BSC inducts six into 34th Sports Hall of Fame class

BSC inducts six into 34th Sports Hall of Fame class

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College inducted six more former student-athletes into its Sports Hall of Fame Friday evening at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet in Norton Great Hall on the BSC campus. It was the 34th class to be inducted, dating back to the first class in 1981.

The members of the BSC Sports Hall of Fame class of 2014 are: David Horne (Baseball '06), Paul Rogers (Men's Tennis '89), Reba Ross Hudson (Women's Basketball '08), Kirby Sevier (Men's Basketball '68), Jill Stupiansky (Women's Golf '07), and Russell Thompson (Men's Basketball '71).

Horne was a standout pitcher for the Panthers, helping BSC win the Big South Conference championship in 2006 as a senior, going 10-3 on the mound that season, as well as in 2004 as a sophomore. He also was the winning hurler in BSC's only NCAA Championship appearance, a 2004 game against Middle Tennessee State. Horne still stands as the third-winningest pitcher in BSC baseball history with 27 wins.

Rogers made three NAIA National Tournament appearances (1986, 1987, 1989) in his time on the Hilltop and was the 1987 conference champion at number one singles. He was a 1987 NAIA All-District XXVII selection, and 1987 and 1989 NAIA Honorable Mention All-America in singles and doubles.

Hudson made women's basketball program history as a senior in 2008 when she became the first player to average a double-double with 20.2 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. She scored 1,103 career points and was a 2007 First-Team All-Big South selection, and she was also a two-time Big South Academic Honor Roll member.

Sevier was a three-year letterman for the men's basketball team from 1966-1968, and was also a member of the 1967 baseball team. He was a top-five BSC Intramural Student-Athlete, and went on to be a founding partner of the Maynard, Cooper & Gale law firm.

Stupiansky was the Big South Conference individual women's golf champion in 2007 as a senior, and was third in 2006, helping the Panthers win back-to-back conference titles in 2006 and 2007. She was named Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year her junior and senior seasons, and was a NGCA Scholar All-American in 2007.

Thompson was co-MVP and Team Captain of the 1970-71 men's basketball team and still stands in the top 10 of BSC's scoring and scoring average, and ranks first on the career free throws and free throw percentage lists. He was named to the Alabama All-Small College Team in 1971. In a game against Florence State that season, Thompson scored 25 points - all on free throws, going 25-of-28 from the line without attempting a single field goal. Thompson passed away in 1992 and was inducted posthumously.

The six inductees will also be recognized at halftime of tomorrow's Homecoming football game against Sewanee, which kicks off at 1 p.m. on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

(In photo, L to R): Jack Thompson, brother of Russell Thompson '71, David Horne '06, Kirby Sevier '68, Reba Ross Hudson '08, Jill Stupiansky '07, Paul Rogers '89; photo by Jimmy Mitchell