Black Hills State University has announced that a coach, three contributors and seven athletes will be inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during the 2016 Swarm Days celebration.
The group includes former volleyball and basketball coach Robin Schamber, contributors Dean and Mary Ann Myers and contributor Mike Lewis. The former student-athletes are Zac Alcorn, Robert Marney, Mike McDaniel, Nikki (Underwood) McDaniel, Randy Nicholas, Rick Sperry and Jody (Wherley) VerHey.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are $30 and can be purchased by calling BHSU University Advancement at 605-642-6385 or by stopping by the office at 1351 St. Joe Street in Spearfish. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. Seating is limited. For more information on the 2016 Swarm Days celebration and a full schedule, visitwww.BHSU.edu/SwarmDays.
Schamber coached volleyball and basketball at BHSU. Her basketball overall record was 77 wins and 43 losses. She coached two teams in four years to the NAIA National Basketball Tournament finishing in the Elite Eight in 1996 and the Jackets were National Champions Runner-Up in 1997. She was a two-time SDIC Basketball Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1997.
Dean and Mary Ann Myers, '96, have pledged over $50,000 total to the athletic scholarship program, with more than $40,000 donated to an athletic endowment in their names. The Meyers are not only big financial supporters, but have been known to hit the road and cheer loudly for the Jackets at away games.
Lewis, '80, created a Yellow Jacket mascot costume and was the mascot from 1978 to 1980. His wife, Jo, made the costume and Mike entertained the crowds. His hope was that the mascot would become a tradition at Black Hills State. Today, Sting preforms at supporting events and makes appearances for the university at recruiting events.
Alcorn, '06, played football for BHSU from 2005-2006. He was a first team NAIA All-American in 2005 and a two-time first team all-conference selection. He was also named to the NAIA Football Net All-American Team. Zac played for the Green Bay Packers in 2006 and on the practice squads with the 49ers, Chiefs and Seahawks.
Marney, '06, ran track and cross country from 200-2002 and was a seven time All-American (two cross country, two steeplechase and three relays). He ran on the DMR National Champion team. He had two top-10 finishes in the National Cross Country Championships.
McDanial, '03, ran track and cross country from 1999-2002 and was a six-time All-American (three cross country, 1500m outdoor, mile indoor, and part of three relays). He finished 13th in the national meet in cross country and was on the DMR National Champion team.
(Underwood) McDaniel, '03, ran track and cross country for the Jackets from 1999-2003 and was a 10-time All-American (three individual: one in cross country (8th), indoor 1000m, outdoor marathon, and seven relays).She was a national champion in the marathon in 2003.
Nicholas, '82, played baseball and football for the Jackets from 1977-1980. He was named All-District 12 First Team and All-SDIC in baseball in 1979 and 1980. His career pitching record at BHSU was 21 wins and only 6 loses. He also played receiver and quarterback for the Jackets football team.
Sperry, '90, participated in track and field in 1977, 1979, and 1980. He was a two-time South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Javelin Champion in 1979 and 1980 and was third in the javelin at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships in 1979 earning him All-American status. He held the javelin record at BHSU for many years.
(Wherley) VerHey, '97, played basketball from 1994-1996. She hauled down 23 rebounds in one game and was the SDIC Defensive Player of the year in 1996. She is in the top ten in 10 different record categories in rebounds, assists, field goal percntage, free throw percentage and steals. She was a two-time NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete in 1995 and 1996.