On Saturday seven new names were enshrined in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Of the new members, three have significant ties to Central Georgia.
Macon native Ed Everett found early success as a junior and amateur golfer, and went on to play for Mercer. Following his collegiate career Everett went on to win a number of events on the Georgia PGA circuit. In 2002 he was inducted to the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.
Sam Mitchell followed up his prep basketball days in Columbus with a record-breakingstint at Mercer. Mitchell led the Bears to their most recent NCAA Tournament appearance in 1985, and graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer. Mitchell was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 1985. While with the Raptors in 2007 he was named NBA Coach of the Year.
Ron Simmons was born in Perry and made his name playing football for Warner Robins. In 1976 he earned AAA Player of the Year honors, leading the Demons to State and National Championships. Simmons followed his prep career with All-American honors at Florida State. The former Demon is also a member of the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Also inducted were Al Ciraldo (1921-1997), the long time "Voice of Georgia Tech"; retired iconic Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer Ernie Johnson; former UGA baseball and football player Larry Rakestraw; and former Gym Dogs coach Suzanne Yoculan.