Jolly, Daniels and Veal headline Macon Sports HOF Class

jheeter@macon.comMarch 13, 2014 

Former Central quarterback Michael Jolly headlines the 2014 Macon Sports Hall of Fame class.

Jolly, who is arguably the most important prep football player in Macon since integration, led Central to a state championship in 1975. It remains the only GHSA state football championship for a Macon school since de-segregation, and the only GHSA state football title of any kind since 1950. Jolly led the Chargers to heart-stopping wins over Northside in the state quarterfinals and Douglass in the state championship. He would play college football at Georgia Tech and Tennessee State and later play with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL.

Former Southwest standout Walter Daniels will join Jolly in the class.

Daniels went on to a stellar basketball career at Georgia, averaging more than 10 points in each of his four seasons. He averaged 16.4 points as a junior and 21.9 points as a senior. He finished his career at Georgia’s all-time leading scorer, set the school record for assists and made three All-SEC teams. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the third round of the 1979 NBA Draft.

Barry Veal is one of the most versatile athletes in GISA history.

The former FPD standout scored 1,979 career points and had a single-game high of 52 points in 1981, despite not playing with the 3-point line. Veal was a two-time all-conference baseball player at Mercer, and he still holds the school’s single-season record with 30 stolen bases.

Former Southwest standout Wanda Burns had an all-conference career at Florida State.

In three seasons in Tallahassee, Burns scored in double figures in 38 straight games. She led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament as a junior in 1990. Burns averaged 18.5 points as a senior and was named the Metro Conference Player of the Year in 1991. She is already enshrined in the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Danny Minor rushed for 1,027 yards for Lanier in 1955, and Poets head coach Selby Buck called Minor Lanier’s best back in 30 years. He went on to play at Army.

Also joining the class will be longtime high school football official Rusty Wynn, Lanier and Mercer basketball player Bruce Gordy, Macon orthopedic surgeon Bill Barnes and amateur golfer Earl Bowden.

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