Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens


Many High School lost one of its greatest alumni this past week with the death of Leo Wayne “Bilsey” McDonald. He was 88 years old. After his high school graduation he continued to be a faithful supporter of Many High School. He was one of eight siblings and they slept three to a bed.

While at MHS, in addition to other high school sports, he excelled in basketball and his team won the 1949 Louisiana State Championship. He married his high school sweetheart, Ann Pearson. She was also an all-state basketball player at MHS and her team, as well as Blisey’s, won state in the same year, 1949. I doubt that has been done anywhere else. There is a show case at the school guy recognizing their teams.

After high school graduation, he went to the University of Arkansas to play basketball on a full scholarship. In his freshman he played on the varsity team. I was five years younger than Blisey and I remember getting up in the mornings and always looking in the paper to see how many points he made the night before. I also remember asking him one time about how he got up to the university, which was located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I had no idea where that was. He just grinned and stuck out his thumb. He was really an inspiration.



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