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UTEP Athletics Set to Honor 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Class

David Bishop (men’s golf), Camilla Carrera (softball), Jareica Hughes (women’s basketball), Willie Worsley (men’s basketball) and Barron Wortham (football) will be inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, September  21.

The 16th Annual UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held at the Larry K. Durham Sports Center Hall of Champions.  Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program to follow at 7.

Individual tickets are $30, and a table of eight is $240.  Tickets are available by calling the Miner Athletic Club at 747-6787, or by e-mailing mac@utep.edu.

David Bishop (Men’s Golf)

David Bishop’s first love was basketball growing up, but at five feet nine inches he figured that his future in athletics was on the golf course. He grew up in the Fort Lauderdale area and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School, where he was All-State in golf for two years and four-time All-City.

Recruited to UTEP by coach Cricket Musch, he turned in a dominant effort over four years as a Miner from 1987-91. He was a four-time All-American, garnering honorable mention recognition in 1988 and 1990 and second team honors in 1989 and 1991. He was appointed the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1989 and 1991.

He won four tournaments at UTEP, helping the Miners finish second at the NCAA Championships in 1988 and ninth in 1991. His scoring averages were 73.9 as a freshman, 73.0 as a sophomore, 73.5 as a junior and 72.6 as a senior. Bishop traveled the world on many golf tours as a PGA Professional. He passed away on April 15, 2017 at the age of 48. But his legacy lives on as one of the greatest players in the history of the storied UTEP Men’s Golf program.

 

Camilla Carrera (Softball)

Camilla Carrera was a three-time All-Region player at Mountain Pointe High School in Tempe, Ariz. She traveled 400 miles down the road to resume her softball career in the west Texas town of El Paso, where she put up eye-popping numbers.

Carrera’s UTEP career produced numerous school records with a .401 batting average, 260 hits, 186 runs, 57 doubles, 61 home runs, 197 runs batted in and 504 total bases. As a senior in 2012, the catcher and utility player clubbed an NCAA-leading and Conference USA record 32 home runs.

She batted .447 that year while driving in 66 runs in just 53 games. Carrera was named the Conference USA Player of the Year for the second time; she also earned the distinction in 2009 after leading the league with a .412 batting average, 19 doubles, 13 home runs and 133 total bases.

Carrera garnered first team All-Conference USA accolades in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. She led the Miners to the C-USA Tournament championship game in 2009, and a school-record 31 victories in 2010.       

 

Jareica Hughes (Women’s Basketball)

Jareica Hughes helped put the UTEP women’s basketball program on the map, with the Miners winning a conference championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time during her star-studded career from 2006-10.

The 5-3 point guard arrived from Southfield, Mich., and promptly led the Orange and Blue to 22 victories in 2006-07. She was tabbed the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, but there was much more to come. The Miners piled up a school-record 28 wins in 2007-08 and peeled off 23 consecutive victories while reaching the second round of the “Big Dance.”

UTEP also ran the table at a perfect 16-0 in C-USA play – the first women’s program in league history to achieve the feat – with Hughes being voted the C-USA Player of the Year. She repeated the honor in 2009. Hughes owns school records with 599 assists, 277 steals and 3,777 minutes, while ranking second with 1,555 points and 359 free throws, and third with 527 field goals.

She led the Miners to 84 victories in four years and is a member of the UTEP Women’s Basketball Centennial Team.

 

Willie Worsley (Men’s Basketball)

He may have been the smallest player on the court, but Willie Worsley’s influence on the 1966 national champion Texas Western Miners was legendary. The 5-7 guard averaged eight points as a sophomore and was a major pest in the NCAA Tournament, putting up 14 points versus Oklahoma City, 12 against Utah and eight versus Kentucky in the historic national title game.

The win over the Wildcats put Texas Western on the map, but the game was significant for Worsley in another way as it marked the first time his working mother Julia was able to watch him play. Worsley’s role increased as a junior and senior as he was second on the squad in scoring both years, collecting 12.2 and 14.4 points per contest respectively.

He appeared in 78 games for the Miners, compiling 877 points and 252 rebounds while playing a key role on two NCAA Tournament teams. He was a two-time NABC All-District pick. Worsley later played for the New York Nets in the American Basketball Association during the 1968-69 season. He becomes the fifth starter from the 1966 NCAA champs to be inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame.    

 

Barron Wortham (Football)

One of the top linebackers ever to come through UTEP, Barron Wortham amassed a school-record 566 tackles and 45 tackles for losses from 1990-93. He joined Raymond Morris as the only Miners to lead the team in tackles four times.

