Erica (Hemmert) Haude and Aaron Myers will be awarded one of the highest honors from Tabor College athletics when they are inducted into the Hall of Fame May 1.
?Our annual Hall of Fame and Sports Banquet is a unique opportunity for the Tabor athletic department to honor both the past and the present,? said Rusty Allen, vice president of enrollment management and athletics.
?The evening will be all the more special to me as Aaron is the son of longtime former Tabor athletic director and baseball coach Gary Myers, and Erica was a player I recruited, then coached, for four years.?
Haude played basketball at Tabor from 2002 to 2006 and was a four-year letter winner. She was selected KCAC Freshman of the Year following her first season. As a sophomore, she was named to the KCAC All-Conference first team.
Her junior year, Haude was a unanimous selection to the KCAC first team, was an NAIA Academic All-American and was an honorable mention NAIA Division II All-American.
As a senior, she a unanimous first team all-conference player, was named KCAC Player of the Year and was selected to the KCAC All-Defensive Team.
Haude?s crowning achieve?ments included being selected as an NAIA Academic All-American and a NAIA Division II Second Team All-American.
?While I cherish the stage of life I am currently in, there is something really special about my years at Tabor, and I reflect on those memories with great fondness,? Haude said.
?It was during that time that I learned to push myself physically, mentally and spiritually to new levels. There was a deepening of my faith, my values and my work ethic that happened as I competed, learned and invested in those around me.?
Myers was a four-year letter-winner in baseball while attending Tabor from 1992-1996. His sophomore year, he was a unanimous selection for the KCAC All-Conference First Team and was also named to the All-District 10 First Team.
As a junior, Myers was one of the KCAC?s leading hitters with a .410 average, and was again named to the first team. Myers? batting average his senior year was .426, which placed him among the KCAC?s leading hitters and on the KCAC first team.
During his senior year, he was Tabor?s Male Co-Athlete of the Year. He currently holds eight records in the Tabor record book.
?My years at Tabor were formative and baseball was a big part of that,? Myers said. ?It was amazing to play with such great teams and to be able to play for my dad as well.
?It is a great honor to join those who have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame, one that I am thankful for and hope to be able to live up to.?
Allen noted the contributions Haude and Myers have made since graduating from Tabor.
Haude is director of student success at Tabor,. In that role, she supports students facing the same challenges she remembers facing during her college experience.
?My time as a student-athlete was a time of learning that who we are becoming and the way we invest ourselves relationally is what will really last in life,? Haude said.
Myers currently works for two mission organizations serving in the U.S. from his home in South Dakota.
?Athletics prepares one for hard work, perseverance and working through adversity,? Myers said. ?It also taught me a lot about working on a team?something that is core to the missionary experience.?
The banquet will include Hall of Fame inductions as well as recognition of outstanding current student athletes.
For more information about the sports banquet, call Kathy Epp at 620-947-3121 ext. 1630 or email her at email@example.com.