SAU Announces 2013 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

SAU Announces 2013 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Southern Arkansas University has announced the members of its 11th Sports Hall of Fame class.
MAGNOLIA, AR – Southern Arkansas University has announced the members of its 11th Sports Hall of Fame class. The class will be inducted during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, in the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center. The class will also be publicly introduced at halftime of the Nov. 2 game against Ouachita Baptist.

The 2013 Sports Hall of Fame class is comprised of six former Southern Arkansas student-athlete standouts as well as one coach.

Inductees include the following:

         David Alpe, a three-time All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC) football player during the late 50’s and early 60’s went on to enjoy a sustained and very successful high school coaching career after his graduation. Alpe, synonymous with Malvern High football and athletics, spent 36 years as the Leopards’ head football coach while also serving as the school’s athletic director. At the helm of Malvern, Alpe coached 16 conference championship teams and won a state championship in 1993. Alpe finished his high school coaching career with a record of 235-142-5.

        Donnie Denton, a NAIA All-America Honorable Mention in 1968 and two-time All-AIC basketball player (1967 & 1968) remains ranked in the top-15 on the Mulerider all-time scoring list. During his time on the hardwood, Denton helped lead Southern Arkansas to AIC Championships in 1966 and 1967. Those same two years, Denton and the Muleriders advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Tournament.

         Travis Giles, a NAIA All-America Honorable Mention in 1967 and a three-time All-AIC football player (1965, 1966, & 1967) caught 19 touchdowns and totaled 2,350 yards receiving on 137 catches in his time as a Mulerider. His career receiving numbers rank Giles in the top-five all-time at Southern Arkansas.

         Wayne Glass, a record-setting pitcher in his time at Southern Arkansas went 11-1 in 1983 and helped that year’s Mulerider baseball team reach the program’s first-ever NAIA World Series. Among the records Glass set at SAU were: most pitching appearances in a career (71), most pitching appearances in a season (22 – 1985), most wins in a career (32), most innings pitched in a career (349 IP), and most inning pitched in a season (100.1 – 1985). To date, Glass still hold the career appearances record.

         Baylor Guy, a three-time AIC and NAIA District 17 Coach of the Year in tennis was instrumental in the success that the men’s tennis program enjoyed in the 1980s. Starting as a player and then transitioning into head coach of the tennis program, Guy turned the Mulerider tennis program into a national power as they ranked consistently in the top-25 during his tenure. Over the decade of the 1980s, the Mulerider tennis program won seven AIC Championships.

         Kathy Medley Sixbey, a two-time All-AIC women’s basketball player is currently the fourth-leading scorer in Southern Arkansas history as she amassed 1,416 points in 104 games played from 1990-1994. Medley Sixbey scored over 300 points in three of her four seasons and scored over 400 points in the 1991-92 season. The lone year she did not score 300 points, Medley Sixbey fell five points shy as she finished with 295 points in the 1993-94 season.

         Johnnie White, a two-sport standout at Southern Arkansas is among a select number of student-athletes at SAU to earn all-conference honors in two sports. A four-year letterman in both basketball and baseball, White played on the AIC Basketball Championship team in 1971. In baseball, White received All-AIC plaudits in 1974. After his time at SAU, White went on to serve as the Director of Athletics at Cabot Public Schools from 1976-2011. During that time, White also served as coach for several sports at Cabot, of which he received honors and awards.

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