Ball State athletics inducted Amy Doyle (softball), Laura Szczepanski Scudder (gymnastics), Bonzi Wells (basketball) and the 1949 Football Team into the Athletics Hall of Fame Feb. 3-4.
Doyle, a four-year letterwinner in softball from 1996-99, was a 1998 Academic All-American and earned second-team honors in 1999. She graduated with honors as a secondary education and history major and was a four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athlete. Doyle helped the Cardinals to its first-ever Mid-American Conference Championship in softball and its first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1998. At the completion of her career, Doyle's name appeared 22 times on the school's single-season and career top-five lists. She set the Ball State single-season record with 38 RBI in 1998, and in total bases with 93 in the same season. Doyle was drafted in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Firestix of the Women's Pro Softball League after her college graduation. She posted a career .308 batting average, including a .366 mark as a junior and a .339 average as a senior.
Szczepanski, a four-year letterwinner for the gymnastics team from 1997-2000, was the first Ball State student-athlete to ever be named the Mid-American Conference Gymnast of the Year. She was selected to the All-MAC First Team as a senior after winning the conference beam title, serving as co-champion on the bars and registering runnerup honors in the all-around. Szczepanski became just the second gymnast in school history to earn an at-large berth in the NCAA Regional, where she placed 11th in the all-around as a senior. She set MAC and Ball State records with a 9.90 score to win the conference beam title as a senior. Szczepanski was ranked the entire 2000 season in the national all-around rankings and completed the year 46th in the nation. As a junior, she helped the Cardinals to the school's first-ever national ranking and their first-ever team appearance in the NCAA Regional.
Bonzi Wells, who completed his career as the Mid-American Conference's all-time leader in points and steals, was a four-year letterwinner for the Cardinals' basketball team from 1994-98. He completed his career with 2,485 points to surpass Ron Harper of Miami University, who tallied 2,377 career points. Wells' 347 career steals set the Ball State and MAC records plus was the second highest career total in NCAA history behind only the 376 by Eric Murdock of Providence from 1987-91. Wells also set Ball State career records for most field goals, most three point field goal attempts and most free throws. As a senior, Wells was named to the Basketball Weekly All-America First Team and the Associated Press All-America Third Team. He was the MAC Player of the Year in 1995-96 and 1997-98 after earning the league's Freshman of the Year award in 1994-95. After completing his Ball State career, Wells played 11 years in the National Basketball Association. Wells was selected with the 11th pick of the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.
Ball State's 1949 football team is the first team to ever be inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame. The 1949 squad is the only undefeated football team in the 87-year history of Ball State's football program. The 1949 squad posted an unblemished 8-0 record under the tutelage of head coach John Magnabosco. The Cardinals outscored their eight opponents by a 276-61 margin. Ball State's 1949 team is still a part of the longest winning streak in school history. The record winning streak is 14, the last six in 1948 and all eight in 1949. Twenty-two of the team's players and coaching staff assembled at Ball State in 1999 for the 50th anniversary of the team's achievements. Included on the 1949 team roster are Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame members Fred Kehoe, William King, Wave Myers and Magnabosco.