Cowley College will induct five individuals Jan. 29, 2022 into the 2022 Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame.

All-American softball player Amy Adams, two-time national champion track and field athlete Courtney Gougler, baseball All-American and World Series winning pitcher Aaron Akin, All-American women’s basketball player Ariani Silva and football school-record holding kicker Mike Wright were recently chosen for the Class of 2022.

• Adams was two-time all-conference and all-region at Cowley. She was an All-American third baseman her sophomore season in 1991. She batted .429 with 103 career hits and 53 stolen bases in helping the Lady Tigers to a 54-28 record during her two seasons at the school. She went on to play softball at Northeastern Oklahoma State and is currently the owner of Rhinestone Hound. She lives in Eaton, Colo.

• Gougler, who still holds the school record in the hammer throw (149 feet, 2 inches), was a two-time national champion in her one year at Cowley. She was the indoor national champion in the shot put and outdoor national champion in the discus.

After one season at Cowley, Gougler transferred to the University of Wyoming, where she was the Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week as a junior, and placed third in the conference in the indoor weight throw.

Gougler competed two seasons at Wyoming before spending her final season at Oklahoma State University, where she competed in the shot put, discus, hammer and weight throw. She then returned to Cowley, where she spent seven years as a throws coach. She coached two-time national champion Sergio Guijo in the hammer and 2015 national champion Damien Odle in the javelin, while also coaching Charles James, the 2011 outdoor track and field national champion in the shot put.

• Akin is still considered one of the most dominating pitchers in the history of the baseball program. In his one season at Cowley, Akin went 13-0 with a 1.21 earned-run average. He was an All-American during the 1997 season and helped the Tigers to their first of back-to-back Juco World Series titles. Akin went on to become the 12th overall pick in the 1997 Major League Baseball draft. The first-round draft pick spent six seasons in the Miami Marlins organization and remains active coaching youth baseball.

• Silva was only the seventh All-American in the history of the women’s basketball program. During her two seasons at Cowley (2009-11), Silva broke the school record for 3-pointers in a season (91) and career (126). She was a third-team NJCAA All-American. Silva averaged 13.8 points per game during the 2010-11 season and ranks 21st on Cowley’s all-time scoring list with 756 points.

Silva was the Jayhawk East Most Valuable Player and a first-team all-region selection. She helped Cowley finish her sophomore season as co-champions in the Jayhawk Confrence East and end the season with a 25-8 record.

Silva went on to set single-season records in 3-pointers made, attempted and percentage in her first year at Rogers State University. After Rogers State she went on to play for the Brazilian National Team. She is currently a teacher in Brazil.

• Wright was an all-conference kicker for the Cowley football team. His sophomore season in 1978 he helped the Tigers to one of their most successful seasons in the history of the program. The Tigers went 7-3 with two of their three losses coming by a combined nine points. He was a Jayhawk Conference first-team selection following the 1978 season.

He is the school-record holder in field goals made in a season (nine), field goals made in a game (three), most point-after conversions in a season (22), most points scored by a kicker in a game (13), and most points scored by a kicker in a season (49).

After Cowley, Wright signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Kansas State University.

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