WVU inducts nine into Sports Hall of Fame
MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia University athletic Hall of Fame will add nine more athletes in this fall’s ceremonies.
Basketball players Darryl Prue and Pete White, football standouts Steve Dunlap and John Thornton, wrestling brothers Greg and Vertus Jones, women’s soccer All-American Lisa Stola, women’s basketball four-year letter winner Meg Bulger and rifle team All-American Stefan Thynell are this year’s inductees.
Darryl Prue played from 1986-1989 and was once selected to the All-Atlantic 10 first team. The Mountaineers had a record of 89-38 during his four years. While a team member, WVU went to the NCAA tournament three times and to one NIT.
Pete White played for three years under Coach Red Brown, and then his senior year for Coach Fred Schaus. His career scoring average was 10.7, scoring 746 points in all. White was a six-foot-five center, who claimed 561 rebounds in his career. In White’s senior year, the Mountaineers went to the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament with Schaus. White played from 1952-1955.
Meg Bulger joins sister Kate and brother Marc in the WVU Hall of Fame. A four-year letter winner, she scored 663 points in one season. She won a Big East scoring title. Her final season was in 2008.
Steve Dunlap excelled in football from 1973-1975 as a linebacker. He recorded the most tackles in one season (190) and in one game (28) in WVU football annals. His total career tackles was 359. He coached at WVU for many years, and actually was in 18 bowl games with the Mountaineers as an assistant coach.
Defensive tackle John Thornton once started 41 straight games. He played from 1995-1998, and was a two-time All-Big East selection. Thornton played in three bowl games and ended his career with 162 tackles. He enjoyed a 10-year NFL career.
Greg Jones was a much-decorated wrestler, becoming a three-time NCAA champion. His career record was 126-4 and he had two unbeaten seasons — going 26-0 in 2004 and 25-0 in 2005. He finished his stellar career by winning 51 consecutive matches. He coached wrestling at WVU for nine seasons.
Vertus Jones is the wrestling brother of Greg Jones. He was a three-time All-American and a four-time Eastern Wrestling League champion. His career spanned 1997-2000. Vertus was a two-time NCAA runner-up and had a 30-2 record in 2000.
Stefan Thynell excelled at both smallbore and air with the rifle team. He was actually a six-time All-American, earning two such designations in one calendar year in smallbore and air. His career was from 1976-1980. Once, in smallbore full course competition, he scored a 1,187 out of a possible 2,000 at the NCAA rifle championships.
Lisa Stola was a midfielder on the WVU women’s soccer team, which won the Big East championship in 2002. She was a first-team NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz selection in 2003 and on the same organization’s second-team All-American squad in 2002.