WEST PLAINS, Mo.– Officials at Missouri State University-West Plains inducted former Grizzly Volleyball standout Candace Saleaumua and former Grizzly Basketball standout Terrell Everett into the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame during the annual Grizzly Sports Banquet Tuesday night, April 9, at the West Plains Opera House.
An estimated 145 family members, friends, Grizzly Booster Club members, students, faculty and staff attended the event.
Saleaumua, a 5-foot, 8-inch setter from National City, Calif., joined the Grizzlies in 2004. In her first outing as the team’s setter, she led the Grizzlies to the Salt Lake Community College Invitational Tournament title and the program’s first ever No. 1 ranking by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) later that same week. Her all-tournament team honor in Salt Lake City was the first of many she earned during her two seasons as a Grizzly. She helped guide the team to a combined 84-16 record from 2004-06, win two NJCAA Region 16 Championships and place seventh and third, respectively, in the 2004 and 2005 NJCAA Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournaments.
Individually, she earned first-team All-Region 16 team honors both seasons, second-team NJCAA All-American honors in 2004, first-team NJCAA All-American honors in 2005, and first-team American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American honors in 2004 and 2005. She also was an all-tournament honoree at the 2005 NJCAA national tournament. By the time she left the Grizzlies, she was ranked second in career assists with 3,326; fifth in career attacking percentage among outside/right side attackers at .310; sixth in career service aces with 98; ninth in career attacking percentage among all attackers at .310; ninth in career digs with 895; and ninth in points earned with 736. She remains second in career assists, sixth in career services aces, and ninth in career attacking percentage among outside/right side attackers.
Saleaumua transferred to Tennessee State University in Nashville where she helped lead the Tigers to an Ohio Valley
Conference championship in 2007 and its first appearance at the NCAA tournament. In 2008, she was named team MVP and first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference. She graduated in summer 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is currently living in San Diego, Calif., where she is coaching the girls’ and boys’ volleyball teams at Mater Dei Catholic High School. She also is coaching coordinator for the Insanity Volleyball Club team and head coach of its 16 and under girls team.
During the award presentation, Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann read a letter from Tori Adams Forsberg, a former West Plains resident who met and became very good friends with Saleaumua during her time with the team. In the letter, Forsberg called Saleaumua “the anchor of her team” and praised her for being “a distinct leader who was respected and admired by her teammates.”
In accepting the award, a visibly moved Saleaumua said she was happy to be back in West Plains, “my first home away from home,” and she thanked the Grizzly Booster Club, her coaches, teammates, other close friends she made here and the Grizzly fans for their support and for the Hall of Fame recognition.
Everett, a 6-foot, 4-inch guard from Charleston, S.C., is considered by many fans to be one of the best all-around players to don a Grizzly uniform. He joined the Grizzlies in 2002 after a four-year career at West Ashley High School, where he earned all-state, all-region and Low County Player of the Year honors. He made an immediate impact on the team as a consistent scorer, but as the season continued, he developed his ball handling and defensive skills and helped guide the team to an 18-13 record. He really came into his own during his sophomore season and turned in some of his best performances as a Grizzly, including a near triple-double performance against Fort Scott Community College in the Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College; a strong, all-around performance against State Fair Community College that included 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists, four deflections and five steals; and career highs of 38 points against Mineral Area College and Moberly Area Community College.
Everett helped the Grizzlies recapture some of their former greatness in 2003-04, guiding the team to a 24-8 record and returning the team to the Region 16 Championship game and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I basketball poll. He led the team in total points scored (609), points per game (19), rebounding (181), rebounds per game (5.7), steals (86) and deflections (84). His efforts earned him Region 16 Player of the Year honors and second-team NJCAA All-American honors.
For his career, he averaged 13.4 points per game, shot 58.1 percent from 2-point range, 28.8 percent from 3-point range, and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. He collected 4.3 rebounds per game, dished out 4.8 assists per game, and collected 140 steals. At the time of his departure, Everett was third on the Grizzlies’ all-time list in points scored in a season (609), third in points per game in a season (19), second in career steals (140), second in career assists (300), and second in best 2-point field goal shooting percentage in a season (63.9). He remains third among all-time Grizzlies in scoring average in a season and points scored in a season, and second in career assists and career steals, and he is currently fourth among all Grizzlies in best 2-point field goal percentage in a season.
Everett graduated from Missouri State-West Plains with an Associate of Arts in General Studies degree in May 2004 and transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he quickly became an impact player. He helped guide the Sooners to the NCAA Division I Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournament each of his two seasons with the program and earn a share of the Big 12 regular season title in 2004-05. Everett started in 61 of 62 games and averaged 12.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.7 steals in his two-year career. He finished fourth in school history in assists per game, 10th in school history in total assists (365), and 10th in school history in steals per game.
After completing his collegiate career, Everett pursued a professional career in Europe, where he has played for teams in France, Croatia and Greece. Currently, he plays for Bremerhaven in Germany and was unable to attend the ceremony. Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker accepted the Hall of Fame trophy on Everett’s behalf at the ceremony.
This is the 11th year of the Grizzly Athletics Hall of Fame. Grizzly Hall of Fame Selection Committee members include Chairman Ron Shemwell, Kim Dake, Russ Gant, Bill Hutchings, Grizzly Hall of Fame member Eric Judd, Chuck Kimberlin, Carolyn Smith, John Williams, Missouri State-West Plains Dean of Student Services Dr. Herb Lunday and, as ex officio members, Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker and Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann.
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FORMER GRIZZLY Volleyball standout Candace Saleaumua, right, was inducted into the Grizzly Hall of Fame by Missouri State University-West Plains and Grizzly Booster Club officials during the annual Grizzly Sports Banquet/Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tuesday evening, April 9, at the West Plains Opera House. She received her award from Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)
FORMER GRIZZLY Basketball standout Terrell Everett was inducted into the Grizzly Hall of Fame by Missouri State University-West Plains and Grizzly Booster Club officials during the annual Grizzly Sports Banquet/Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tuesday evening, April 9, at the West Plains Opera House. Everett was unable to attend, so Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker, left, accepted the award on his behalf from Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chairman Ron Shemwell. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)