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January 31, 2013

VSU to induct new Hall of Fame class Saturday

VALDOSTA — It will be a busy weekend of Valdosta State athletics, starting Thursday with a pair of games against Union University.

On Saturday, the university will take some time out of its busy schedule to induct the newest class of its Hall of Fame.

Eight inductees make up the school’s 17th Hall of Fame class, including contributors Jerry and Kay Jennett, who also have a university building named after them.

The induction ceremony will be held Saturday at noon inside the University Union Ballroom.

The inductees include five former players, Jerry and Kay, and a former athletic trainer. All eight inductees will be honored later that night at the home basketball games against North Alabama.

Inductees for Saturday’s ceremony include:

Annika Biro, women’s tennis

One of the greatest Lady Blazer tennis players of the last decade, Biro starred for Valdosta State from 2003 through 2006. She held down one of the top spots in both singles and doubles in all four years she competed for the Blazers, and was named an All-American as a junior in 2005 while leading VSU to the national semifinals. Biro compiled a 19-2 doubles mark in in 2005, as well as a 17-1 singles record, helping lead the John Hansen-coached team to a Gulf South Conference championship.

On her career, Biro compiled a 62-26 doubles record and a 53-20 mark in singles action and is one of only 11 players in conference history to be named first team All-Conference all four years of their career.

Jon Good, golf

Good was a stalwart on the Blazer teams that dominated the Division II golfing landscape during the mid-1990s. Earning All-America honors as both a junior and a senior, Good led the Blazers to an average team score of 75.8 as a senior in 1996. The Blazers finished 10th in the country that year.

Good’s score counted in 23 of 31 rounds played throughout the 1996 season, as he compiled four Top 10 finishes on the year. He helped direct the 1995 squad to a third place finish at the 1995 NCAA Championship while averaging 75.9 strokes per round. He saw his score count in 32 of 34 rounds played on the season and tallied four Top 10 finishes on the year. He also finished 18th in the individual tournament at the NCAA Championships.

 

Andre Hampton, football

Hampton was a four-year letterman for the football team from 1991 through 1994. He dominated the defensive side of the ball for the Blazers, ending his career as the school’s all-time leader in sacks with 34, including 12 his senior season. Hampton earned second-team All-Conference honors as a sophomore before garnering first-team honors as both a junior and senior and helped guide VSU to its first NCAA Regional appearance in 1994. He later played professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

 

Jerry and Kay Jennett, contributors

  The Jennetts are long-time Valdosta State supporters, who have been friends of the university since moving to Valdosta in the early 1970’s. While specifically being recognized for their tremendous support over the years for VSU Athletics, the couple has also played pivotal roles in the growth of academic scholarships, the arts and facility enhancements at the University.

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