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Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame continues to grow in popularity

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The 2017 Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame will honor 12 new members beginning. The event exploded on the sports scene four years ago and continues to grow in popularity.

Harrison County Supervisor Kent Jones always had deep feelings that the city of Gulfport should recognize the great athletes who came through the various high schools in the city and later excelled at various universities.

That dream became reality four years ago...and the Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame has developed a strong following.

Jones said, "It sells out every year.  This year is going to be no exception and that's because of the organization structure and the athlete we put in and we just get great support and we're real pleased with it."

I met with three members of the Class of 2017, former Harrison Central basketball coach Eddie Ladner, Gulfport Admirals track and field star Patrick Davis who was competing for the high school in the 7th grade and defensive lineman Frankie Pilate, a 1972 Gulfport Commodore graduate.  

"I played on two state championship teams when I was in high school," Pilate said.  " I got an early start in playing football, I started playing in the 8th grade.  So, I played five years of high school football and started five years."

Pilate signed with Alcorn State and played on the Braves 1974 National Black College Championship team.

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