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April 23, 2009

Hall of Fame ceremonies set for April 25

The 2009 ULM Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are set for Saturday, April 25, at the university. The induction ceremony will be held at the University Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the ULM Library, beginning at noon. Tickets for the noon luncheon and induction ceremony, which is open to the public, are $20.00 each and are available now at the ULM Alumni Center.

Fame events will begin at 10 a.m. on April 25 with the President's Reception at 4508 Bon Aire for the inductees and other invited guests. Saturday evening the new Hall of Fame members will be treated to a fish fry at Warhawk Field during the baseball game between the 2008 Sun Belt Conference champion ULM Warhawks and Florida International that will begin at 4 p.m.

The Hall of Fame ceremonies will be part of a busy sports day on the ULM campus April 25. Besides the baseball game, the Warhawk softball team will be in action, also against Florida International and also beginning at 4 p.m., at the ULM Softball Complex, while the ULM Classic Track Meet will run all day at the Bob Groseclose Track.

Hotel rooms have been reserved at the following locations: Comfort Suites (reserve by 4/3), Hampton Inn (reserve by 4/3), The Atrium Hotel (reserve by 4/10), The Courtyard by Marriott (reserve by 4/10), LaQuinta Inn & Suites (reserve by 4/22), Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (reserve by 4/10).

2009 ULM Sports Hall of Fame

Angela (Black) Moon (1988-1991) was one of ULM’s most versatile and prolific female athletes. In her four years at then NLU she won eleven individual titles in four different events and was a member of four winning relay teams, she also won 16 Southland Conference Championships

Moon led NLU to victory in three events her freshman year, the 100, 200, and 100 high hurdles. In her sophomore year she was named High Point Scorer, a title she would receive again in her junior and senior years. She was named Outstanding Field Performer in her junior year, and in her senior year, she was named NCAA All-American in the long jump and was the conference’s Indoor Athlete of the Year.

Moon continues her career in track and field as a coach in her hometown of Jacksonville, Texas, where she lives with her husband, former ULM football player Rod Moon.

John Clement (1984-1987) started as an offensive tackle for “the Team of Destiny”, ULM’s 1987 national championship team.

Originally from St. Charles, his collegiate football career began as many others begin – playing often as a freshman, starting a few games, but never becoming a regular starter until his sophomore year. However, by his junior year, Clement was considered ULM’s offensive line’s top grader and was named ULM’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.

During his senior year he was a first-team, All-American selection for the Associated Press, Walter Camp, Sports Network, and Football News squads, as well as an all-conference and all-Louisiana choice. The highlight of his college football career was most likely the consensus All-American at offensive tackle on the 1987 Division 1-AA championship team.

Clement continued to play football after graduation, signing a contract with a professional football team, the then-named Phoenix Cardinals.

Marlena Mossbarger (1977-1980) was recruited to NLU from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

While ULM’s women’s basketball team began three years before Mossbarger’s name appeared on a college jersey, she was ULM’s first superstar, averaging 23.18 points per game her freshman year, a school record.

More than 25 years later, she is ranked third as a ULM all-time scorer. She scored 1,557 points while on ULM’s women’s basketball team and as a 6-3 center she had a season high of 11.1 rebounds and a .576 FG percentage.

Mossbarger ended her basketball career in 1980 to focus on pursuing her nursing degree and now works in the healthcare industry.

Raymond Philyaw (1993-1996), a Shreveport native, was one of ULM’s best quarterbacks.

NLU beat out several quality football programs to recruit Philyaw who was a solid quarterback in high school but, with only 630 passing yards his senior year, had not been prolific. He is one of ULM’s smallest quarterbacks, yet is ranked in the top five among Warhawk passers in career yards.

He played most of his career at the division 1-A level and is number one with most career 50-yard passes and still has a record career 300-yard games. At the end of his colligate career he held the Warhawk record for career touchdown passes, 52.

After graduation, Philyaw segued into a professional football career in Canada for several seasons and in the Arena Football League, most recently as a Cleveland Gladiator.

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