By AMY BRYANT, Special to the Baptist Message
PINEVILLE – Former LC softball pitcher Emillie Collins along with long-time announcer Hymie Bradford and former running back Wayne Davis became the latest class inducted by the LC Wildcat Athletic Association at a ceremony that took place recently in LC’s Granberry Conference Center.
Collins, a graduate of Grant High School in Dry Prong, was one of the cornerstones of LC’s nationally prominent softball team and a star on the Lady Wildcats squad that won the 2003 NCCAA National Championship.
[img_assist|nid=6837|title=Emillie Collins, Wayne Davis and Hymie Bradford were inducted into LCs Sports Hall of Fame recently.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=66]A two-time NCCAA All-American, Collins was the 2002 American Southwest Conference East Division Freshman of the Year. She was also chosen multiple times for the ASC All-Conference team. Collins also excelled academically, earning three ASC All-Academic honors and a spot on the CoSIDA All-district Academic team. Collins received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2005.
Bradford graduated from Louisiana College in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a minor in Journalism. While a student at LC, Bradford was the number one player and captain of the Wildcat golf team.
Highlights of Bradford’s career, 1963-65, included upset victories over Northwestern State and Centenary his senior season. His 3-under par 69 against NSU at the Alexandria Golf and Country Club that year was the best individual score for an LC golfer during that time.
Bradford has been the public address announcer for LC sporting events since the mid-1980s, starting with basketball, adding football in 2000 when it returned and softball late in the first decade of the 2000s, earning the title of the “Voice of the Wildcats.”
He is also well known locally for his broadcast work on local high school football games for stations owned by CENLA Broadcasting Co., a task he began in 1986.
A former board member and president of both the Louisiana College Alumni Association and LC Wildcat Athletic Association, Bradford has also served as WAA administrator, making personal calls, organizing basketball and golf tournaments and has been depended on for many years to help raise money for LC athletics. Bradford and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Pineville.
Davis was a four-year starter and has had one of the most successful football careers in LC history. He finished his career with the Wildcats in 2003 and at that time was the leading rusher in the history of the American Southwest Conference with 3,468 career yards.
Davis also had set a Louisiana collegiate and ASC single-game record by rushing 322 yards against McMurry University in 2003. He then spent three years as the running back coach for LC and played professionally for the Fayetteville Guard and Reading Express of the National Indoor Football League.
Davis received his Bachelor’s degree from LC in 2005 and resides in Pineville with his wife, Darlinda, and two sons, Kedin and Jayse.
Reprinted with permission from the Wildcat, student newspaper of Louisiana College.