The 2012 Poteau High School Sports Hall of Fame inductees have been announced by the selection committee.
For football, the inductees are Jim Craig, Chris Odom, Michael Thompson, Ed Green, Bob Dorey, Leon Wyatt, Howard Florence, Nik McDaniel and Samuel Brown. McDaniel is the modern-era leader in numerous offensive categories — yards rushing (4,366), rushing average (7.5 yards per rush), all-purpose yards (5,814) and total points scored (370).
Basketball inductees include Sherri Stone, Dustin Hall and Carla McMillin. Hall was an All-Stater, NOAA Conference Player of the Year for the 1998-99 season, was the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 LeFlore County Tournament and scored 585 points his senior season.
Among the baseball inductees are David Robertson, Ronnie Riggs and Charlie Camp. Wade Anderson said on his nomination of Camp, “Charlie started three years for the Pirates, and he played center field. I felt calm and collected knowing was playing center field behind me. Charlie was always aggressive and his short, compact swing created many home runs.”
Former Lady Pirate softball player Katie Walls will be among those inducted this year, while former golfer Jason Holton will also be inducted as well Devin Smith (soccer), Dr. Latasha Steele (track) Becky Ritter (track), Matt Aguerro (cross country) and Ryan Guillet (wrestling). Smith is the leading goal scorer in Poteau High School girls soccer with 41 goals and was an All Stater. She played four years at Hendrix College, and was the first female to play football at Poteau High School — converting 36 of 49 extra point.
Coaches being inducted include Earl Jobe, Kelly Hughes and Jack Hornbuckle, while Brent Henson, Jon Bunch, Jodi Ward, Jerry “Catfish” Collins, Terrance Warren, Kevin Merritt and twins Jerry and Paul Collins will be inducted for all-around athlete. Merritt quarterbacked the Pirates to the state semifinals, he pitched a no-hitter and threw a prefect game against Heavener.
Brenda and Doug Sanders, Dr. Bert Corr, Jeannie and James Lynch and Jimi Dawn Hornbuckle will be inducted for their years of support and service to the Poteau High School athletic programs. Hornbuckle is being inducted into the Hall of Fame for her service to Poteau High School as team Manager and her service to the team. Due to her gender, she was not allowed to compete at the high school level, but she did win five national freestyle championships, and she is perhaps the best wrestler pound per pound in Poteau High School history.
The Hall of Fame Banquet will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 25 at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center. Tickets cost $15, and may be purchased at the door or mailed to: Jim Marsh, 411 Parker, Poteau, OK 74953.
All members of the Hall of Fame are invited to attend the event.
The Poteau High School Hall of Fame has had a hiatus of about 10 years, and all the committee members are eager and excited to revive the tradition of having an induction service that will run in conjunction to the all-school reunions, which occurs every three years. But as in all things, the start up expense is high. The committee is asking for help in starting the Poteau Sports Hall of Fame up again, and sustaining it with donations.
Donations can be made to the above mentioned address or it can be made the night of the banquet.