Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Inductees

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Laramie, WY (3/2/19) – On Saturday, the University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2019.
The 27th annual banquet and induction ceremonies will be held at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center on campus on Friday, August 30, 2019. The event is sponsored in part by Wyo4News.

 

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The 2019 inductees include an All American runner, a champion ski jumper, a two-sport star, a high-scoring basketball player, a talented quarterback/punter, a champion wrestler, and a determined conference champion basketball team comprise the latest Hall of Fame selections.

ANDREA EVERETT: Cross Country, Track & Field, 1982-83 Hometown:  Glasgow, Scotland. Everett came to Wyoming specializing in Cross Country and middle distance events.  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. She once held the UW record in the 3000-meter run and still ranks in the Top 10 all-time in the mile.  She was named Team MVP in 1982. 

WES GASNER: Wrestling, 1983-84, Hometown:  Cheyenne, Wyoming. An All American and two-time conference champion, Gasner had a two-year career at Wyoming, highlighted by his sixth 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 was awarded the Admiral Emory S. Land Award in 1984 as UW’s top student-athlete.

JAY MARTIN: Skiing, 1963-66, Hometown:  Minneapolis, Minnesota. An All-American, national champion and two-time Olympian, Martin had a prolific career while attending the University of Wyoming as a ski jumper. While competing for the Cowboys, Martin helped Wyoming to a second place finish in 1967 and was crowned the National Champion in 1968. 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.

MACK PEYTON: Basketball and Baseball, 1947-48-49, Hometown: Richmond, Indiana. As a forward on the basketball team, Peyton led Wyoming to conference titles in 1947 and 1949 and a second-place finish in 1948. 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.  

COURTNEY STAPP: Basketball, 1995-98,Hometown:  Newell, South Dakota. Stapp scored 1,278 points during her Cowgirl career. She was a two-time all-Western Athletic Conference honoree, Stapp also earned Academic All-Conference and WAC Scholar Athlete honors. 

LARRY ZOWADA: Football, 1955-56-57, Hometown:  Sheridan, Wyoming. An All-Skyline Conference quarterback during 1956 and 1957, Zowada was initially pressed into action in the 1956 Sun Bowl. 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.

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. 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. Wyoming won a playoff game against BYU in Salt Lake City for the right to represent the conference in the NCAA tournament where they lost to the number one team in the country, UCLA, which was led by Lew Alcindor.

The 27th annual banquet and induction ceremonies will be held at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center on campus on Friday, August 30, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets for the banquet will go on sale June 1 on the www.GoWyo.com website.