3 inducted into Leake Hall of Fame
Leake Academy honored two of its former athletes and a former coach Friday night by inducting them into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The new members are former basketball players Kristen Caldwell-Malone and Philadelphia’s Philip Prince, along with former football coach and longtime radio announcer Gilbert Barham.
The inductions were conducted before the Leake Academy football game.
Malone was a member of the Rebelettes basketball team from 2001 to 2004. She was a two-time district MVP, two-time all-state and was an All-State Overall, as well as playing in the MAIS All-Star game in 2004. In 2003 and 2004, she helped lead her team to district championships and North State Championships. She has three of the top 10 seasons of most points scored at Leake Academy and her total of 2,708 career points scored ranks her second all-time.
Prince played on the Rebels basketball team from 1991to1993. Prince played on two district championship teams, two North State Championship teams and one AA State Championship team. He also played in the MAIS All-Star game in 1993. Prince scored the most points ever scored in a season at Leake Academy with 1,112 points, and the second most for a career with 2,371 points. Prince also played in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star game in 1995 while playing at East Central Community College. He was an Academic All-American while attending ECCC. He finished his basketball career while playing two seasons at Southern Miss.
Barham coached track and football at Leake Academy from 1984 until 1991, compiling a record of 41-41. His greatest contribution to Leake Academy, however, were the 20 years he spent broadcasting Leake Academy on the radio. He, along with Melvin Wooten became known as the Voice of the Leake Academy Rebels every Friday night.