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Moran heads Jacobs' list of 2014 HOF inductees

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 10:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 9, 2014 10:09 p.m. CDT
Jacobs' Johnny Moran, a 2008 graduate, will be in the 2014 Jacobs Athletic Hall of Fame induction class. Moran scored 1,918 career points and started four seasons at Northern Iowa. Northwest Herald file photo.

The Jacobs Athletic Hall of Fame announced its six newest members, who will be inducted in the fall.

Scott Allen (2004), Tiffany Boshers (2001), Lisa Kimpel McKay (1986), Johnny Moran (2008), Tiffany Nelson (1991) and Sam Shepherd (2005) are the newest members.

Moran is one of Jacobs’ most famous athletes in school history, having scored 1,918 career points and moving on to become Northern Iowa’s career leader in games started. He was twice named Northwest Herald Player of the Year (2007, 2008) and currently is a graduate assistant coach at UNI.

Allen was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball and was All-Fox Valley Conference in football and baseball. He was named Jacobs Outstanding Male Athlete for 2003-04 and made the IHSA All-State Academic team. He graduated from Illinois with an aerospace engineering degree and is employed by Northrup Grumman in Los Angeles.

Boshers played volleyball, basketball and soccer. She was Jacobs’ first female basketball player to score 1,000 career points and attended Baylor on a soccer scholarship. She was the school’s 2000-01 Outstanding Female Athlete and played some professional soccer after graduating from Baylor. She works at Womble Company and lives in Houston.

Kimpel was a cross country and track standout at Jacobs and still advocates for running sports in the Crystal Lake area. She led the Golden Eagles to the FVC cross country and regional championships in 1983 through 1985.

Nelson lettered in golf, basketball and track all four years and was a state qualifier in golf and track. She was Jacobs’ Outstanding Female Athlete for 1990-91 and currently works for the PGA Tour as a senior business development director.

Shepherd was one of the best sprinters and running backs in Jacobs’ history. He is tied for fifth on the IHSA list for touchdown returns in a career with five. He once returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in one game against Woodstock. Shepherd also took second in the Class AA 400 meters in 2005. He went on to run and play football at the University of Pennsylvania and currently is employed by Global Advertising Agency in New York, where he resides.

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