Siblings dominate the new Hall of Fame class in Biloxi

B. Allen
B. Allen Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame

Brotherly love is the theme for the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Four sets of brothers will be inducted at 5 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Biloxi Civic Center: Frank and Joe Sabbatini; Clinton and John Tapper; Gene, Billy Ray and John Allen; and Rodney and Ricky Derouen.

Rounding out the 19 member class: Doug Anglado; John Hankins; Keith Demourelle, Carroll Raley; Herb Glavan; James Daggett; Loyce Searight; Robert Hill, 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,” Biloxi mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said.

Here’s a bio of each member:

▪ Billy Ray Allen: A three-sport star and three-year letterman in football at BHS. He was captain of the football team, voted Most Athletic, and later a standout at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Nicholls State.

▪ Gene Allen: The oldest of the three Allen brothers in this year's class, was a three-sport standout at BHS, Gene was captain of the football team at BHS, played running back at Ole Miss, 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, and later a standout lineman at Ole Miss.

▪ Doug Anglado: One of Biloxi’s premier youth baseball players in the early 1960s, Doug led teams to city, state and regional titles, was the MVP in basketball and as a shortstop at Notre Dame, played baseball at MGCCC.

▪ Tommy Bond: Won the 1969 Silver Medal in the Junior Olympics, State Golden Glovers titles and Gulf States boxing championships, will be honored posthumously.

▪ James Daggett: Former star at Pascagoula High School, Daggett was football coach at Michel Junior High in Biloxi from 1952-67, will be honored posthumously.

▪ Keith Demourelle: Star baseball and football player at BHS and baseball at MGCCC, will be honored posthumously.

▪ Ricky Derouen: A three-year letterman and senior year MVP in baseball at Biloxi High, compiling a 97-35 record, became a two-time Golden Gloves Champion and a Junior Olympics Bronze Medalist.

▪ Rodney Derouen: Had a career boxing record of 121-29; three-time Mississippi Golden Gloves Champion; 1983 Southeast United States Golden Gloves Runner-Up; 1983 Boxer of the Year for the State of Mississippi; 1983 Gold Gloves Outstanding; 1981 Silver Gloves Champion.

▪ Herb Glavan: Played on 11 State Championship teams in the semi-pro fast-pitch softball leagues; played until age 50; will be honored posthumously.

▪ John Hankins: A first-team All-State player in baseball and basketball at BHS, compiling a pitching record of 17-2; later played at Oklahoma State University.

▪ Robert Hill: Football co-captain at BHS, helped the Indians to state title in track in 1972 as a sprinter and long jumper, played football and ran track at Mississippi College for football and track, helped MC win GSC Track Championship in 1976.

▪ Larry Kostmayer:A standout boxer the Biloxi Boxing Club from 1962-1967; won Golden Gloves Championships for three consecutive years 1965-67.

▪ Carroll Raley: Led 1960 Biloxi Little League team made it to the World Series; won a State title at Biloxi High, won title at MGCCC; played at Tulane, drafted by the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.

▪ Frank Sabbatini: Football and track coach at BHS, won 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; will be honored posthumously.

▪ Joe Sabbatini: All-State football player at Sunflower JC, coached football and track at BHS, won numerous titles and championships; 1971 MAC Track Coach of the Year and later served as Biloxi Public School District as Director of Athletics.

▪ Loyce Searight: Played wide receiver for M.F. Nichols High School in 1955-56; starred six years for the Biloxi Dodgers, a semi-pro team associated with the Southern Negro League in the 1960s.

▪ Clinton Tapper: Team Captain of BHS; All-State pick, played in the High School All-Star game; prep All-American; named first team All-South at Southern Miss three straight years and signed with the New Orleans Saints.

▪ John Tapper: Older brother of Clinton, BHS football team captain in 1967, where he starred for three years; led Indians to conference and district titles; starred at Southern Miss; winner of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame “Unsung Hero” Award.