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Co-Lin Athletic Hall of Fame has 5 new members

Once again the doors of the Copiah-Lincoln Community CollegeAthletic Hall of Fame will open wide and welcome five newmembers.

Once again the doors of the Copiah-Lincoln Community CollegeAthletic Hall of Fame will open wide and welcome five new members.The quintet includes Pat Hennington andTammy Gayten of Brookhaven, MikeMcIntyre of Wesson, W.L. Stampley of Hazlehurstand the late Dr. James Milton Ewing of Cleveland.

Induction ceremonies are scheduled Saturday, Oct. 14, duringhomecoming weekend at Co-Lin.

Hennington, Co-Lin Class of 1960, was an all-state defensive endfor the Wolves. He continued his football career at Delta StateUniversity where he received the Blondie Black Award.

Gayten, Co-Lin Class of 1984, was a standout basketball playerfor the Lady Wolves. She averaged 18 points and 11.1 rebounds pergame as a freshman and 20.7 ppg and 10.2 rpg as a sophomore helpinglead the team to the South Division title. She later played forLouisiana State University.

McIntyre, Co-Lin Class of 1967, was an all-state offensive guardfor the Wolves. A Natchez product, he also threw the shotput anddiscus in track. He has enjoyed several outstanding seasonscoaching the Co-Lin men’s tennis team, going 314-48 in dualmatches.

Stampley, Co-Lin Class of 1948, received all-state honors infootball in 1947. He graduated from Hazlehurst High School. He alsoattended the University of Wyoming.

Ewing began his coaching career at Co-Lin in 1929, leading hiswomen’s basketball team to back-to-back state championships. Heserved as Co-Lin president from 1932-56. He became president ofDelta State University in 1956 where he served until his retirementin 1971. He was married to the former Maggie Flowers ofBrookhaven.

John Gray of Brookhaven is another Hall of Fameinductee. He will join the Hinds Community College Sports Hall ofFame on Thursday, Oct. 19, during a ceremony in Bee Hall on theRaymond campus.

A standout in baseball and basketball at Hinds, Grayjoined the Eagles in 1956 after a stellar career at PelahatchieHigh School. He batted .650 at Hinds and was all-state inbasketball. Gray transferred to Mississippi College where earnedLittle All-America honors in basketball and was recognized as oneof the best small-college shooting guards in thenation.

Gray, headmaster at Brookhaven Academy for the last 25years, is married to former Hi-Stepper Alice Marie Allen. They havetwo sons, Ricky and Barry, both high school basketball coaches.They have three grandchildren.

On the flip side, Professor Hoopla, B.S., wants to form a Hallof Fame for men with receding hairlines. Shaved heads would beeligible, too.

Hoopla picked the winners of 22 games last week and got 17correct. Special congratulations go to the Clarkdale Bulldogs forending their 39-game losing streak. Football finally became funagain.

Here is Hoopla’s latest forecast, starting with a Thursday nightcommunity college special.

Southwest at Co-Lin: The Bears have a potent offense anda strong defense. Southwest 21-7.

Brookhaven at Crystal Springs: Panthers go on the roadfor their first Division 6-4A victory of the season. Brookhaven28-6.

Brookhaven Academy at Oak Forest: Cougars are in amust-win situation as they battle for a state playoff berth.Brookhaven Academy 27-17.

Loyd Star at Natchez Cathedral: Strange things happen inthe River City but the Hornets dodge an upset. Loyd Star19-16.

Enterprise at Bogue Chitto: It’s a fierce Division 7-1Arivalry on Troy Smith Field, complete with state playofframifications. Enterprise 25-21.

Wesson at Richland: A much-improve posse of Rangersalmost catch the Cobras. Wesson 14-12.

West Lincoln at Salem: This game looks like a tossup.Salem 13-12.

T.L. Weston at Lawrence County: Fresh from a bigdivision victory, the Cougars focus on the task at hand. LawrenceCounty 27-13.

Franklin County at North Pike: After four frustratingsetbacks, the Bulldogs find the winning combination. FranklinCounty 27-10.

In other area games, McComb should edge Amite, La.18-14, Lamar School should beat Copiah Academy 21-7, Amite Countyshould take Hazlehurst 19-12, Parklane should clipMadison-Ridgeland 24-14 and South Pike should smash Terry39-6.

Kentucky at Ole Miss: The scoreboard could blow a fusein this high-scoring affair. Ole Miss 42-31.

Florida at Mississippi State: After this game, theBulldogs shake hands with the likely SEC champion. Florida30-14.

Memphis at Southern Miss: Golden Eagles play their firsthome game of the season and find happiness at The Rock. SouthernMiss 24-7.

In other Magnolia State action, Delta State should whipHarding 36-10, Mississippi College should edge Sul Ross State18-14, Belhaven should clip Quincy 23-17, Maryville should stopBelhaven 21-7, Valley State should shave Alabama A&M 22-20 andArkansas-Pine Bluff should trounce Alcorn State 42-14. JacksonState has an open date to count its blessings.