DeKalb County (Alabama) Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2014

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Leslie Brown
Leslie Brown started in the post position for 5 years at Fyffe School. She was a physical presence who could play the post with her back to the basket, or in the mid range position. Leslie was a standout on our 1986 State Championship in her 9th grade year, and played on 3 straight DeKalb County Championship teams in her last 3 years. During these years our offense was centered around her. Leslie Brown was a scorer, a rebounder and a winner. 1984-1985: All Area Tournament team. 1985-1986: All Area Tournament team All Area, All County, Team Award/Most Dedicated. 1986-1987: All Area, All County, Team Award/Most Rebounds, AAU National team. 1987-1988: All Area, All County, All Tournament of Champions, All Sand Mountain, All State Honorable Mention, AAU National team, Distinguished Athletic Award, Who’s Who Among American Athletes, Team Award/Most Rebounds. 1988-1989: All Area, All County, All State, All Tournament of Champions, All Sand Mountain, AAU National Team, Army’s Athletic Academic Award, Who’s Who Among American Athletes, Team Captain.
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Harry Kenneth Hammond

Attended Valley Head High School. Graduated May, 1949. Played Football 1945, 1946, 1947 and 1948. Lettered all four years. All County 1948. 1949 Season-Notre Dame Prep, Chattanooga; Mid-South League – Baylor, McCallie. 1st year Troy 1950– scholarship; played 1st String all four years at Troy. Joined United States Navy on January 31st, 1951; discharged February 5th, 1955; Served on two destroyers-radar man. Returned to Troy winter quarter in 1955; football 1956, 1957 and 1958; graduated March 1959 (during this era you played both ways). Coached line at Valley Head in 1959 with Earl Warren-County Champs. Coached with Ronnie Haushalter in 1960-County Champs (17 Players). In 1961 stepped down after first semester to qualify for State Senate.
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Nathan Watson

AUBURN–Senior Nathan Watson garnered three awards as he earned MVP honors for the 2004-05 Auburn Tigers at the 16th annual Auburn Basketball Awards Banquet Tuesday at Saugahatchee Country Club. The Fort Payne, Ala., native walked-on his first two seasons at Auburn before earning a scholarship his last two seasons. Watson averaged 11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and a team-high 1.7 steals while shooting 46 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line. He was named to the All-San Juan Shootout team averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds and had career-highs of 19 points three times this year, against LSU twice and vs. Delaware. Watson was the recipient of Auburn’s most prestigious award, the Paul Lambert/Tommy Joe Eagles Memorial Trophy for Leadership. This award is given in memory of Auburn’s 15th head basketball coach, Paul Lambert, who died in a hotel fire June 6, 1976 in Columbus, Ga., and Tommy Joe Eagles, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack July 30, 1994, two months after becoming the head coach at New Orleans. Watson also earned the Outstanding Defensive Player as he was matched up each game against an opponent much taller than his 6-foot-3 frame. He scored 15 points and had a clutch steal and layup with 1:41 left in Auburn’s 62-59 victory over Tennessee, the Tigers’ first SEC win of the season. Watson scored five of his nine points in the last 1:20 in Auburn’s upset 74-71 win at NIT Champion South Carolina and nailed a clutch trey in the 79-76 overtime win over Colorado State.

Points Per Year at FPHS:
    1999        225          7.75 ppg
    2000        615          17.5 ppg
    2001        733          22.9 ppg
Most points in a game: 33 vs. Buckhorn 2001. Member of the 2000 AHSAA Final Four Team. Two year walk on at AU and earned a full athletic scholarship his Jr. and Sr. year. 3 year varsity letterman at FPHS.
Team Record:
1999       25-4
2000       33-2
2001       14-18

Career Record as a varsity player: 72-24