Sports Hall of Fame Inducts New Class
Fall 2011 Issue
Boyd Hall was one of ISU's most explosive fullbacks. Recruited by Babe Caccia, Hall played for Idaho State College from 1957-1960. He set records in rushing and scoring in 1959-1960. He set a school record of 12 touchdowns, 76 points and 898 yards that stood until broken by Merril Hoge in 1985. After an injury-shortened career in the CFL, Boyd returned to Pocatello and he and his wife Bonnie have lived here ever since, raising their six children, three of whom attended ISU.
Referred to by his teammates as "The General," Wayne Hill led both on and off the field. A starter at linebacker from 1973-1976, he had 340 career tackles and was a two-time unanimous selection to the All Big Sky Conference first team. Hill was ISU's first linebacker to be named twice to the first team All Conference team. He received AP All American and Honorable mention and was selected to play in the North-South Shrine game.
Hill and his wife Donna live in Boise and all four of their children have attended ISU.
Originally from Indiana, Willie Humes is the Bengal's basketball all-time career scoring average leader with 31.5 points per game. In his first game at ISU, Humes scored 51 points and had to be carried off the court. He scored 1,510 points while at ISU. He was named to the 1987 Big Sky Conference Silver anniversary team and was a two-time all conference player.
Karen Tharp was one of the most versatile women's basketball players in ISU history. She still holds two single season records of 171 assists and 6.58 assists per game (78-79) and had a free throw percentage of 81.4 percent. Tharp was team captain all four years and won MVP honors in 1976 and 1979. She continues to live and work in Pocatello for Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Sylvia and her late husband Don "Pappy" Papenberg are now both in the ISU Sports Hall of Fame. Sylvia grew up in the shadows of the Tetons and excelled in athletics from a young age through college and beyond. She was a member of ISU's one and only female tackle football team. Sylvia is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her substantial charitable generosity to ISU Athletics and the creation of Miller Ranch Stadium for women's softball and the future home of ISU practice football, Papenberg Field.