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R-MC Welcomes 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Randolph-Macon College Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed five new members on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Close to two hundred guests attended the annual induction ceremony that was held in the College’s Brock Center.
Former soccer standouts Matt Bitsko ’94 and Erin Hamm ’97 were joined by former football star Jody Kane ’92, baseball’s Jack Walker ’85 and men’s lacrosse standout Paul Tomick ’93 as the 16th induction class, bringing the total number of hall of famers to 81.
Erin Hamm ’97
Hamm is arguably the best defender in not only school history, but in the history of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. She was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Region selection. Hamm was named the ODAC player of the Year as both a junior and a senior, earning first-team all-league laurels in each of her years on the pitch. Hamm was also a four-time First-Team All-State selection and was named the Commonwealth’s Player of the Year as both a junior and senior.
Jody Kane ’92
Kane left Ashland as the most prolific pass rusher in school history and in the history of the ODAC. In just three seasons, he registered 212 tackles, 46 of which were for a loss of yards. Kane’s 38 quarterbacksacks still ranks as both a school and ODAC record. A two-time Second-Team All-American, Kane was named First-Team All-ODAC as both a sophomore and junior. He was also named the ODAC Player of the Year in 1989, becoming just the second defensive player in league history to earn that award.
Matt Bitsko ’94
Bitsko was a standout for the men’s soccer program during his time in Ashland. Bitsko was a three-time First-Team All-ODAC selection. Following his junior and senior years, he was named both First-Team All-State and All-Region. After serving as captain of R-MC’s VISA championship team, Bitsko was named a First-Team All-American. He also made history on R-MC’s baseball diamond, making 10 starts on the mound as a freshman, which included the lone no-hitter in school history.
Paul Tomick ’93
Tomick is just the second men’s lacrosse player to be elected to R-MC’s Hall of Fame. Tomick graduated as Randolph-Macon’s all-time leader in points (267) and assists (170). A two-time First-Team All-ODAC selection, he was named an Honorable Mention All-American following his senior season. During that season Tomick led the ODAC and set school records with 77 points and 48 assists. He also helped R-MC to two of its most successful seasons. In 1992, He scored 32 goals and dished out 45 assists to lead R-MC to a school record of 10 victories. The Yellow Jackets followed that up with nine wins the following season.
Jack Walker ’85
Walker is considered one of the best all-around baseball players in the program’s history. A standout center fielder, Walker finished his career with a .377 batting average which was second-best in R-MC history at the time of his graduation. His 112 hits was ranked eighth all-time and his 36 stolen bases ranked fifth. Walker was a three-time All-ODAC honoree, including two first-team selections (freshman and senior). Walker was named ODAC Player of the Year in 1985 after hitting .489 and knocking in 24 runners.
Walker’s father, William M. Walker Jr. ’53 was inducted into the R-MC Hall of Fame in 2003, making the two the first father-son duo to earn this distinction as individuals. The Walkers join former R-MC Men’s Basketball Coach Paul Webb who was inducted in 1997 as an individual and his son Eddie, who was a member of the 1976-77 men’s basketball team that was inducted in 2008.
The Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1996 to honor and memorialize those individuals who, by outstanding achievement in athletics or service to Randolph-Macon athletics, have made lasting contributions to the cause of sports at the College and have helped bring recognition, honor, excellence, and distinction to the College and its intercollegiate athletic program. The Hall of Fame may also honor former athletes who have made outstanding contributions to society in general. This year’s inductees were chosen by the Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Those not selected this year will be considered for induction in subsequent years.
To be eligible for the Randolph-Macon Hall of Fame, an alumnus must have been a full-time student for at least two years and a letter-winner in at least one varsity sport. Alumni are eligible at any time beginning 10 years after leaving Randolph-Macon. Coaches, athletic trainers, team managers, who have made outstanding contributions of service to Randolph-Macon athletics, are also eligible. For more information or to nominate someone, visit www.rmcathletics.com.
R-MC Welcomes Five to Hall of Fame
College Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2012 on February 11,
2012 at an induction banquet at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond,
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Randolph-Macon Inducts Three to Athletics Hall of Fame
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It was a night of celebrating the best of Randolph-Macon College Athletics on Saturday, February 12, 2011 AS Aaron Boston '89 (Football) (center of photo), Lewis Brandt '58 (right in photo) (Baseball), and the late Rick Eades '81 (Football) (left in photo, represented by his brother Charles Eades Jr.) were inducted into the College's Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony in the campus' Brock Center.
A standout on the football field for the Yellow Jackets from 1985 to 1988 as an offensive lineman for R-MC, Boston earned four varsity letters and was a three-time All Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection. Following both his junior and senior seasons, Boston was honored by the Virginia Sports Information Directors with a First-Team All-State selection. Boston was named a First-Team Kodak All-American following his senior year in 1988. At the time of his graduation, Boston was one of only nine Yellow Jackets to hold the distinction of being named a First-Team All-American on the gridiron.
Brandt was a standout on the pitcher's mound for Randolph-Macon from 1955 to 1957. A three-year letter winner under R-MC coaching legend Hugh Stephens, Brandt was a two-time All-Mason Dixon Conference choice. In 1955, he went 7-0 on the mound for R-MC, leading the Yellow Jackets to the Mason Dixon and Little Seven Championships. Brandt also helped R-MC to a Little Seven Championship in 1956. For his career, Brandt was 18-4 with a 1.28 ERA and 110 strikeouts.
