Athens High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees
Amy Sloan Brandenstein - Athens High School Class of 1993
Amy won 8 varsity letters, 4 in cross country, 4 in track. The cross country team was SEOAL Champions and undefeated all four years of her career. She was the Most Valuable Runner in 1989, 1991, and 1992 as well as team co-captain in 1992. Amy was ALL SEOAL in 1989, 1991, and 1992. She won the SEOAL Race in 1989, 1991, and 1992. She was All District in 1989 and 1992. She was All Regional in 1992 and finished 31st out of 156 runners in the 1992 State Meet. She had an equally successful track career. The track team was SEOAL Champions 1991, 1992, and 1993. She was the Most Valuable Junior in 1992 and Most Valuable Senior in 1993. Amy was All SEOAL in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993. She was All District in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993. She was All Regional in 1990, 1991, and 1992. Amy is currently Chevron’s Public and Government Affairs Community Affairs Representative at the Pascagoula Refinery. For the past fifteen years, Amy has coordinated Chevron’s community engagement, employee involvement, and non-profit outreach activities. She formerly served as Public Relations Director for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and covered the Jackson County beat in her role as reporter for WLOX-TV. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri’s acclaimed school of journalism. Currently the chairman of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Pascagoula River Audubon Center Advisory Board, she is also a member of Excel By 5, Backpack Buddies of Pascagoula, Salvation Army and Audubon Mississippi Board of Directors. Amy has served as Chairman of the United Way for Jackson & George Counties Board of the Directors and Past President of the Pascagoula Rotary Club. She is also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and life member of Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula-Moss Point. Amy is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Jackson County Leadership Program and has been named one of “South Mississippi’s Top 10 Business Leaders Under 40” by the Journal of South Mississippi Business. She and her husband David reside in Pascagoula with their two daughters, Abby and Emma. She is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula.
Steven Jones - Athens High School Class of 1970
Steve won 4 varsity letters, 2 in baseball and 2 in basketball. He was also a member of the cross country team his senior year. He was co-captain of the basketball team in the 1969-70 season with a team record of 21-2. The basketball team was league champions in 1969 and 1970. Steve was All SEOAL and All District in 1970 for basketball and participated in the state All-Star game that year.
Steve Jones is a 1975 graduate of Ohio University College of Communications. In 1987 Jones left the agency business to become Executive Director and Marketing Officer for the Greater Greensboro Open, one of professional golf’s oldest events on the PGA TOUR. Jones served in this position for 13 years successfully negotiation title sponsorship rights (KMart and Chrysler) and television network agreements with CBS Sports. In 2000, Jones created an independent sports marketing and communications company working with other sports and entertainment agencies and organizations. These included KSL Resorts (Doral, PGA West, Arizona Biltmore, Grand Traverse), minor league hockey (ECHL), Arena Football, (AFL) and others. Additional projects included GamePlan, a high-tech startup focused on providing digital video software for college sports and Major League Baseball. Currently Jones resides in Greensboro, NC and is married to his wife Lorraine. Jones has two children, Colin and Seth.
Kurtis Roberts - Athens High School Class of 2006
Kurt won 9 varsity letters, 4 in football (where he was All-State his senior year), 3 in track and field, and 2 in basketball. He went on to compete at Ashland University where he was a three-time National Champion, 7 time All American, Division 2 Indoor National Record Holder, 2010 Field Athlete of the Year, three-time Regional Athlete of the Year and Gold Medalist in the U23 NACAC (North American, Central American, Caribbean Championships). As a professional athlete, Kurt has competed in 11 different countries where he was 2016 USA Indoor National Champion, two-time IAAF World Championship Member of team USA, two-time USA Nationals Championships runner up, 3rd Place 2016 Diamond League, Shanghai Diamond League Meet Champion, two-time Olympic Trials competitor, ranked #4 in the world according to IAAF in 2016-17. Kurt currently teaches elementary physical education at Mount Vernon City Schools and coaches at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Joe Sparhawk - Athens High School Class of 1997
Joe won 9 varsity letters, 4 in football, 3 in baseball, and 2 in basketball. He was team captain in both football and baseball. He was 2 time named All SEOAL in football and All District and All State in 1996. He won the Doc Kroner Award in 1996. In 1997 he was named to the All SEOAL and All District Teams. Joe was named 1997 Male Athlete of the Year. He played collegiate football at NCAA Division 3 Mount St. Joseph University where he was a 2 year starting QB. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and named 2001 Distinguished Chemistry Student. He earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Xavier University. Joe coached football at Mount St. Joseph University from 2001-2006 and helped lead football team to 3 consecutive HCAC Championships and 3 NCAA Playoff Appearances. Currently coaching Men’s and Women’s Golf at Mount St. Joseph University in which he has coached numerous All-Conference, All-Region, Academic All-Conference, Academic All-American players and numerous team tournament wins and Academic Team Awards. Joe and his wife Tiffany live in Lawrenceburg, Indiana with their son Jon, and daughters Ryann and Harper.
The Athens High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held August 23 at the Athens High School Auditorium. Refreshments will be served in the AHS Atrium at 6:00 p.m. with the ceremony to take place at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. Inductees will also be honored at half time of the Athens v. Warren Football game on August 24.