Basketball Inductees

The Panola College Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 2002 to honor persons who have made outstanding contributions to the College's basketball athletic program. This recognition perpetuates the memory of those former athletes and coaches who have brought distinction, honor, and excellence to the College.


Mary Ann Ottwell

  • 1977 & 1978 NJCAA National Champions
  • 4 trips to the NJCAA National Tournament
  • 3 Conference Championships
  • 4 Regional Championships
  • 1977 & 1978 NJCAA "Coach of the Year"
  • 3 times Conference "Coach of the Year"
  • 4 NJCAA All-Americans
Mary Ann Ottwell

Gregory Procell

  • Ponies Basketball player 1971-72
  • 1971 & 1972 All Conference
  • 1971 & 1972 NJCAA All Region Team
  • 1971 & 1972 1st Team selection to Texas Sports Writers All Junior College Team
  • 1971 & 1972 NJCAA All-American
  • 1971 led NJCAA in scoring
  • 1971 led conference in scoring average with 33.8 points
  • 1972 was 3rd in NJCAA in scoring
  • Held Panola College single game scoring record with 57 points from 1971-2001
Gregory Procell

Rosie Walker Kellum

  •  Fillies Basketball player 1977-78;
  • 1977 & 1978 NJCAA National Champions
  • 1977 & 1978 Regional Champions
  • 1978 Conference Champions
  • 1977 & 1978 NJCAA All-American
  • 1977 & 1978 1st Team All Conference
  • 1977 & 1978 Most Valuable Player in the Conference
  • 1978 NJCAA National Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • 2000 Inductee to the National Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 2001 Inductee to the Stephen F. Austin State University Hall of Fame
  • School and NJCAA Record 60 points in one game
Rosey Walker Kellum

Peggy Pope Stapleton

  • 1977-1978 Fillies Basketball Player
  • 1978 Region XIV Conference Champions
  • 1977-1978 NJCAA National Champions
  • 1977-1978 All Conference
  • 1978 NJCAA All American
  • 1979-1980 Texas A&M all time rebounder and most points scored in a season
  • 2003 Texas A&M Hall of Fame
  • Played professional basketball for the Nebraska Wranglers
  • Coached professional basketball for the WNBA Detroit Shock
Peggy Pope Stapleton

Aroid Neal

  • 1978-1979 Ponies Basketball Player
  • 1978-1979 Region XIV All Conference Team
  • 1978 - 339 Points; 207 Rebounds
  • 1979 Region XIV Conference Champions
  • 1979 Region XIV Conference MVP
  • 1979 NJCAA Texas All Star Team
  • 1979 NJCAA All American
  • 1979 San Antonio Express News Sport Profile Team
  • 1980-1981 Louisiana Tech University
  • 1980 Southland Conference Honorable Mention
  • 1980-1981 Team Leading Rebounder
  • 1981 SLC All Conference Team
  • 1981 SLC Louisiana All Star Team
Aroid Neal

Elvin “Buddy” Lowery

  • 1954-1956 Panola Ponies Basketball
  • 1954-1956 Panola Ponies Baseball 
  • 1956 TEC All Conference Basketball
  • 1956 Offered a professional baseball contract by  Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1956-1959 Played basketball at Stephen F. Austin State University
  • 1959 All Lone Star Conference Team
  • 1959 Received the Todd Memorial Award at SFA
  • 1959-1960 Played 2 yrs. professional basketball in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons
  • 1981Established the Elvin “Buddy” Lowery Outstanding Athletic Award at Panola College
  • 1984 Inducted into the SFA Sports Hall of Fame
Buddy Lowery 

Debra Kay Thomas

  • 1974-1976 Panola Fillies Basketball 
  • 1975 All Conference Team
  • 1975 Regional All Tournament Team
  • 1975 Led Fillies to the AIAW National Tournament
  • 1976 Led Fillies to the first TEC Championship
  • 1976 TEC All Conference Team
  • 1976 NJCAA Region XIV All Region Team
  • 1976 Region XIV All Tournament Team
  • 1976 Region XIV Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • 1976 Panola’s first women’s basketball NJCAA All American
  • 1976 Led Fillies to the NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Tournament
  • 1976-1978 Played basketball at Stephen F. Austin State University
  • 1978-1980 Played in the women’s first professional league for the Iowa Cornets
Debra Kay Thomas
 

Mildred Hodge Griffith

  • 1976-1977 Panola Fillies Basketball
  • 1976 All Conference
  • 1976 NJCAA Second Team All National Tournament Team
  • 1976 NJCAA National Champion Runnerup
  • 1977 Panola College Most Valuable Player
  • 1977 All Conference
  • 1977 All NJCAA Region XIV
  • 1977 NJCAA  All American
  • 1977 NJCAA First Team All National Tournament Team
  • 1977 NJCAA National Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • 1977 NJCAA National Championship Team
  • 1978-1979 Played basketball at Brooklyn University
Mildred Hodge Griffith