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Lions Announce 2007 Hall of Fame Class

July 24, 2006

Los Angeles, CA - Over three decades of Loyola Marymount University athletics will be part of the 2007 LMU Athletics' Hall of Fame inductees, as the class of 2007 was announced by LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak. Five individuals and one team will be in the latest group inducted into the Hall of Fame, which began in 1986.

The Class of 2007 will include the 1986 Baseball Team, Bob Kerslake (baseball, '58), Kim Blankinship (women's volleyball, '97), Jeff Fryer (men's basketball, '90), Tracy Sharp (women's soccer, '01 MBA '04) and Sarah McFarland (women's volleyball, '01).

Hall of Fame weekend will be held in January of 2007 and will include the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Information on the weekend's festivities will be released in early fall. The five individuals will give the Hall of Fame 99 individual members and the baseball team will be the fourth team inducted, joining 1981 Women's Crew, the 1969 Football Team and the 1990 Men's Basketball Team

The accomplishments of the 2007 Inductees are numerous. Here is a quick snap shot why LMU Athletics is Building Champions:

Kim Blankinship, volleyball (1993-96)

  • Led LMU to three WCC Championships and NCAA postseason appearances, including the program-best Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1996
  • A Volleyball Magazine third-team All-American in 1996
  • She was the third player in program history to earn All-American
  • 1996 WCC Co-Player of the Year
  • 1995 WCC Defensive Player of the Year
  • 1996 LMU Female Athlete of the Year

    Jeff Fryer, men's basketball (1986-90)

  • A key member of LMU's run to the Elite Eight in the 1990 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
  • Averaged 22.7 points per game in 1990 to help LMU average over 122 points per game as a team, an NCAA Division I record.
  • Finished his career averaging 17.2 points, hitting 363 three-pointers in his career.
  • A two-time All-WCC Selection, earning honorable mention honors in 1989 when he averaged 22.9 points and first-team honors in 1990.
  • Of his 1,922 points in his career, which ranks sixth all-time in LMU history, 1,089 of them were scored from the three-point line.
  • He holds seven of the nine three-point records in LMU history, including 11 three-pointers he hit in the NCAA tournament second round win over Michigan in 1990.
  • Named All-West Region in the 1990 NCAA tournament.
  • Jeff Fryer's records:
    o Ranked 14th - Single game points - 42 (vs. DePaul Jan. 14, 1989)
    o Ranked 6th - Single Season Points - 710 (1989)
    o Ranked 10th - Single Season Scoring Average - 22.9 (1989)
    o Ranked 6th - Career Points - 1,980
    o Ranked 1st - Three Pointers Made Game, Season, Career
    o Ranked 1st - Three Pointers Attempted Game, Season, Career
    o Ranked 1st - Three Point FG% - 1.000 (7-7)
    o Ranked 7th - Career Field Goals - 650
    o Ranked 6th - Career Games Played - 112

    Bob "Whitey" Kerslake, baseball (1954-58)

  • Played for the Lions before there was a formal league. Managed to still get recognized in the region as one of the better infielders.
  • Hit over .400 in each of his three seasons on Loyola baseball team.
  • Finished the 1956 season hitting over .500 for the Lions.
  • Played short stop and served as team captain as a junior and senior.
  • Offered contract and signing bonus to play for Chicago White Sox organization after junior year. Decided to play for the Chicago White Sox Junior team and continue his education by returning to Loyola for his senior year.
  • President and CEO of Marshall and Stevens.
  • Helped Loyola High School to CIF title in baseball and basketball.

    Sarah McFarland was a two-time All-American.


    Sarah McFarland, volleyball (1997-2000)

  • Three-time All-WCC first-team
  • Three-time AVCA All-Region
  • Two-time LMU Female Athlete of the Year (1999-2000, 2000-01)
  • Two-time AVCA All-American
  • The first LMU volleyball player to earn AVCA All-American honor in consecutive seasons (1999, 2000)
  • Led the nation in kills in 1999 and 2000
  • Holds 5 NCAA national records, the most by one single individual: o Single-season kills per game - 7.78 in 2000
    o Career kills per game - 6.43
    o Total attempts in a 4-game match - 111 vs. Notre Dame 9/21/2000
    o Single-season attempts per game - 17.04 in 2000
    o Career attempts per game - 14.03
  • Two-time AVCA National Player of the Week
  • Now an assistant coach at Idaho

    Tracy Sharp, women's soccer (1997-2000)

  • College Soccer News All-American, Honorable Mention - 1999
  • Three-time Soccer Buzz All-Region selection (First Team in 1998)
  • Two-time NSCAA All-Region selection (First Team in 1999
  • WCC Defender of the Year - 1998
  • Three-time All-WCC selection (First Team - 1998, 1999)
  • WCC Academic All-Conference - 2000
  • WCC Scholar Athlete - 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • WCC Defensive Player of the Week, 1998
  • LMU Records Held:
    o Season Goals Against Average, 0.60, 1998
    o Career Goals Against Average, 0.88
    o Season Shutouts, 12.5, 1998
    o Career Shutouts, 33.0
    o 2nd in WCC in career shutouts (33)
    o 5th in WCC in shutouts in a season (12.5)

    Baseball 1986 College World Series team

  • Was the top-ranked team in the nation in the April 22 ESPN/Collegiate Baseball National Poll
  • Finished the season as the 6th-ranked team in the nation in both the Baseball America and ESPN/Collegiate Baseball polls
  • Head Coach Dave Snow was named NCAA Coach of the Year
  • 3 Lions were drafted in the first four rounds of the 1986 MLB Draft, including Jim Bruske in the first round to the Cleveland Indians
  • Set a program record for single-season victories with a 50-15 record
  • Went 19-5 in WCAC play and placed seven players on the All-WCAC first-team
  • 3 second-team All-Americans (Tim Layana, Chris Donnels, Billy Bean)
  • 4 All-District selections (Billy Bean, Chris Donnels, Tim Layana were first-team, Carl Fraticelli was second-team)
  • Chris Donnels was the WCC Player of the Year, Tim Layana was the WCC Pitcher of the Year, Dave Snow was the WCAC Coach of the Year
  • Was honored this past January for the team's 20th anniversary

    Loyola Marymount is coming off one of its best year's as a program, winning the 2005-06 West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup - an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league's top performing school in conference play.

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