A nine-time All-American in the weight throws, a three-time All-American in the pole vault, a two-time wrestling All-American, a softball All-American, one of the best men’s basketball players in school history and three football standouts comprise the latest class of Utah State University’s Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.
The dinner and induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame’s 10th class is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.
The eight inductees include: Alfred Castro, one of just two wrestlers in school history to be named a two-time All-American; Eric Hipple, an outstanding quarterback; Brian Jackson, one of the best Aggie basketball players ever; Shae Jones-Bair, one of just two female track athletes in school history to earn All-American honors three times; James Murphy, a prolific wide receiver; James Parker, the most decorated student-athlete in Utah State history earning All-American track honors nine times; Kristie Skoglund, one of six Aggie softball All-Americans; and Emmett White, the NCAA’s active single-game all-purpose yardage record holder.
“We are extremely proud of this class and the legacy each of them left at Utah State University,” said Utah State Director of Athletics Scott Barnes. “This group joins 61 other outstanding individuals, along with three teams, to further ensure the proud tradition of Aggie Athletics.”
Hometown: Coachella, Calif.
Alfred Castro is one of just two wrestlers in Utah State history to be a two-time All-American, joining with Cordel Andersen. Castro earned his first All-American honor as a sophomore in 1985 on a 32-7-1 record and finished seventh at the NCAA Championships at 118 pounds. As a junior, he was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) Wrestler of the Year winning the league’s individual championship at 118 pounds. He then earned his second All-American honor that same year placing eighth at the NCAA Championships at 118 pounds. As a junior, Castro was ranked as the top wrestler in the nation at his weight class and was a member of the East-West All-Stars. Along with being a PCAA champion as a junior, Castro also won the 118-pound weight class in the PCAA Championships as a freshman. Following back-to-back All-American honors, Castro was unable to compete during his senior season due to a shoulder injury.
Hometown: Downey, Calif.
Eric Hipple earned first-team all-Pacific Coast Conference honors as a senior in 1979 and led Utah State to a 14-7-1 (.659) record during his junior and senior campaigns including its only back-to-back conference championships in school history with a 4-1-0 record in 1978 and a 4-0-1 mark in 1979. As a senior, Hipple completed 60.2 percent of his passes to rank second all-time in school history. During his career, Hipple had three 300-yard passing games, including a career-best 364 yards against San Jose State on Sept. 8, 1979 to rank 22nd all-time at USU. Overall, Hipple ranks fourth all-time at Utah State in completions (459) and total offense (6,121), fifth in passing yards (6,073), sixth in touchdown passes (34) and seventh in career completion percentage (.540). Following his collegiate career, Hipple played in the 1979 Blue-Gray All-Star Game and was then selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round (85) of the 1980 NFL Draft. Hipple played 10 seasons with the Lions and finished his career with 55 touchdown passes and 10,711 passing yards. He was named to Utah State’s All-Century team in 1993.
Hometown: Palos Verdes, Calif.
Sport: Men’s Basketball
One of the best all-around talents in school history, Brian Jackson earned first-team all-Big West honors as a senior in 1981 and was second-team all-conference in 1979 and 1980 when Utah State played in consecutive NCAA Tournaments. As a senior, Jackson scored 655 points and averaged 23.4 points per game to rank seventh all-time in school history. Jackson also played an average of 37.4 minutes per game as a senior to rank first all-time at Utah State. He finished his collegiate career ranking fourth all-time in school history with 1,900 career points and field goals made (753), fifth all-time in double-figure scoring games (90) and field goal attempts (1,432), sixth all-time in total minutes played (3,768) and minutes per game (33.3), seventh all-time in rebounding (840), free throws made (397) and consecutive double-figure scoring games (32), eighth all-time in double-figure rebound games (30) and double-doubles (27), and ninth all-time in games started (96). Following his collegiate career, Jackson was selected in the second round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. He was named to Utah State’s All-Century team in 2005.
Hometown: Blackfoot, Idaho
Sport: Track and Field
Years: 1998-2000, 2002
One of the most decorated female athletes in Utah State history, Shae Jones-Bair is one of just two female track athletes to earn All-American honors three times during her Aggie career. As a redshirt freshman in 1998, Jones-Bair earned her first All-American honor by finishing eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Her second All-American accolade came at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships where she placed fifth in the pole vault, and her final All-American honor was at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships where she placed fourth in the pole vault. Along with being a three-time All-American, Jones-Bair was also the 2002 Big West Conference outdoor champion in the pole vault and set the then school record in the pole vault during the 2000 outdoor season with a mark of 4.20m (13-9.25).
Hometown: DeLand, Fla.
