Better late than never! After being postponed for nearly three months, he Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame inducted six new members and honored three more with Distinguished Service Awards on Saturday in ceremonies held at the Jonesboro-Hodge High School gymnasium. Also introduced was the boy and girl “Athlete of the Year” from JHHS, Quitman and Weston High Schools.
Being inducted into the prestigious circle of Jackson Parish sports greats was JHHS athletes Bob Garrett, Floyd Miles and Tyjuan Hayes, along with Phil Cockerham of Weston, Tommy Logan of Quitman and former JHHS coach and Jackson Parish School Administrator, Wayne Alford.
Also honored was sports writing legends and collegiate Sports Information Directors, Doug Ireland and Dan McDonald with the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award, as well as, former JHHS and Henderson State University coach, Clyde Berry, who earned the 2021 Meritorious Service Award. Representing each school as “Athlete of the Year” was Xabrianna Jackson and Devontae Mozee of Jonesboro-Hodge, Joshua Smith and Clara Womack of Quitman High and Jace Holt and Mallory Tolar from Weston High.
2021 Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame inductees:
Wayne Alford – The Menard High School and Northwestern State University graduate is the all-time leader in boys basketball coaching victories having compiled a 308-132 record over 14 seasons. During his tenure from 1982 to 1995, the Tigers won four district championships and made the playoffs nine times, including being Class AA state runner-up in 1988-89. During the 1984-85 season he led the Tigers to a 31-3 record which still ranks as the best single season winning percentage (91%) in school history. After being named interim Principal at JHHS in 1996 he became the Principal at Weston High. In 2007, Alford became the Superintendent of Schools for Jackson Parish.
Bob Garrett – “Bullet” Bob, graduated from JHHS in 1984 after being named district MVP in baseball and All-State as quarterback in football. As a “top 10” recruit in the state of Louisiana, Garrett was courted by universities all over the south, including several from the SEC before deciding to play for Louisiana Tech which he did for three seasons before earning his degree from LSU in 1991. After his playing career Garrett became a coach and educator for nearly three decades at Opelousas High, Cedar Creek in Ruston, Adams County Christian in Natchez, MS and both Ruston Junior High and Ruston High School before retiring this past year.
Phil Cockerham – A rare five year starter for both the Weston High basketball and baseball teams, Cockerham was an integral part of Weston’s first state baseball championship team in 1997 and state runner-up squad in 1980. Over his career the slick fielding shortstop batted over .400 while earning All-District honors for four years and being All-State his junior and senior seasons. As a basketball player who scored over 1000 points in his career, Cockerham also was twice named All-District.
Tyjuan Hayes – The 1990 JHHS graduate was a member of the “three peat” state championship teams at JHHS from 1987-89 and starting quarterback in the final two. In the 1988 title game Hayes was named Offensive MVP and in 1989 garnered 1st team All-District, 1st team All-State and 1st team Academic All-State awards. Hayes was also selected to play in the Louisiana High School All-Star game and was the recipient of the prestigious Buddy Blair award given to the top student-athlete in northeast Louisiana. Hayes also played on the 1988 state runner-up team in basketball and was an outstanding baseball player. After attending Grambling State on a scholarship he earned an Electronics Engineering Technology which led to a distinguished career in oil and gas in Houston, TX.
Tommy Logan – A member of the back-to-back state basketball championship teams at Quitman High School in 1970-71 Logan was a two time All-District selection and was named first team All-State his senior year. Called by his coach, Stuart Toms, as the “sweetest shooter” he has ever seen, Logan was called into the ministry his senior year in high school. After obtaining a Master’s in Theology he served as an ordained Methodist Minister in Oklahoma and Louisiana for years touching thousands of lives through his “singing services.”
Floyd Miles Jr. – Better known as “Bubba” to his friends, the 1957 JHHS graduate was a member of the first boxing team in school history where he gained the Golden Gloves Welterweight title. His knockout power was so legendary that in a fight at the state tournament he had to promise to fight his opponent using only his left hand to just get his opponent to fight him. After graduation, Miles attended Louisiana Tech University where he majored in Forestry before working in the paper mill industry for 36 years.
Clyde Berry – Awarded for his Meritorious Service , Berry is recognized for founding the only boxing team in JHHS history and serving as head baseball and assistant football coach. The |Stuttgart High School (Arkansas) graduate was a tremendous athlete who played four sports at Henderson State University and had the opportunity to play professional baseball. After leaving JHHS, Berry coached at his collegiate alma mater for 25 years where he led both his football team and baseball teams to conference championships, IN 1990 Berry he opened and directed one of the top camps in the nation for eight years before hanging up his spikes for good to enjoy retirement.
Dan McDonald – The 2017 inductee into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for his distinguished service as a sports journalist, McDonald is recognized by the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame for his Outstanding Achievement. In 1976 the JHHS graduate was hired by Northwestern State University as the Sports Information Director, becoming the youngest in the nation serving in that capacity. From there McDonald served the University of Southwestern Louisiana, what is now known as the University of Louisiana, in the same capacity for 23 years winning many CoSIDA awards for writing and editing media guides. He also was a member of the United States Olympic Committee in 1988 and again in 1996. After retiring as SID, McDonald became senior sports writers for the Lafayette Daily Advertiser where he won numerous Louisiana Sports Writers Association awards including being named “Writer of the Year” for three years in a five year span. He is also a two time Vice President and served two years as President of the LSWA.
Doug Ireland – This is the second induction to a Hall of Fame this year for the 1978 JHHS graduate. Not only is Ireland one of the newest members of the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame after receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award the recently retired Sports Information Director at Northwestern State University was inducted earlier this year into the Louisiana Sports Hall Of Fame in Natchitoches which he has served as Chairman of since 1990. As a sports journalist for the Alexandria Town Talk from 1987-89, Ireland captured 15 top three finishes in the annual Louisiana Sports Writers Association contest that included winning a record nine overall awards and six first place finishes in the 1987-88 competition. After becoming the SID at NSU, Ireland added dozens of LSWA awards for writing and publications, including 33 since 2000. His 1992 Media Guide was voted best in the nation for Division 1-AA and in 1997 was the runner-up in the national CoSIDA contest. In 2008, Ireland was presented with the “Distinguished American Award” by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame and in 2012 was named Cenla’s Sportsman of the Year. In 2016 the acclaimed writer won the LSWA “Story of the Year award and was presented the prestigious Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award by the Southland Conference. Ireland began his sports writing career at the age of 14 while working for the Jackson Independent under the tutelage of legendary local sports writer Raymond “Doc” Jeffress.
2021 High School “Athletes of the Year”
The Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Principal Chevonda Leonard for graciously allowing the school gymnasium to be used for the ceremony despite such short notice.
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