Topic: APSU Athletic Hall of Fame
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay was fortunate things didn’t work out for Rowdy Hardy at his first college baseball stop
After one redshirt year at Ole Miss, Hardy elected to transfer to Jackson State Community College, where he pitched for former Gov Steve Cornelison and led the conference in innings pitched.
At that point, Austin Peay set its sights on the durable hurler— then-APSU head coach Gary McClure always had a penchant for lefties. But not even McClure could not have envisioned what the 6-2 slender slinger was going to accomplish during the next three seasons and in the process earn the distinction of becoming a member of APSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
Austin Peay Sports Information
Auburn, AL – While many PGA golfers will be across the ocean at St. Andrews for the British Open this weekend, former Austin Peay State University golf standout Grant Leaver will be participating in the Barbasol Championship, to be played at the Auburn University Golf Club.
Austin Peay State University Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Bradley key component of Aaron’s great basketball successes
Written by Brad Kirtley
Clarksville, TN – When Bob Bradley arrived on campus back in 1958 from nearby Todd County (KY), he was a member of what most considered Dave Aaron’s “greatest freshmen class,” a group that also included Jim Stewart (a member of the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame who later went on to a long major league baseball career); Roger Davis, whom Bradley competed against in high school; John Camp; Jim Henderson; Tommy Phillips and Freddy Overton.
The 6-foot-6 Bradley and his freshmen teammates lived up to the billing. Playing in an era when freshmen were unable to compete at the varsity level, they played away from the spotlight, but used that time to develop chemistry that would prove essential over the next three seasons.
Austin Peay State University’s Grant Leaver, Ed Bunio, Bob Bradley selected for APSU Athletic Hall of Fame
APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – One of the greatest golfers in the Governors illustrious history plus a former football standout who returned to his alma mater to help coach the program to its only Ohio Valley Conference title have been selected to Austin Peay State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
In addition, a former superb basketball player from Austin Peay’s small college era was selected to the Hall of Fame as part of it Honors category.
Grant Leaver, a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference honoree who won five individual championships and played in the 2008 NCAA East Regional; Ed Bunio, a two-way player who was an All-OVC offensive tackle for the 1964 8-1-1 club and later was the architect for 1977 Governors’ championship defense, have been elected to APSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, Bob Bradley, who was a key member of two College Division NCAA teams in 1960-61, was chosen as this year’s honors inductee.
APSU Governors Golf finishes tied for 7th at NCAA Regional, Dustin Korte advances to NCAA Championship
Tempe, AZ – It was a bitter sweet day for Austin Peay State University men’s golf team, Saturday. The Governors failed to qualify for the NCAA Championships but senior Dustin Korte did.
Korte shot a final-round 1-under 69 for a three-day 6-under 204 to finish eight individually at the Tempe Division I Golf Regional. He earned the NCAA Championship invitation, May 28th-June 2nd at the Capital City Club/Crabapple Course in Atlanta, GA, by recording the best individual score exclusive of the five qualifying regional teams.
APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Football
Clarksville, TN – It was only fitting Preston Gilbreath received the 2012 Bonnie Sloan Courage Award earlier this week at the National Football Foundation Middle Tennessee Chapter Awards banquet.
Austin Peay inducts Dr. W. Cooper Beazley, Gary McClure and Andrew Lorentzson into APSU Hall of Fame
APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Gary McClure, Austin Peay State University’s all-time winningest baseball coach who has taken his Governors to five NCAA Regionals, and Dr. W. Cooper Beazley, whose dedication to APSU athletics and its athletes extends well beyond financial contributions and services, were inducted into to the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame, Saturday.
In addition, Andrew Lorentzson, who starred in basketball for Austin Peay in the mid-1930s when it was a junior college, also was inducted through the University’s new Honors category, reserved for those former athletes who competed at least 50 years ago. Loren McCamey Schanding, granddaughter of the late Lorentzson, who died in 1971, accepted the award for the family.
Clarksville, TN – Adrian Henning, a two-time first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference forward who led the Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team to back-to-back league championships and a 2003 NCAA tournament appearance; Paige Smith, who helped lead the Lady Govs basketball team to a trio of NCAA tournaments also during the early part of this decade, and Ryan Bennett, one of the best two-way catchers in APSU history who helped lead the Bats Govs to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1996, will be inducted into the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame, Saturday.
The 9:00am, induction ceremonies in the Dunn Center’s front lobby will see the APSU Athletic Hall of Fame grow to 97. The newest inductees and their families also will be honored during halftime ceremonies of APSU’s home contest against Murray State.
Clarksville, TN – Male and female Austin Peay State University basketball players whose respective careers’ success mirrored each other during the early part of this decade and a baseball player who played a key role in the Governors first NCAA baseball tournament appearance, will be inducted into the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame, February 5th.
Adrian Henning, a two-time first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference forward who led the Governors to back-to-back league championships and a 2003 NCAA tournament appearance; Paige Smith, who helped lead the Lady Govs basketball team to a trio of NCAA tournaments also during the early part of this decade, and Ryan Bennett, one of the best two-way catchers in APSU history who helped lead the Governors to the 1996 OVC tournament championship, will be inducted 9:00am, Saturday, February 5th, in breakfast ceremonies in the Dunn Center’s front lobby.
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