Four Named to Jacksonville State Athletic Hall of Fame
6/29/2011 | General
JACKSONVILLE – Two All-Americans, one record-setting football player and one of the top centers in Gamecock basketball history comprise the 2010-11 Class of the Jacksonville State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Lisa Baswell, who was a two-time conference Player of the Year and Academic All-American of the Year in women's basketball, Walter Broughton, who set JSU's single-season touchdown record, Marilyn Hannsler, a three-time All-American and National Champion gymnast, and Ron Money, one of the all-time scoring leaders in Gamecock basketball history will be formally inducted on September 16.
Baswell is considered one the best players in the Gamecocks' Division I history and is the only person, male or female, in JSU history to be selected as the Academic All-American of the Year. She was a two-time First-Team Academic All-American.
While excelling in the classroom, Baswell twice set school records for free throw percentage and became the sixth member of the school's 1,000-point club. Despite only playing two seasons for the Gamecocks, she finished with 1,187 points and her record of 28 games scoring in double figures still stands today.
As a senior in 1999-2000, she started all 28 games and averaged 20.3 points, which led the A-Sun, and also averaged 6.6 rebounds to rank fifth in the conference. She went 123-for-144 from the free throw line to post an impressive .854 shooting percentage.
During her junior season, she averaged 32.3 points per game to lead the A-Sun and rank 15th nationally and her 85.5 percent from the free throw line also led the league. She was also named to the 1999 A-Sun All-Tournament team after helping the Gamecocks into the conference tournament championship game. She tied the school record by scoring 46 points against Alabama A&M, hitting 18-of-22 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line with 11 rebounds on December 15, 1998.
She was voted the recipient of JSU's prestigious Eagle Owl Award and also served as president of the JSU Student Athelte Advisory Committee while also volunteering as an event coordinator for the Special Olympics.
The Locust Fork, Ala., native became the first person in the history of the Atlantic Sun to be designated Student Athlete of the Year for two consecutive years, earning the honor in 1999 and 2000.
Broughton was a four-year letterman for the Gamecocks and helped the team post a 32-13 record and win a pair of Gulf South Conference Championships during his tenure.
He broke the Jacksonville State and Gulf South Conference records for most points in a season (96) and established a new JSU record for most rushing touchdowns (14) during the 1982 season.
The Brewton, Ala., native rushed for 1,745 yards and 26 touchdowns during his career to rank among JSU's Top 15 all-time rushers. An excellent receiver out of the backfield, he also hauled in 71 passes for 550 yards and 10 touchdowns during his career. His 28 career returns for 629 yards ranks tenth on the Gamecocks' all-time list.
He earned All-Gulf South Conference honors as a senior in 1983 after rushing for 668 yards and seven touchdowns, while also catching nine passes for three additional scores and returning 12 punts for 189 yards and bringing back nine kickoffs for 214 yards.
Broughton helped the Gamecocks post back-to-back 8-3 records in both 1980 and 1981, while the 1982 team won its second-straight Gulf South Conference Championship with a 10-2 record. JSU made two-straight NCAA playoff appearances and the 1982 team advanced to the NCAA semifinals. He signed as a free agent and played three seasons with the Buffalo Bills in the National Football League, where he averaged 20.1 yards per catch.
Marilyn Hanssler is the only three-time All-American in Jacksonville State gymnastics history.
During her All-American senior season in 1984, she entered the NCAA Division II Regionals as the top all-around gymnast in the nation. Despite an injury in the regionals, she returned to help Jacksonville State win its first NCAA National Championship with an individual finish of fourth place in the all-around. She posted a score of 9.10 to tie for second in the uneven bars, a score of 8.92 to finish third in vaulting and also finished third in floor exercise with a 9.20.
As a junior, Hanssler was named an All-American after finishing sixth overall in the NCAA Individual Championships and second in the balance beam. The Gamecocks posted their best finish since the program begain eight years earlier with a fifth-place finish in the NCAA Championships.
Hanssler earned her first All-America honor as a sophomore in 1982 after helping the Gamecocks to their fourth-straight Alabama State Championship. During her freshman season of 1981, the Gamecocks posted a 10th place finish in their first NCAA National Championship after winning their third-straight Alabama State Championship.
The Greenwich, Conn., native was a student assistant coach for Hall of Fame Coach Robert Dillard and helped the Gamecocks become the first team in NCAA Gymnastics history to win consecutive titles.
Ron Money became just the sixth player in Jacksonville State basketball history to score 1,000 points after finishing his four-year career with 1,569 points, which, at the time, made him the Gamecocks' all-time leading scorer.
He also pulled down 1,050 rebounds in his career, the fourth-highest total in school history, and is one of just four players in school history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. He is also second all-time at JSU with 653 field goals made.
The two-time All-Gulf South Conference selection helped the Gamecocks claim their first-ever GSC title and advance into the NAIA playoffs as a senior after averaging 14.7 points and 10.0 rebounds.
The Dothan, Ala., native averaged 17.2 points and 10.8 rebounds to earn All-GSC honors for the first time in his career after leading the team in scoring with 430 points as a junior in 1973-74. He tossed in 416 points as a sophomore and averaged 16.0 points and 10.2 rebounds to help the Gamecocks post a 17-9 record, while averaging 13.3 points and 9.6 rebounds as a freshman in 1971-72.
Money ranks as of the top centers in Gamecock basketball history and was also named to the Jacksonville State University All-Centennial Team.