Calling all Ladies and Gents fans, we need your help!
Kathy Johnson is the first Centenary College athlete to appear on the Shreveport Times list of "20 Best Athletes of All-Time for Caddo Bossier Parishes," clocking in at number 19.
Calling all Ladies and Gents fans, we need your help!
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SHREVEPORT, LA – We need assistance from all Centenary College sports fans!

On July 25, the Shreveport Times began counting down the top-20 All-Time Athletes from Caddo and Bossier parishes. The Times assembled a panel of 12 individuals to rank athletes who attended high school or college in the parishes or athletes who spent significant time honing their craft in the area.

Former Centenary College athletes mentioned in the introductory article in the Shreveport Times include nine-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA World Champion, Robert Parish (1972-1976), PGA Championship Tournament winner in 1983, Hal Sutton (1976-1980), and two-time All-American and Olympic medal-winning gymnast Kathy Johnson-Clarke (1977-1979).

A Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (2003), Parish was named one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players during the 50th anniversary of the association in 1996.

Hal Sutton, the wire-to-wire leader of the tournament, bested Jack Nicklaus at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles for the 1983 PGA Championship title and has 15 PGA Tour wins to his credit. With the Gents, Sutton captured 14 tournament titles and was an All-American. He also was named Golf Magazine’s 1980 College Player of the Year.

Already released, coming in at 19, is former Centenary gymnast Kathy Johnson Clarke. A two-time All-American and an Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women’s Champion, Johnson Clarke was on the Ladies 1978 and 1979 team. She was selected to be the captain for the 1980 Olympic squad, but the US boycotted the Moscow games that year.

Johnson Clarke would go on to earn a silver and bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. She was only the second American female gymnast to receive medals in both the World Championships and the Olympics.

After the panel's top-20 is released, readers will have a chance to narrow the field to ten. All Ladies and Gents fans are encouraged to cast a vote for the #1 all-time local athlete by emailing shreveportsports@gannett.com