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Co-Lin Athletic Association induct five into Sports Hall of Fame

WESSON – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Athletic Alumni Association will induct five members into the Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming festivities Saturday, Oct 12.

Those to be honored are Tiania Burns of Nashville, Tenn., Tommy Del Dykes (posthumously) of New Hebron, Ken Fortenberry of Hammond, La., Lance Newman of Brandon, and P.B. Walker of Madison. The five will be inducted during the annual meeting of the Athletic Alumni Association at 9:30 a.m. in Rea Auditorium and later recognized during an alumni luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria and also during halftime of the ballgame.

Burns is a 2003 graduate of Co-Lin where she led the woman’s basketball team to MACJC state championships her freshman and sophomore years. They were Region 23 champions her freshman year and runners-up her sophomore year. She was named MACJC First Team All-State, NJCAA All Region 23 and NJCAA Region 23 All Tournament bothyears playing for the Wolfpack, and was named NJCAA First Team All American and was nationally ranked her sophomore year. She averaged 27 points a game hersophomore year.

After Co-Lin, Burns went on to play at Mississippi State University where she tallied 729career points and started all 58 games played in two years. She took home the Field Goal Percentage Award, leading the team with a .428 percentage from the floor going 124-for-290.

She received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Mississippi State and will complete a master’s degree in the spring. She works as a technician at Nissan, and still enjoys playing basketball in Nashville summer leagues in her spare time.

Dykes is being inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame. He was a 1959 graduate of Co-Lin where he was named All State Honorable Mention. After Co-Lin, he attended Delta State University where he helped the Statesmen to a 9-1 winning season and an invitation to the Christmas Bowl in Natchitoches, La. He was inducted into the M Club at Delta State.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Delta State and taught and coached at Maddox Junior High in Laurel and at Mendenhall High School before becoming an underwriter for Lamar Life Insurance Company. He returned to coaching, and spent the majority of his years at New Hebron Attendance Center, coaching junior high and highschool track and teaching Mississippi history classes. He was a beloved teacher and coach for 25 years before his death in 1992.

Dykes was a member of New Hebron Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and a deacon. He married Jane Bell Dykes in 1961, and they had three children, Elizabeth Ann Post, Alane Lee Dykes, and Gregory Del Dykes, and five grandchildren.

Fortenberry is a 1957 graduate of Co-Lin where he played basketball and was on the track team, where he competed in the high jump. He was named All-State in basketball. After Co-Lin, he went on to play basketball at The University of Southern Mississippi, where he was team captain his senior year, and was also on thetrack team.

He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Southern Miss and a master’s degree in education from Mississippi College. He was a high school basketball coach for 10 years, before moving on to Southeastern Louisiana University where he spent five years as an assistant basketball coach and 10 years as head coach. While at Southeastern, he helped the university in the move from Division II to Division I. He went on to work in the office of special education with the Louisiana Department of Education for over 18 years before his retirement in 2002.

Fortenberry is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Education Fraternity and was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. He is and his wife, Sue, have one daughter, Suanne Wainwright, and three grandchildren.

Newman is a 2000 graduate of Co-Lin where he was a member of the Wolfpack baseball team where he was selected MACJC First Team All-State, All Region 23 and Academic All-American. He helped the Wolfpack to their best-ever record (47-17), winning the Region 23 and Super Region Tournaments and placing fourth in the NJCAA Division II World Series.

After Co-Lin, Newman played at the Troy University, where he was team captain. He played one season with an independent team, The Montgomery Wings. He received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from William Carey College and a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia from Excela Health School of Anesthesia in Latrobe, Penn. He returned to Co-Lin to serve as a volunteer baseball coach from 2004-2005.

Newman is a nurse anesthetist at Pioneer Health Services and is serving as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and is currently deployed in San Antonio, Tex. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Pine Lake Baptist Church. He and his wife, Lori have two sons, Landon and Lake.

Walker is a 1963 graduate of Co-Lin where he lettered in football and track, and was co-captain of the football team and was a Second Team Little All-American. After Co-Lin, he attended Mississippi College, where he lettered in football and track and was named Most Valuable Lineman his senior year.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and worked as a high school football and track coach and athletic director at Madison-Ridgeland High School for over 25 years. Walker won four conference titles in football and track and was named Coach of the Year four times in football. He won five North Mississippi championships, 13 consecutive district championships, and 48 overall championships in track and was named Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) Coach of the Year in 1973.

He is a lifetime member and a past president of the MAC, and served as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader for 35 years. He is a member of First United Methodist Church where he has served as a Sunday School teacher and men’s club president for many years. He is married to Phyllis Henderson Walker, and they have two sons, Scott and Craig, and two grandchildren.

The alumni luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. in the Henley Cafeteria. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at morning registration at Rea Auditorium or at the door. Pre-game ceremonies, including the presentation of the homecoming queen and her court, begin at 2:30 p.m. at Stone Stadium. Kickoff for the Homecoming gameagainst Pearl River is at 3 p.m.