The official induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Brown Ballroom
Oct. 3, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. -
The Illinois State Department of Athletics will honor a group of five outstanding individuals with induction into its Percy Family Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend.
The 2011 class of the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame includes former student-athletes Stacia Beste-Klasen (cross country/track and field), Tony Jones (football), Michael McKenny (basketball), Derrick Sanders (basketball) and Annie Wayland (soccer), as well as longtime ISU volunteers the Shirley Lockett Family, who will receive the Campbell "Stretch" Miller award.
The official induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center on the Illinois State University campus. The event will begin at 8 a.m. The five inductees and the Stretch Miller award winner will also be recognized during halftime of the Illinois State-South Dakota football game later that day. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The class is the 38th in the history of the ISU Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame, which began with the charter class in 1972. Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony are $25 per person and can be purchased through the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund office by calling Marianne Riddell at 309/438-3636. Tickets for the event must be ordered by Monday, Oct. 10.
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2011 ILLINOIS STATE HALL OF FAME CLASS
Stacia Beste-Klasen, Cross Country/Track and Field (1997-2002) - Shorewood, Wis. (Shorewood)
An NCAA All-American in 2002 in the 10,000-meter run ... an eight-time Missouri Valley Conference champion, including the outdoor 5,000-meter run in 2000, 2001 and 2002 ... also won the outdoor 10,000-meter crowns in 2001 and 2002 ... claimed the Valley title in both the indoor 3,000-meter run and the 5,000-meter run in 2001 ... won the Valley cross country championship in 2001 ... the second-best finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Championships (41st) in school history, at the 2001 meet ... named the women's track and field most valuable athlete at the 2001 Valley Indoor Track and Field Championship, and was the women's track most outstanding performer at the 2002 Valley Outdoor Track & Field Championship ... earned the 2001 Linda Herman Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award ... named the 2002 Jill Hutchison Illinois State Female Athlete of the Year ... a member of the Valley's All-Centennial Cross Country and Track and Field teams ... received the Valley's 2002 Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete of the Year award ... a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree ... a member of the 1998 and 1999 U.S. Cross Country Coaches Association Academic All-American University Cross Country Team ... named a Robert G. Bone Scholar in 2000 and received the 2002 President's Academic Excellence Award.
Tony Jones, Football (1988-91) - Chicago, Ill. (Bogan)
In 1991, was one of 32 finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which at that time was awarded to the best overall (offense or defense) NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) player in the nation ... a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference (formerly Gateway) first-team selection ... named the 1991 Milt Weisbecker Illinois State Male Student-Athlete of the Year ... named first-team All-America in 1991 by NCAA College Preview and second-team All-America by Street & Smith ... received Football Gazette Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1991 ... led the 1990 and 1991 teams in both quarterback sacks and tackles-for-loss ... named the team's defensive player of the year in 1990, while also receiving the ISU Rambo Award, for receiving the most weekly player of the game honors during the season ... earned the 1991 ISU Bone Award for the most "bone-crushing" hits ... ranks third in school history with 23.5 career quarterback sacks, including 11 during the 1990 season, which stands at No. 4 in ISU's single-season record book ... also ranks No. 4 in career tackles-for-loss with 39 ... rated as the seventh-best I-AA defensive player in 1991 by The Sporting News ... named the student-athlete of the year in 1990 by the Black Student Union, as part of Black History Month ... a three-time member of the AFNI Athletics Honor Roll and a four-time member of the Illinois State Drug Ambassadors program.
Michael McKenny, Men's Basketball (1982-85) - Gary, Ind. (Bishop Noll)
Starting point guard on three-straight NCAA Tournament teams ... a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Honorable Mention selection (1984 and 1985) ... led the Redbirds in assists for three-straight seasons (1983-85) ... ranks No. 5 in career assists at Illinois State with 467 ... also ranks No. 6 at ISU in career steals with 138, after leading the 1983-84 team with 43 takeaways ... made 331 free throws during his Redbird career, which stands in the No. 6 spot in ISU history ... during the 1982-83 season, he led the Redbirds in free throw percentage at a 85.3 percent clip ... owned a 2.10 assist-to-turnover ratio for his career, including a 3.0 ratio during his senior season ... posted 10 points and eight assists in ISU's NCAA victory over Southern Cal and had 10 points and five assists the year before in the NCAA Tournament victory over Alabama.
Derrick Sanders, Men's Basketball (1984-87) - Chicago, Ill. (Chicago Christian)
A two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection ... earned first team All-Valley honors in 1987, after receiving second-team all-league honors in 1986 ... named Illinois State's most valuable player in both 1986 and 1987, after leading the Redbirds in both points and rebounds each season ... ranks No. 32 in ISU history for scoring with 1,088 career points ... as a senior, averaged 15.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.6 percent from the field ... scored 73 points in a three-game run during the 1987 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) ... played on two NCAA teams at Illinois State and one NIT team ... the first overall draft pick in the 1987 Continental Basketball Association (CBA) Draft by the Quad City Thunder ... selected for the 12-member NIKE-NIT All-Star Team which toured Spain and France in the summer of 1987 ... played professionally in Australia for eight years before retiring in 1996.
Annie Wayland, Soccer (1999-2002) - St. Peters, Mo (Duchesne)
A four-time Missouri Valley Conference First-Team honoree and the 2001 Valley Offensive Player of the Year ... only player in ISU history to be named first-team All-Valley over four years ... will also become the first Redbird soccer player to enter the hall of fame ... owns the school and conference record for career goals (59) and career points (126) ... as a junior, tied the Valley mark and set the Illinois State record with 20 goals in a season ... scored 16 goals and 34 points as a senior, while kicking in 14 goals and adding 31 points during her sophomore season ... tabbed as the 1999 MVC Freshman of the Year ... received second-team all-region honors in 2001 by both Soccer Buzz and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) ... owns the top-three single-season goal and point totals in Illinois State history ... named to the MVC All-Centennial Team ... carried the Olympic torch in 2002 leading up to the Salt Lake City Games.
The Shirley Lockett Family
Mike and Shirley, who passed away Oct. 21, 2010 of pancreatic cancer, Lockett and their children - Rachael, Adam and Kelsey - have been fixtures at athletic events held in Redbird Arena for close to decade. Before her passing, Shirley was a member of the ISU volleyball and women's basketball bench crew since 2002, while Mike joined both crews in 2004. Since then, Rachel has followed in her mother's footsteps and become a member of the crew. In addition, each of the Lockett children served as members of the ball kids at various Redbird events while growing up. The Locketts have also worked each of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournaments in St. Charles, Mo., while also being actively involved in the numerous IHSA events hosted by Illinois State as a host family, volunteer coordinator, etc. They also volunteered at the 2010 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Illinois State, and worked several years on the bench crew during the State Farm Holiday Classic. The Locketts have also been heavily involved in the Band Day activities at Hancock Stadium, while also working the concession stands at ISU men's basketball games for charity.