During the football season, Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School inducted a new class into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

During the football season, Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School inducted a new class into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

In the weeks ahead, we will take a look at those inductees and the reasons they are enshrined.

 

Bonnie Belin Carrete: A family affair… A legacy of Sharks

Bonnie Belin is one of the most decorated female athletes to ever participate in Port St. Joe High School women’s athletics. She was a dominant player in the softball, basketball, and volleyball programs, where she lettered all four years in each sport. It was evident at an early age that Bonnie was not only a tremendous athlete and academic student, but she also exhibited exemplary leadership characteristics that made her successful in anything to which she set her mind. She was a leader both on the field and in the classroom, and all her teammates and classmates recognized this skill and respected her for it.

Because of her leadership capacity, hard work, and teamwork attitude, Bonnie continued to be successful in everything she was involved in at PSJ. Bonnie received regional and state notoriety beginning with her ninth-grade year. She was chosen for the All-Big Bend softball team each of her four years, 1998 – 2001, All-Big Bend Scholar Athlete in 2001, and FHSAA All-State Academic Team 2001. She was also chosen to represent North Florida in the 2001 Florida Softball All Star Game, named the 2001 Class 2A Player of the year, and was a Wendy’s High School Softball Heisman Nominee. That same year, Bonnie led the Lady Tiger Sharks to their first-ever FHSAA Final Four appearance. Bonnie played on the Girls basketball team that won District Championships in 1999 and 2000, she made the 2001 All-Big Bend basketball team, and in 2001, Bonnie made the All-Big Bend volleyball team.

Bonnie’s intellectual skills were just as impressive as her athleticism as evidenced by numerous accolades she received her senior year, which included being named Valedictorian for the Class of 2001. It was almost inevitable that Bonnie would ultimately set her sails toward teaching and coaching. Bonnie’s parents are both retirees of Gulf District Schools. Her father, Jim Belin, is a long-time teacher and coach and was a member of the 2016 PSJ Athletic Hall of Fame. Bonnie’s mother, Cindy, currently serves on the Gulf County School Board, and often volunteers in the schools when needed.

After graduating from Port St. Joe High School, Bonnie went on to be a four-year starter at first base for Troy University. In 2005 the Lady Trojans won the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and were ranked No. 27 in the nation, with Bonnie being named as part of the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team.

Some of her career highlights include hitting the game winning RBI against No. 3 ranked Nebraska and being honored with the “Winning Attitude Award” by her coaches.

In 2005 Bonnie earned her B.S. degree in social work (magna cum laude) and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Education at the University of Florida.

Today, Bonnie, along with her husband, Angel, and children Addy and Caleb, make their home in Fargo, North Dakota. She currently volunteers with the softball program at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, a short distance from their home in Fargo.

 

 

 

Robbie Creamer: “An Officer and a Gentleman”

Robbie Creamer would be the first to tell you how so many others should be inducted in the “Athletic Hall of Fame” before him. Truth is, Robbie Creamer is the embodiment for meeting the true criteria for enshrinement into this honorable and select fraternity of Port St. Joe High School Athletic Graduates. He daily exemplifies what it means to further one’s life in service to society. As a student athlete, Robbie was a solid teammate on the 1970 state runner-up football team, and the 1971 State Championship football team. Following high school, Robbie accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. His career would take him all the way to Lead Pilot of Marine One, responsible for flying the President of the United States of America, including for President Ronald Reagan.

Robbie’s record and own personal account:

“ Admittedly, I was quite honored and, to be honest, justifiably shocked at learning that I was to be inducted. I was never a star player or even a starter. My parents used to jokingly remark that I was on the team to bolster the academic average, not that it was needed. It has never been a case of what I contributed to the Port St. Joe High School athletic program, but what the Port St. Joe High School athletic program contributed to me.

Looking back upon the influences of Coaches: Wayne Taylor, Buddy Floor, Bill Wood, Kesley Colbert, Carl White and Wayne Stevens, I am reminded of their monumental character profiles and of their inspiring examples to emulate. These men, and the teammates I was privileged to know allowed a shy, skinny, underweight boy to be a part of something bigger than all of us combined. The experience of learning the value of commitment to an objective as a member of a team; and the knowledge of something worth doing is and should be done right the first time, no doubt laid the foundation for what I consider a successful 27 year career as a U.S. Marine Officer and the lifelong title that it entails.

Having been accepted by both the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; following graduation from PSJHS in 1973 I attended the U.S. Naval Academy, accepting a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation in 1977. I retired from active duty in August of 2004 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Following retirement from the Marines, I served seven years as a Joint Training System Specialist with the Standing Joint Force Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command and later joined the former Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), now the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) located aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in September 2011. For the past six years I have performed duties as International Engagement Officer coordinating access to the Republic of the Philippines, Malaysia, Republic of Palau, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in support of America’s activities to locate recover and identify its missing servicemen from our past conflicts… Thank-you to all who continue to support a dedicated school system that daily demonstrates the commitment to our youth.”

Robbie’s military awards: Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (4), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4), Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (3), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5), Presidential Service Badge, U.S. Pacific Command Service Badge, and U.S. Central Command Service Badge.