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Billy Ferguson
Ferguson was a fine athlete in his own right but he left an indelible mark on high school sports in Calhoun County by officiating games played by others. He called football, basketball and baseball for 37 years until health concerns forced him to retire. During his career, Ferguson called Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A championship games in football, basketball and baseball.

For 34 seasons, Ferguson worked playoff games in football. Four times he refereed in the AHSAA Class 6A championship football game.

In basketball, Ferguson was an official in state championship games twelve times. He called the Class 6A state championship game six times. Ferguson called the championship game of the Calhoun County basketball tournament six consecutive years. In 1981, he was an official for the AHSAA all-star basketball game. Ferguson served as booking agent for the East Alabama Basketball Association for ten years.

In addition to high school games, Ferguson umpired college baseball, including Jacksonville State games, for eleven years. He called womenís college basketball games across Alabama.

In 1999, after 32 years of officiating, Ferguson received the Alabama High School Athletic Associationís Distinguished Service Award.

Basketball was Fergusonís sport initially. He was a member of the Mechanicsville Junior High School team that won the 1947 Calhoun County junior high tournament championship. As a sophomore and again as a junior, he played for Freeman L. Johnsonís Anniston High School teams. His junior season, the Bulldogs finished the regular season 20-2 and were 22-4 overall.

Following his junior season, his family moved to El Paso, Texas, and he graduated from high school there in 1950. Ferguson returned to Alabama and played junior college basketball at Southern Union in 1951 and Snead State in 1952. He entered the military in 1953 and was an outstanding player for military service teams in both basketball and softball.
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