EUREKA – Six former Red Devil stars and the 2004-05 women's basketball team are headed to the Eureka College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Jacob Carls '15, Kevin Davis '06, Sarah Deakin '06, Sam Durley '15, Clay McConkey '10 and Stephanie Mullens Hampton '96 will soon join the ranks of EC's most accomplished student-athletes.
Carls, a linebacker for the football team, was a three-time All-Upper Midwest Athletics Conference First Team honoree from 2011-13. His total of 371 tackles is the most of any player in a Eureka uniform since 2000 and his 106 total tackles in 2012 is the fourth-most in a single season since 2000.
He is first in assisted tackles since 2000 with 242, tied for first in assisted tackles in a single season with 81 in 2012 and fourth in solo tackles since 2000 with 129. And he racked up 33 tackles for a loss (third since 2000), 7 ½ sacks (tied for ninth) and five interceptions (tied for 10th).
A three-year defensive captain for head coach Kurt Barth, Carls also helped the Red Devils earn their first winning season in 13 years in 2013.
Davis was a defensive lineman and a three-year letterwinner for the Eureka football team. From 2004 to 2016, he owned Eureka's single-season record in sacks (10.5), and from 2004 to 2017, he held the EC single-season record for tackles for loss (17.5). He remains second in both categories.
His 11.5 career sacks are the fourth-most at Eureka since 2000, his total of 61 sack yards are fifth, his tackle for loss yards (98) sixth and his tackles for loss (265) eighth. He also still holds the best single-season marks in sack yardage (56 in 2004) and tackles for loss yardage (80 in 2004).
Deakin was a four-year starter and a two-year captain for the EC women's basketball team. She received All-Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference honors in back-to-back years in 2004-2005, as well as NIIC All-Academic honors in 2005.
Deakin is EC's career leader in steals since 1993 with 306 swipes. One of 17 players in program history to reach 1,000 career points (1,105), she also ranks tied for second in games played (106), fifth in assists (336) and tied for 10th in career free-throw attempts (322).
Durley was a four-year letterwinner and the record-breaking quarterback for the Red Devils football team.
He owns the NCAA record for passing yards in a single game with 736 at Knox on Sept. 1, 2012. He is the all-time Eureka record holder in passing yards (8,162), completions (572), passing touchdowns (61) and pass attempts (1,141). A three-time All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference honoree, Durley ended his collegiate career by getting named Offensive MVP of the 2012 National Bowl, a national college all-star game. He was also selected the 2013 Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Male Athlete of the Year.
He later played two seasons of professional football in the Indoor Football League and Arena Football League and was an assistant coach for the football team before joining the Red Devils in a full-time capacity as EC's Strength and Wellness Coordinator in 2019.
McConkey was a four-year letterwinner and ace for the EC baseball team from 2007-10. He is Eureka's career leader in wins (17), strikeouts (267) and innings pitched (270.1) since 2000. His 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings are the second-most by a Red Devil since 2000.
A two-time All-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection (2009-10), McConkey is the only Eureka player to be named to the SLIAC All-Tournament Team (2010).
In 2010, McConkey notched six wins and recorded five complete games, including one shutout, in 16 pitching appearances while recording a 4.23 ERA and striking out a program-best 85 in 89.1 innings. With 19 wins, the 2010 Red Devils were the winningest team in program history and clinched the program's first-ever SLIAC Tournament berth.
Hampton was a four-year softball letterwinner from 1993 to 1996. She ranks among Eureka's all-time leaders with 109 runs scored (sixth), 32 doubles (sixth), 149 hits (seventh), 83 runs batted in (10th) and 22 stolen bases (10th).
With 57 walks, she also owned the all-time Eureka record for walks from 1996 to 2018 and is currently second in program history. Hampton is one of only two players in program history to play 40 games in a single season, and she was a key member of the 1996 Red Devil team that owns the school record for wins in a season (30).
The 2004-05 EC women's basketball team finished 21-7 and is one of only four 20-win seasons in program history. Those Red Devils placed second in the NIIC with an 8-4 league record and earned the program's only NIIC Tournament championship game appearance. The team also led the league in scoring defense and free-throw percentage, won the Eureka College classic and placed third in the Elmhurst Invitational Tournament.
EC Hall of Famer Sandy Schuster was named NIIC Co-Coach of the Year, and fellow Hall of Famers Jessica Reardon, Sarah Deakin and Molly Hardesty all received All-NIIC honors.
All honorees will officially be enshrined in a spring 2021 ceremony at a date yet to be determined.