Lees-McRae announces 2010 Hall of Fame class

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College will induct four new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame, Friday October 1 as part of the college's 2010 Homecoming festivities. Athletic Director Craig McPhail has announced the induction of Randy Bloemendaal ('92), Robin Scott ('95), Brent Bookwalter ('06), and Robert (Bobby) G. Ball ('82) into the Hall of Fame.

Bloemendaal (St. Petersburg, Fla.) starred on the tennis court for four seasons at Lees-McRae, graduating in 1992 as the program's all-time leader in singles victories (74) as well as doubles victories (89). During his stellar career at LMC, Bloemendaal played at each of the top three singles positions in addition to the top doubles spot. In 1988, he was given the Coach's Award, and was recognized as Lees-McRae's Outstanding Spring Sports Athlete the following year.

Bloemendaal was ranked 46th NAIA singles in 1991, and was listed as high as 18th in doubles during the 1992 season. He was also ranked 32nd in NJCAA singles in 1989. After a three-year absence from the College, Bloemendaal returned to Banner Elk in 1995 as the head men's and women's tennis coach, a post which he held until 2003. During his eight years with the Bobcats, the men's team amassed a 159-36 (.815) mark, while the women were 110-63 (.634). Currently, Randy serves as the head men's tennis coach at Indiana University.

Scott (Marion, Va.) was a force on the hardwood during her time at LMC, leading the NAIA in rebounds and ranked third in the nation in scoring during the 1993-94 season. For her efforts, Scott was named the Carolinas Conference Player of the Year, NAIA National Player of the Week, NAIA All-American, as well as the Carolinas Conference Female Athlete of the Year.

A season later, in LMC's first year as a member of the NCAA, she led the nation in rebounding for the second year in a row, averaging 16.3 boards per game. Scott still holds 23 marks in the LMC women's basketball record book.

Bookwalter (Grand Rapids, Mich.) graduated from LMC in 2006 after a successful career with the cycling team, amassing seven collegiate mountain biking titles as a member of the Bobcats. During his senior year, Bookwalter posted the top time in the national U-23 time trial. Bookwalter currently rides professionally for BMC Cycling and participated in the 2010 Tour de France, finishing in 147th place.

Ball (Clifton, N.J.), who passed away on June 10 of this year, played football at Lees-McRae in the early 1980's before going on to play two seasons at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. After his stint with the Golden Flashes, Ball went on to play professionally for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL and the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

Following his football career, Ball went on to a successful career as an entrepreneur, playing an instrumental role in the development of bar coding for Fleet Vehicle Tires. Ball was also an active member of the NY/NJ chapter of the Retired NFL Players Association, donating his time to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Association in addition to spending quality time at the veterans' home in Paramus, N.J.

This year's inductees will be honored at a Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, October 1, 2010 at the C.D. Chesley Indoor Tennis Courts, which are housed within the Fred I. Dickerson Athletic Complex on the Lees-McRae campus. Tickets are priced at $10. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact athletic director Craig McPhail by email at mcphail@lmc.edu or by phone at (828) 898-2483.

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