One of the most prolific wide receivers in school history, James Murphy earned honorable mention All-American honors from The Sporting News as a senior in 1980, along with garnering first-team all-Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) honors in each of his last two years as an Aggie. During his three-year Aggie career, Murphy helped Utah State to a 20-12-1 (.621) record, including a 12-2-1 (.833) league mark, as the Aggies won their only back-to-back conference championships in school history with a 4-1-0 record in 1978 and a 4-0-1 mark in 1979 (4-0-1), to go along with a second-place finish in 1980 (4-1-0). As a senior, Murphy caught 66 passes which ranks ninth all-time at Utah State, while his 1,067 receiving yards during his junior year ranks 10th all-time in school history. As a junior, Murphy had two of the top receiving games in Aggie history with 215 yards against Long Beach State on Oct. 6 which ranks ninth all-time, and 196 receiving yards against Pacific for 16th all-time. For his career, Murphy still ranks tied for seventh all-time at Utah State with 17 touchdown receptions, eighth all-time in receiving yards with 2,132, and ninth all-time with 133 receptions. Following his collegiate career, Murphy was selected in the 10th round (266) of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and played with the Kansas City Chiefs for one year. Murphy later played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Winnipeg Bombers from 1982-90 and was named the CFL Most Outstanding Player in 1986. Murphy also played on three Grey Cup Championship teams, being named the Most Valuable Player in 1988, and was a two-time CFL All-Star. He finished his professional career with 9,036 receiving yards and was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 1995, the High Schools of Deland, Fla., Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Province of Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, and was named one of the 20 all-time greats in Winnipeg history.
Hometown: Layton, Utah
Sport: Track and Field
Years: 1995, 1999-2001
James Parker is the most decorated athlete in Utah State history earning All-American track honors a school-record nine times. During his Aggie career, Parker was a four-time All-American in the indoor 35-pound weight throw (1995, 1999, 2000, 2001), a four-time All-American in the hammer throw (1995, 1999, 2000, 2001) and an All-American in the discus (2001). Parker was also a seven-time Big West Conference champion in the discus (1995, 1999), hammer throw (1995, 1999, 2000, 2001) and shot put (1995), and was named the Big West’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1995, along with being a two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Champion in the weight throw (2000, 2001). During his collegiate career, Parker set still-standing indoor school records in the shot put (18.34m/60-2.25) and weight throw (21.57m/70-9.25), and outdoor school records in the discus (58.56m/192-1) and hammer throw (73.32m/240-7). His best NCAA Championship was a runner-up finish in the hammer throw as a senior, and a fourth-place finish in the same event as a junior. As a professional, Parker won three consecutive USA hammer throw titles from 2003-05, was the 2004 USA Indoor weight throw champion and was the silver medalist in the hammer throw at the 2003 Pan Am Games. His personal-best of 79.20 meters in the hammer throw ranks seventh all-time in the United States.
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Kristie Skoglund is one of six softball players in Utah State history to earn All-American honors and was named to the Converse first team as a utility player during her senior season in 1987. As a senior, Skoglund helped Utah State to a 33-14 record, including a first-place finish in the High Country Athletic Conference (HCAC) with a 7-3 mark. Skoglund also helped Utah State to a 30-24 record in 1984 during her freshman year when the Aggies advanced to the College World Series and finished tied for seventh with a 2-2 record. During her career, Skoglund was a four-time first-team all-HCAC selection and a four-time NCAA Central Region first-team honoree as a pitcher, posting a career 60-25 record. Overall, Utah State posted a 117-63 (.650) record during her four-year stint, including a 29-11 (.725) mark in the HCAC and back-to-back conference championships in 1986 and 1987. Skoglund still ranks tied for first all-time at Utah State in career saves (7), is second all-time in earned run average (0.86), is third all-time in career wins (60), fourth all-time in complete games (77), fifth all-time in innings pitched (617.7), seventh all-time in strikeouts (315), eighth all-time in shutouts (7), and ninth all-time in games pitched (96). Skoglund also ranks fourth all-time in school history with a career batting average of .399 and still holds the single-season school record for saves, securing four in 1985.
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
A dynamic and elusive running back, Emmett White earned Associated Press Third-Team All-American honors as a junior in 2000 when he scored 16 touchdowns, which still ranks third all-time at Utah State. During his junior year, White set the still standing NCAA single-game record for all-purpose yards with 578 when he had a school-record 322 rushing yards to go along with 134 receiving yards and two punt return yards at New Mexico State on Nov. 4, 2000. As a junior, White also led the country with 238.9 all-purpose yards per game which still ranks as the sixth-best average in NCAA history, and averaged 120.2 rushing yards per game to rank 13th in the nation. White, who had a school-record tying four 200-yard rushing games during his career, earned first-team all-Big West honors twice, all-independent first-team honors once and was named the Big West’s Player of the Week twice during the 2000 season. All-time, White ranks second in school history in all-purpose yards (5,872) and punt return average (10.5), fourth in overall touchdowns (32) and rushing touchdowns (27), sixth in rushing yards (2,791), rushing attempts (517), rushing average (5.4), and kickoff return average (23.9) and eighth in total points scored (194).
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