Today@Sam Article

Bearkat Legends

May 30, 2024
SHSU Media Contact: Campbell Atkins

The following series highlights the Bearkats inducted into Sam Houston State University’s Hall of Honor in fall 2023. All seven inductees were featured in Today@Sam articles throughout the academic year outlining their lives and athletic journeys.

Photos by Brian Blalock

Luke Prihoda LPrihoda.jpeg

(Baseball; 2006-2007)

Luke Prihoda made 63 career appearances, with three starts, while posting a 10-9 record with 22 saves, a 2.44 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 129.1 innings in his two-year career at SHSU.   

He was named the 2007 NCBWA Stopper of the Year as the top closer in the nation while posting a 7-3 record with 18 saves, a 1.61 ERA, 65 strikeouts and a .207 opponent batting average in 35 appearances. He was a 2007 NCAA All-American, the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, All-Southland Conference First Team and named to the Southland Conference All-Tournament team. 

He helped lead the Kats to the 2007 Southland Conference Tournament title, the first of three consecutive for SHSU, and a berth in the NCAA Oxford Regional before being selected in the 24th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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BMartin.jpegBritni (Martin) Coselli

(Basketball; 2007-2013) 

Britni (Martin) Coselli played in 122 games in her Bearkat career, including 101 starts. She averaged 15 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and finished her career ranking second in program history with 1,834 total points while also adding 549 total rebounds, 311 three-point field goals, 459 assists and 210 steals.  

She was a three-time All-Southland Conference first-team selection and holds the SHSU career record in three-point field goals, a mark which is 48 more than any other Bearkat. She also holds the SHSU career record with 451 made free throws, ranks second at SHSU with 459 career assists and averaged double-digit in each of her four seasons, including a career-best 17.4 points per game in the 2011-12 campaign.

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Boney Watson BWatson.jpeg

(Basketball; 1997-2000)

Boney Watson is second in Sam Houston history with 569 career assists and is third in steals with 191. He scored 948 career points, which is 34th all-time in school history. He is 10th in school history with 147 career three-point field goals and ninth in attempts at 422.  

He was a second-team All-Southland Conference selection in 2000 when he helped the Bearkats win the regular season championship, the first of three in head coach Bob Marlin's career at Sam Houston. 

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ADooley.jpegAlyssa (Dooley) Jackson

(Track & Field; 2010-2014)

Alyssa (Dooley) Jackson finished the 2014 season ranked atop the Southland Conference in the 800-meter and 1500-meter events. She secured first place in both events at the 2014 Southland Outdoor Championships and is the Sam Houston record-holder in the 1,500-meter run after capturing a time of 4:26.06 at the 2014 Mt. SAC Relays. She was the 2013 Southland Conference indoor champion in the mile (4:58.71) and the distance medley relay.   

She also excelled for the Kats at cross country as the Southland's runner-up at the 2012 conference meet with a time of 21:07. The All-Southland Conference performer was the top finisher for the Kats at her last two Southland cross country championships.

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LStewart.jpegLanda (Stewart) Wright

(Golf; 2006-2011)

Landa Steward appeared in 45 tournaments and carried a 78.20 stroke average in 124 rounds played as a Bearkat. She was honorable mention All-Southland Conference in 2007 and 2008. She finished sixth at the 2008 SLC Tournament and fifth at the 2007 SLC Tournament and picked up her first two career victories as a senior when she won the Harold Funston Invitational and the Hal Sutton Invitational. 

She scored a collegiate best round of 67 at the Arkansas State Tournament in 2007 and her fifth-place finish at the 2007 Southland Conference Tournament at Horseshoe Bay helped lead the Kats to the tournament title. 

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MSecours.jpegMichelle Secours

(Bowling; 2011-2013)

In her two seasons, Michelle Secours helped guide the Sam Houston bowling program to back-to-back top-10 national rankings. During both seasons, she was named as an honorable mention for the 2013 National Ten Pins Coaches Association All-America selection. She sported an NCAA bowling total pins average of 199.5 and was selected to the all-tournament squad at the Music City Classic.  

Secours concluded her junior debut leading the Kats with an average of 196.88 for 40 games and adding two NCAA All-Tournament Team selections to her resume. The most memorable outing was at the Bearkats' home tournament, where she provided a 2011-12 NCAA season-high single tournament average of 244.80 for five games at the inaugural TRACK Kat Klash that later helped the team win its first tournament championships of the season. 

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Lane Dennis  LDennis.jpeg

(Track & Field; 2005-2009)

Lane Dennis was one of the most decorated sprinters in Sam Houston history, dominating the 400-meter hurdles in the Southland Conference during his time as a Bearkat. He helped the Kats win the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship in 2005 as a freshman when he placed third in the 400 hurdles and was a member of the gold-medal winning 4x400-meter relay team.   

Dennis would go on to win the 400 hurdles at the SLC championships three straight seasons from 2007-09 and won the 4x400 relay championship again in 2008. At the SLC Indoor Championships in 2005 and 2007, he was on the winning 4x400 relay teams. He finished second at the NCAA Regional Finals in the 400 hurdles in 2009 and placed 14th and 13th, respectively, in the event at the NCAA Championships in 2008 and 2009. 

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