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LMU Hall of Fame Dinner Set

Jan. 11, 2005

Los Angeles, CA (Jan. 11) -- The 2005 Loyola Marymount Athletics' Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on Friday, Jan. 28 in University Hall's Roski Dining Room on the Los Angeles campus. The dinner will celebrate the induction of some of the most recognized and accomplished former student-athletes in the history of LMU athletics. The LMU Hall of Fame Class of 2005 includes Terry Buckley ('57), Hank Gathers ('91), Tracy Holman ('98), Bo Kimble ('91), Anthony Napolitano ('94), Mardell Wrensch ('96) and the 1989-90 Men's Basketball Team.

As a group, the 2005 Hall of Fame class won 10 conference championships, 18 all-conference honors, nine academic all-conference honors, three All-American honors, a trip to the Sweet 16 in volleyball and the Elite Eight in men's basketball. With those honors, it is no surprise that four of them have their numbers retired. The evening celebrating their accomplishments will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are still available for $125. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (310) 338-3047. In addition to the dinner, the new inductees will be recognized during halftime of the LMU vs. Pepperdine men's basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 29. The 2004-05 basketball campaign marks the 15th anniversary of the Lions' famed 1990 squad that went to the NCAA Elite Eight.

In addition to the inductees, schedule to attend the event are Jeff Fryer, Lucille Gathers-Cheeseboro (the mother of Hank Gathers), Bo Kimble, Terrell Lowery, Tom Peabody, Jeff Roscoe, Christian Scott, Marcus Slater, Per Stumer, Greg Walker, Paul Westhead, Jr., and Bruce Woods.

Gathers and Kimble both had their numbers retired in 2000, and joined the retired jerseys of Wrensch and Holman of women's volleyball. While Gathers and Kimble and the rest of the 1989-90 men's basketball are the most remembered student-athletes at LMU, Wrensch and Holman were key in putting LMU women's volleyball among the nation's elite. Joining the list of retired jersey winners in this year's Hall of Fame is another three-time first-team All-Conference selection. With the men's baseball team from 1991-94, Napolitano was consistently one of the top players in the WCC, leading the league in doubles and hitting better than .350 in all of those seasons.

During the success of this year's class, the support of the LMU fans was at a peak. Earning his way into the Hall of Fame thanks to his tireless support of LMU athletics is 1957 alum Terry Buckley. Known for his spirit during LMU athletics events of the years, Buckley has been seen joining the student section in chants at crucial moments of most LMU contests and in 1956 met his wife, Claudy, at a Loyola-USC basketball game. In addition, Buckley and his brother, Russ, formed an endowment to LMU that has been helping student-athletes with fifth-year scholarship funds enabling them to graduate.

For more information on the Hall of Fame Dinner contact (310) 338-5278.

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