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Wednesday, December 31,2014 Trenton Sun Page 9 - Sports WESCLIN JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL BRANDON COURTNEY AND ZACH SWAIM MICK STEPHENS FEEDS CALEB KALMER BLAKE BERNHARDT ELLIE WESSEL KAITLYN HAGARTY Kaskaskia College names athletic hall of fame inductees Kaskaskia College has announced the 2014 class that will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 17. This year's inductees in- clude.the 1940-41 and 1984- 85 Men's Basketball Teams, former baseball players Jeff Mahy, Jim Sinovic, and Ja- son Backs, former volleyball player Tammy (Winkeler) Gomez, former basketball player Jerri Wiley and for- mer golfer Kristen (Bening) Hundelt. The College's first bas- ketball team was organized during 1940 and came to- gether as a result of an ad- vertisement for interested basketball players to come out for the new Centralia Township Junior College. Bruce Grant was the coach and the team chose the name "Blue Devils," and that moniker remains the name for the men's athletic teams at Kaskaskia Col- lege. Their schedule included games against Blackburn College, Joliet Junior Col- lege, Springfield Junior College, Elgin Junior Col- lege, Shurtleff College, and McKendree College. Play- ing some four-year col- leges and junior colleges, Centralia Township Junior College finished the first season with four wins and six losses. Team mem- bers include:d Herman Jo- seph Johnson, Robert Oral Smith, Robert Louis Cover, Frank Gene McCarrey, John Leland Adams, Rich- ard Charles Lake, Charles Garritson (team manager), Francis Lynn Kirkland, Stanley Warren Russell, John Paul Ahlers, Lawrence Schwartz and Coach Bruce Grant. The 1984-85 Kaskaskia College Blue Devils Basket- ball Team won 29 regular seasons games, lost only two and finished 16th in the nation in the NJCAA Poll. They were ranked first in the Illinois NJCAA Region 24 Coaches Poll the same year that Coach Frank Ev- ans won his 400th game at Richland. The team also won the conference title by beating John A Logan 43-41, mark- ing the first time since 1970 that the Devils had won the GRAC title. Wayne Hare was nominated for NJCAA Academic All American team. Their momentum carried them to a championship in the sectional and state tournament and the team finished seventh in the na- tion. Team members were Chris Parsons, Benji Evans, Doug Allen, Mike McNair, Jeff Anderson, Gerald Ste- phenson, Danny Johnson, Doug Beckemeyer, Mike McCraven, Wayne Harre, Baron Wright, and Charles Deterding. The team was coached by Frank Evans and David Francis. Tammy (Winkeler) Go- mez was an integral part of the Kaskaskia College Blue Angels Volleyball Teams in 1989 and 1990. A graduate of Mater Dei High School, she was a regular starter as a middle hitter as a fresh- man. She was a team lead- er as a sophomore, being named co-captain as well as being named to the first team at the State Tourna- ment. She was an All-Con- ference selection and All-Re- gion 24. Tammy transferred to the University of South Alabama where she was a member of the volleyball team. She was a two-year letter winner at USA and was named First Team All- Conference. Jerri Wiley played wom- en's basketball at Kaskaskia College from 198%89 and was selected as the 1987-88 Conference Newcomer of the Year. Jerri was also named as a Kodak All-American in 1988-89 and went on to play basketball at Southeast Missouri State University from 1989-91. Jason Backs played base- ball at Carlyle High School and had great career stats for the KC Blue Devils. As a pitcher, he won 16 games with an ERA of 2.52. Jason finished his sopho- more season with a .99 earned run average while holding the opponents to a .214 batting average. He had five saves; most impres- sive of his career stats was that he started 28 games and had 26 complete games. Jason played three seasons summer baseball in the Central Illinois Collegiate League for the Decatur Blues. After KC, he went on to play at the University of Il- linois on a baseball scholar- ship. He played for one year with 24 innings pitched as a junior and struck out 17 and walked 13. Jason then signed with the Philadel- phia Phillies in the summer of 1988 and was assigned to Martinsville, Virginia in a rookie league. He played professional ball for four years reaching'the AA level, and playing AAA in an ex- hibition game against the big league Phillies where he went seven innings, al- lowing only two runs. He re- tired from baseball in 1991 and returned to the Univer- sity of Illinois to complete his Mechanical Engineering degree. He is now the Vice President and part owner in a manufacturing company. Jason also coaches boy's baseball for the Cypress Crusaders Baseball Organi- zation, a premier level base- ball program. Jeff Mahy, attended Rich Central High School in Country Club Hills, Illinois where he played baseball. He was at KC from the Fall 1986 through the Spring 1988. His career batting av- erage at KC was .320, and was named all conference his sophomore year, when he hit .436 with an on base percentage near .600. He was named co-Male Athlete of the Year at KC. After KC, Jeff attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Al- abama from the Fall 1988 to the Spring 1990 on a base- ball scholarship. He started for two years and hit .345. Jim Sinovic attended high school at Belleville East where he played football and baseball. Jim attended KC on a baseball scholar- ship from the Fall of 1986 through the Spring of 1988. Jim played first base for two years and had a career batting average of .312. He drove in 99 runs with an on base average of.424. Sinovic once hit five home runs in two days, and drove in 20 runs in a ten-day stretch. Jim had a great fall season his sophomore year, when he hit .384 with a .526 on base percentage. Jim is a very successful business- man in the metro east area where he owns four Big Daddy's Sports Bars; in Edwardsville, Soulard, Belleville and the Landing in St. Louis. He also owns the Silvercreek Sports Bar and Grill in Belleville. Jim continues to support local community projects and Kaskaskia College Athletics through his philanthropic contributions. Kristen (Bening) Hundelt, a graduate of Okawville High School, was a member of the Inaugural Blue Angels Golf Team at Kaskaskia College in 2004 and golfed for KC from 2004-2006. In 2005 she received the Low Average Award and helped the team to the championship of the Maryville Invitational. In 2006 she qualified for the NJCAA National tourna- ment in Daytona Beach, Florida making history as the first Kaskaskia College women's golfer to achieve this honor. She was named an Academic All-American in 2006. She is still active playing golf and in 2010 was able to play the Ryder Cup Course, the Twenty-Ten at Celtic Manor Resort locat- ed in South Wales, United Kingdom. The KC Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony will be Sat- urday, January 17 in the Lifelong Learning Center. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please contact Lisa Bowman at 545- 3034. A deadline of January 8 has been set for ticket pur- chases for the event.