Lyon College welcomed five new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 20. Keshianna “K.K.” Hodges, ‘11; John Howell, ‘00; Jason Livernois, ‘04; Tenequa Martin, ‘10; and Steve Purdy,’76, were recognized for their accomplishments during the annual banquet.
Hodges was a member of the women’s basketball team from 2007-11 and is the all-time leader for career points (1,988) and rebounds (970). She also ranks fifth all-time in career steals (178) and fourth for career blocks (83).Hodges thanked her family and her wife for supporting her during both her student-athlete and postgraduate careers.
“Every time I stepped on the court, it was for them,” she said. “I wanted them to know people like us can make it.”
Howell was a four-year letter winner for the men’s basketball team from 1996-2000. He eclipsed the 1,000-point mark and finished his career with 1,284 points, which is 21st all-time in program history. He also ranks second for career three-point field goals made (255) and third in career steals (139).Howell said being a college athlete was always a dream, but he wasn’t sure if it was possible for him.
“My biggest concern about coming to Lyon was the academics,” he said. “I learned something was in me. I just didn’t know what it was.”
He said his coaches and teammates were seeing the “warrior mentality” in him.
“This warrior mentality carried over to my life and my career,” Howell said. “This challenge of playing basketball while getting an education was good for me. It taught me discipline and how to deal with problems and adversity.”
Livernois was a three-year letter winner for the Scots baseball team. A two-time All-TranSouth Conference selection, he ended his career with a .329 batting average and 16 home runs, which was a school record in 2003. His batting average ranks among the top five all-time for players who competed for three years and accumulated at least 300 at-bats.
“Everything I do in baseball today is Lyon College baseball,” he said. “I thank my teammates and coaches a lot.”
Livernois, “Coach Kirk Kelley instilled leadership that I try to instill in the kids I coach today. I want my kids to play the way my teammates did and the way my coaches expected of us.”
Martin was a member of the Scots softball team, from 2008-10. A three-time All-TranSouth Academic Team member, she ranks 13th all-time in program history for career games played (113). She hit 11 home runs during her career, making her tied for fifth all-time. Martin also ranks fourth all-time for career wins (20), third for career starts (57), complete games (43) and innings pitched (360.2), and fourth for career strike-outs (183).
Martin said she was “speechless” when she first got the call letting her know she would be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“I developed a dream a long time ago to play college softball,” she said, “and be a part of something big and play with a group of ladies who loved the game as much as I did.”
Martin continued, “My dreams were realized here at Lyon College.”
She was part of the inaugural softball team at Lyon and said that the first team will always hold a special place in her heart.
Purdy was one of the top golfers for the Scots during the 1970s and was named an All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC) performer in 1976. Purdy posted a fourth-place finish at the 1976 AIC Tournament, finishing two strokes behind first place. He also earned a top-15 finish during the 1975 AIC Tournament.
“This is a great honor,” Purdy said. “I never thought this would happen, and I thank you all. I appreciated the opportunity to play for Arkansas College.”
Executive Director of Athletics Advancement Elliott Sampley, ‘96, thanked everyone for attending the banquet and reflected on the impact Lyon Athletics has on people’s lives,
“People change people’s lives within the walls of this institution,” Sampley said. “That’s true for almost everyone here tonight.”
He encouraged everyone to help change current Scots’ lives by attending games on campus and supporting the players.