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USU athletics: Utah State inducts 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame class

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Sept. 10 2012 9:29 a.m. MDT

Utah State University held a ceremony Saturday to officially induct the 2012 class into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 2012 class includes Alfred Castro (1984-87); Eric Hipple (1976-79); Brian Jackson (1978-81); Shae Bair (1998-2000, 2002); James Murphy (1978-80), ; James Parker (1995, 1999-2001); Kristie Skoglund (1984-87); and Emmett White (1998-2001).

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.

2012 Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Class

ALFRED CASTRO

Hometown: Coachella, Calif.

Sport: Wrestling

Years: 1984-87

Alfred Castro is one of just two wrestlers in Utah State history to be a two-time All-American along with Cordel Andersen. Castro 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 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.

ERIC HIPPLE

Hometown: Downey, Calif.

Sport: Football

Years: 1976-79

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 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.

BRIAN JACKSON

Hometown: Palos Verdes, Calif.

Sport: Men's Basketball

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