2018 Hall of Fame Announced
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Posted on September 14, 2018
Four individuals and one team will be inducted into the Kansas Wesleyan Coyote Athletic Hall of Fame next month.
Sarah Claborn (volleyball), Deena Baker (softball), Mark Brown (basketball), Jim Ranieri (football/soccer) and the 2007 volleyball team will be enshrined during the W Club Breakfast and Hall of Fame Induction at 8 a.m., Oct. 6, at Muir Gymnasium on the KWU campus.
The inductees will also be recognized during halftime of the Coyotes’ football game against Saint Mary that begins at 5 p.m.
• Claborn played at KWU during the 2007 and 2008 season. She was named first-team all-Kansas Conference, all-NAIA Region 9 and NAIA honorable mention All-American in 2007. She’s the school’s career leader in kills with 1,153, single season kills at 589, kills per set at 4.76 and is No. 4 in attack percentage. She has the top seven single match kill performances, including a school-best 42 against Peru State in 2007.
• Baker played from 1991-1993. She had 166 career hits, including 24 doubles, 12 triples and four home runs. She drove in 112 runs and had a .427 career batting average. She was a three time all-KCAC selection and two-time NAIA District 10 selection.
• Brown transferred to KWU and played two seasons (1975-76). He led the KCAC in free throw percentage at 91.4 in 1976 and had field goal percentages of 59.6 and 55.8, mostly from long range. He was named honorable mention all-KCAC both seasons.
• Ranieri was the Coyotes’ placekicker for two years and their punter/placekicker two more years. He led the KCAC and NAIA in punting in 1994 with a 46.2 yard average. He was honorable mention all-KCAC pick in 1993, first-team all-KCAC in 1994 and first-team NAIA Division II All-American in 1994.
He played soccer two years and helped the inaugural 1996 team win the conference title. He was an honorable mention all-conference choice in 1996.
• The 2007 volleyball team of coach Shane Taylor won the KCAC title for the first time with a 17-1 recorded also won the KCAC tournament, advancing to the NAIA Region 9 tournament for the first time in school history. The team was the first in the regional era to win a match in the regional tournament. Claborn was the KCAC Player of the Year and was named all-Region 9 and honorable mention All-American. Claborn, Kolby Rhoades and Kelli Berg were first-team all-KCAC selections, and Whitney DuBois and Karissa Kent were second team. Rhoades and Berg were named all-Region 9 and Taylor was the KCAC Coach of the Year.
Tickets for the induction are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available at www.kwu.edu/boxoffice.