The University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2019 Saturday.
This year's inductees are Andrea Everett (Track and Field, 1982-83), Wes Gasner (Wrestling, 1983-84), Jay Martin (Skiing, 1963-66), *Mack Peyton (Basketball and Baseball, 1947-48-49), Courtney Stapp (Basketball, 1995-98), Larry Zowada (Football, 1955-56-57), and the 1966-67 Men’s Basketball Team.
Members of the Hall of Fame selection committee are Gary Crum (chairman), Tom Burman, Casey Campbell, Mike Hamel, Jim House, Rob Jarosh, China Jude, Dale Ann Meeker, Kevin McKinney, Bill Schrage, Sally Ann Shurmur, and Reggie Slater.
Here's a look at this year's class:
Cross Country, Track & Field, 1982-83
Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland
A native of Scotland, Everett came to Wyoming specializing in cross-country and middle distance events. A pioneer in Wyoming women’s track, she earned All-America honors in cross-country in 1983, and also won the conference championship in cross-country. Competing in outdoor track and field, she won conference titles in the 1500m and 3000m.
Hometown: Cheyenne, WY
An All American and two-time conference champion, Gasner had a remarkable two-year career at Wyoming, highlighted by his 6th place finish at the 1983 NCAA Tournament to win All-America honors. In 1983 and 1984, he logged two of the greatest seasons in Cowboy wrestling history, winning back-to-back conference titles at 150 pounds and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament both years. Gasner earned 44 victories, including 19 pins, in the 1982-83 season while leading the Cowboys to a Western Athletic Conference Championship and a 10-2 dual record, and gained 45 victories in 1983-84.
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
An All-American, national champion and two-time Olympian, Martin had a prolific career while attending Wyoming as a ski jumper. In 1962, Martin won the Junior Nationals Championship (17 and under) and was awarded a scholarship to Wyoming. While competing for the Cowboys, Martin helped Wyoming to a second place finish in 1967 and was crowned the National Champion in 1968. He was also the first president of the newly established ski club while at the University of Wyoming. Martin was a member of the 1964 and 1968 United States Olympic teams competing in the 90-meter hill jump. Martin was also a part of the U.S. team that won the International Ski Federation World Championships in 1966.
Basketball and Baseball, 1947-48-49
Hometown: Richmond, Indiana
A two-sport athlete at Wyoming, Peyton had originally enrolled at Indiana on a basketball scholarship before spending 46 months in the Army. While in the Army, he was stationed part of the time in Casper and enrolled at UW after his time in the military. He played baseball and basketball for the Cowboys, excelling in both sports. As a forward on the basketball team, Peyton led Wyoming to conference titles in 1947 and 1949 and a second-place finish in 1948. During the 1948-49 season, Peyton was team co-captain with Ron Livingston and tied for the most minutes played that season. He was named to the UPI All-Conference team in 1949. On the baseball diamond, Peyton was the Cowboys’ best hitter all three seasons and hit .390 during the 1948-49 season.
Hometown: Newell, South Dakota
A terrific all-around player, Stapp scored 1,278 points during her Cowgirl career. As a freshman, she made an immediate impact and was named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Newcomer Team. A two-time all-Western Athletic Conference honoree, Stapp also earned Academic All-Conference and WAC Scholar Athlete honors. During her senior season, Stapp led the team in scoring at 17.6 points per game, assists, three-point shooting, minutes played and field goals.
Hometown: Sheridan, Wyoming
An All-Skyline Conference quarterback during 1956 and 1957, Zowada was initially pressed into action in the 1956 Sun Bowl after starting quarterback Joe Mastrogiovanni suffered a knee injury in the last regular season game. In his debut, Zowada completed six of ten passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns as Wyoming defeated Texas Tech, 21-14. In his first season as a starter in 1956, Zowada led the nation in yards per completion while leading the Cowboys to a perfect 10-0 record. That year he completed 41 of 96 passes for 878 yards and seven touchdowns. During the 1957 season, Zowada completed 63 of 123 passes for 862 yards and three touchdowns. A versatile athlete, he also served as the team’s punter.
1966-67 MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
Sixteen games in to the 1966-67 basketball season, Wyoming released two players from the program, one of whom was their leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. With only one senior and two returning starters from the previous year, Wyoming was undersized and undermanned. In order to maximize their chances of winning, Head Coach Bill Strannigan developed the “Strannigan Shuffle”, an offense that kept the tall and slow players on the outside and Wyoming’s quick moving guards running through the middle. Wyoming was 6-10 and 1-2 in Western Athletic Conference play before the shuffle was implemented, but finished the year on an 8-2 run to win a share of the conference championship with BYU. During this run, Wyoming would take down tough conference foes including Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, BYU twice, and New Mexico State. The most exciting game during this stretch was when Wyoming had to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to face a Lobo team on a 15-game win streak and play in the brand new arena known as The Pit. Wyoming trailed by as much as 13 but came back to stun the crowd of 15,000 and come away with a 65-64 victory. Wyoming won a playoff game against BYU in Salt Lake City for the right to represent the conference in the NCAA tournament. In the tournament, they lost to the number one team in the country, UCLA, which was led by Lew Alcindor. In the consolation bracket, they lost to the tenth-ranked UTEP Miners. Wyoming received multiple post-season honors including Strannigan being named WAC Coach of the Year. Mike Eberle received first team all-WAC honors and Harry Hall was named to the All-WAC second team. Tom Asbury, Wyoming’s lone senior, received honorable mention All-Conference honors. Wyoming finished with a 15-14, 6-2 WAC record.