USU athletics: Utah State Hall of Fame Banquet set for Saturday, Sept. 8

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Sept. 7 2012 11:00 a.m. MDT

An induction ceremony and dinner honoring Utah State’s 10th Hall of Fame Class is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan. Cost of the banquet is $35 per person, and reservations can be made by contacting the USU Athletics Department at (435) 797-1850 or by registering online on the USU website. The 2012 inductees will also be recognized in conjunction with Utah State’s home football game against Utah Friday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m.

The 2012 class includes Alfred Castro (1984-87), one of just two wrestlers in school history to be named a two-time All-American; quarterback Eric Hipple (1976-79); basketball player Brian Jackson (1978-81); Shae Jones-Bair (1998-2000, 2002), one of just two female track athletes in school history to earn All-American honors three times; wide receiver James Murphy (1978-80); James Parker (1995, 1999-2001), the most decorated student-athlete in Utah State history earning All-American track honors nine times; Kristie Skoglund (1984-87), one of six Aggie softball All-Americans; and Emmett White (1998-2001), the NCAA's active single-game all-purpose yardage record holder.

A total of 69 individuals and three teams have now been inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 with 12 initial members, followed by eight members in 1994 and seven in 1995. The addition of any inductees was stopped until 2006 when five more individuals were added, followed by six recipients in 2007, five more in 2008 to go along with the first-ever team inducted, seven more in 2009, six in 2010 and five in 2011 plus two more national championship teams.

Located inside the Steve Mothersell Hall of Honor, the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame gives fans the opportunity to view biographical information and watch videos on each of the inducted members. Both the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Honor are located inside the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex in the north end of Romney Stadium.

Castro, who is one of just two wrestlers in Utah State history to be a two-time All-American, earned his first All-American honor as a sophomore in 1985 as he posted 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 as he won the league's individual championship at 118 pounds. He then earned his second All-American that same year as he placed eighth at the NCAA Championships. 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.

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 in 1978 (4-1-0) and 1979 (4-0-1). As a senior, Hipple completed 60.2 percent of his passes to rank second all-time in school history. 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).

Jackson earned first-team all-Big West honors as a senior in 1981 and was second-team all-conference in 1979 and 1980 as 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. He finished his collegiate career ranking fourth all-time in school history with 1,900 career points, seventh all-time in rebounding (840), eighth all-time in double-doubles (27) and ninth all-time in games started (96).

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