MSU Announces Inductees to Hall of Honor

The Midwestern State Athletic Department is set to induct four outstanding former student-athletes into its 2013 Hall of Honor class during Homecoming festivities Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

This year's honorees include women's soccer standout Becky Athey-Sesin (1995-98), football star Scott Boswell (1988-91), former All-NFL performer Ray Gene Smith (1949-50) and basketball All American Keith Swanson (1963-67).

The induction ceremony will be conducted prior to the halftime Homecoming festivities during MSU's football game against West Alabama Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

The Midwestern State University Athletic Hall of Honor represents the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the MSU Department of Athletics. The accomplishments of those enshrined exemplify the character, spirit, commitment and high level of achievement reflect the honor, excellence and traditions of our university.

Individuals are recognized for their contributions as student-athletes, coaches, administrators or outstanding advocates of Midwestern State Athletics.

Becky Athey-Sesin (1995-98)

Becky Athey-Sesin played a key role in Midwestern State's rapid ascent into a Lone Star Conference powerhouse in women's soccer.

The 5-7 forward out of Odessa's Permian High School proved to be a potent offensive force for the Lady Indians helping the program to its first two league titles in 1997 and 1998.

Athey-Sesin burst onto the scene setting a program record with 21 goals during the program's first year in 1995. The mark still stands today, but she was hardly finished.

As a sophomore, she netted nine goals and scored the game winning goal to lead MSU to a 2-1 win over West Texas A&M in the LSC finals to seal the program's first conference title.

Athey-Sesin, who achieved five career hat tricks, earned first-team All-LSC honors as a junior notching eight goals and four assists before culminated her career with five goals and five assists gaining second-team all-league laurels as a senior in 1998 when she was also named to the LSC's All-Academic squad.

Athey-Sesin finished her career as MSU's all-time goal scoring leader with 43.

Scott Boswell (1988-91)

Scott Boswell was amongst more than 200 players eager to be a part of Midwestern State's introduction to football in 1988.

He experienced the growth of the program as a key member of the offensive line as he became the first player during MSU's modern football era to twice earn first-team all-conference honors.

Boswell first earned All-Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association as a junior 1990 before paving the way for MSU's famed Bermuda Triangle of Craig Pettigrew, Henry Anders and Derrick Waggoner in 1991.

The Indians rolled up 4,496 yards of total offense including 3,491 rushing yards on the way to a 9-3 mark, a TIAA championship and a berth in the NAIA Division II National Quarterfinals.

Ray Gene Smith (1949-50)

Ray Gene Smith was a two-way starter for Hardin College's mythical small college national championship squad in 1949 helping the Indians to a 10-1 mark and Gulf Coast Conference title.

The two-time All-GCC performer went on to play for the Chicago Bears from 1954-57 after serving as a staff sergeant and a football play in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years between his time in Wichita Falls and arriving in the Windy City.

Smith was named a second-team All-NFL performer by the New York Daily News in 1956 finishing the season with four interceptions.

After playing for the Bears, he became a criminal lawyer after receiving his degree from Texas Tech and practiced law for 35 years in Wichita Falls.

Keith Swanson (1963-67)

Keith Swanson capped off a brilliant career earning NAIA All-America honorable mention following his senior campaign of 1966-67.

The sharpshooting guard poured in 1,144 points while helping Midwestern to three consecutive NAIA District 8 titles and trips to the second round of the national tournament in Kansas City in 1965, 1966 and 1967.

Swanson connected on 44.7 percent from the field as a sophomore averaging 7.6 points per game before hitting 46 percent from the floor and 13.2 points contests as a junior in 1965-66.

Swanson averaged 15.4 points a game and shot 46.8 percent from the field while earning All-America accolades as a senior in 1966-67.

Dr. Keith Swanson has practiced orthopedic surgery in Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley in Nevada since 1979 after receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

In 1996, he became one of the founders of the Lake Tahoe Orthopedic Institute and is also a founding member of the Tahoe Sports Medicine Fellowship which continues to train orthopedic surgeons in sports medicine techniques. He currently serves as co-director of the Fellowship.