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Austin Peay State University Red Coat Society to enshrine Three People, Saturday

 

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) Red Coat Society will grow by three people Saturday when L.M. Ellis, L.W. Harris and Vanessa Hollis gain enshrinement.

Additionally, longtime supporter Ron Morton, who was inducted to the Red Coat Society but unable to attend the ceremony last year, will be recognized for his enshrinement alongside the 2020 class.

The first African-American men’s basketball player signed to play in Ohio Valley Conference history, Ellis is a 1965 graduate from the University and has since gone on to success in the Clarksville community.

Three set for Austin Peay State University Red Coat Society enshrinement this Saturday. (APSU Sports Information) «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University to induct Melton Self into 2020 APSU Athletics Hall of Fame

 

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) alumni Melton Self grew up in Alabama but certainly made his life—an impactful one—in Tennessee. But it almost didn’t happen. In fact, Self twice almost stayed in his home state, but thoughts of the Alabama coal mines got the better of him and changed his mind.

Self was born in Dora, Alabama, and starred as a prep running back at Dora High School alongside Ben Fendley. Football coach Dave Aaron offered both scholarships. Fendley readily accepted to come north to Tennessee and Austin Peay State University. But Self still had a year of high school eligibility remaining at Dora but accepted his offer a year later (1947).

Austin Peay State University 2020 Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Melton Self. (APSU Sports Information) «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU to induct Vanja Tomic Vidovic into 2020 Austin Peay State University Athletics Hall of Fame

 

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s tennis had ceased to be relevant. In the mid-1980s, APSU won a pair of Ohio Valley Conference championships and continued to contend for the title until the mid-1990s. But for some 15 years, APSU women’s tennis was an afterthought as far as the OVC was concerned.

But in 2010, a sophomore, Vanja Tomic Vidovic, transferred in the spring semester from NAIA program Lindsey Wilson College, where she played No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles as a freshman. First-year Austin Peay coach Malik Tabet had developed a relationship with Tomic Vidovic, a Bosnia native, while he was at Indiana State… before the program was eliminated, and Tabet came to Austin Peay State University as coach.

Austin Peay State University 2020 Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Vanja Tomic Vidovic. (APSU Sports Information) «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU to induct Derek Wright into 2020 Austin Peay State University Athletics Hall of Fame

 

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) alumni Derek Wright had just completed the finest game statistically in his basketball career. The senior guard scored 43 points in a 121-116 triple-overtime loss to Southeast Missouri, January 29th, 2008. It was the first time a Gov broke the 40-point barrier in nearly 11 seasons.

Of course, Wright was summoned after the game to talk to the media. Leaf-Chronicle reporter James Horne had a stat sheet in hand to show Wright that he not only scored 43 points but knocked down a career-best five three-pointers while collecting seven steals.

Austin Peay State University 2020 Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Derek Wright. (APSU Sports Information) «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University to induct Melissa Gailey-Luckey into 2020 APSU Athletics Hall of Fame

 

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Thelma had Louise… Cagney had Lacey… Laverne had Shirley… In the annals of Austin Peay State University (APSU) volleyball, Isabel Canedo-Reagan had Melissa Gailey-Luckey.

Canedo-Reagan was the 1991 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year as an outside hitter. She was able to be so productive because Canedo-Reagan had her former junior college teammate, Gailey-Luckey, as her chief setter. The duo helped Austin Peay State University stun the league with the 1991 OVC Tournament Championship. In so doing, they became the first non-Kentucky team to win the crown and only the second Lady Govs program to earn an OVC crown.

Austin Peay State University 2020 Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Melissa Gailey-Luckey. (APSU Sports Information) «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University Athletics Hall of Fame to induct Four APSU Greats

 

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – One of the greatest women’s tennis players in Austin Peay State University (APSU) history, a dynamic point guard from the Dave Loos era who piloted two conference title teams, an all-conference standout on Austin Peay State University volleyball’s very first championship team and an offensive linemen from the late-1940s heyday of Austin Peay State University football are set to be inducted to the Austin Peay State University Athletics Hall of Fame as representatives of the 2020 class.

Austin Peay State University Athletics Hall of Fame to induct Melton Self, Vanja Tomic, Derek Wright and Melissa Gailey Luckey in 2020. (APSU Sports Information) «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU Athletics icon Cheryl Holt inducted to OVC Hall of Fame

 

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsNashville, TN – For nearly 35 years, Cheryl Holt served in the Austin Peay State University (APSU) athletics department in various roles. Holt has been inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame during ceremonies held in conjunction with the OVC Spring Meetings, Friday.

Inducted into Austin Peay’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012, Holt joined the Governors athletics program in 1982 as a tennis coach but was tapped by then-Director of Athletics Johnny Miller to elevate the volleyball program. She served just two seasons as tennis coach, but her tenure as volleyball coach lasted much longer – an impressive 23 seasons.

Austin Peay's Cheryl Holt inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame during ceremonies Friday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay’s Cheryl Holt inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame during ceremonies Friday. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Softball has record-tying four First-Team All-OVC selections

 

APSU SoftballBrentwood, TN – The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) announced today that five Austin Peay State University softball team members earned All-Ohio Valley Conference recognition for their outstanding play this season at the OVC Tournament Awards Banquet.

A program-tying four athletes were placed on the All-OVC First-Team.

Austin Peay Softball's (L to R) Carly Mattson, Morgan Rackel, Kacy Acree, Lexi Osowski and Danielle Liermann earn All-OVC honors. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Softball’s (L to R) Carly Mattson, Morgan Rackel, Kacy Acree, Lexi Osowski and Danielle Liermann earn All-OVC honors. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Athletics Department’s Cheryl Holt selected to OVC Hall of Fame

 

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsBrentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University’s (APSU) Cheryl Holt has been selected to the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame. She will be inducted during ceremonies held in conjunction with the OVC Spring Meetings in May. Holt has served in the APSU athletics department in various roles for nearly 35 years.

Inducted into Austin Peay’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012, Holt joined the Governors athletics program in 1982 as a tennis coach but was tapped by then-Director of Athletics Johnny Miller to elevate the volleyball program. She served just two seasons as tennis coach, but her tenure as volleyball coach lasted much longer – an impressive 23 seasons.

Austin Peay's Cheryl Holt to be inducted into 2019 OVC Hall of Fame. (APSU Sports Information) «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University Basketball loses at Eastern Illinois, 85-83

 

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APSU Men's BasketballCharleston, IL – In a physical matchup, Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s basketball team rallied back from an early deficit but couldn’t hang on in an 85-83 loss at Eastern Illinois in Lantz Arena, Saturday.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak and ended any hopes Austin Peay (13-6, 5-1 OVC) might’ve had of running the table in league play.

Austin Peay Men's Basketball falls late to Eastern Illinois, 85-83. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Basketball falls late to Eastern Illinois, 85-83. (APSU Sports Information)

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