Wortham racked up 129 stops as a freshman, 148 as a sophomore, 138 as a junior and 151 as a senior, when he was a first team All-American and the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a three-time first team All-WAC choice and was appointed the league Freshman of the Year in 1990. 

Wortham was chosen by the Houston Oilers in the NFL Draft and played seven seasons in the league. He appeared in a total of 108 NFL games with 62 starting assignments while playing for the Oilers, Titans and Dallas Cowboys.  His top season was 1999, when he tallied 81 tackles and three fumble recoveries and started for the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.

In 2014, Wortham was named to the UTEP Football Centennial Team as one of 35 iconic players from the first 100 years of the program. The family legacy continues as his son, Barron Jr., is a sophomore linebacker with the Miners.   

UTEP Athletics Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Class

Orsten Artis, Harrington Jackson, Gerina Mendoza (Piller), Brian Natkin and Mack Saxon compose the 14th induction class into the UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame.

They will be honored at the induction banquet on Friday, Oct. 7at the Larry K. Durham Sports Center, as well as at the UTEP football team’s Oct. 8 home game versus FIU.

Artis, who lettered for the Texas Western College men’s basketball team from 1963-66, posted a double-figure scoring average all three years and was the third-leading scorer on the 1966 national championship team.

In 82 games for the Miners, Artis averaged 11.4 points and 3.4 rebounds, shooting 45 percent from the field and 77.1 percent from the line. He collected 12.6 ppg during the Miners’ history-making 1966 campaign and scored in double figures in all five NCAA Tournament games, including 22 points in the semifinals versus Utah and 15 against Kentucky in the title game.

Artis was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.

Jackson, who ran track at UTEP from 1970-72, set the standard as the school’s first national champion in the sprints.  He took first in the 100-yard dash at the 1971 NCAA Outdoor Meet.

Harrington accomplished this remarkable athletic record after serving the United States with honor on the battlefields of Vietnam.  He was ranked #2 in the IAAF world rankings in the 100 in 1970, and #7 in 1971.  He held the indoor world record in the 60-yard dash with a time of 5.93 seconds in 1971.  He was a six-time WAC champion.

After leaving UTEP, he held indoor world records in the 60 and 70-yard dashes and was rated #3 in the world in the 100.  He is a member of the UTEP Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Mendoza, a UTEP women’s golf standout from 2003-07, was the Conference USA individual champion and Player of the Year her senior year.  She won four tournaments that year and led C-USA with a 73.1 scoring average.

Mendoza’s hard work on the course resulted in her lowering his scoring average every year (81.0 as a freshman, 78.8 as a sophomore, 76.8 as a junior, 73.1 as a senior).  She was a 2007 NCAA Regionals participant.  Mendoza is a currently playing on the LPGA Tour and has about $2.6 million in career earnings.

Natkin, a member of the UTEP football team from 1997-2000, became UTEP’s second consensus All-American and first unanimous All-American as a senior.  He was selected first team All-America eight times that year while leading all tight ends nationally in receptions (64) and yards (787).  He converted 46 receptions (71.4 percent) for first downs as a senior.

Natkin earned honorable mention All-America honors in 1998 after notching 34 catches for 362 yards.  He closed out his career with 172 receptions for 1,934 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Natkin was with two NFL teams (Tennessee and St. Louis) before embarking on a coaching career that ultimately took him back to UTEP.

He is currently the Miners’ tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.  He is a member of UTEP’s Centennial Football Team.

Saxon is the winningest coach in UTEP football history with 66 victories.  He compiled a 66-43-9 mark over 13 seasons (1929-41).  Saxon led Texas College of the Mines to its first bowl bid, the 1937 Sun Bowl.  He coached the school’s first All-Americans in Ken Heineman, Barry Pennington and Owen Price.  Heineman and Price were both first team selections.

The Miners won seven games four times under his direction – in 1930, 1931, 1932 and 1937.  He and Mike Brumbelow are the only coaches in school history to direct the team to four seven-win campaigns.  Overall Saxon compiled eight winning seasons and four seasons with only one loss (1929, 1930, 1931, 1937) while facing teams like Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech.

Saxon also served as the Miners’ athletic director, as well as men’s basketball and baseball coach.  He passed away in 1949.

UTEP has been inducting classes into its Athletic Hall of Fame annually since 2002, with the exception of 2014 when the football, men’s and women’s basketball Centennial teams were honored.

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