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Former ABAC Basketball Star Named to Athletics Hall of Fame

March 2, 2017

The Most Valuable Player on the Golden Stallions’ basketball team in 1973 and 1974 has been selected for the 2017 class of the Athletics Hall of Fame at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  Worth Hartry, who averaged 23.1 points and 18.6 rebounds for ABAC during his freshman year, will be honored at the induction ceremony on April 7.

ABAC Athletics Director Alan Kramer said the 2017 class also includes the 1964 state championship men’s basketball team, tennis player Luiza Biktyakova, softball standout Lacy Whatley, soccer star Katrina Duncan-Marshalleck, golfer Joey Dixon, Tift County Recreation Department Director Craig Sowell, and the posthumous induction of former ABAC volleyball and tennis coach Alton Hudgins.

Tickets to the 6 p.m. ceremony on April 7 in Gressette Gymnasium are $35 per person.  The event also includes top award winners from the ABAC Alumni Association as a part of the 2017 Homecoming Week activities.

Tickets to the dinner and ceremony can be purchased from the ABAC College Advancement Office at (229) 391-4900. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 27.  There will be no tickets sold at the event. For more information on the 2017 Homecoming Week, interested persons can visit the web site at www.abac.edu/homecoming.

“When Coach Lowell Mulkey contacted me, I didn’t even know ABAC existed,” Hartry, now 63, admitted.  “But going to ABAC was a great experience for me. We had the biggest gym of all the junior colleges.  I had a good time down there.”

Hartry said a Golden Stallions’ trip to Panama to play two games was one of the highlights of his ABAC career.

“We drove the big ABAC bus down to Miami to get on the plane,” Hartry said.  “I had never been on an airplane before.  We played by international rules down there, and they beat us twice.  It was really hot.  Our uniforms were soaking wet.  They took us to a horse race while we were there.”

Hartry said the trip came about because ABAC enrolled a lot of students from Panama at the time including Steve Pierre, who was a top tennis player for Coach Norman “Red” Hill.

“Steve and I played checkers every day in the student center,” Hartry said.  “He was a great guy.  I will never forget those days there.”

Hartry led the Golden Stallions to an 18-14 record during his freshman campaign.  ABAC lost to Alexander City (Ala.) 78-74 in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament to wind up the season.  Hartry was selected for All-State and All-Region honors.

In the season opener of his sophomore year, the Golden Stallions traveled to Hartry’s hometown of Milledgeville where the 6-foot-5 graduate of Baldwin High School torched Georgia Military College for 36 points and pulled down 20 rebounds.  ABAC lost to Truett-McConnell 79-61 in the first round of the state tournament that season.

“Middle Georgia was our rival but Truett-McConnell was tough too,” Hartry said.  “Students really turned out for the games but a lot of people from the community also came to see us play.”

Hartry took his skills to Piedmont College in Demorest for his final two years of eligibility where he was a standout player for the Lions.
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