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By Matt Skinner, 05/06/24, 3:00PM EDT


CARROLLTON, GA — The newest members of the Trojan Athletic Hall of Fame, Debra Lynn Hytower, Ally Denney Dedman, Casey Lee Denney, Teryn Dickson Christian, Wil Garrett, and Dylan Parham, were honored Sunday evening, May 5, during an induction ceremony held at the Trojan Hall of Fame room in the Whitley Morris Field House.


Debra Lynn Carlisle Hytower is a native of Fredonia, Alabama. Hytower came to Carrollton in 1975 to attend West Georgia College and graduated in 1979. She retired from the University of West Georgia after 35 years of service. She started volunteering with the Athletic Booster Club during the 1998 football season and continued until 2002, assisting with basketball and track concessions from 2001 to 2004 and serving as secretary for the Athletic Booster Club during the 2003-2004 school year. Since 2004, Hytower has volunteered to coordinate basketball concessions, ensuring parents can watch their student-athletes play.


Teryn Dickson Christian,  Class of 1997, was named female athlete of the year for CHS in 1997. She was a four-year letterman for the inaugural softball team, ran cross country, and also lettered four years in basketball. Christian was named to the all-area team in both softball and basketball and received numerous team awards and coaches awards throughout her career. She signed a double scholarship to Reinhardt University to play softball and basketball and finished her final year of eligibility at the University of West Georgia playing basketball.


Ally Denney Dedman, Class of 2018, cheered for the Trojans, contributing to four consecutive region titles, and held pivotal roles in the 2015 and 2017 state championship-winning teams. After a successful high school career, Dedman attended the University of West Georgia and continued cheering for the Wolves, where she was a member of three national championship teams. Dedman, a sixth-grade teacher at Carrollton Middle School, has been an assistant coach for the CHS cheerleading program since 2021, contributing to a gameday cheer state championship in 2023.


Casey Lee Denney, Class of 2007, was a football and competition cheerleader and an inaugural CHS gymnastics team member. As a cheerleader, she was a member of the 2003 and 2004 state championship teams and the 2006 runner-up team. In her senior year, the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association named her a top 16 cheerleader in the state. Denney attended the University of Georgia, where she competed with the UGA club team, winning a national competition. She went on to cheer for the UGA Cheerleading program from 2008-2011, cheering for football, basketball, gymnastics, and volleyball.


Wil Garrett, Class of 2014, was a two-sport athlete and a vital member of the 2014 state championship baseball team and 2013 state runner-up football team. Garrett was a two-year starting quarterback and three-year starting baseball player for the Trojans, earning all-area honors in both sports. In 2013, he recorded nearly 2,000 yards of offense and 28 combined passing and rushing touchdowns. He also played in all 38 games of the 2014 state championship baseball season, setting a program record. In 2014, Garrett signed a football scholarship with the University of West Georgia, redshirting his first season. In 2015, he played a key role on their Division II final four team, scoring 15 TDs, including a team-high 10 rushing TDs.


Dylan Parham, Class of 2017, was a three-sport athlete who played football, basketball, and track and field. He began his football career on the defensive side of the ball before switching to tight end his senior year, helping lead the Trojans to an 11-2 record and a playoff quarterfinal.  He received a football scholarship to the University of Memphis, where he started 50 consecutive games and finished as an all-conference player. Selected in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Last Vegas Raiders, he has started every game for them since.

The Trojan Athletic Hall of Fame honors Carrollton High School alumni whose athletic accomplishments will stand the test of time. The brainchild of legendary Coach Charlie Grisham, the Hall of Fame held its first official ceremony in October 1976 when four former Trojan greats became the first inductees: Weems Baskin, Class of 1923, Bobby Morgan, Class of 1941, Harvey Copeland, Class of 1956, and Gerald Gross, Class of 1962. Additionally, this event recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Carrollton Trojan Athletic programs beyond their athletic feats.

All inductees are featured in a display in the Trojan Hall of Fame room, located in the Whitley Morris Field House. Digital profiles of each inductee are available on a kiosk in the HOF Room or online.


Six new members of the Trojan Athletic Hall of Fame were honored during an induction ceremony held Sunday, May 5, at the Trojan Hall of Fame room in the Whitley Morris Field House. From left are Wil Garrett (‘14), Ally Denney Dedman (‘18), Casey Lee Denney (‘07), Debra Lynn Hytower, Teryn Dickson Christian (‘97), and Dion Parham, accepting the honor on behalf of his son, Dylan Parham (‘17).