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Jayhawk Conference Press Release


February 11, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact Rama Peroo, Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations, (620) 441-5587 or peroo@cowley.edu

14th Class inducted into Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame

Achieving success not just through athletics, but also in their careers and family life, Ron Schuchman, Kim (Schuchman) Finuf, Kent Murphree, Sam Scott, and Ayeshia Smith were inducted into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The new inductees were treated to a social gathering Friday night in the college's Earle N. Wright Community Room as well as a luncheon on Saturday. The 14th Class of the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame was later recognized and presented with a plaque that will be hung in their honor, prior to the Tiger men's basketball game against Johnson County Community College.

During the luncheon Cowley College interim president Tony Crouch spoke of the many terrific accomplishments in Tiger athletics.

Those pictured are, from left, Sam Scott, Ayeshia Smith, Kim (Schuchman) Finuf, Ron Schuchman, and Kent Murphree.

“We have had some major changes but athletics are alive and well at Cowley College,” Crouch said. “As things change they stay the same.”

The Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame began in 2000 and currently has 68 members. Crouch spoke glowingly of the five new members of the Hall of Fame.

“Thank you for your leadership, support and continuous values that are those of the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame,” Crouch said. “Congratulations on joining an elite fraternity.”

The induction ceremony/luncheon was generously sponsored by Community National Bank, CornerBank, RCB Bank, The Stock Exchange Bank and Union State Bank. Thanks to the sponsors all funds from the luncheon will go directly into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame fund.

Ron Schuchman, a standout football player on both sides of the ball, was an All-American during the 1961 season. He helped the 1961 football team finish the year with a record of 7-4. His stellar play as an inside linebacker and offensive guard for the Tiger football team was a key reason the 1961 squad won seven games for the first time in 22 seasons. He was later recruited to play football at New Mexico State University.

“The main thing I took from Cowley and helped me through life was setting a goal and working with every bit of effort to achieve that goal,” Schuchman said.

Kim (Schuchman) Finuf was an All-American shortstop for the Lady Tiger softball team during the 1987 season. At the time, Schuchman was just the second All-American in the history of the softball program. She batted .353 with a team-leading eight triples and 40 runs batted in as Cowley captured the conference and region title during the 1986 season. She was named Second-Team All-Region as a freshman and was the Lady Tiger team MVP as a sophomore. Along with softball, she was also a member of the Lady Tiger basketball team that captured a pair of Jayhawk East championships and a Region title during the 1986-87 season.

Kim and her father, Ron, became the first-ever father-daughter duo inducted into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame. They are also the only father-daughter pair to be named All-Americans at the school.

“It is truly an honor to be inducted with my father,” Finuf said.

Kent Murphree had a stellar two-year playing career as he helped the Tiger men’s basketball team, which was coached by his father Ron Murphree, to back-to-back 20 win seasons. Kent’s 726 points scored during the 1989-1990 season ranked as the second most points in a single-season at the time of his induction. His 1,153 career points also ranked fifth all-time in the history of the program. He went on to play basketball at the University of Toledo and graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law.

“This is about the people that helped make this possible, I did not get here alone,” Murphree said.

Sam Scott was a starting second baseman for both the 1997 and 1998 JUCO World Series winning Tiger baseball teams. He helped Cowley go 107-20 during his two years at the school. Scott followed up his success at Cowley by being a valuable member of the 1999 Florida State University baseball team that finished as the runner-up at the College World Series. Scott transferred to Rice University for his senior season and was a part of the Owls capturing a conference title. He was selected by the New York Mets in the Major League Baseball draft.

Scott credited Tiger coaches Dave and Darren Burroughs for his success at Cowley.

“They led us to believe we could do anything and for that I could never repay them for how thankful I am,” Scott said.

Ayeshia Smith, who earned All-American honors as a member of the Lady Tiger basketball team during the 1998-1999 season, had two of the top-20 scoring seasons in the history of the women’s basketball program at the time of her induction. Smith’s 538 points scored as a freshman ranked as the eighth most points scored in a single season, while her 458 points scored as a sophomore were the 18th most points scored in a season. Her two-year total of 996 points was the fourth most points scored in a career. She went on to play basketball at the University of Southern California. Cowley went 61-6 and captured back-to-back conference titles during her two years at the school.

“Playing at Cowley was probably the best thing that ever happened to me,” Smith said. “I wish I could have played four years here.”

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