On Friday night at Immokalee High School’s Gary Bates Stadium, the school inducted four former athletes into the school’s new Hall of Fame.
These four inductees joined last year’s inaugural class of Curt Massey, Ike Brown, Bill Broxson, Johnny Smith, Mary Stubbs, Edgerin James, John Weber, and Linda Ayer. Below is the script from Friday introducing the new Hall of Famers.
The following script was provided by Immokalee athletic director Tony Allen:
Our first inductee of 2012 is James C. Lanier (Jimmy) – a 1963 graduate of Immokalee High School and a four year member of the boys’ varsity basketball team. While playing for Immokalee Jimmy averaged 11 points as a freshman, 18 points as a sophomore, 22 points as a junior and 27 as a senior, while playing without a three point line. During his junior and senior year he was a member of the all-conference team. Jimmy held the single game scoring record of 46 points which he set in 1962 up until it was broken in 1987 but only after instituting the 3 point shot. Not only did he set the record, he also had several other 30 and 40 point games throughout his career, which has allowed his number 11 jersey to be retired. Jimmy has gone on to work to work with the Barron Collier Company, which he has done for many years. Congratulations Jimmy Lanier.
Our next inductee is Mrs. Bridgett Frazier Toombs- a 1987 graduate of Immokalee High School. While attending Immokalee, Bridgette was a four-year member of the varsity basketball, varsity volleyball and varsity track teams. Not only was she apart of the varsity team in several sports, she had major accomplishments in all three. Bridgett was a part of several all-conference, all county and all area teams throughout her career. She was named in top 20 scholar athletes of Collier County in 1987. She was also named Who’s Who among high school athletes nationally in 1987. This is not all she did. In 1987 Bridgette was name MVP of volleyball, basketball and track. She also became the second female and third overall from Immokalee High to win a state championship. Her championship came in the long jump at the 1987 state track meet. With a jump of 18’11.5″ she was inches away from breaking the state record at that time. To top off the year Bridgette was named 1987 athlete of the year. With these accomplishments, 1987 may go down as one of the greatest single years an athlete has ever had at Immokalee high school and Bridgette as one of the greatest athletes ever to attend Immokalee high. After graduation Bridgette attended Florida Memorial College where she played volleyball and ran track. She received her degree form Nova Southeastern University and has taught in the Collier County School system since 2000. Congratulations Bridgette Toombs.
Our next inductee is Jose Mario Canales Jr. – a 1990 graduate of Immokalee High School. While attending Immokalee, Jose was a member of the football, baseball and wrestling team. His commitment and dedication to I.H.S allowed him to receive 9 varsity letters. While a member of the football and wrestling team, Jose was named all-county and all district in both his junior and senior year. He also was a member of the all-Southwest Florida team in football his senior year. Although Jose contributed to many teams, his first love was and still is baseball. As a member of the Indians baseball team Jose lead the team in every statistical category. During the 1990 season, the year he was named athlete of the year at I.H.S, he lead the county, area and state in stolen bases going 30 steals on 30 attempts. He also had a batting average 0f .500, this lead to a 2 year career at Lake City Community College. After his career in college Jose was invited to try out for many Major League Baseball teams. After his pursuits with the Major Leagues, Jose has continued to be a part of the game by coaching and playing in adult leagues. Congratulations Jose Canales.
Our last Inductee is Brian Rolle. Brian could not attend at this time because of his obligation with the Philadelphia Eagles. Accepting on his behalf is his mother, Sandra Coleman. Brian was a two-way starter for the Indians, starting both at middle linebacker and tailback. He was recruited for Division I programs at both positions and chose Ohio State partially due to their commitment to let him play the linebacker position he loved. At I H S he was a sophomore on the state championship team and captain of the 10-0 team his senior year. He was selected as an all-state player both his junior and senior years. He is the only two-time winner of the Naples Daily News Broxson trophy for the area’s best football player. In addition to football, he was an all state wrestler and lettered in track as well. Brian went on to be a two-year starter at middle linebacker for Ohio State University. He was a team captain his senior year and led the team in tackles. He received all big ten honors in 2010 before being drafted in the 2011 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles where he continues play today. Congratulations Brian Rolle.