Panola College to induct five into the Athletic Hall of Fame
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Panola College is proud to announce the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees including: James “Jim” Gray – 1948-1950 Football/Basketball/Baseball; Don Bounds – 1960-1961 Baseball; Mildred Hodge Griffith – 1976-1977 Women’s Basketball; Steve Winfield – 1976-1977 Baseball; and Todd Haney 1984-1985 Baseball.
The Panola College Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on February 8, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the Panola College M.P. Baker Library Murphy-Payne Conference Room. Everyone is invited to come celebrate the induction and support the Panola College Athletic Program. Tickets are available for $50. Reservations are required and must be made by calling 903-693-2034. If you are unable to attend and would like to send a donation to support the athletic program, please send donations to Panola College Athletics, 1109 W. Panola, Carthage, TX. 75633.
James “Jim” Gray, of Beckville, played all three years of football at Panola College in 1948, 49, and 50. He was a member of the 1949 and 1950 State Championship Football Teams at Panola College. At quarterback he earned All Conference and All State Football honors in 49’ and 50’. Not only did he excel on the football field at Panola, he was a member of the basketball and baseball teams. In baseball, he was part of the first two conference championship teams in 1948 and 1949. Mr. Gray went on to East Texas State University (Texas A&M –Commerce) and led them to a 30-2-1 record over two years, two conference championships, and two bowl games.
He was selected to the NCAA All American team during his senior year and was invited to play in the Senior Bowl. Mr. Gray, who now resides in Lufkin, TX, went on to become a coach for 15 years and then finished his career in education administration for 20 years.
Don W. Bounds, of Joaquin, played baseball at Panola College in 1960 and 1961. As a freshman, he was selected to the 1960 NJCAA All American Team.
He was also selected that year to the TJCAC All Conference Team and the NJCAA Region XIV All Region Team. His sophomore season he was selected to the TJCAC All Conference Team and led the Ponies to the 1961 TJCAC Conference Championship. Mr. Bounds went on to play baseball and earn his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern State University, then his Master’s degree at LSU-Shreveport, before entering the field of education as a long time coach and administrator.