Dec. 20, 2007
By Tom Weber
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois University Department of Athletics announced its 2008 Hall of Fame Class today. The five-person class, which will be inducted in a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, features a pair of football greats in NFL All-Pro Bart Scott and I-AA Player-of-the-Year Cornell Craig, nine-time All-American swimmer Chris Gally, All-American pitcher Erin (Stremsterfer) Campbell and the winningest baseball pitcher in SIU history -- Scott Waltemate.
Bart Scott is currently in his sixth year as a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 2006 after a season in which he recorded 10 sacks and two interceptions. At SIU, Scott lettered from 1998 to 2001 and was a First-Team All-Gateway Conference pick in 2001. He ranks among the school's career leaders in various categories, including tackles (6th), sacks (7th), tackles for loss (6th) and fumble recoveries (2nd). After leaving Southern, Scott was signed as a free agent by the Ravens, made the team and eventually became a starter. He is now regarded as one of the top linebackers in all of football.
Craig, who played at SIU from 1996-99, holds numerous career receiving records at Southern Illinois, including most receptions (207), most receiving yards (3,508) and most touchdown catches (37). He had a phenomenal senior season, in which he caught 77 passes for 1,419 yards and 15 touchdowns, earning him national recognition as the Division I-AA Player of the Year. Craig also holds the school record for catches in a game (13) and receiving yards in a game (219). He was an All-American in 1999 and a three-time all-conference honoree (1997-99). Craig currently works at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. as the director of minority student programs.
Gally was a nine-time All-American swimmer, who earned national honors in the 400 Free Relay (1987), the 100 Fly, 200 and 400 Free Relay (1989), the 100 Fly, 400 and 800 Free Relay (1990) and the 100 & 200 Fly (1991). He finished 5th in the 100 Butterfly at the 1990 NCAA Meet and 7th in the 200 Butterfly at the 1991 NCAA Meet. Gally was a member of the U.S. National Team and competed in the 1888 and 1992 Olympic Trials. At the World University Games in 1991, he finished fourth in the 100 Butterfly. Gally still holds numerous SIU Rec Center pool records. He resides in Carbondale and teaches at an elementary school in Murphysboro.
Erin Stremsterfer, who lettered at SIU from 1998-2001, was a Louisville Slugger All-American pitcher her senior year, who set the school record for wins (28) and complete games (30) that season. She was a three-time First-Team All-MVC selection (1999, 2000, 2001) and the league's pitcher-of-the-year in 2001. She was also a three-time MVC All-Tournament Team performer and two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete (2000, 2001). Stremsterfer pitched a no-hitter against New Mexico State in 2001. Also an offensive threat, Stremsterfer still ranks among SIU's career leaders in numerous categories: hits (5th), runs scored (6th), home runs (3rd), RBI (9th), stolen bases (6th). Her pitching marks are equally impressive as she ranks among SIU's career best in innings pitched (2nd), wins (2nd), complete games (5th), strikeouts (2nd) and ERA (3rd). Stremsterfer resides in Ofallon, Mo., where she works as a sales representative for Ikon Office Solutions.
Waltemate was a dominant pitcher for the Salukis from 1971-74. More than 30 years later, he is still SIU's career leader in wins with 28. Waltemate also ranks among the school's career leaders in earned run average (5th), games started (6th), complete games (2nd), innings pitched (9th) and strikeouts (7th). The Salukis had enormously successful teams during early `70s. The 1971 team finished with a 43-9 record and won three games in the NCAA College World Series, including a win over USC. The 1974 team won 50 games and also advanced to the College World Series, where it counted a win over Miami among its three post-season victories. During Waltemate's four-year career, SIU posted a remarkable 162-35-1 record. Waltemate was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1974. Dr. Waltemate currently resides in Shreveport, La., where he is the owner of Waltemate Wellness Center.