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 email@example.com. 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 and senior, 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. As a senior, Wright was Ball State's nominee for the MAC's Vern Smith Award as the league's most valuable playe. 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.