MISENHEIMER, N.C. - The Pfeiffer University Athletic Department has announced that Terrence Baxter (basketball), Rick Blackwood (baseball), Eliot Campbell (tennis), Mike Downs (baseball/basketball), Shannon Reid (basketball) and the 2004 baseball team have been elected as the 2017 Sports Hall of Fame class. The new inductees will be honored at the Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, September 23 in Merner Gymnasium and Pfeiffer will also be retiring the women's basketball jersey of Hall of Famer Nancy Scoggins Janas that evening.
"We are delighted to welcome these athletes to the Pfeiffer Sports Hall of Fame," commented VP for Athletics Bob Reasso. "They are some of the finest athletes to ever play here and their places in the Hall of Fame are well deserved. It will be a great evening."
2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Biographies
Terrence Baxter - Basketball
Baxter scored 1,005 career points and is one of just 35 players to reach 1,000 points in his Pfeiffer career. However, Baxter did a lot more than just score. His 590 assists place him third in program history and his 281 steals rank him second. On a per game basis, Baxter's 5.5 assists per game is the second best mark in program history, behind fellow Hall of Famer Tony Smith. Baxter knocked down 86 career 3-pointers and added 3.1 rebounds per game over his 108 career contests.
Baxter helped lead the Falcons to 82 wins over his four years, including a 26-5 mark in 1999-2000. Pfeiffer won back-to-back regular season championships in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and went a perfect 18-0 in league play during the 2000 season. Baxter's 99-00 team advanced to the NCAA Tournament and defeated Salem International in the opening round before losing in the Sweet 16.
Rick Blackwood - Baseball
Blackwood was one of the best hitters in Pfeiffer baseball history, setting a record with 71 hits in 1968. That season, Blackwood posted a .391 batting average and hit above .333 in every season. The shortstop was a three-time All-Conference and All-District player and was a Honorable Mention All-American in 1968. Blackwood led Pfeiffer to a No. 2 ranking in the NAIA and a spot in the National Tournament in 1968.
Following his career in Misenheimer, Blackwood was drafted in the 27th round by the Baltimore Orioles in 1970 and played Rookie Ball in Bluefield, WV.
Eliot Campbell - Tennis/Soccer
Campbell was recruited to Pfeiffer by Warren Knapp and played for Dr. Fred West. Individually, Campbell was a District Champ in doubles in 1969 and owned a 20-3 record in singles as a freshman. He played #1 singles over his final three years and won 45 singles matches. He helped lead his team to a Conference Championship and the best record in school history (20-3) during the 1968-69 season. Campbell's team recorded wins over Purdue, Western Michigan and Wake Forest. Campbell was also a starter on the soccer team.
Since playing at Pfeiffer, Campbell has developed more than 200 players who have gone on to star in college. Campbell continued to play competitively and was named the New England USPTA Player of the Year in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2012, he ranked #4 in the over-60 division in singles and ranked #1 in doubles in 2014.
Mike Downs - Baseball/Basketball
On the hardwood, Downs played in 105 career games for the Falcons and scored 946 career points. Downs ranks third in program history with 260 career steals and his 409 career assists rank him sixth. Downs added 4.4 rebounds per game over his four years and was one of the most versatile players in team history.
Adding to his versatility, Downs hit and pitched for the Falcons for three years on the diamond. As a senior, Downs posted a .422 batting average and crushed seven home runs. In 92 career games, Downs drove in 84 runs and hit .304 with 19 homeruns. As a pitcher, Downs owned a 7-3 record and a 2.73 earned runs average and tossed complete games in 10 of his 11 career starts.
Shannon Reid - Basketball
One of the best scorers in team history, Reid poured in 1,168 career points. The sharp shooter ranks second in program history with 217 3-pointers and a .412 percentage from behind the arc. Her career free throw percentage of .826 places her fourth all-time and she also ranks in the top 10 in program history in: assists, steals, points and scoring average. Reid owns the top mark with a .897 free throw percentage in 2001-02 and her .466 3-point percentage in 2002-03 is the second best mark.
Reid was a member of back-to-back 20-win teams in 2001-02 and 2002-03. She was named the Conference Player of the Year in 2002-03 and was a two-time First Team All-Conference player. Reid was also selected to consecutive Conference Carolinas All-Tournament Teams and her 2002-03 squad was the first team in history to advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Falcons were the four seed in the South Region and lost 76-73 to West Chester.
2004 Baseball Team
One of the best teams in program history, the 2004 baseball team won a record 41 games against just 14 losses. As a team, the 2004 edition of the Falcons ranked first in program history in: team batting average, team slugging percentage, team on base percentage, runs scored, hits, homeruns and runs batted in.
Jeff Robbins broke the single season record for homeruns with 27 long balls on the year and his 86 runs batted in also is tops in program history for a single season. Brian York's 88 hits and 82 runs are single season records and the top five individual leaders in most runs scored for a season reside on the 2004 squad.
On the mound, Chris Nall was the ace, starting 17 games and posting a 9-4 record with a 2.81 earned run average.
The Falcons started the season with wins in 13 of their first 14 games and never looked back. On March 8, the Falcons defeated Shaw 29-7, one of three times on the season that they topped the 20 run mark.
Pfeiffer went 18-6 in league play and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Augusta St. 13-0 before being eliminated by North Florida. Chris Pollard was named the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year and Jeff Robbins was the league's Player of the Year. Six players were named to the First Team All-Conference.
Nancy Scoggins Janas
Additionally, the jersey number of Nancy Scoggins Janas will be retired at the Sports Hall of Fame dinner. Janas was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 and her scoring record of 1,837 career points has stood since 1981 with no one coming within 150 points that mark. Janas, who wore number 13, also has the most field goals made and is second in most rebounds.
To register for the event, please visit https://community.pfeiffer.edu/events/homecoming-2017/homecoming-2017-registration-.