Sibling Standouts Lead 2017 Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame Inductees, more Biloxi News

From:  City of Biloxi   8/7/17   GCN

Four sets of brothers head this year’s class of 19 inductees into the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. Longtime Biloxi High coaches Joe and Frank Sabbatini will be honored along with legendary BHS football players Clinton and John Tapper, and Gene, Billy Ray and John Allen.  Rounding out the sibling contingent for installation ceremonies Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Civic Center are boxing’s Rodney and Ricky Derouen.

The Tappers were stalwart offensive linemen at Biloxi High and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Gene, Billy Ray and John Allen were versatile athletes who starred at BHS and in college at Ole Miss (Gene and John) and Nicholls State (Billy Ray). They were preceded in the Sports Hall of Fame by their brother Joe.  The Derouens were lesser known than their brother and previous Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame inductee Rusty “Biloxi Bomber” Derouen, but their accomplishments in the ring were equally laudable.

Also selected for induction this year were: Notre Dame High School basketball and baseball all-star Doug Anglado; BHS two-sport standout John Hankins; Biloxi High baseball stars Keith Demourelle and Carroll “Butch” Raley; softball superstar Herb Glavan; junior high coach James Daggett; Former Biloxi Dodgers star Loyce Searight; Robert Hill, a dynamic football player at Biloxi and Mississippi College; and boxers Tommy Bond and Larry Kostmayer.

“Every year the selection committee seems to uncover more hidden gems from Biloxi’s storied past and this year they’ve done it again,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “There are some legendary names among those chosen this year, but I’m especially proud of Biloxi Public Works Director Billy Ray Allen.

Everyone knows the Allen family produced outstanding athletes, and Billy Ray might have been the best all-around athlete.”

2017 Class Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame

Billy Ray Allen: A three-sport star and three-year letterman in football at BHS, he was the only sophomore starters on the varsity team in 1969. He was captain of the football team, voted Most Athletic, selected to the State All-Star team, and was a standout at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Nicholls State.

Gene Allen: The older of the three Allen brothers, he also was a three-sport standout at BHS, Gene was captain of the football team at BHS and voted Most Athletic. He, too, was selected to the State All-Star team as a quarterback, and received a scholarship to play at Ole Miss, where he starred as running back. Gene will be honored posthumously.

John Allen: The youngest of the Allens, John also was captain of his senior football team, a three-year letterman in baseball and football, voted Most Athletic, was named to the Mississippi Sportswriters First Team All-State, and was a standout lineman for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Doug Anglado: One of Biloxi’s premier youth baseball players in the early 1960s, Doug led teams to city, state and regional titles while being selected as an All-Star every year from when he was 13 through American Legion ball as an 18-year-old. A smooth fielder and solid hitter, he led his Legion team to consecutive state championships. At Notre Dame, he was the MVP in basketball and as a shortstop led the baseball team to district and regional titles his junior and senior years. He started his college career as a second baseman for legendary junior college coach Ken “Curly” Farris at Perkinston.

Tommy Bond: A good defensive boxer and sharp puncher, he was one of the top names at the Biloxi Boxing Club from 1969-73. Bond won the 1969 Silver Medal in the Junior Olympics as a 16-year-old welterweight. He also won State Golden Glovers titles and Gulf States boxing championships. He is being honored posthumously.

James Daggett: A star athlete at Pascagoula High School, Daggett forged an enviable record as a football coach at Michel Junior High in Biloxi from 1952-67. He is recognized for having developed many of the top BHS players during those years, including many who have already been selected to the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. Another, posthumous inductee, Coach Daggett passed away in 1995.

Keith Demourelle: One of the premier sluggers in Biloxi Youth Baseball, “Chops” established home run records in the Southern Little League and throughout his years all the way through American Legion. His hitting carried his teams to several local, district and regional titles. He also was a star hitter for Biloxi High School and an outstanding linebacker. He was a leading player at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, too. Keith will be honored posthumously.

