Five inducted into Bobcat Sports Hall of Fame

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-09-29 10:21:27

 ELLISVILLE – Five people were inducted into the Jones County Junior College Bobcat Sports Hall of Fame during a banquet held on Sept. 24.

Former player and head football Parker Dykes, former football and baseball head coach Elmer Higginbotham, former football All-Americans Dale Crowder and Kenneth Schulte, and Wilmer Dennis – a member of the first JCJC football and baseball teams back in 1929 – were enshrined during a ceremony at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

“We are in the presence of some outstanding individuals that spent many years dedicating their talents to serving others and to making a difference,” said JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith during the ceremony. “Tonight is a night that I hope our honored inductees, their families and their loved ones will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Dykes played on fellow Hall of Famer and former Bobcat head coach Sim Cooley’s first two teams at Jones in 1961-62. He played offensive guard and defensive tackle and was chosen Honorable Mention All-State in 1962.

He later served as head coach of the Bobcats from 1992-2005 and guided the team to a 92-50-1 record. The 1998 team finished 12-0 and was named national champions by Mike Gottfried’s Gridiron Magazine. He led the team to state titles in 1998 and 2002.

Dykes currently resides in Tennessee.

Higginbotham coached at JCJC from 1971-92. He was an assistant football coach from 1971-87 and head coach from 1988-91. He was head baseball coach from 1971-88.

While serving as an assistant football coach under Coach Cooley, Higginbotham helped lead the Bobcats to three state championships and a Junior Rose Bowl appearance in 1977.

The Noxubee County native is also a member of the East Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame.

Higginbotham passed away on July 26, 2011.

Crowder played guard and tackle at JCJC in 1958-59, earning All-American honors in 1959. He was named Team Captain that year and also participated in the National Junior College All-Star Game in Albuquerque, N.M.

He transferred to Louisiana College in Pineville, La., and earned Honorable Mention Small College All-American honors in 1960.

He currently resides in Richton.

Schulte was an All-American quarterback in 1954-55 at JCJC.

He led the Bobcats to an 8-1 record in 1954 and a 9-1 record and a state championship in 1955. The 1955 team participated in the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., where they fell to Compton College (Calif).

Schulte participate in the 1955 Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game and was named the state’s Most Outstanding Back. He transferred to the University of Georgia after leaving JCJC, where he played for legendary coach Wally Butts.

Schulte passed away in 1995.

Dennis, age 102, was born on Aug. 17, 1909, in Ellisville. He now lives in New Augusta.

He was a member of the first Bobcat football and baseball teams in 1929. He would receive his bachelor’s degree from Southern College (now the University of Southern Mississippi) and would acquire his master’s degree from the University of Alabama.

Dennis would go on to be a teacher, principal and coach in Jefferson Davis County, Georgia and Florida. He would later be elected mayor of New Augusta in 1985.

He remains a loyal Bobcat to this day.


Bobcat Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007 – Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008 – Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009 – Gwen Magee, L.D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010 – Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011 – Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Kenneth Schulte


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