MONTICELLO — A two-time women’s basketball All-American, a first team football All-American, and the most prolific running back in school history highlight the class of 2014 chosen for induction into the Arkansas-Monticello Sports Hall of Fame.
The late Angela Meadough, Kevin Parker, Corwin Elliott and baseball stars Jamie Tucker and David Stover comprise this year’s Hall of Fame selections. The Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. in the John F. Gibson University Center. Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased by calling the Department of Athletics at (870) 460-1058. Proceeds from ticket sales are earmarked for the UAM Sports Hall of Fame.
Meadough earned first team All-America honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 1992 after receiving third team honors in 1991. One of the most prolific scorers in school history, Meadough played two seasons for the Cotton Blossoms after transferring from Odessa (Texas) Junior College. In two years, Meadough set records for free throws made in a season (304 in 1991-92) and career free throw percentage (.806, 546 of 677). In two seasons she scored 1,414 points and averaged 24.8 points a game, dished out 298 assists and was twice selected first team All-AIC and All-NAIA District 17.
“Angela was the best I ever coached at drawing fouls and getting to the free-throw line,” says Alvy Early, who coached Meadough and is currently UAM’s softball coach. “She just had a knack for it.”
Parker is one of six UAM football players to be selected as a first-team All-American. Parker became the school’s fourth first team All-American in 1992 when he anchored the offensive line for a Boll Weevil team that averaged 259.3 rushing yards and 26.4 points a game. The 2,593 yards is still the fifth best rushing season in school history. Parker was the Boll Weevils’ starting left tackle in 1990, ’91 and ’92, protecting the blind side of quarterback Bryan Trucks and clearing the way for running backs Undra Holman, Roy Watkins, and Wayne Denman.
“I was very fortunate to play with Kevin most of my career,” said Trucks. “He made my job a lot easier. I never worried about Kevin picking up his block and it gave me confidence to stand in the pocket just a little longer knowing Kevin was on my backside.”
Elliott’s UAM records are almost too numerous to list. The diminutive Elliott used a low center of gravity and strong leg drive to rush for a school record 3,820 yards from 1999 to 2002. He holds or shares 13 individual school rushing records, including career rushing attempts (755), single season rushing attempts (302), single-game rushing attempts (40 vs. Henderson State), single-season rushing yards (1,616), 100-yard rushing games in a career (19) and a season (8), 200-yard rushing games in a career (3), and career rushing touchdowns (36).
Elliott was named an honorable mention All-American in 2001 by d2football.com and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. He earned first team All-South Region honors in 2001 and second team honors in 2002. He was named to the All-Gulf South Conference second team in 2001 and the first team in 2002.
Outfielder Tucker was a second team All-American in 1999, earning the designation from the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings. During his four-year career, he set numerous records, including career doubles (37), doubles in a season (18), and career triples (14). He blasted a UAM career record 34 home runs and set the single season record of 14 in 1999. He also holds the career and single season records for runs batted in (147 for his career and 60 in 1999).
He had the second most hits in a season in 1999 with 80, the same season be batted an astounding .500 (80 hits in 160 at-bats), also a school record. He was first team All-Gulf South Conference and All-South Region in 1999.
Stover was the best pitcher of his era and one of the best in school history. From 1971-74, he compiled a career earned run average of 2.24, a school record, while recording 285 strikeouts, also a school mark.
As a freshman in 1971, Stover earned honorable mention All-NAIA District 17 honors and was a second team All-AICselection. In 1972 he batted a team high .364, struck out 111 batters, and was honorable mention All-AIC. In 1973 he posted an ERA of 1.96 and followed that with a 1.97 in 1974. As a senior in ’74, Stover posted an 8-3 record with a 1.97 ERA and 114 strikeouts while earning first team All-AIC and All-NAIA District 17 recognition.
For more information, contact Chris Ratcliff, director of athletics, at (870) 460-1057.