Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame grows by six tonight

2003-06-21T00:00:00Z Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame grows by six tonightthe Star-Tribune staff Casper Star-Tribune Online
June 21, 2003 12:00 am  • 

The list of Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame inductees officially grows to 26 tonight when the third induction ceremony is held at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Centre.

The 2001 and 2002 classes each included 10 inductees with ties to the Cowboy State.

This year, six people will be honored. The list includes former University of Wyoming basketball star Fennis Dembo and longtime UW assistant and head football coach and athletics director Paul Roach.

Cheyenne native Kandy Holmes-Hartman will become the third woman entered in the hall and the first golfer. Holmes-Hartman, who now resides in Fort Collins, Colo., is the most successful women's amateur golfer in state history. She amassed 60 amateur victories over 18 years, including three Wyoming State Junior Tournament championships and seven Women's State Championships.

Other inductees include former Sheridan College men's basketball head coach Bruce Hoffman, former UW football standout and longtime high school coach and athletics director Harry Geldien and former UW football player Dewey McConnell.

The hall's athlete of the year award will be presented to former UW basketball star Marcus Bailey. In March 2002, the native of Cheyenne led the Cowboys to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1988.

The 2003 lifetime achievement award goes to longtime sports journalist and broadcaster Larry Birleffi, also of Cheyenne.

Here is a list of the first two Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame classes:

2001 INDUCTEES

Joe Alexander, five-time world bareback riding champion, Cora.

Tom Browning, major league pitcher, Casper.

John Deti Sr., Laramie High School football coach.

Mike Devereaux, major league ballplayer, Casper.

Boyd Dowler, Green Bay Packers, Cheyenne.

Oscar "Swede" Erickson, Casper College men's basketball coach.

Curt Gowdy, legendary sportscaster, Cheyenne.

Jerry Hill, University of Wyoming and Baltimore Colts star, Lingle.

Lew Roney Jr., multi-sport prep standout, college star, prep coach, Cheyenne.

Kenny Sailors, UW and NBA basketball star, Laramie.

Lifetime Achievement

Homer Scott, philanthropist, Sheridan.

Athlete of the Year

Rulon Gardner, 2000 Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling champion, Afton.

2002 INDUCTEES

Keith Bloom, University of Wyoming multi-sport standout and longtime prep coach and administrator, Powell.

Jim Crawford, UW football, Greybull.

Jesseca Cross, Olympic shot put and hammer throw contestant, Powell.

Lance Deal, Olympic hammer medalist, Casper.

Sherry Douglas, Riverton High School volleyball coach.

Chris LeDoux, rodeo and country and western music star, Kaycee.

Jay Novacek, UW and Dallas Cowboys football.

Bill Strannigan, UW basketball coach, Rock Springs.

Tom Wilkinson, UW football and Canadian Football League, Greybull.

1943 UW national championship basketball team.

Lifetime Achievement

Art Hill, prep coach and administrator, Casper.

Athlete of the Year

John Godina, Olympic and international discus and shot put medalist, Cheyenne .

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