Class of 2022
1974 graduate of Colbert County High School, Chris was a three sport athlete for the Tribe, but it was baseball that he excelled. He had a career pitching record of 23 wins and 7 losses and a career batting average of .375. He had a 6-2 record on the mound for the Indians as a sophomore throwing a 1-hitter against Muscle Shoals and four shutouts during the season. He followed that up with a junior year in which he went 8-2 with a .350 batting average and two homeruns. It was during that season that the arm strength of Chris became apparent as the team reached the 3A playoffs. He pitched a 1-hit shoutout against Russellville, a 1-hit shutout against Hamilton and capped that off with a no-hitter against Haleyville. Following those three performances the Birmingham News describe Chris as the "Ironman" after throwing 21 innings in five days.
In the 1973 3A State Championship Series in which Colbert County finished as a runner-up to John Carroll, Chris pitched the Indians to a 7 inning win in game one and had the winning homerun, pitched 4 innings in two, immediately following game one and pitched 7 innings on Monday for a total of 18 innings in the championship series. He was selected booth All-Area and All-Region. During his senior season the Indians finished fourth in the 3A playoffs as Chris had another great year with a 9-3 season record on the mound, hit .390 with 2 homeruns while again being selected All-Area and All-Region. Chris was signed to a baseball scholarship at Freed Hardeman after high school.