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July 15, 1997

ASU Announces Hall of Fame Choices for 1997

Five former Arizona State student-athletes have been selected as 1997 inductees into the ASU Athletic Hall of Fame. Four NCAA champions and a three-time All-America football player comprise the Class of 1997.

The five new members include former women's golf NCAA champion Danielle Ammaccapane, All-America linebacker Vernon Maxwell, All-America track and field standout Rick Walker and NCAA gymnastic champions Kim Neal and Lisa Zeis. The five will be inducted during Homecoming activities prior to the November 15th ASU vs. Oregon football game at Frank Kush Field/Sun Devil Stadium.

Ammaccapane, a three-time first-team All-America selection, won the 1985 NCAA women's golf championship to become the fifth ASU female golf national champion. A four-time all-conference selection, Ammaccapane won the 1987 Pac-10 crown on her way to posting a school-record nine collegiate tournament victories. She was named Golf Magazine's College Player of the Year and Golf Digest Female Amateur of the Year as a sophomore.

Additionally, Ammaccapane captured the 1985 U.S. Public Links championship and was a member of the 1986 U.S. Curtis Cup team before distinguishing herself on the LPGA Tour.

Maxwell was one of only six Sun Devils to earn All-America honors three times on the gridiron. Also a three-time All-Pac-10 selection at linebacker, Maxwell compiled 348 total tackles, registered 26 tackles for loss, 28 quarterback sacks and five interceptions during his tenure at ASU. He set the ASU school record for most fumbles caused in one season (10), including three caused and two recovered against Houston, in 1980.

After participating in the 1982 Hula and Senior Bowls, Maxwell was a second-round draft pick of the NFL's Baltimore Colts and later played for the San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks.

Walker was a key figure in ASU's 1977 national championship team with second-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles and 4x400 meter relay, plus a fifth-place finish in the 400 intermediate hurdles. Walker, a five-time All-America selection, holds the school's second-best mark in the 400-meter hurdles and the fourth-best time in the 110-meter hurdles.

Walker captured four Western Athletic Conference individual crowns: three consecutive intermediate hurdles titles (1975-77) and the 1977 WAC high hurdles crown. He was also a member of ASU's 1976 WAC-champion mile relay team.

Neal won two NCAA individual titles. She captured the 1983 NCAA floor exercise crown and the 1986 vaulting title. In 1985, she was the NCAA floor exercise runner-up. A four-time All-America selection, Neal won the 1984 Western Collegiate Athletic Association (WCAA) vaulting championship and twice earned all-conference accolades.

Zeis, a 1983 World University Games competitor, claimed the 1985 NCAA balance beam title prior to winning the 1986 national floor exercise championship. She earned All-America and all-conference accolades during each of her four seasons at ASU. In addition, Zeis won the 1986 Pacific West Conference balance beam, floor exercise and all-around titles. She was the 1984 WCAA balance beam and all-around champion as well. Zeis joined the ASU coaching staff in 1987 as its first-ever full-time assistant coach.

Neil and Zeis were members of three conference championship squads, as well as three NCAA runner-up teams.

ASU Hall of Fame Class of 1997

Danielle Ammaccapane Women's Golf 1984-87
Vernon Maxwell Football 1979-82
Kim Neal Gymnastics 1983-86
Rick Walker Track & Field 1974-77
Lisa Zeis Gymnastics 1983-86
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