Sept. 20, 2006
Cape Girardeau, Mo. - CAPE GIRARDEAU - Four individuals and one team will be inducted into the Southeast Missouri State Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 4.
The individuals include Royal Tibi, five sports (1919-1923), John Schwepker, track (1984-1988), Gray C Harris, women's basketball (1991-1996) and Charlie Brune, lifetime booster. The team is the 1976 baseball team that advanced to the College Division World Series.
Tibi is believed to be the only athlete at Southeast to earn varsity letters in five sports. He lettered in football, basketball, baseball, track and tennis. An outstanding punter on the football team, he also served as captain of the track team and was described as an outstanding defensive player on the basketball team.
Schwepker won two individual national championships at Southeast while earning seven All-America awards. He won the NCAA Division II indoor pole vault championship in 1985 and was the decathlon national champion in 1988. The Southeast record holder in the decathlon with 7,881 points, Schwepker participated in the 1988 Olympic Trials.
Harris is the all-time leading basketball scorer at Southeast with 2,176 career points. She still holds 14 school records including points in a game (49), points in a season (713), field goals in a game (17) and a season (255), field goals attempted in a game (17), a season (544) and a career (1,649), season scoring average (26.4), career scoring average (20.5), free throws made in a season (202) and in a career (611), rebounds in a game (25) and seasonal rebound average (10.7).
Charlie Brune, one of the original founders of the Southeast Athletic Booster Club in 1955, served as Booster Club president from 1976-1982. He played football at Southeast in 1940 and 1941 and has two sons, Greg and Lance, and three grandsons, Brent, Brian, and Bobby who all played football at Southeast.
The 1976 baseball team won the MIAA conference title, the NCAA Midwest Regional title and advanced to the College World Series in Springfield, Ill., finishing third in the nation.
The College World Series team roster included Allan Alberter, Mark Amick, Lawrence Basta, Don Buechting, Bill Criscione, James Dambach, Mark Doerr, Clarence Eisenbach, James Hastings, Mark Hogan, Jeffry Hunt, David Jorn, Vincent Korando, Ralph Kuehn, Bruce Morgan, Bryan Parker, Thomas Smiley, Timothy Smith, Dan Wieser, Mike Wieser and Rick Wieser. The team was coached by the late Joe Uhls who was one of the inaugural inductees into the Southeast Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Show Me Center. There will be a reception at 2 p.m. with the induction ceremony scheduled for 2:45 p.m. The Hall of Fame inductees will also be introduced at the football game that evening when Southeast hosts Tennessee-Martin. The event is open to the public with tickets available for $25 each at the Southeast Athletic Ticket Office.