MOREHEAD, Ky.--Morehead State athletics announced this week that four former student-athletes, Harlan “Fats” Tolle, Val Falcone, Diane (Long) Wetherill, and Josh Teater will be inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2011 class will be installed in the annual Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Oct. 21 and officially recognized during the Homecoming football game Oct. 22 versus Dayton.
“We are inducting four very deserving former athletes into the athletics Hall of Fame this year,” Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said. “We are thrilled to add a key member of the NCAA Tournament basketball teams and baseball teams, a multiple All-OVC baseball player, a championship caliber cross country and track athlete and one of our most successful golfers, who helped bring an OVC trophy to Morehead. This is an exceptional class whose dedication to Eagle athletics was outstanding.”
Harlan “Fats” Tolle (1951, 1954-57) - Dubbed the catalyst of coach Bobby Laughlin’s run and gun, high-scoring offense, Harlan “Fats” Tolle teamed with MSU’s all-time leading rebounder, Steve Hamilton, to help the Eagles win the Ohio Valley Conference Championships in 1955-56 and 1956-57. Tolle lettered three years in basketball and baseball at MSU. He came to MSU in 1951-52 and played on the freshman basketball team before being called into military service. Tolle returned to MSU in 1954-55 as a sophomore. He averaged 9.3 points per game as a junior in 1955-56 and scored 12.3 per outing as the only senior and a co-captain on the 1956-57 squad that won the OVC Championship. He was named First-Team All-OVC as a senior as well. Tolle was part of the first two MSU teams (1955-56 and 1956-57) to play in the NCAA Tournament, helping the Eagles win two games in the 1955-56 event. During his three years on the team, his superb ball-handling skills got the offense on track as the Eagles scored more than 100 points in a game 22 times and averaged more than 90 points per game in an era when high-scoring games weren’t common.
Val Falcone (1968-71) - Val Falcone was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference player for the Morehead State baseball team, earning First-Team All-OVC in 1970 and 1971. He was a part of the 1969 Eagle team that finished 22-6 and won the OVC East Division title and the overall OVC Championship. In 1970 as a junior, he batted .375, helping MSU finish 18-9. He hit .359 his senior year in 1971 when he guided coach Sonny Allen’s team to a 22-9 mark. In his four years as an Eagle, his teams won 74 games and two OVC East Division championships. Falcone went on to a short career in professional baseball, starting in 1971 with the pennant-winning Oneonta Yankees of the New York-Penn League. Falcone also went on to become a nationally-ranked racquetball player. A native of Bethesda, Md., Falcone now resides in Orlando, Fla.
Diane (Long) Wetherill (1977-80) - Diane (Long) Wetherill guided the MSU women’s cross country squad to the team title at the first Ohio Valley Conference women’s championship meet in 1979. A four-year letter winner in cross country and track, Wetherill finished second individually at the 1979 OVC cross country championships and crossed the tape in eighth place as a senior at the 1980 championship race. She was named All-OVC both years. Wetherill qualified for the AIAW (the precursor to the NCAA for women’s collegiate athletics) national championships in 1977 as a freshman, in 1978 as a sophomore and in 1979 as a junior. In 1980, the team won the KWIC title and she was named KWIC Most Valuable Runner. She is a a native of Islip Terrace, N.Y.
Josh Teater (1997-2000) - The only Morehead State golfer to play on the PGA Tour, Teater finished his MSU career in 2000. Perhaps his best year at MSU came in 1999 when he led the Eagles to their fifth Ohio Valley Conference title. Teater finished tied for fifth individually at the OVC Championships and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Teater became a professional golfer in 2002, starting on the Hooter’s Tour. He barely missed qualifying for the 2009 PGA Tour, but he qualified for the 2010 tour with a win at the Nationwide Tour's Utah Championship, which moved him up to eighth place on the winnings list and assured him of his PGA Tour card. In his rookie season in 2010, Teater earned more than $1 million in winnings, finishing in the top 10 twice and in the top 25 eight times. His best finish came at the Turning Stone Resort Championship when his finished tied for third. In 2011, he has already won more than $300,000 and turned in three top 25 finishes.
Established in 1985, the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame honors former Eagles whose achievements both in athletics and as MSU ambassadors have had a profound impact on Morehead State. The Hall of Fame contains 125 members.
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