BILLINGS – It’s a big night for MSU Billings as the Yellowjackets welcome three new members into their Athletic Hall of Fame & Distinction.
Matt Schoonover (baseball), Shantell Marquis (women’s basketball), and Navin Marimuthu (men’s tennis) will be inducted Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Billings, bringing the total to 162 members. MTN’s Scott Breen is emceeing the event, and caught up with MSUB Athletic Director Krista Montague to chat about all three.
SCOTT BREEN: Three new inductees starting with tennis, maybe the best men’s tennis player ever at the school.”
KRISTA MONTAGUE: “Absolutely, Navim Marimuthu who played for four years is originally from India. He still lives in Billings now, but was a four-time first team all-conference tennis player. A great student athlete, he also was president of our student athletic advisory committee, so just a great all-around student athlete and person, so we’re happy for him.”
BREEN: “Alright, so Navim in tennis, and we’re on the baseball diamond as well.”
MONTAGUE: “Yeah, so Matt Schoonover is the first baseball player to be inducted in the modern era, since we brought baseball back in 2006. He still holds a lot of records, which is impressive because as you know, our baseball program has been very successful in recent years. So for Matt to hold on to those records is very impressive, and we’re really proud of him as well.”
BREEN: “And then Shantell – great basketball player from up north – came down and just did a great job for Kevin Woodin and company.”
MONTAGUE: “Yeah, I remember watching Shantell play, and I think what stood out to me the most was just her tenacity on the defensive end. She holds a lot of records in steals for MSUB, so I think that’s a testament to her character. Just excited to have her. She was a conference champion as well, went to an NCAA tournament, so we’re really excited to welcome her back to MSUB as well.”