SHSU Hall of Honor 2008 Inductees Announced

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HUNTSVILLE -- Ten former Sam Houston student-athletes will be recognized as the 2008 inductees for the SH Association Hall of Honor Actual at annual Hall of Honor dinner December 6 at the Lowman Student Center.

The SH Association, the umbrella organization which includes both the Sam Houston Lettermen's Association and the SHSU Women's Letter Association, has announced the 2008 inductees Wednesday.

Sirena Autman (basketball), Katherine Charles (volleyball), Tricia Clacken (track and field), JoAnne Graham (softball), Nancy Metcalfe (tennis) and Vicky Resnick (golf) are the women's inductees.

Jeremy Burkhalter (basketball), Jonathon Cooper (football), Brandt Kieschnick (golf), and Jim Miller (baseball) are the men's inductees.

The Sam Houston Lettermen's Association initiated its Hall of Honor in 1971 and this year's group will bring the total of inductees to 156. Last December, the first five women were inducted into the SH Association Hall of Honor.

"Last year's inaugural SH Association Hall of Honor dinner was truly a success and we deeply appreciate the hard work by the officers and members of both the men's and women's organizations to make this event possible," director of athletics Bobby Williams said. "The annual Hall of Honor dinner has become a highlight of our athletic year and we hope Bearkat fans will join in recognizing this outstanding group of former student-athletes who have brought glory and attention to our program through their accomplishments."

Sirena Autman, a four-year starter at center for the women's basketball team from 1988 to 1991, was Southland Conference "Player of the Year" and a first team All-League selection as a senior in 1991. She ranks as Sam Houston's all-time leader in block shots (155), second in career rebounds (851) and fourth in career scoring (1,270 points).

The late Katherine Charles led the Bearkat volleyball team to consecutive NCAA Division II Final Four appearances in 1984 and 1985. She earned All-America honors in 1985 and was an All-Conference selection each of her four years as a Kat. From 1982 to 1985, she was part of Sam Houston teams that rolled up a record of 186 wins and only 44 losses, winning two Gulf Star Conference titles. She completed her career with 1,479 kills and 237 aces.

Tricia Clacken, a sprinter and long jumper for the Bearkat track and field team from 1994 to 1997, earned All-Southland Conference honors eight times during her college career. She was an NCAA Division I provisional qualifier in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes in 1996 and still holds the Sam Houston school record in the 100 meters with a time of 11.48 seconds.

JoAnne Graham earned NCAA Division II All-America and All-Region honors and three-time all-conference selection as a pitcher and utility player. Playing from 1985 through 1988, she ranks as Bearkat softball's all-time leader in RBIs (112) and stands seventh in career hitting (.324). In the pitching circle, she produced a 71-36 won-loss record and an 0.94 ERA. She led Sam Houston to its first Southland Conference championship in 1988 and to NCAA Division II regional appearances in 1985 and 1986.

Nancy Metcalfe, a women's tennis letter winner from 1983 to 1986, was Lone Star Conference "Freshman of the Year" after leading the Bearkats to the league championship. She set school records for career singles and doubles victories that stood for 16 years and was one of the first two Sam Houston women's tennis players to earn an NCAA Division II national individual ranking in doubles.

Vicky Resnick was one of the members of the 1997-98 team when women's golf was reinstated as an intercollegiate sport at Sam Houston and was stroke average leader and team "Most Valuable Player" for the 1999 Bearkats. Playing in 91 rounds of tournament action through her senior season in 2000-01 (the second highest career total at SHSU), she helped lead Sam Houston to 10 tournament team titles. She was the first Bearkat women's golfer to win an individual medalist title.

Jeremy Burkhalter stands third in scoring among Sam Houston men's basketball players. His 1,689 points during his career from 1998 to 2001 is the highest total in the Bearkats' NCAA Division I history. Burkhalter was a three-time All-Southland Conference selection and was a starter on the Bearkats' 2000 Southland championship team. He holds the school record for most career three point baskets (209) and stands second in SHSU career minutes played (3,573).


Jonathon Cooper, an All-American and All-Southland wide receiver for the Bearkats' 2001 conference championship football team, ranks third all-time at SHSU with 185 catches for 2,617 career yards. Cooper holds the school record for most receiving yards in one game (242 against Western Illinois) and one season (1,477 in 2001). He was the leading receiver for the 2001 squad that reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I playoffs.

Brandt Kieschnick is one of only two golfers to earn All-Southland Conference honors each of his four years as a Bearkat (1996 through 1999). He twice was named Southland Conference men's "Golfer of the Year" (1997 and 1999). Kieschnick won the 1999 Southland individual medalist title and was league individual runner-up in 1996 and 1997. He ranks second at Sam Houston in career tournament victories (5) and sixth in career stroke average (74.39).

Jim Miller ranks sixth in Sam Houston's baseball records with a career pitching record of 26-7 and a 1.66 earned run average compiled from 1971 to 1974. Miller was a first team NAIA All-America pitcher in 1971. He helped lead the Bearkats to a 125-54 record during his Bearkat career that included NAIA World Series appearances in 1972 and 1974.

"Congratulations to the 2008 inductees for the Hall of Honor. This is truly an outstanding group," Williams said.

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