Eleven major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected from an outstanding field of 48 nominations for induction into the 29th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame next March. The 2019 class, which includes an “old-timer,” will be inducted at the 27th annual banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa, March 18, 2019. Selected for induction are football coaches Phil Lazenby, David Lowery, Willie Carl Martin, Billy Odom and Ronnie Sikes; basketball coaches Carolyn Wright and Scheussler Ware; track coach Claborn Campbell; baseball coach Mark Mincher; basketball official Johnny Robertson; and longtime coach and administrator Reynolds “R.C.” Cook, chosen in the old-timers’’ division. Mr. Cook is deceased. Coach David Lowery is a well-known coach locally for Elba and Brantley. A native of Butler County, Lowery, age 53, graduated from Georgiana High School in 1983, Troy University in 1988 and earned a Master’s at AUM in 1998. His first teaching/coaching position was at Evergreen High School in 1988. Lowery moved to Elba High School as assistant coach and defensive coordinator from 1989-1998. He also was head baseball coach leading the Tigers to the playoff semifinals in 1993 and 1994. He was head football coach at Elba for two years (1995-1996). Lowery then moved to Brantley High School where he was head football coach and athletic director from 1999-2013. He had an amazing run compiling a 156-27 overall record and 88-3 region record. His Brantley teams won the Class 1A state football title in 2009 and 2012 and finished runner-up in 1999 and 2005. Lowery was named ASWA Class 1A Coach of the Year in 1999 and ALFCA Class 1A Coach of the Year in 2012. Brantley High School named the football field David Lowery Stadium in 2013, and he was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. David is married to Elba native Kim (Kelley) Lowery. Veteran sportscaster Jeff Shearer will emcee the March 18th banquet. The NFHS Network is scheduled to live-stream the banquet. The first class for the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame was inducted in 1991. These 11 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 353.