Eight new members were inducted as the third-ever class of the Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame in front of a crowd for more than 300 at a banquet held at the Monroe County Conference Center on Saturday evening. The inductees included: former Monroe Academy football coach Edgar Hatcher, former Hubbard High football star Jimmy Watts, former Mary Persons and Dallas Cowboys defensive back Tra Battle, former MP basketball standout Richard Chambliss, longtime MP sports historian Bobby Melton, MP alum and former Griffin head football coach Lloyd Bohannon and two posthumous inductees, former MP girls basketball star Geraldine Ham and former MP football alum and supporter Harold Clarke. All living inductees attended the banquet other than Watts, who lives in New York. Watts’ brother John accepted Watts’ plaque on his behalf. Ham’s son Jerry and Clarke’s son Hal each gave speeches on behalf of their late fathers. Longtime Macon Telegraph columnist Ed Grisamore served as the event’s emcee while Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame member Jim Hardin welcomed the crowd and handed out plaques. Players, cheerleaders and managers of Hatcher’s 1973 and 1974 Monroe Academy state championship football squads were also honored at the banquet as Monroe alum Dr. Clayton Cox reminisced about the athletic successes of the Mustangs’ squads of Hatcher’s era. Also honored on Saturday were MP 2019 alums Alex Kite and Macy Morris, who were recognized as top scholar-athletes. Kite will play baseball at Gordon College next spring while Morris will be a cheerleader at UGA this fall. Pictured above: 2019 inductee Edgar Hatcher (left) shares a moment with his son Chris, the current head football coach at Samford University. See Page 2B for more banquet photos. (Photo/Richard Dumas)