2003 Wall of Fame Class
Tuesday, February 4, 2003
"Walsh University To Induct Four New Members to Athletic Wall of Fame"
Walsh University will induct four new members into its Athletic Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies will be held on Friday, February 21st and Saturday the 22nd. The dinner and induction ceremonies will be held on Friday in the Schervish Dining Centre at the Paul and Carol David Family Center at 7 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $12.00. Please R.S.V.P. by calling 330-490-7035. The 2003 class will also be introduced on Saturday at halftime of the women's (1 p.m.) and men's (3 p.m.) basketball games against Wilberforce.
Corry Appline lettered four times for the Cavs' men's basketball team from 1989-93. The most prolific scorer in Cavs history, Appline (George Washington HS/Philadelphia, PA) is the all-time leading scorer with 2,081 points and is the only Walsh player to reach the 2,000-point plateau. Appline led the Cavs in scoring three times, with a personal best 20.3 ppg as a junior. He was the first and only player to be accorded first team NAIA All-American honors his senior year. Appline averaged 16.7 ppg his senior year and led the Cavs to a 29-5 record and their first ever NAIA National Tournament win in 1993. Corry was a three-time first team District 22 selection and a two-time first team Mid-Ohio Conference pick. He earned second team NAIA All-American honors as a junior and was selected as Walsh's Male Athlete of the Year in 1993. He is ranked first in career field goals (871), second in career free throws (339), career field goal percentage (.613) and is fourth in career rebounds (915).
Carrie (Miller) Bast lettered four times for the Cavs' volleyball team from 1988-92. Miller (Louisville HS) starred as a middle hitter and was the first Walsh volleyball player to receive All-American status when she was accorded honorable mention honors in 1989. Walsh reaped the benefits as a team as well, finishing 34-5 Miller's freshman year and 115-42 over her four years. The Cavs won their first District 22 Championship in 1989 and were one match away from the NAIA National Championships in Hawaii. Carrie was named first team All-MOC and first team All-District 22 three times. She was also a NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 1991, was Co-MOC Player of the Year in 1990 and Walsh's Female Athlete of the Year in 1991 and 1992. Carrie recorded 1,351 kills in her last three years, with a career high 475 kills in 1990. Her 4.5 kills per game average for a single season still ranks in the Cavs' all-time top ten.
Mike Iacofano lettered four times in cross country and track for the Cavaliers from 1986-91. The two-sport star was a five-time NAIA All-American and four-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Iacofano (Cleveland Benedictine HS) also battled serious injuries (Achilles tendon) that forced him to miss the 1989 cross country season and the 1990 track season. When Iacofano was healthy, there was not a finer distance runner or competitor. Iacofano was a two-time NAIA All-American in cross country. He finished 13th in 1988 to gain All-American status when the Cavs placed an all-time best fourth nationally. He repeated NAIA All-American status in 1990 with a 16th place finish. Walsh finished in sixth place as a team. Mike was also Walsh's first ever invitee to the World Cross Country trials and was the first collegiate finisher (41st). He was an indoor track NAIA All-American in the mile and a two-time outdoor All-American in the 5,000 and 10,000m and still holds the Walsh and Mid-Ohio Conference record in the 5,000m (14:19.2). Iacofano also won MOC and District 22 championships in the 1500m and 10,000m. He was selected as Walsh's Male Athlete of the Year in 1991.
Jodie (Tekip) Poole earned four letters in basketball and softball from 1992-95, but enters the Wall of Fame due to her exploits on the softball field. Tekip (Carrollton HS) came to Walsh as a third baseman/shortstop, but displayed her versatility right away. With a cannon for a right arm, Jodie soon found herself in the role as an emergency catcher, as well as a stalwart on the left side of the infield. She finished her freshman season with a .388 batting average and earned first team All Mid-Ohio Conference honors as a utility player. She would earn first team All-Conference accolades in each of the next three seasons. Jodie played third base in 1993 and was named first team All-MOC and District 22 after hitting .307 with 22 RBI. In 1994, she shifted to shortstop and promptly hit .389 with 49 hits and 31 RBI in 40 games and was a first team selection to the conference and district again. Jodie would shift positions again her senior year, moving back to third base, but it really didn't matter. The established star hit .346 in 36 games and was again selected first team All-Conference and All-District. Jodie left Walsh first in the following categories; at bats (414), runs scored (79), hits (144) and RBI (87). She is still in the top ten in all categories. She finished with a career batting average of .354.