Inductees into the 2023 MPISD Athletic Hall of Fame

Mount Pleasant Independent School District proudly presents the distinguished athletes to be honored in the 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame. The exceptional inductees are: Truman Adair, Sarah Brown, Steve Graf, Willie Houston, Molly Homer Johnson, Tripp MacKay, Frankie Thomas, and Stanley Veasley.

The recognition and celebration of these remarkable athletes will take place prior to the Homecoming game against Whitehouse on Friday, October 20, starting at 6:50 p.m. A special, private pre-game ceremony will be held for the honorees, their families, and close friends. During the event, the inductees will serve as honorary captains and participate in the pre-game coin toss, donning commemorative gold jackets as a token of their outstanding achievements. Their portraits will also grace the walls of the Willie Williams Gymnasium, forever commemorating their contributions to MPISD athletics.

Truman “The Jet” Adair, who graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in MPISD in 1963, was celebrated for his accomplishments in both football and track, earning him the nickname “The Jet.” His journey took him to Grambling University and later to the United States Army, where he served as a veteran of the Vietnam War. He then joined the Texarkana Titans, a professional football team, before transitioning back to civilian life at the Red River Army Depot. Adair’s legacy is a testament to teamwork, faith, and making the most of one’s abilities.

Sarah Brown, a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Class of 2012, achieved excellence not only in sports but also in her academic and leadership roles. Her remarkable high school career included achievements in golf and soccer, where she earned numerous accolades. She continued her golf career at the University of Central Arkansas and later at Texas Tech University, leaving her mark in collegiate golf and even playing in an LPGA tournament. Sarah’s journey exemplifies the power of passion, dedication, and surrounding oneself with like-minded individuals.

Steve Graf, a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Class of 1979, was a standout athlete in football, baseball, and track. His accolades included the W.L. Means Outstanding Offensive Back award, the Edward Milam Award for Outstanding Football Player, and being part of the 1978 Football Team’s leadership. Steve went on to become a two-sport athlete at Northwestern State University and even signed pro contracts in both baseball and football. Graf’s achievements highlight the importance of hard work, mentorship, and setting high standards.

Willie Houston, a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Class of 1979, was recognized for his basketball and track talents. His journey started with an incredible achievement as a freshman, making the Varsity basketball team, an honor seldom bestowed upon underclassmen. Post-graduation, he earned the title of High School All-American. His message to current athletes is to never give up on their dreams and always work hard, emphasizing the unlimited possibilities that effort can bring.

Molly Homer Johnson, a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Class of 2000, excelled in basketball and softball. She earned numerous accolades in both sports, including being named to the All-District basketball team and the All-State softball team. Her collegiate journey at Troy University and Troy University expanded her horizons, and she continues to impact the world of softball as a coach and mentor, instilling values of teamwork and dedication.

Tripp MacKay, a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Class of 1992, left a legacy in Tiger Baseball. He was a two-time High School All-American and continued to shine in college, playing in the College World Series and earning various awards, including being named an All-American. Tripp’s journey emphasizes the importance of hard work, perseverance, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

Frankie Thomas, a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Class of 1984, was a multi-talented athlete in football, basketball, track, and baseball. His long list of honors showcases his remarkable skills on the field and court. He transitioned to the collegiate level, earning accolades in both football and academics, culminating in an honorable mention All-American title. Frankie’s journey serves as an inspiration for current student athletes, emphasizing the significance of dedication and the pursuit of dreams.

Stanley Veasley, a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Class of 1993, lettered in football, basketball, and track. His high school achievements included All-State football honors and a state bronze medal in the 110 hurdles. His journey continued through college and arena football. Stanley’s story underscores the transformative power of sports, instilling values like discipline, teamwork, and a winning mindset.

The remarkable individuals being inducted into the Mount Pleasant Independent School District Athletic Hall of Fame exemplify the spirit of dedication, teamwork, and the pursuit of excellence. Their journeys are a testament to the impact of sports on personal growth, resilience, and success in life. Congratulations to these outstanding athletes who have left an indelible mark on MPISD history.

Reference

https://www.mpisd.net/blog/2023-mpisd-athletic-hall-of-fame-inductees/

https://rockathletics.com/news/2023/7/19/general-rock-announces-2023-athletics-hall-of-fame-inductees.aspx

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