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SEB to induct six in 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame class

On April 26, Southeast Bulloch will welcome its 20th class into the athletic hall of fame as the school holds its annual banquet and induction ceremony.

            This year, the Yellow Jackets will have six enshrined into the ranks.


Jennifer Hall (1986)

            From 1982-86, Jennifer Hall was a fixture in just about any sporting event that featured a girls team from Southeast Bulloch.

            Playing basketball, softball, tennis and running track all four seasons before adding cross country in her senior year, Hall became the first person to receive 17 varsity letters in school history.

            Not content to just participate, Hall was a standout in all of her sports. She batted .488 on the diamond her freshman year and received Best Defensive Player and MVP awards on the basketball court. She was named a team captain for tennis and helped the Jackets win region championships in both basketball and softball.

            Following her time at SEB, Hall received a basketball scholarship to Truett-McConnell, where she also continued her career in softball and tennis.

            Hall received an Associates Degree in Psychology from Truett-McConnell in 1988 and got her B.S. in Psychology from Georgia Southern University in 1990. Hall stayed in Statesboro, earning her Masters in Education in 1993.

            Hall continued to showcase her athleticism while at Georgia Southern, leading her flag football team to national championships in 1991 and 1992.

            Hall began her professional career as a Special Education Teacher at Metter. While in Metter, she helped coach the softball team to a region title. After moving on to Bradwell Institute, Hall’s soccer team reached the Elite Eight and her basketball squads reached two Sweet Sixteens.

            In 1997, Hall was named Liberty County’s Teacher of the Year.

            Hall is currently a special education teacher at South Effingham high School. She has moved her coaching career to the volleyball court where her teams have won the last two region championships.


Jennifer Higgins Scott (2003)

            Jennifer Higgins Scott graduated from Southeast Bulloch in 2003, but her name can still be found plastered throughout the track and field record books.

            Scott was a member of the state champion cross country team in 2001 and helped the track and field squad win a state title in 2003.

            From 2001-03, Scott was undefeated in region competition in both the 800 and 1600 meter runs. She still holds school records for both events and is also a member of the record-holding 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams.

            Scott wasn’t limited to just running as she also lettered in basketball and soccer during her tenure.

            After graduating from SEB, Scott moved just up the road where she graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in Sports Medicine-Athletic Training and a minor in Exorcise Physiology.

            Scott is currently married with two children and is a physical therapist for United Rehab in Millen. She is still hitting the pavement, running races from 5Ks to marathons.



Ashley Tremble-Hamer (2003)

            When Ashley Tremble-Hamer is inducted Saturday evening, it might mark the first time any SEB fan has seen her sitting down or standing still.

            A standout on the track team in all four years at SEB, Tremble-Hamer led the Lady Jackets to region titles in each of her final three seasons and capped off her high school career with a state championship in 2003.

            Tremble-Hamer won five individual region titles in the 100 meter dash and the long jump and still holds school records for both the 100 meters and the 4x100 meter relay.

            After graduating, Tremble-Hamer accepted a scholarship to Albany State, where she became a Division II All-American on the 4x100 relay squad.

            In 2009, Tremble-Hamer graduated from Albany State with a B.S. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. This spring, she is a candidate for Liberty University’s Master of Teaching Learning Program.

            Tremble-Hamer is USA Track and Field Level I certified and helped coach the 2013 Statesboro girls to a region championship. Currently, she is employed at Sol C. Johnson High School in Savannah where she is an assistant coach and also heads up the Sophisticated Pearls – an all-girls community service group.

Tony M. Williams (1988)

            In a school that has seen its fair share of stars on the basketball court, Southeast Bulloch’s Tony Williams still stands out as one of the best.

            Williams earned four varsity letters – and one MVP – on the hard court throughout his career in Brooklet before moving on to the collegiate ranks where he earned a Best Defensive Player award at South Georgia College before graduating in 1990.

While at SEB, Williams also earned an MVP during his one season of track and was a three-time letter winner on the football team.

            Williams was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and now serves as a deacon at Little Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklet.

            Williams has been married to his wife, Felicia, for 12 years and has four children. He currently serves as a district manager for Arby’s Restaurant Group.


Kathy Sparks – Honorary Inductee

            For class after class of SEB athletes, it was nearly impossible to make their way to or from an event without running into Kathy Sparks.

            Sparks graduated from Southeast Bulloch in 1977 and was employed at the school as a bookkeeper from 1986-1994. From her first day as an employee all the way through 2004, she made herself a fixture at all sorts of athletic events. Sparks kept score for both the basketball teams and track and field squads and also chaperoned those teams.

            Sparks worked the gates at baseball, softball and football games. When there was no action on the field, Sparks was still hard at work as the bookkeeper for the SEB athletic boosters.

            Currently, Sparks is employed as the bookkeeper at Langston Chapel Middle School. She is a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Nevils – where she sings in the choir – and is also a member of the Susan Komen Foundation.


Phillip H. Oliver – Honorary Inductee

            Phillip Oliver arrived at Southeast Bulloch from north Georgia nearly 25 years ago and has been a fixture of the Yellow Jacket community ever since.

            A graduate of Berry College, Oliver came to Brooklet in the early 1990s and immediately began assisting on the football and basketball coaching staffs while also heading up the JV football team.

            During the second half of the 90s, Oliver took the reins of the girls basketball squad. Under his coaching, the Lady Jackets notched three seasons of 20-plus wins and claimed a Region 2-AA championship and Elite Eight state playoff appearance during the 1997-98 season.

            Basketball and football were far from Oliver’s only coaching success stories.

            With his direction, SEB built a competitive golf program, was ranked as high as third in the state in chess, and earned consecutive Grand National Debate Championship bids in 2007-08.

Oliver still follows the school, donating his time and talent as the “Voice of the Yellow Jackets” both over the radio waves and over the stadium’s PA system.

            Oliver still lives in Brooklet with his wife, Kascie, and children Haley, Hayes, Marley and Dylan. Oliver is still working hard in the coaching game, volunteering with local rec league teams.


            The banquet will begin at 7 p.m. in the Southeast Bulloch High School cafeteria. Thursday will be the last day to pre-order tickets – priced at $10 each – and limited tickets may be available at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the front offices of both the middle and high schools.