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Hall of Fame Inductees Prepare for Exciting Weekend Ahead
October 11, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
The Class of 2013 K-State Athletics Hall of Fame inductees are in Manhattan and ready for a busy weekend ahead of them.
From tonight's Hall of Fame dinner to being honored at halftime of tomorrow's football game, this year's 10 inductees' schedules are set for a weekend full of excitement with the school they love.
Last night, the class met up for a special get together in the West Stadium Center of Bill Snyder Family Stadium and had the opportunity to socialize and chat about the exciting upcoming weekend.
"We're really excited about it," Steve Henson, who was a member of the men's basketball team and track and field team from 1987-90 said last night. "It's fun to be here. I'm honored for the opportunity and it was just fun to be here with family. It's going to be a fun day tomorrow with all the festivities and then the football game, but it's just good to see people who I haven't seen in a while as well."
Henson was a two-time honorable mention All-American and the first player in Wildcat history to play in four NCAA Tournaments. Along with earning First Team All-Big 8 honors in 1989, he still ranks No. 5 all time in scoring (1,655 points) and field goals (527) and is K-State men's basketball all-time assist leader with 528. A dual sport student-athlete, Henson also competed in the decathlon with K-State track and field for three seasons.
Along with Henson, the 2013 class is made up of athletes Roy DeWitz (men's basketball, 1956-58) Yana Dorodnova (women's tennis, 1996-98), Lauren Goehring (volleyball, 2000-03), Jamie Mendez (football, 1990-93), Tammie Romstad (women's basketball, 1978-82) and Austra Skuyte (track and field, 2001-02), former athletics director BeeBee Lee and contributors Dr. Richard Baker and Jack and Joanna Goldstein.
"I'm loving every second," Romstad said. "I just cherish it. I think it's something that you don't ever anticipate. I don't think there is any one moment I'm looking forward to the most; I'm just kind of in awe of every moment of it. I'm amazed that it's a three day event, which I think is just phenomenal for the inductees because you really get to take it all in."
A two-time Wade Trophy finalist in 1981 and 1982, Romstad's No. 33 women's basketball jersey was retired in March of 2009. She ranks seventh on K-State's career scoring chart with 1,548 points and from 1993-95 she served as an assistant women's basketball coach at K-State.
Lauren Goehring, the youngest member of the 2013 K-State Athletics Hall of Fame inductees, was a member of the 2003 AVCA All-American First Team, was the 2003 Big 12 Player of the Year and, her senior season, led the 2003 squad to a Big 12 Championship and No. 3 national ranking.
"I have pretty much been in shock for the last three or four months," Goehring said. "I was a little overwhelmed. It's kind of an honor you don't really expect. I'm really excited for all the festivities. I haven't been back to K-State for over three years, so it's changed quite a bit. It's going to be fun just driving around town."
While all 10 of the inductees relayed the same message - to be inducted into the K-State Hall of Fame is a great honor - perhaps none showed it in their smile like DeWitz.
DeWitz was a men's basketball First Team All-American and All-Big 8 selection in 1958 where, as a team captain, he helped lead the Wildcats to a 22-5 overall record capturing the Big 7 title and leading his team to the Final Four.
Last night DeWitz spent the evening talking to everyone and soaking in every moment of being a Hall of Fame inductee.
Remembering back to the day he found out he was chosen for the honor, DeWitz's voice cracked and his eyes misted over.
"To be entirely honest, I read the first paragraph from (Athletics Director) John Currie and I handed it over to my wife, and I broke down crying. My wife came up and hugged me and she said, 'It's about time.' Well, whether it's about time or not, I consider this a great honor for a guy who, I wasn't the leading scorer, I wasn't the leading rebounder or leading passer, but I was a pretty good all-around player, and it's really nice to know that I'm being remembered as one of the all-time greats of K-State Basketball."
This 2013 class is the first class inducted into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame since 2008.
Fans will have the opportunity to meet these K-State greats at a meet and greet tomorrow morning from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Cat Town located on the West Side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
For more information on all 10 of this year's inductees, click here.