WICHITA, Kansas (KSNW) – The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame inducted its 2016 class on Saturday afternoon at Hilllside Christian Church.
The group included former Thunder hockey star Jason Duda, Wichita Trinity Academy alum turned Olympic swimmer Caroline (Bruce) McAndrew, highly-decorated gymnast & coach Mark Folger, El Dorado Broncos G.M. J.D. Schneider, and longstanding supporter/donor for Newman University athletics-the Goebel family.
Rock’s Dugout, inside Northrock Lanes operated by Joe & Cathy Ruocco, was the organizational inductee. Joe Ruocco told KSN, “We have run Rock’s dugout since 1977, this is our 38th year, and we feel very proud of that, we’ve brought many players into town like Mark McGwire, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Derrick Thomas, and Danny Manning.” He added, “We’ve brought so many celebrities into town so that the people of Wichita can meet them.”
Wichita State basketball standouts Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker were also inducted, but weren’t able to attend. America’s Cup sailor Bill Koch was honored and tennis star Mae Ceurvorst was honored posthumously.
Ex-WSU assistant baseball coach Jim Thomas will accept in 2017 because he couldn’t make it on Saturday.
This year’s team induction was presented to the Kapaun Mount Carmel state-champion football teams of 1972 & 1974-’77.