Boatfield was a pitcher at Cherokee County High School for Hall of Fame coach Bobby Beckett in the late 1970s, where he was a two-time All-Area selection (1977 and 1978) and a participant in the North-South All-Star game (1978). He finished his high school career with an 11-2 record, with three of those victories no-hitters.
Boatfield became the first Cherokee County High School baseball player to sign a scholarship with Jacksonville State University, where he helped lead the Gamecocks to the NCAA Division II Regionals in 1979, 1982 and 1983. JSU was crowned regional champions in 1979 and 1983, securing a spot in the Division II World Series. He finished his JSU career ranked in the top 25 in wins, strikeouts and walks.
Bullen was an All-State football player at Gaylesville High School in 1980, where he led the Trojans to a 9-0-1 record and an area championship. He had 68 receptions for 748 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior year.
Bullen signed a scholarship with Jacksonville State, where he was a three-year starter at tight end. He was also a member of the 1982 Gulf South Conference championship team and was an All-Gulf South Conference Tight End for the Gamecocks in 1985.
Bullen later became the head football coach at Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County and Childersburg high schools.
Davis was a standout softball and basketball player for Sand Rock in the late 1990s. She was a member of the Class 2A state championship softball team in 1998, where she was selected as the Class 2A state MVP. Davis was also selected as a participant in the North-South All-Star Softball Game in 2000.
Davis continued her softball career at Jacksonville State. As a four-year starter, she helped lead the Gamecocks to 2001 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.
The trio will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony on June 11 at 6 p.m. at the Gadsden State-Cherokee banquet hall in Centre. Tickets to the event are a $20 donation.
Speaking of the Hall of Fame, committee officials are in the process of putting together permanent plaques for display at the Gadsden State-Cherokee Arena. The committee is asking Hall of Fame members who have been selected from any year to please provide a 5x7 photo. You can drop those photos at The Herald office at any time during normal business hours.
Piedmont High School student Jessica DeVoe claimed the state of Alabama’s Bryant-Jordan Student Achievement Award last Monday during the 26th annual Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Awards banquet in Birmingham.
DeVoe was among 96 regional honorees recognized and awarded approximately $800,000 in scholarships.
The Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has overcome obstacles to achieve success in a high school sport. DeVoe, who plays volleyball and softball at Piedmont, has had to face and overcome major family adversity, which resulted in her being responsible for taking care of her younger siblings. She and her brothers and sisters now live with a grandparent and she has continued to be the mother figure in their lives.
As a student, DeVoe has worked hard to rank academically in the Top 10 of her class. She never missed a practice and was recognized for her effort each day by her coaches and team.
DeVoe is an active member in her church youth group, a National Honor Society member, FCCLA member, Art Club member, Spanish Club member and My Alpha Theta member. She was also named the Class 3A Student Achievement Award winner.
Aliceville’s Harriett Washington was selected the state’s overall Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
In both award categories, each of eight region winners per class received a $2,500 scholarship. The overall winner in each class received an additional $3,000 scholarship. From that select group in each category came the overall winner, who received an additional $3,000 scholarship.
In addition to the individual awards, the school of each class winner will receive $2,000.