The newest class of inductees of the Wheeler High School Hall of Fame will be honored this weekend.
The inductees include Jeff Hollis, the winningest football coach in Wheeler history, back-to-back state softball championship teams in 1983 and 1984 and four other former Wildcat athletes.
The 2013 class will be introduced Friday before the start of the varsity football game vs. Etowah at Corky Kell Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30, and it's recommended to be seated by 7 p.m. for the introduction.
The official induction ceremony will be held in the new Wheeler cafeteria at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Brunch will be provided by Nick Tiliacos (WHS '75) and his crew from the Come-N-Get It restaurant.
Admission is free, but brunch is $15 and payable at the door. Anyone who wants to eat should RSVP Wheeler AD Chase Stroempl (email@example.com) and let him know they're coming.
Hollis won 84 games as Wheeler's head football coach from 1984 to 1995, and had seven consecutive seasons with 10 wins or more.
The softball teams were coached by Jim Mau, who guided Wheeler to the 1975 state baseball title. Wheeler's softball field is named after him.
The other inductees are:
- Josh Burruss ('01) - Baseball. A high school All-American at Wheeler, he also played at Clemson, was drafted by the Braves and played professional baseball for 10 years.
- Byron Capers ('93) - Football and Track. A two-sport high school All-American, he was an All-ACC football player at Florida State and played in the Canadian Football League.
- Chris Price ('74) - Wrestling. A state champion at Wheeler, where he also was a member of the marching band, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and is a retired officer of the U.S. Marine Corps.
- Steve Romine ('75) - Baseball and Football. A member of Wheeler's 1975 state baseball champions and an all-county football player, he continued his baseball career at Chipola J.C. and Troy State University.