BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan College held is annual Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday afternoon at the Social Hall. A crowd of more than 100 people saw the honoring of six new inductees as many celebrated and reminisced about their times as a Bobcat or Lady Bobcat.
The class of 2016 included Jerry Free '82 (football and track), Jim Hawkins '62 (football), Tammie Shockey '84 (athlete), Nancy Stonestreet-Monter '98 (softball), Stewart Thomasos '84 (soccer) and Bob White '63 (football).
The six new inductees increase the Hall of Fame membership to 100 individuals and 14 teams.
Vice President for Advancement Robert "Bob" Skinner '75 was the master of ceremonies for the event.
Those in attendance also heard remarks from President Pamela Balch '71 and Director of Athletics Randy Tenney '77.
Profiles on the six newly inducted Hall of Fame members:
Jerry Free '82 – Football and Track
Free had a stellar career at Wesleyan in both football and track and field. A standout tight end, he was a two-time first team All-WVIAC selection and was named to the Kodak All-American team in 1982. He also captured the WVIAC Championship in the shot put and was a first-team All-American in that sport.
James "Jim" Hawkins '62 -- Football
Hawkins was a fullback on the 1961 WVIAC Championship team. He was a four-year starter and three-time all-conference team selection. During his senior year, he led the conference in scoring and rushing attempts. After graduating from Wesleyan, Hawkins enjoyed a distinguished 44-year career as a teacher and administrator at the Linsly School in Wheeling.
Nancy Stonestreet-Monter '98 -- Softball
Stonestreet-Monter led Wesleyan's softball program to multiple WVIAC Championships. She was named WVIAC Player of the Year each of her four seasons. She posted a career batting average of .435 with 105 stolen bases, 27 home runs, 52 doubles, 34 triples, and 150 RBI's. Accepting on her behalf was her niece, Jenny Hall.
Tammie Shockey '83 -- Athlete
Shockey was a standout athlete in field hockey, basketball, and track. She won several individual WVIAC championships and led the women's basketball in assists. When she left Wesleyan, she had school records in five events. The 1980 team she was a member of won the 1980 WVIAC Championship. She learned how to play field hockey after attending Wesleyan and became the team's most feared offensive player. Accepting on her behalf is Tonnya Lowther.
Stewart Thomasos '84 -- Soccer
Thomasos was a two-time All-American and a member of the 1984 NAIA Championship team. He scored 47 goals and registered 1265 points, both of which are in the top ten for a career at Wesleyan. He was drafted out of Wesleyan into the MISL professional soccer league with the Pittsburgh Spirit and also played professionally in other leagues.
Robert "Bob" White '63 -- Football
White was a four-year starter and two-time All-WVIAC selection in football. He was named captain and the most valuable player of the 1963 team. He played professionally for the Boston Patriots for one season and played in other professional leagues for four more years after his one year stint in the American Football League.
Photo ID of main picture, left to right: Vice President for Advancement, Bob Skinner; Stewart Thomasos, Bob White, Jerry Free, Tonnya Lowther (Representing Tammie Shockey, Jim Hawkins, Director of Athletics Randy Tenney and Jenny Hall (Representing Nancy Stonestreet-Monter.