Five athletes, including first male soccer player, inducted into MC's Wall of Fame

October 27, 2003
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
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All were athletes, all were extraordinary, all were Scots who showed exemplary skill and technique on playing fields and courts. Five former student-athletes were honored Oct. 24 during Homecoming 2003, "Home to Howee," at Maryville College.

Four men and one woman – Don M. Moore, Wayne Risko, Kevin McKinstry, Walter Walsh (the first male soccer player honored in the Wall of Fame) and Leslie Henry Crawford – were inducted into the Maryville College Wall of Fame during a luncheon ceremony in the Proffitt Dining Room on the Maryville College campus.

Established in the mid-1970s, the Maryville College Wall of Fame award recognizes outstanding individuals who have contributed to Maryville College athletics.

Moore earned 10 letters during career

From 1952 –1956, Don Moore was awarded 10 letters by the Maryville College Athletic Department – four in football, four in baseball and two in wrestling.

" After 17 consecutive losses in the 2 previous years, ‘Dandy Don' inspired his [football] teams to three consecutive winning seasons," said Coach Randy Lambert, Maryville College athletic director and emcee for Friday's induction ceremony. "He was a four-year starter on both offense and defense. If that were not enough, his booming punts would give his team favorable field position time after time."

Moore's athletic abilities caught the eyes of more than one scout. His statistical average of 40-plus yards per punt got him an invitation to try out for the Baltimore Colts after his junior year. His batting on the baseball diamond brought an offer from the Chattanooga Lookouts.

With encouragement from then-wrestling coach J.D. Davis, Moore tried his hand at wrestling, which turned out to be another sport he excelled in. During his junior year in the 191-pound division, Moore finished second in the Southeastern Invitational Collegiate Tournament. Thanks to strong performances by Moore and Jim Cummings in the 137-pound class, the MC team finished second to Auburn in the SEIWA tournament.

After graduating from the College in 1956, Don taught and coached in the Blount County School System. He is now retired.

Risko is a two-time record holder

Wayne Risko, who came to the College in 1972 from Washington, N.J., distinguished himself in three sports as a Fighting Scot. Risko began his collegiate athletic career as a football player, earning himself a starting role as a defensive end on a veteran squad. Even though he was a first-year player, he made several big plays and contributed to a 7-2 record. His sophomore year was strong, but knee injuries prevented him from enjoying repeats of his freshman season.

As a wrestler for Coach Don Elia, Risko was "one of the premier grapplers in the sport's history at Maryville," Lambert said. "Wrestling in the 177-pound class, Risko would establish two school records, which would never be broken: Most pins in a season (8 – a record shared by three others) and most points scored in a season (76).

Risko's wrestling career included an overall record of 49 wins and nine losses. Along with three other teammates, he qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during his senior year.

On the baseball diamond, Risko, as a sophomore right-fielder, helped lead Coach Boydson Baird's team to its first-ever trip to the NCAA Southeast Regional, where the Scots finished third in the South and completed a 23-12 season. Risko led the team in outs, RBIs and doubles.

Risko, who graduated from the College in 1977, currently lives in Bethlehem, Penn. He is beginning his 16th year as an operations manager with Fed Ex.

McKinstry had 20 career wins in baseball

Kevin McKinstry followed brother Dan to Maryville College in the fall of 1973. He quickly established a name for himself as an outstanding baseball and basketball player. Before graduating in 1977, he lettered four times in each.

" As a basketball player, Kevin was known for his cerebral play," Lambert said. "He had the ability to consistently hit the open jump shot, often times from long range."

As a pitcher for the baseball team, McKinstry led the Scots to several winning seasons, two Southeast regional tournaments and the program's only two NCAA tournament appearances. He concluded his four-year pitching stint with 20 career wins, the only Fighting Scot pitcher to do so.

McKinstry continues to stay involved in athletics as a volleyball and basketball referee. A resident of East Palestine, Ohio, he owns and operates an independent insurance agency.

Walsh was the ultimate "sweeper"

Inducted into the Wall of Fame this year, Walter Walsh is the first such honoree to represent the men's soccer program at Maryville College.

Hailing from Marietta, Ga., he was a strong high-school soccer player recruited to help a struggling MC program in the 1980s.

" He was an outstanding high school player who had the speed, the intensity and the competitive spirit to have an immediate impact in our young soccer program," Lambert said during the induction. "Usually an impact player in soccer is a big-time goal scorer, but at the sweeper position, Walsh prevented the Scots' opponents from scoring. … He was the enforcer on defense … To say the least, he did not shy away from physical contact."

In 1984 (his first season), Walsh was chosen the team's most valuable player. Walsh's performance earned him the ODAC Defensive Player of the Year award, First Team All-ODAC honors, and two All-South Region Team selections.

" All of these awards were nice, but Walter, being the competitor that he was, wanted a winning season, and he finally got it in his senior campaign," Lambert said.

The 1987 Scots recorded the first winning record in MC soccer history, 11-6-1.

Walsh lives in Knoxville and works as a software engineer for Internet Pictures Corp.

Henry-Crawford an animal at the net

Leslie Henry Crawford transferred to Maryville College after two years playing with the University of South Carolina.

" [Coach Kandis Schram] was looking for an impact player – a difference maker – a player who could elevate her teammates to a higher level," Lambert said. "She did not have to look far when a Knoxville native from Bearden High School surprised her with a campus visit in 1989."

Henry-Crawford and the1989 volleyball squad concluded the year with a Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship and an impressive 34-13 record. For her outstanding play as middle blocker and hitter, Leslie was awarded the team's MVP award, an All-Conference selection, and an All South Region Team selection.

In 1990-91 she received All-Conference, All South and team MVP honors. In her senior year, she had an amazing 353 kills in 96 matches, a hitting percentage of .356 (1 out of 3 spikes result in a score) and an unbelievable 307 total blocks.

During the induction speech, Lambert read a quote by Coach Schram: "Leslie was an animal at the net. Her tremendous blocking ability, along with her left-hand swing, qualified her as one of the best athletes I have ever coached. Players like Leslie established the foundation for today's success."

Today, the 1992 MC alumna lives in Knoxville and has returned to school to complete a master's degree in biblical studies.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.