Stacey Blalock of Magnolia and Marshall Davis of Austin have been named to Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. Both are among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, Oct. 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.
Blalock and Davis along with the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.
Blalock graduated from HPU in 2008 with a degree in elementary education. She received many honors as a Lady Jacket basketball player and was a member of HPU’s 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III National Championship Team.
In 2007, she was named American Southwest Conference (ASC) First-Team All-West Division; ASC West Division Defensive Team; ASC Academic All-Conference; and D3hoops.com Third-Team All-South Region. In 2008, Blalock was named ASC All-Conference and West Division 1st Team; ASC West Division Defensive Player of the Year; ASC Academic All-Conference; ASC All-Tournament Team; and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American.
Blalock received HPU’s prestigious Tami Pattillo Memorial Award in 2008. The award, which honors the memory and athletic/academic accomplishments of Pattillo, an HPU alumna who passed away at a young age, is given each year to an HPU female athlete who best represents the HPU spirit.
Davis, HPU class of 1980, is the tenth-leading scorer in HPU men’s basketball history with 1,402 points. He was named to the All Lone Star Conference team three times and twice led HPU to a Lone Star Conference regular season championship. As a freshman, he made 2nd Team All Lone Star Conference and was named Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year.
Remembered for his reliability and consistency, Davis was a starter for his entire career and, in four seasons, never missed a game. He was named team captain for three different Yellow Jacket teams and, at the close of his HPU career, was listed as the fourth-leading scorer in HPU men’s basketball history.
Davis, a traffic control specialist, is a member at Cottonwood Baptist Church in Austin. He enjoys giving back to others and working in areas in which he can help others excel in life.
“HPU prepared me for success by giving me the skills needed to complete all the tasks asked of me throughout my life,” he said.