Eades was a member of the Randolph-Macon Football program from 1977 to 1980 and was a standout defensive lineman. During that time, Eades was a two-time ODAC Player of the Year, and a two-time First-Team All-ODAC selection and stands as the only Yellow Jacket to be named a First-Team All-American on two occasions, a honor he received following his junior and senior seasons. Eades was also named the College Division Player of the Year by the Richmond Touchdown Club after his junior season. Eades and his teammates were part of ODAC Championship teams in 1978 and 1979 under R-MC Hall of Famer Ted Keller.'
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R-MC Athletics Hall of Fame Welcomes New Members
It was a night celebrating the elite of Randolph-Macon Athletics as five new members were inducted to the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 27, 2010.
An audience of close to 200 friends, family, current student-athletes and R-MC Hall of Famers welcomed the late Kurt Axe ’96, Alison Smith Eyre ’96, Paul Jez ‘64, Tetsu Kimura ’81 and Howard Stevens ’69 into the club the is the highest honor given to an R-MC athlete.
Ryan Axe, Alison Smith
Eyre, Paul Jez,
A 1996 graduate of R-MC, Axe played four seasons for the Yellow Jackets Men's Basketball program. Axe currently ranks 10th all-time in R-MC history in scoring with 1,521 points, 10th in assists with 312 and ranks second all-time from the foul line at 85%. Axe's 150 steals is good for sixth all-time in the Jackets record books, while his 14.9 ppg is the ninth best career scoring average in R-MC history. Axe was named the ODAC Freshman of the Year following the 1992-93 season and then landed Second-Team All-ODAC laurels after his sophomore season. As a junior, he averaged 19.8 points per game, which lead to a First-Team All-ODAC selection and Second-Team All-South Region honors.
Axe capped his career in Ashland with a senior season in which he averaged 16.5 ppg and was named ODAC Player of the Year. He was also named First-Team All-Region and All-State. Axe was tragically lost in the summer following his senior year in a car crash. The ODAC has since named the men's basketball player of the year award in his honor.
Smith Eyre graduated from Randolph-Macon in 1996 after an illustrious career as a women's lacrosse and field hockey player for the Yellow Jackets. A two-time captain on the field hockey field, Smith's 50 goals, 32 assists and 132 career points were all school records at her time of graduation. For her efforts, she was selected First-Team All-ODAC three times and a South Regional All-American all four years.
The ODAC all-time leader in goals (251), assists (109) and points (360) at the time of her graduation, Smith Eyre was a four-time First-Team All-ODAC selection while at R-MC. Following her sophomore season in 1994, she was an All-South Region pick and then, followed that up by being named a Third-Team All-American at the conclusion of her junior campaign. As a senior, she was named the ODAC Player of the Year and garnered Second-Team All-American Honors after setting a then ODAC single season record with 69 goals and 102 points. At the end of her career, her goals ranked second in NCAA history, while her assists placed her third and points ranked sixth all-time.
A 1975 graduate, Jez was a standout on the Crenshaw hardwood from 1971-1975. He currently holds the R-MC career record with 747 assists and ranked 18th all-time with 932 points when he graduated from R-MC. Under the tutelage of R-MC Hall of Famer Paul Webb, Jez helped lead the Yellow Jackets to 82 wins, including a 27-3 mark during his final season in Ashland. In 1973-74, Jez was a second-team All-Virginia Selection and a Honorable Mention Mason Dixon Conference selection. During his senior season, he recorded a school record 297 assists en-route to a First-Team All-Mason Dixon Conference Award and a Second-Team All-State selection.
Kimura is a 1981 graduate of Randolph-Macon and was a standout on the soccer pitch for the Jackets. Kimura was named VISA All-State on four different occasions, he was tabbed All-South Region twice and was named an All-American following the 1980 season. A mainstay on defense for his head coach and R-MC Hall of Famer Helmut Werner, Kimura scored four goals and added 10 assists during his career, while he anchored a defense that helped Randolph-Macon to a 46-14-4 record during his four years in a Yellow Jackets uniform.
Howard Stevens was a two-year member of the Randolph-Macon Football program during the 1968 and 1969 seasons. While in a Jackets uniform, Stevens rushed for over 2,500 yards, earning Honorable Mention All-American honors as a freshman and was a Second-Team All-American after the 1969 season. Stevens still holds several single-game records including most rushing yards (317), most points scored (36) and most touchdowns (6). Stevens' 142 points scored and 23 touchdowns in 1968 are still school records, while his 1,468 yards on the ground in 1968 is the second-best single season mark in school history.
Stevens then played his final two seasons for Louisville. In 1972, Stevens was named to the United Press International, the Walter Camp and the Football News all-American football teams and the Associated Press Second Team. The University of Louisville retired Stevens' jersey in 1972. He set a school record for rushing yards in a season with 1,429 yards in 1971 while scoring 12 touchdowns. He is currently ranked fourth all-time in school history with 2,723 rushing yards and is sixth with 25 career touchdowns.