February 11, 2013
For Immediate Release
Rama Peroo, Director of Institutional Communications and
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14th Class inducted into Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame
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
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
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
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.”