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From Buster to Bootsie, Pascagoula Athletic Hall of Fame reveals its Class of 2018

The Pascagoula Athletic Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2018 on Wednesday. New hall members who were in attendance Wednesday in Pascagoula were, from left: Mitch Doze, Bootsie Larsen, Russ Walker, Eugene Winstead, Mike Thomas, Morris Richardson and Glenn Larkins.
The Pascagoula Athletic Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2018 on Wednesday. New hall members who were in attendance Wednesday in Pascagoula were, from left: Mitch Doze, Bootsie Larsen, Russ Walker, Eugene Winstead, Mike Thomas, Morris Richardson and Glenn Larkins. pmagee@sunherald.com

The latest class of the Pascagoula Athletic Hall of Fame reaches all the way from the 1920s to the 1990s.

The Pascagoula Athletic Foundation announced its Class of 2018, a group of 13, on Wednesday at the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center.

The induction ceremony for the Pascagoula Athletic Hall of Fame will take place on June 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula. Ticket information will be made available at a later date.

The new class is a diverse group featuring standouts who competed at both Pascagoula and Carver high schools.

W.K. “Buster” Bosarge: Football letterman at Pascagoula from 1928-32, leading the Panthers to 25 wins. He was a star at both Perkinston Junior College and Millsaps. He later served as the director of the Pascagoula Recreation Department.

Billy Canty: From 1955-58, played three sports at PHS. He was a quarterback in football, the leading scorer in basketball and was a baseball standout. He played quarterback at Furman University and was selected to play in the Senior Bowl. He played professionally in the Canadian Football League. He coached on the college level at places including Ole Miss and Florida State.

Robert Earl Siedell: He lettered in baseball and basketball at PHS from 1956-59. As a pitcher, he led the baseball team to a district baseball title and the South State finals in 1959. He threw two no-hitters that season. At Ole Miss, he set records for strikeouts in a game, pitched a no-hitter and made All-SEC.

Bootsie Larsen: Lettered in baseball, basketball, football and track at Pascagoula from 1958-61. He helped lead the football Panthers to a 9-1 record, earning All-Big 8. He was a three-year letterman at Mississippi State as a center, serving as co-captain as a senior. He coached over a 41-year span in college and high school.

Eugene Winstead: Lettered in baseball, basketball and football at Pascagoula from 1959-62. He holds the single-game record for football with four interceptions in a game. He was an All-Big 8 selection in football. He played third base at Alabama and Mississippi College.

Russ Walker: Played baseball and football at Pascagoula from 1964-67. He led the baseball Panthers to their first state title in 1967. He was a three-year starter at quarterback and started two years at second base for Auburn.

Glenn “Spooner” Larkins: Two-sport athlete at Carver High School in football and basketball. He was the leading rusher, receiver and scorer in football and made all-conference. He played football at Perkinston Junior College and Tennessee State University.

Morris Richardson: He played multiple positions in football and earned all-conference his senior year. He played football at Perkinston Junior College and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Josh Wells: He played three years as a two-way lineman at Carver. He earned all-conference his senior year and went on to play football at Perkinston Junior College and LSU.

Mitch Doze: A baseball, football and track letterman at Pascagoula from 1978-81, he made All-Big 8 and All-State in football and won the state discus championship in track. He played football at Southern Miss and Tulane.

Mike Thomas: A baseball and football letterman at PHS from 1979-83, he led Pascagoula to the baseball state championship in 1983 and was named the state's player of the year. He was All-District in football and played baseball at Southeastern Louisiana. He has been a high school coach for three decades.

Iris Mendenhall: Played basketball at PHS from 1983-86. She made All-Big 8, All-District and was the team's MVP. She played basketball at Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida, where she still holds the single-game scoring record of 41 points.

Robyn Ezell Gollott: A standout track athlete at PHS from 1987-90, Gollott still holds school records in the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash and 400-yard dash. She ran track at Southern Miss, where she helped the team to its first conference title.

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