This Friday night at the JHHS vs Mangham playoff game being held at Caldwell-Peacock Stadium, Mrs. Jackye Belton will be honored as a “Super Fan” of the JHHS football team. The recognition that will take place at halftime, is part of the continuing “First Family of JHHS Football”program the Jonesboro-Hodge High School Athletic Department, in conjunction with sponsor, Jackson Parish Journal has established to honor local family members who have played an important role in establishing the proud 100 plus year legacy of the JHHS football team.
At each home game this season, family members who were outstanding players have been recognized for their excellence demonstrated on the gridiron and presented with a plaque and copy of the “100 year History of JHHS Football” book. It is not only the players who make a program great but the supporters of the team as well and no one has demonstrated more loyalty to the team than Jackye Belton, a 1972 JHHS graduate and wife of former track coach David Belton.
It all began back in 1971 when as a junior student at JHHS, she attended her first football game. Other than one or two since, Belton has never missed a game. Rain or shine, home or away, good teams and bad, this incredible supporter has always been found in the stands lending her support. To put her incredible loyalty to the team into persepective this computes to an amazing 602 games in a 40 year period.
Her devotion is remarkable and has allowed her to witness many cherished moments over the years. Belton was there when Bobby Stone led JHHS to an undefeated regular season mark in 1971. She watched the 1977 and 1981 teams play for the state championship and witnessed every one of the “Three-Peat” titles won from 1987-89. She also endured the only winless season in Tiger history in 1994 and has seen coaches Joey Pender and Shannon Brown coach the Tigers, leave and return again. Belton has seen dozens of players perform their skills that led to college scholarships and professional football contracts.
Belton was not only a supporter of the football team but all sports at Jonesboro-Hodge, especially enjoying the years where she got to watch her son play basketball for JHHS and daughter be a cheerleader. On top of that she was always by the side of her husband David, during his tenure as a track coach for JHHS and has also been responsible for the education of thousands of students in the Jackson Parish school system over her 32 years of service as a teacher.
As result it is with great pride that Jonesboro-Hodge High School recognizes Mrs. Jackye Belton as a “Super Fan.”
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