The late Joe B. McGee, longtime sports writer and managing editor of the Log Cabin Democrat, will be the 11th inductee into the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
McGee will be inducted at the organization’s annual banquet on July 22 at the Centennial Sports Center.
Keith Jackson, former Oklahoma football star and analyst for Arkansas Razorback football games, will be the sportscaster inducted.
Charles Ripley, longtime basketball coach at Little Rock Parkview High School and currently athletic director at Arkansas Baptist, will be presented a lifetime achievement award.
McGee has previously been inducted into the Hendrix College Sports Hall of Honor and has received a meritorious service award from the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. The McGee Center in Conway is named in his memory.
He will become the fifth sports writer who has worked for the Log Cabin to be inducted into the Hall, including David McCollum, the late Joe Mosby, Clay Henry and Donna Lampkin Stephens.
The sportscaster and sports writer awards were voted on by media members in Arkansas and members of the Arkansas Sports Club.
Hendrix’s Stanton SAA Man of Year
Hendrix College’s Gray Stanton has been named the Southern Athletic Association Man of the Year, presented by Summit Management Corporation.
Stanton ended his career as a First Team All-SAA defensive end. He transitioned from playing offense to defense as a freshman and then had to fight back from an injury that cost him his sophomore season and threatened his playing career. Stanton, persevered, however, and returned to lead Hendrix to their first league title as he captured an All-SAA Honorable Mention as a junior before capping his career with the First Team selection as a senior.
He recorded 140 career tackles, 30.5 for a loss and 10 sacks in 30 games. He was the program career leader in tackles for loss and second in sacks. Stanton was a three-time SAA Academic Honor Roll selection, 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District pick and inducted into the National Football Foundation/Hampshire Honor Society.
Stanton graduated with better than a 3.5 GPA with a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry and molecular biology.
He has also been equally involved in service. He was an active member and usher at One Church in Conway, and was a part of the disaster relief team, Convoy of Hope, working the tornado relief efforts in Vilonia. Additionally, he served as a coach and disciple for the American Football Mission Camp to Czech Republic. He also has been a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership ambassador from 2011-2016, and was the co-founder and vice president of the Hendrix College fishing team.
Stanton joins Collin Radack, who won the award in 2014, as the only other SAA Man of the Year.
In a joint effort to honor the Southern Athletic Association’s most elite student-athletes, Summit Management Corporation and the SAA partnered to create the annual SAA Man and Woman of the Year. The awards, selected by a committee composed of Summit Management and SAA representatives, are given to the senior class male and female nominees who best exemplify traits of leadership, character, athletic and academic success.
The criteria for SAA Man and Woman of the Year nominees included that they must be a senior with no eligibility remaining, they must have been named First Team All-SAA in the sport in which in the participated during their athletic careers, and they must have qualified for the SAA Academic Honor Roll during their tenure as an athlete. Additionally, SAA Man and Woman of the Year candidates are expected to be involved in their local community in some meaningful way.