Northwestern to induct 2010 Sports Hall of Fame class

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Northwestern to induct 2010 Sports Hall of Fame class

January 27, 2010

The 2010 Northwestern Oklahoma State University Sports Hall of Fame class will be honored at a luncheon in the Student Center Ballroom at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, and formally inducted at halftime of the Ranger men’s basketball game against Mid-America Christian University that afternoon in Percefull Fieldhouse. The women’s game will tip off at 2 p.m., and the men’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The 2010 inductees include Corinn Auld Butler of Yukon, Troy Brown, M.D., of Clinton, Michael W. Mitchel of Alva, and Brock E. Schnebel, M.D., of Oklahoma City.

The luncheon is open to the public, but reservations are required by Feb. 5. The cost is $20 per person. For more information or to make reservations, contact Lizabeth Richey, Alumni Association director, at 580-327-8594 or

Corinn Auld Butler

Corinn Butler
Corinn Butler 

Butler, a 2000 elementary education graduate originally from Burns Flat, played post for the Lady Rangers from 1996 to 2000. During her time at Northwestern, she set a number of school records, including second all-time leading scorer, with 1,972 points; most blocked shots in a season, with 57 during the 1998-1999 season; most career blocked shots, 167; most free throws made in a season, 168 in the 1998-1999 season; and most career free throws made, 508. She also led the nation in field goal percentage with 61 percent during the 1999-2000 season.

She played for a school record-setting team at Northwestern as the 1999-2000 Lady Rangers achieved the highest average points in a season, 77.8; most rebounds in a season, 1,268; and most points in a season, 2,411. In 1999, the team also scored the most points in a game with 124 points against Paul Quinn College.

Teams Butler played on were 1997-1998 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference (OIC) Champions, 1998-1999 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Champions and 1999-2000 RRAC North Champions. The Lady Rangers made it to two-straight NAIA National Tournaments in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999, which is Butler’s greatest memory, she said.

Butler received honors as 1997 Centennial Ranger Queen; 1996-1997 All-OIC as a freshman; 1997-1998 All-OIC and KALV Player of the Year; 1998-1999 First Team All-RRAC, RRAC Most Valuable Player, KALV Player of the Year, Honorable Mention NAIA All-American and NAIA Academic All-American; and 1999-2000 First Team All-RRAC, RRAC Most Valuable Player, Honorable Mention NAIA All-American and NAIA Academic All-American.

In 2002, Butler earned her master’s degree in educational administration and curriculum supervision from the University of Oklahoma. She currently teaches third grade at Mustang Creek Elementary in Mustang. Butler and her husband, Josh, live in Yukon with her two children, Landry and Cage.

Troy Brown, M.D.

Troy Brown
Troy Brown 

A 1987 business administration and physical education graduate, Brown was a three-sport athlete during his time at Northwestern. He lettered in football four years, track four years and baseball one year, earning All-Conference honors in football and baseball.
During his senior football season, the fullback rushed for 532 yards on 127 attempts and scored seven touchdowns. In 1986, he led all running backs in the conference and District IV in receptions, as the Rangers won their first-ever OIC Football Championship.

Brown won the javelin throw at the University of Oklahoma track meet in 1986, competing against the entire Big Eight Conference and the University of Arkansas. He earned a conference championship in the 4X100 relay and was a district champion in javelin multiple years.

Brown said his greatest honor as an athlete at Northwestern was having the “privilege to play with the greatest group of young men to ever step foot on the campus of Northwestern.”

Originally from Tucumcari, N.M., Brown is a business owner and owns an anesthesia practice. He and his wife, Kathy (Sartin), a 1986 business administration graduate and former Ranger cheerleader, live in Clinton and have a son, Trigg.

“Northwestern has been a very special part of my life, and I will always be proud to say I was and am a part of the ‘Ranger Family,’” Brown said.

Michael W. Mitchel

 Michael Mitchel
Michael Mitchel

Mitchel, originally from Perryton, Texas, graduated from Northwestern in 1970, lettering four years in basketball as the Rangers’ center. The three-year starter earned All-OIC honors in 1970 and at that time held the single-game rebound record.

Surviving four years under coach Keith Covey was the highlight of Mitchel’s career, but his greatest memory was leading the team with 26 points against All-American Charlie Paulk, upsetting the then undefeated and No. 1 Northeastern State, he said.

After earning his law degree in 1973 from the University of Oklahoma, he began a career practicing law and was selected as the Oklahoma Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer in 1982. Presently, he is senior partner with the law firm Mitchel, Gaston, Riffel & Riffel PLLC.

Mitchel has served on a number of boards, including the Northwestern Foundation Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2005, and currently sits as a regent on the Regional University System of Oklahoma. He also cofounded the 101 Classic Bowl Foundation in Woodward and the Boiling Springs Golf Course.

Mitchel and his wife, Connie, live in Alva and have three grown children, Mikela Williams, Jay Mitchel and Jared Mitchel.

Brock E. Schnebel, M.D.

Brock Schnebel
Brock Schnebel 

Originally from Alva, Schnebel earned his chemistry degree in 1977. During his time at Northwestern, Schnebel played defensive end and center for the 1973 and 1974 Ranger football teams.

The highlight of his career was seeing his father’s smile after beating Fort Hays State his sophomore year. His father’s coaching mentor had been the Fort Hays athletic director, and the two watched the game together.

“My father was proud of how I played and blocked,” Schnebel said.

A valedictorian at Northwestern, Schnebel went on to earn his medical doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1981

Currently, he is a self-employed physician and orthopedic surgeon at McBride Clinic.

In 1987, Schnebel became the head team physician for Northwestern, a position he still holds today.

“My greatest statistical number is 44,” Schnebel said. “This represents the number of years that I have been associated with NWOSU athletics, as a ball boy for the 1965-1967 football teams coached by my father, as a fan in high school, as a football player while in college and as a healthcare provider since.”

Schnebel’s commitment to Northwestern spans 11 football coaches, four basketball coaches, five university presidents, the addition of new sports and new venues, the first athletic trainer and the newest training room. Other than his family, the honor to continue his association with his alma mater as health care provider to the athletes of Northwestern is his greatest success, he said.

To his credit, Schnebel has a number of professional awards in medicine, and he served as the 1996 Olympic team physician in Atlanta, 2000 head Olympic team physician in Sydney and as an orthopedic consultant and head team physician for the University of Oklahoma since 1996, to name a few of his roles in sports since college.

Schnebel and his wife, Kelli (Harrison), a 1978 graduate, live in Oklahoma City and have four adult children, Jessica, Chase, Bailey and Addison.