Four individuals, two teams honored at 2017 Hall of Fame


The celebrations were plentiful for four individuals and two teams inducted into the 2017 Newman University Athletic Hall of Fame Feb. 4.

The festivities included an Alumni and Hall of Fame social, inductee introductions at halftime of the men’s basketball game, and a cocktail hour followed by the Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony.

The Class of 2017 inductees were:

Curtis Chenoweth – WrestlingThe first NU wrestler to win a national championship.

Stephanie (Huckaby) Lykins ’96 – Women’s Volleyball. Best Defensive Player, District 10 Player of the Week, All-District Honorable Mention, 1995 KNC Most Valuable Player.

Molly (Deering) Alvarez ’04 – Softball. First-Team MCAC All-Conference pitcher, conference Newcomer of the Year, 2001, led team her senior year to conference title pitching 17 innings without a run and batting .500.

1997 Men’s Golf Team. Achieved a ninth-place finish in NAIA National Tournament.

1999-00 Men’s Basketball. Under Coach Mark Potter, won 20 games in a row and were undefeated in the MCAC conference, ranked 13th in the nation and advanced to the NAIA national tournament.

Mike Rodee,
 South Central Sealing & Paving – Booster. Has donated time, labor and financial gifts to Newman Athletics for many years, including concrete work for outdoor fields and funding for indoor scoreboard. 

Tarcisia Roths, ASC – 2017 Thomasine Stoecklein, ASC Spirit Award. Sister T was instrumental in bringing the basketball program back to Newman, wrote the Jets fight song still in use today and served on the Newman Athletic Club board for many years.

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