate Sam Mitchell founded the SaMarc Dream & Achieve Foundation.

• B.R. Johnson became baseball coach at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in 1975 and won 624 games during his stay there, which lasted until 1999. Under Johnson, CVCC also won five Alabama Junior College Conference Championships.

• Cliff Rutledge has had a long career as a local sports broadcaster of high school and college football, including around 600 high school games. Rutledge has been behind the mike for Carver's basketball state championship in 1971, when Kendrick won its share of a football state title in 1991, when Shaw won a football state championship in 2000 and when Carver won a football state title in 2007.

Kevin Price, 706-320-4493. Follow Kevin on Twitter@lesports and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ledgerenquirersports

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