Whitman quintet to be inducted into Hall of Fame

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WALLA WALLA – The Whitman Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has been announced and it includes a dynamic tennis doubles team, two basketball stars and a volleyball standout.

The inductees will be honored at a ceremony at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Sherwood Center. Friends and family of the inductees and all members of the Whitman community are invited to attend.

Receiving the nod from the Hall of Fame committee this year are the tennis doubles team of Amy Fong ’00 and Leslie Whitten ’00, basketball players Brian Richard ’89 and Erica Aydelotte ’92, and volleyball outside hitter Mandy Rockwell ’99.

Fong and Whitten were doubles partners throughout their four years at Whitman (1996-2000), which included a 36-match Northwest Conference winning streak over their last two-plus seasons. The dynamic duo earned all-NWC honors each of their four seasons.

As senior co-captains, Fong and Whitten not only dominated in doubles, but also were a 1-2 punch in singles. Whitten compiled an 11-1 NWC mark while Fong’s conference record was 9-1. As juniors, Whitten and Fong compiled a 20-1 doubles record —15-0 in conference — with Whitten being named NWC Player of the Year.

Richard was the consummate point guard for the Missionaries during their run of success in the mid-1980s. A key member of the squad his junior season, Richard blossomed into an elite player his senior season of 1986-87, receiving the conference’s Most Valuable Player award and being named to the NAIA All-District team.

During his senior campaign, Richard led the district in assists with 6.9 per game, was eighth in scoring at over 17 points per contest, and second in steals with 3.6 per game. He was conference’s leader in assists in, both, his junior and senior seasons.

Aydelotte, a four-year starter at forward, made the All-NWC First Team in three of her four seasons and at the time of her graduation, ranked second on Whitman’s all-time scoring list for women’s basketball with 1,249 career points.

In addition to averaging 13.5 points per game for her career, Aydelotte grabbed 421 rebounds and dished out 169 assists during her four seasons, finishing with 82 steals and 50 blocked shots, as well. Aydelotte scored a career-high 29 points in three different games in three different seasons, along with pouring in 27 points in an overtime district playoff game.

Rockwell, a superior outside hitter, earned All-NWC honors in each of her four years. Her finest season was her junior campaign when she led the conference and nation in digs per game, in addition to topping the league in kills.

The two-time captain finished her career as the all-time Whitman leader in digs (1,509), kills (1,201) and service aces (167). Rockwell also held the single season records for digs, kills and service aces.

The members of the Class of 2013 were voted-in by the Hall of Fame (HOF) Committee from a group of finalists.

Each year, the committee determines a group of finalists from a pool of nominees, consisting of existing nominees and those newly submitted. A nomination remains in the pool for a maximum of 5 years, if not elected before then. Submitted nominations are approved by the HOF committee.

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