ALVA, Okla. - The 2012 Northwestern Oklahoma State University Sports Hall of Fame class was honored at a luncheon in the Student Center Ballroom on Saturday and formally inducted between the women’s and men’s basketball games vs. Oklahoma City University in Percefull Fieldhouse.
The 2012 inductees include Al Hunt, football; Marlena (Elliott) Johnson, women’s basketball; Lynn Scott, football; and Slade Young, men’s basketball. Biographical information on the inductees can be found at the bottom of the release.
"I am honored to be part of this event that honors former Ranger greats," NWOSU Athletic Director Andy Carter said. "The atmosphere on campus and the support for Northwestern Oklahoma State University was at its finest on this historic day."
After the luncheon, the newly inducted individuals took part in a ceremony between games and received a hall of fame plaque.
"This was truly a great event," Carter said.
The NWOSU men came back to defeat Oklahoma City 55-51 while the women fell 70-69 in a thrilling contest against the No. 2 team in the country.
Biographies written by NWOSU University Relations and edited by NWOSU Sports Information
A graduate of Belton-Honea Path (S.C.) High School, Hunt played football at Northwestern during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Hunt holds school records for best punting average in a season averaging 41.1 yards per punt in 2000 and his 41.0 yards per punt average is highest in school history. He also leads Northwestern in the longest punt category with an 82-yard punt vs. East Central University in 2000.
As the Ranger quarterback, he had a 61 percent completion percentage during the 1999 season and a 50 percent completion percentage in 2000, amassing 1,964 career passing yards and 22 career touchdown passes. The former Ranger averaged 6.3 yards per carry in 1999 and 7.6 yards per carry during the 2000 season. He ran for 19 touchdowns in 1999 and 16 touchdowns in 2000, accruing 2,384 career rushing yards.
Hunt led the team to a 1999 NAIA National Championship and a return visit to the title game in 2000, which he said are the greatest successes of his collegiate career. For his accomplishments on the field, he was named Player of the Game in the 1999 Wheat Bowl and the 1999 NAIA National Championship. Twice he received Central States Football League Player of the Year honors. He was selected second team and honorable mention NAIA All-American in 1999 for his efforts at quarterback and punter, respectively, and second team NAIA All-American as a quarterback in 2000.
Since his time at Northwestern, Hunt has played in the Arena Football League and arenafootball2 for the Detroit Fury, Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz and Tulsa Talons. He has also been employed by Alva High School and currently works for Northwest Landscape.
He and Rhea Watson, a 2004 Northwestern alumna, live in Alva with their children, Alee and Rush.
Marlena (Elliott) Johnson
Johnson, a graduate of Lomega High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Northwestern in 1999. She played power forward and center for the Lady Rangers basketball team from 1992 to 1996.
During her collegiate career, she averaged 15 points per game, racking up 1,707 career points, the fourth most in school history, and securing her membership in the 1,000 Point Club. She leads Northwestern in most free throw attempts in a game with 20 vs. East Central University in 1993.
She scored 41 points against East Central her freshman year and scored 40 points against Oklahoma City University her junior year, both highlights of her career, she said. Her most memorable moments as a Lady Ranger are beating Southwestern Oklahoma State University to give coach Milburn Barton his 300th victory and going to the NAIA National Tournament during the 1995-96 season.
For her efforts on the court, she earned first team all-conference honors her junior and senior seasons.
Johnson has worked as a community living instructor at Arrowhead West Inc. in Medicine Lodge, Kan., and as a certified nursing assistant at Attica Long Term Care Home. In 2010, she graduated from Chisholm Trail Technology Center and passed her nursing exams to become a licensed practical nurse. She is currently a ventilator-charge nurse for Summit Living Center in Okeene.
Johnson and her husband, Rick, live in Loyal with their children, Sierra and Jaxx.
A Turpin native, Scott graduated from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 2001. The record-setting Ranger punt returner played football at Northwestern from 1997 to 2000.
Scott leads Northwestern in the most punt return yards in a season with 595 yards he collected his senior year and the most career punt return yards with 1,337. In addition, he had kickoff return duties, and, in his role as safety, he was credited with 298 career tackles.
Winning the 1999 NAIA National Championship and finishing runner-up the following season are the highlights of his collegiate career, Scott said.
Scott was named NAIA All-American each of his four seasons as a Ranger, earning honorable mention honors as a defensive back in 1997 and first team honors as a defensive back in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Ultimately, he was chosen as NAIA Defensive Player of the Decade.
He was also recognized for his achievements in the classroom and was selected McDaniel Scholar Athlete in 1999 and 2000 and NAIA Academic All-American in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In 2004, he was presented the Outstanding Graduate Recognition Award by the Northwestern Alumni Association.
After graduating, Scott spent five seasons as a safety for the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, accumulating 75 tackles, a sack and an interception from 2001 to 2005. Since his time in the NFL, he has worked at Whittet’s Country Store and as an assistant football coach at Alva High School. He currently works for Weatherford as a senior field specialist.
Scott and his wife, Mindi, live in Turpin with their child, Burkeley.
Originally from Garland, Texas, Young earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Northwestern in 1995. He played point guard for the Rangers men’s basketball team from 1991 to 1992.
Prior to attending Northwestern, Young played at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, where 11 of his basketball records still stand, including three-point field goals (238), seventh best all-time in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Averaging 18.3 points and 3.3 assists per game as a Ranger, Young set three records while at Northwestern, which have since been broken, including most three-pointers in a game with eight, most three-pointers made in a season with 126 and most three-pointers attempted in a season with 279.
Winning the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference with his four-point play against Northeastern State University and leading the team to its first NAIA National Tournament in more than 40 years are the highlights of his collegiate career, Young said. His success on the court earned him first team District 9, first team All-OIC, OIC Player of the Year and second team NAIA All-American honors.
A basketball coach, Young has previously worked for Higgins Independent School District, Mesquite High School and Haskell Independent School District, as well as his alma mater, South Garland High School. He has been named District Coach of the Year and coached Mesquite High School to an undefeated finish. He currently is the girls’ basketball coach at Pioneer High School and teaches seventh and eighth grade health and physical education.
Young and his wife, Kellie, live in Fairmont with their children, Tanner and Izzie.
Posted on Sun, January 29, 2012
by Allan Scarabello & Valarie Case