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Ball State's Athletics Hall of Fame Class

January 18, 2013
Richmond High School



Ball State's Athletics Hall of Fame Class of Ryan Baxter, Tamara Bowie, Lisa Brown
Perry, Todd Wright and the 1989-90 Men's Basketball Team will be inducted Feb. 15.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Ball State Alumni Center with a
reception scheduled for 6 p.m. and the induction dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Anyone
interested in attending the event, should contact the Ball State Cardinal Varsity
Club office at 765.285.4190 or e-mail at cvc@bsu.edu<mailto:cvc@bsu.edu>. The event,
which is also the CVC Donor Appreciation Dinner, is open to the public and the cost
is $35.00 for adults and $15.00 for children under 12. Reservations are due by Feb.
8. The inductees will also be honored at the men's basketball game Sat., Feb. 16, in
Worthen Arena vs. Eastern Michigan.

Baxter, who played on the men's tennis team from 1997-2000, was the Mid-American
Conference Player of the Year in 1999-2000 as a senior. He was a member of the 1998
and 2000 MAC Championship teams and a part of the 2000 team that competed in the
NCAA Tournament. A two-time All-MAC First Team selection, Baxter registered a career
best 27-10 singles mark at the No. 1 position as a senior, including a 6-0 record
vs. MAC opponents. He combined for a 20-12 overall doubles ledger at the No. 1 spot
as a senior and ranked as high as 24th in the nation in doubles in his final
campaign. Baxter compiled a career mark of 60-44 in singles, including a 15-3 record
in MAC Tournament action. He posted a 43-39 career doubles record, including a 10-1
mark in doubles. A volunteer assistant for the Ball State men's tennis team, Baxter
graduated from Ball State in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in sports administration.
The native of Durban, South Africa, also works as a tennis pro at the Carmel Racquet
Club in Carmel, Ind. Baxter is married to the former Carrie Sheffield, who was a
student-athlete at Ball State, and the couple has two sons and they reside in
Noblesville, Ind.


Bowie, a member of the Ball State women's basketball team from 1999-2003, was the
first women's basketball player in MAC history to be drafted in the Women's National
Basketball Association Collegiate Draft. She was chosen with the 36th overall pick
in the 2003 draft by the Washington Mystics after receiving Kodak All-America
Honorable Mention recognition in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Bowie, who was the 2001 and
2003 MAC Player of the Year, was a three-time All-MAC First Team choice and a
two-time All-MAC Tournament selection. She was only the sixth player in MAC history
to be named the league's Player of the Year duplicate times in a career. Bowie
completed her career and still ranks as Ball State's all-time leading scorer with
2,091 points. She also completed her career ranked No. 1 in school history with 152
blocked shots, No. 1 in games played with 119 and No. 2 in rebounds with 933. At the
completion of her four seasons, Bowie's name was in the Ball State record book 45
times. Bowie averaged 17.6 points and 7.8 rebounds over her career. She scored 20 or
more points 46 times and led Ball State in scoring in 60 games. Bowie helped Ball
State to an 80-40 all-time record, including a 44-20 MAC mark in her career. She
guided the Cardinals to the school's first-ever MAC Championship (twice) and the
school's first-ever postseason appearance with two straight berths in the WNIT.
After retiring from the WNBA, Bowie spent three years as an assistant coach at
Maryland and was on the 2006 staff for the team's NCAA National Championship. She
returned to playing after the 2006 season and spent five seasons overseas. Bowie is
currently an agent executive assistant for State Farm Insurance in Georgia. She has
one daughter -- Lorien Pelote-Bowie.

Brown was a member of the Ball State field hockey team from 1983-87. She helped the
Cardinals to four straight MAC Championships. A 1985 and 1986 All-MAC First Team
selection, Brown was also named to the 1986 College Field Hockey Coaches Association
All-Regional Team after receiving honorable mention as a junior. A midfielder for
the Cardinals, Brown helped Ball State to a 60-16-1 overall record in her four
seasons, including a 26-1 mark against MAC teams. Brown was also a member of the
Ball State team that was ranked as high as 15th in the nation in 1986 and completed
the season ranked 19th in the nation. As a senior, Brown helped Ball State outscore
its league opponents 19-3 during the regular season. A team captain as a junior and
senior, Brown managed seven goals and seven assists in her final campaign. Married
to Michael Perry, Lisa Brown Perry was inducted into the Middleboro High School Hall
of Fame as an individual athlete and as a part of the 1983 softball team. She is
currently the varsity field hockey coach and freshman softball coach at Middleboro
H.S. She and her husband are the parents of three -- Jessica (23), Kendra (19) and
Neil (17).


Wright, a three-year letterman on the football team from 1986-91, was a team
co-captain as a senior. He started 34 consecutive games in his career on the
offensive line. As a senior, he helped the Ball State offense tally over 1,500 yards
on the ground and 1,400 through the air. An All-MAC First Team selection as a
junior, Wright started all 12 games for the Cardinals. He helped the 1989 team post
a 7-3-2 overall record and win the MAC Championship with a 6-1-1 league slate.
Wright helped the Cardinals to the school's first-ever NCAA Division 1A bowl game --
the 1989 California Raisin Bowl. Wright helped that 1989 team finish the regular
season with a 5-0-1 mark in its final six games to claim the conference
championship. As a sophomore, Wright started all 11 games and helped Ball State to
an 8-3 overall mark and a 5-3 conference slate. He received honorable mention on the
All-MAC team as a sophomore in 1988. Wright is currently an account executive with
Phoenix Steel Service after serving as vice president of sales for Kenwal Steel in
2009-10 and vice president of sales for Steel Warehouse from 1995-2009. Wright has
one daughter - Peyton (7).


The 1989-90 men's basketball team completed the season with a 26-7 overall record
and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. The Cardinals won the MAC Championship and the
MAC Tournament before defeating Oregon State and Louisville in the first two rounds
of the NCAA Tournament. Ball State ended its magical season with a 69-67 loss to
eventual national champion UNLV. Ball State ended the season ranked 22nd in the
nation in the final USA Today Poll, which stands as the highest final season ranking
in school history. Led by nine seniors, the 1989-90 team followed up a 1988-89
season that saw the Cardinals compile a 29-3 overall record and win the first NCAA
Tournament game in Ball State history when it defeated Pittsburgh in the first
round. Ball State's 1989-90 team consisted of Dave Barber, Billy Butts, Emanuel
Cross, Mike Giunta, Mark Hardwick, Rodney Haynes, Curtis Kidd, Paris McCurdy, Greg
Miller, Roman Muller, Scott Nichols, Shawn Parrish, Mike Spicer, Keith Stalling and
Chandler Thompson. The team was coached by head coach Dick Hunsaker and assistant
coaches Larry Eustachy, Ron Hecklinski, Vince Bertram and the late Leonard Drake.


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