2015 Hall of Fame class has left its mark on current teams

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Griffons Nicole Lindsey-Collier, Eric Walker and Amy Beverly are inducted into Hall of Fame. Zack Papenberg | Photo Editor
Griffons Nicole Lindsey-Collier, Eric Walker and Amy Beverly are inducted into Hall of Fame. Zack Papenberg | Photo Editor

Missouri Western has inducted three more former student-athletes into their Hall of Fame.
Amy Beverly, Nicole Lindsey-Collier and Eric “Ebo” Walker make up the 2015 class.
They were inducted on Friday evening, before receiving their Hall of Fame rings at halftime of the Western’s 26-21 win over Fort Hays State.
Eric “Ebo” Walker, Football (1999-2002)
Walker anchored the Griffon defense early in the Jerry Partridge era of Missouri Western football.
After a pair of 5-6 seasons to begin the Partridge era, Walker’s 1999 squad went 7-4 and began a run of Griffon success that resulted in only one losing season in the next 16 season.
The linebacker’s personal accomplishments include leading the team in tackles each of his final three season’s in the black and gold. His career tackles record of 416 still stands as a Griffon record.
“It takes a lot to make that many tackles,” Walker said. “It was something I was striving for from the time I came in.”
It is not his tackling ability that left the biggest mark on the program according to Partridge though.
“I give Ebo a lot of credit for ‘The Griffon Way,’ of doing things for football.” Partridge said. “Ebo was one of the very first leaders we had.”
According to Partridge, Walker’s attitude and leadership were what made him a Hall of Famer.
“He had that great tempo and attitude. He didn’t look like much, wasn’t very fast or very strong,” Partridge said. “One year, we had Griffon Olympics, where we did all the testing for broad jump and vertical, I think Ebo came out 79th out of 85 or something like that. He was that bad of an athlete, but he was just so smart and physical and such a good leader. He exemplified what we wanted out of our program.”
Amy Beverly, Softball (2003-2006)
As much as Walker was a model for the ‘Griffon Way’ in football. Amy Beverly was that figure for Jen Bagley-Trotter’s softball program.
“It means the world to me,” Beverly said on her Hall of Fame selection. “Missouri Western changed my life for the better and I am very honored.”
The Ankeny, Iowa native joined the squad in Bagley-Trotter’s second season at the helm of the program. Together they quickly turned the program into the constant winner that it still is today.
“She took a gamble on me,” Beverly said. “Her first year there, she saw someone wearing a t-shirt that had Ankeny on it and the girl told her that I was really good. So she had me come down and visit and watch me practice and offer me scholarship.”
In Beverly’s junior and senior seasons, the Griffons reached the 40-win mark, including 48 in 2005 which still stands as the programs top mark in the current era.
“We were just playing softball,” Beverly said. “And we just started getting better and better and better and becoming more aware of the talent we had on the team and where we could go.”
Beverly finds herself solidly in the MWSU record books as well. Her 263 career hits make her the top all-time in program history.
She also holds the marks for most doubles, total bases, putouts and double-plays.
Beverly says the memory that stands out the most to her was something that didn’t even focus on herself.
“My senior season, the umpire got upset,” Beverly said. “We were playing Missouri Southern at Central because of rain. The umpire said in like the fifth inning that the game was over and the other team just won. So Coach Bagley got kicked out of the game and she proceeded to do handstands in centerfield.”
The softball program is one of the most successful teams that Western has and the passion from people like Bagley-Trotter and Beverly are major driving forces why that is the case.
Nicole Lindsey-Collier, Basketball (2001-2003)
Lindsey-Collier has seen the Griffon program from all angles.
She was a standout player, before facing the Griffons as a rival coach at Lincoln.
“It’s exciting and it’s difficult to come back (to Western) to play,” Lindsey-Collier said. “There are so many good memories there. You walk in and see the banners and have the good memories.”
Now she can add Griffon Hall of Famer to her resume.
In just two seasons with the program as a transfer from Jefferson College, where she is also a Hall of Famer, Lindsey-Collier led Western No. 1 rankings in each of her seasons with the team.
“We took a lot of pride in the way we played,” Lindsey-Collier said. how we played and how hard we played. So we had a lot of pride in that and we got the acknowledgment from the national rankings.”
An unstoppable force inside during her career, Lindsey-Collier is second all-time for Western with 272 single-season rebounds.
During her junior year, the Griffons won the MIAA championship. She was also an All-American finalist in each of her seasons at Western.
Even though Lindsey-Collier is a rival coach, it is hard for her not to find herself pulling for her alma-mater. At least, when she’s not playing them.
“If its outside of the conference, I’m always black and gold. That’s who I am and what I bleed.”

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