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An Evening to Remember

Jeff Fryer spoke on behalf of the 1989-90 Men's Basketball Team as they were inducted into the LMU Hall of Fame.
Jeff Fryer spoke on behalf of the 1989-90 Men's Basketball Team as they were inducted into the LMU Hall of Fame.

Jan. 28, 2005

Los Angeles, CA (Jan. 28) - From quotes of Shakespeare to chants of "LMU, LMU, LMU", the induction ceremonies of the 2005 Loyola Marymount University Athletics' Hall of Fame was an evening to remember. The Class of 2005 featured some of the most decorated student-athletes in LMU history as the Lions' inducted six individuals and one team into its hall of fame during festivities held Friday night on the LMU campus.

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.

"This was a special, special night," said LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak. "The individuals of our Hall of Fame and of this University as a whole are incredible people and it was an honor to have them together on this great night."

With more than 200 in attendance, the evening was filled with laughter and remembrance. Buckley, a friend and benefactor to the University since he enrolled to Loyola in 1954, was the first to be inducted on the evening. Known for joining the cheerleaders and using their megaphones during basketball games, Buckley did more of the same during his induction speech, leading the crowd in chants of "LMU."

Holman, like all of the inductees, gave special tribute to the coaches, former teammates and the LMU community for pushing her to achieve her very best. Former teammate and fellow inductee Wrensch did more of the same, saying her experience at LMU helped her become a better individual.

Baseball inductee Napolitano, joking that he had the best hitting instructors in his Italian-born parents, was one of three inductees to have met their spouse while attending LMU.

Capping the evening was the induction of the 1989-90 men's basketball team in addition to Kimble and Gathers as individuals from that team. Gathers was represented by his mother, Lucielle Gathers-Cheeseboro, whose flight arrived late and came rushing in just in time to give her speech. "I was on time and ready to go. The airline was not," said Gathers-Cheeseboro. "I would not have missed this for the world... I will always be a Lion."

Former teammate of Gathers and Kimble, Jeff Fryer, spoke on behalf of the 1989-90 team, who was together as a group for the first time in 15 years. Fryer started his speech with one of the many Shakespeare quotes used by former Head Coach Paul Westhead and spoke of the many memories he and his teammates shared during that amazing 1989-90 season.

Westhead's son and former assistant coach at LMU Paul Westhead Jr., spoke on behalf of his father, who was unable to attend due to commitments with his coaching duties in the NBA. He read a statement from his father that started with "We ran and we pressed. We ran and we pressed. And we won."

In the end, each of the inductees gathered on the stage, commenting how each and every one of them will always have a "heart of a Lion."

The inductees will be recognized during halftime of the men's basketball game against Pepperdine. Tickets are still available for the game that starts at 7 p.m. Ticket office will open at 3:30 p.m. for the women's basketball game, which starts at 4:30 p.m.

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