Ricky Derouen: A three-year letterman and senior year MVP in baseball at Biloxi High, Ricky literally hit his stride as a boxer. His career record totals 97 wins against 35 losses. He was a two-time Golden Gloves Champion and a Junior Olympics Bronze Medalist.

Rodney Derouen: His career boxing record was an impressive 121 wins with just 29 defeats. He was a three-time Mississippi Golden Gloves Champion, the 1983 Southeast United States Golden Gloves Runner-Up, and the 1983 Boxer of the Year for the State of Mississippi, the 1983 Gold Gloves Outstanding and a 1981 Silver Gloves Champion.

Herb Glavan: He played on 11 State Championship teams in the semi-pro fast-pitch softball leagues that were popular in the mid-20th century. A standout hitter and fielder, Glavan continued to star until age 50.

 He will be honored posthumously.

John Hankins: He was a first-team All-State player in baseball and basketball at Biloxi High School, where he compiled a pitching record of 17-2. He also was 14-3 as a starter in American Legion baseball. A former BHS Athlete of the Year, Hancock also played at Oklahoma State University.

Robert Hill: A co-captain on his high school football team at Biloxi High, Hill starred in football (wide receiver/defensive back) and track. He helped the Indians to district and state titles in track in 1972 as a sprinter and long jumper. He received a scholarship to Mississippi College for football and track. He was a second-team All-Gulf South Conference selection as a receiver in 1975, and is a school record-holder in receptions, punt returns and all-purpose yards.  He also helped the Choctaws to the Gulf South Conference Track Championship in 1976.

Larry Kostmayer: A superior athlete from elementary school through college, Larry excelled in boxing. Fighting for the Biloxi Boxing Club, he was a standout boxer from 1962-1967. He won Golden Gloves Championships for three consecutive years 1965-67, and also boxed while in college at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Carroll Raley: Better known as Butch, he emerged as an outstanding baseball player in 1960 when his Biloxi Little League team made it to the World Series. He played on State Championship teams in Pony League and Colt League, also advancing to the Colt League World Series. He won a State title at Biloxi High and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. He chose to play college ball, winning state titles at Perkinston before becoming a hitting star at Tulane.

Frank Sabbatini: A football and track coach at BHS, Frank directed the Indians to two Big Eight Football Championships, two State Championships in track, and was honored as Coach of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches in 1975. He also served as principal at Fernwood and Biloxi High School. He will be honored posthumously.

Joe Sabbatini:  An All-State football player at Sunflower Junior College, Joe made his mark in coaching football and track at Biloxi High School. His teams won numerous titles and championships, and he was the 1971 Mississippi Association of Coaches Track Coach of the Year. He also served the Biloxi Public School District as Director of Athletics, leading successful programs in all boys and girls sports.
 
Loyce Searight: A superb wide receiver for M.F. Nichols High School in 1955-56, Searight also starred six years for the Biloxi Dodgers, a semi-pro team associated with the Southern Negro League in the 1960s. Upon finishing his career, he has served Biloxi as a coach and mentor to countless youth in east Biloxi.
 
Clinton Tapper: Team Captain of the Biloxi Indians his senior year, Clinton was named to Mississippi High School All-State teams, played in the High School All-Star game and was a High School All-American. A powerful offensive guard, he developed into a bigger star in college at USM, where he was named first team All-South for three straight years before signing as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints.
 
John Tapper: Clinton’s older brother, John was the BHS football team captain in 1967, where he starred for three years as a powerful offensive lineman. His teams won conference and district titles, and he went on to excel on the Southern Mississippi football team. He also is a winner of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame “Unsung Hero” Award.

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News and notes

The week that was: The Fire Department reported 137 calls for service, the Police Department reported 2,203 calls for service and the Community Development Department issued 56 building permits with a construction valuation of a little more than $350,000 last week.  To see the full reports, click here.

Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council will hold a budget workshop Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall.   To see the agenda for Tuesday morning, click here.