Tabor to award past athletes at annual Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday

Former Bluejay basketball greats Shirley (Clark) Hudson, Jesse Herrmann and the 1996-97 men?s basketball team will be inducted into the Tabor College Hall of Fame at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday, May 15, at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

A reception for the Hall of Fame inductees and their guests starts at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m.

Hudson, a 1981 graduate, lettered in basketball at Tabor all four years. She was a KCAC honorable mention selection her freshman year and was on the KCAC all-conference first team her sophomore, junior and senior years.

Her senior year, she was the team?s most valuable player, was named to the NAIA District 10 team and was honored by Tabor as the female athlete-of-the-year.

Herrmann, a 1995 graduate of Tabor, lettered all four years in basketball. His freshman year, he was named KCAC freshman player of the year. Herrmann was named to the all-conference first team his sophomore, junior and senior years.

Herrmann was an NAIA All-American honorable-mention selection his junior year and honored by Tabor as the male athlete of the year. He is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder for Tabor men, with 1,581 points and 789 rebounds.

The 1996-97 men?s basketball team, coached by Don Zimmer?man, was the KCAC champions (13-3) and won the conference tournament. The team advanced to the final four of the NAIA National Basketball Tourna?ment for the only time in school history and finished the season with a 24-9 record.

Members of the team were David Ediger, Rick Cox, Jason Gillette, Talby Justus, Bryce Wichert, Chuck Kern, Jeremy Glanzer, Brent Garrison, Darrin Schmidt, Bruce Jost, David Pyle, Matt Benke, Hiram Finney, Matt Scott, Travis Jost, Randy Wertenberger and Greg Heinrichs.

Tickets for the banquet are $15 for adults and $10 for children between the ages of 4-10 and can be purchased through the Tabor College athletic department or by contacting Kathy Epp at 620-947-3121 ext. 1630.

A silent auction of sports memorabilia will also be conducted in the lobby area of the church. The auction is set begin at 5 p.m. and conclude at 6 p.m.

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