October 9, 2018 9:42:45 AM
SCOOBA -- In conjunction with East Mississippi Community College's Homecoming festivities this weekend, 10 new members will be inducted into the EMCC Sports Hall of Fame.
EMCC's 2018 Sports Hall of Fame inductees will be honored Friday night in a reception and banquet at the F.R. Young Student Union. The inductees also will be recognized Saturday afternoon at halftime of the football team's game against Holmes C.C. at Sullivan-Windham Field. Kickoff for the game will be at 2 p.m.
The Class of 2018 features Larry Anderson, Jack Lewis Dudley, Lynn Ethridge Roberson, Mary Ann Hodges Fulton, Lance Lewis, Mike Luke, Kate Neely McCarty, Dwane Taylor, Larry Vick, and Raleigh Wood III.
EMCC also will honor 2018 Alumnus of the Year (John Apple) and Distinguished Service Award winner (Dewayne Hull). Apple and Hull will be honored during EMCC's alumni/friends luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the F.R. Young Student Union. They also will be recognized during the halftime festivities.
Anderson was a standout basketball player at Noxubee County High School in Macon before playing at EMCC in the early 1980s. A 23-year coaching veteran at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Anderson played and later coached at Rust College. He was hired at MIT in 1995 and has become one of the most successful and respected coaches in the NCAA Division III men's basketball ranks.
The Macon native owns a career coaching record of 375-244 at MIT, including a 216-68 mark and eight national tournament appearances over the past decade that has included a 2012 Final Four berth and an Elite Eight showing last season.
Dudley is honored with a roadside sign at the intersection of Highways 45 and 16 in Scooba as the "Birthplace of World Champion Turkey Caller Jack Lewis Dudley." He initially made a name for himself as a two-sport letterman (basketball and baseball) at DeKalb High School and EMCC.
Roberson, the daughter of EMCC Sports Hall of Famer Ikie E. Ethridge, is part of a three-generation family of EMCC student-athletes. She enjoyed a 42-year teaching and coaching career in the state of Mississippi. She graduated from West Lauderdale High before earning a band scholarship to EMCC. She went on to play an integral role in the school's decision to reinstate the women's basketball program during the early 1970s.
Fulton was one of the state's most talented women's basketball players of her era during her two seasons at EMCC in the early 1950s. She was raised in the Martin community of Collinsville and was a prep standout at Hickory High.
Lewis made an immediate impact as a game-changing wide receiver at EMCC. His pass-catching exploits helped initially bring the Lions to the forefront of the NJCAA football ranks a decade ago. The two-sport standout (football and basketball) at Concord (N.C.) High transferred to EMCC following a season at West Hills College in California. He collected NJCAA All-Region 23 honors as a member of the Lions' 2009 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State championship team after averaging 17.3 yards on 52 receptions with 16 touchdown catches.
Luke, a native of Kemper County, represents District 4 since being elected to the Kemper County Board of Supervisors in 1977. He is as the longest-reigning supervisor in the state of Mississippi. The former basketball standout at DeKalb High and EMCC has spent four decades representing the citizens of District 4 in addition to having taught and coached at Carthage, Kemper Academy, Noxubee County, Neshoba Central, Kemper County, Philadelphia and Choctaw Central.
Neely McCarty guided EMCC's fast-pitch softball program for seven seasons. Along with directing the team to postseason play in each of her four seasons as head coach, including the program's first fast-pitch division championship in 2011, Neely McCarty's EMCC teams also earned top 10 All-Academic Team national recognition.
Taylor helped bring Southeast Lauderdale recognition during his three-plus decades of service as an educator and as an administrator at his alma mater. Following a successful two-year playing stint as a quarterback at EMCC during the early 1970s, Taylor stayed close to home to further his college education at Livingston University (now West Alabama).
Vick, a native of Kemper County, has spent nearly 40 years working in the education field as a teacher, coach, and administrator. A multi-sport performer at Kemper Academy, Vick played both football and baseball as a freshman at EMCC before concentrating on baseball during his sophomore year. He earned a baseball scholarship to Livingston University (now West Alabama) and played in the 1976 NCAA Division II College World Series.
Wood III spent more than 30 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator in the state of Mississippi's public school system. He joins his brother, Marcus, as EMCC Sports Hall of Fame inductee. The Starkville High School product pitched for EMCC Lions in the early 1980s before earning his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State.
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