Holmes CC Sports Hall of Fame ceremony set for April 11


*Story by Steve Diffey

Holmes Community College will induct six new members into the Holmes Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in the Frank Branch Coliseum in Goodman. The six new members will be recognized at an in-person banquet after a full day of celebration around the Holmes Goodman Campus.

The six member “Class of 2024” includes Shelton Richardson, Walter Holman, Shane Trosclair, Richard Worthy, Hugh Gibson and Larry Hart.

Richardson, native of Grenada, played football at Grenada High School and came to Goodman to play for the Bulldogs as running back in the 2001 and 2002 seasons under Head Coach Hugh Shurden. After Holmes, Richardson signed with Louisiana Tech. Richardson is a terrific athlete and a physical player who played running back and quarterback. While playing for Holmes, Richardson rushed 128 times for 627 yards and six touchdowns in nine games his sophomore year. He was selected first-team All-Region 23 and was Holmes’ Most Valuable Player.

Holman, native of Vaiden, lettered in two sports while at Holmes. He played football for Coach Quinby Morgan and track and field for Ode Burrell. He was awarded all state 1979 by the Mississippi Junior College Association and went on to play at West Virginia State University where he was 2nd team All-Conference running back. His professional sports career continued on when the Cleveland Browns selected him to join their training camp in 1983. He moved over to the USFL with the Pittsburg Maulers (1984) and Tampa Bay (1985) and Detroit Arena Football (1988) and back to the NFL Washington Redskins (1987).

Trosclair, a native of Chackbay, La., played baseball for the Bulldogs under Quinby Morgan and Kenny Dupont. He was a pitcher and Mississippi Junior College All-State and All American with an appearance in the Mississippi Junior College All Star Game. After Holmes, he continued on in the sport to lead the Southeastern Louisiana University pitching staff and continues to coach at his high-school, Thibodaux High School.

Worthy, a Canton native, played at Canton High School, where he averaged 20 points, five rebounds and five steals a game. Coach Todd Kimble recruited Worthy to play at Holmes where he earned First Team All-NJCAA Region XXIII honors during sophomore season. While playing for the Bulldogs he scored 22 points in first round of region tournament and 18 points in state semi-finals which helped lead the team to a state championship. Worthy earned All-Region and All-State honors going on to play at Mississippi College and Oklahoma City University.

Gibson, a native of Eupora, played football and participated in track and field at Holmes under Coach Robert McGraw. Gibson was selected as a Mississippi Junior College All-State. After Holmes, Gibson earned a J.D. from the University of Mississippi and continues to practice today. He served on the Mississippi Employment Commission as their Chairman (1980-1992) and served on the City of Eupora Alderman (2011-2019).

Hart, a Madison native and former Bulldog player and coach, earned All-State honors at Holmes before transferring to the University of Central Arkansas. At Central Arkansas, he recorded 21.5 sacks in two seasons — a total that still ranks among the top five in the school’s career record books. Hart was chosen as an All-American and the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year as both a junior and senior. Now, Hart is the University of Houston’s defensive consultant and outside linebackers coach. He is making his mark off the football field, as well, as an author. His book, titled, “The Recruit’s Playbook: A 4-year Guide to College Football Recruitment for High School Athletes,” was published in 2021.

The Hall of Fame festivities will include a reception for inductees and a tour of the athletic facilities on the Goodman Campus along with visiting with the current participants in the athletic programs.

The day will conclude with a banquet to honor all the honorees’ accomplishments in Frank Branch Coliseum at 6 p.m.

Bobby “Monkey” Grantham (’60) is the Holmes representative being inducted into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame on April 23 at a special ceremony in Pearl.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased HERE.

For more details on the banquet please contact the Holmes Alumni Office: [email protected] and 662-472-9134

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