Cornerstone Inducts Five More Athletes
into Hall of Honor
Five more names were added to Cornerstone University's Hall of Honor in February, during the Hall of Honor dinner that was the centerpiece of the annual Winter Homecoming festivities.
"It was a great event," athletic director Dave Grube said. "What made it stand out was that there were so many people there who were not directly affiliated with the inductees. They just support Cornerstone athletics and wanted to honor some of those who blazed the trail."
The Class of 2011 included three male and two female athletes with careers stretching as far back as 1965.
"This was an interesting class," Grube said. "It covers a lot of years. On the one end you have Paul Grewe, who might have been the school's first high-profile signing. At the other end you had Mark Zichterman, an All-American from our National Championship team.
"It's interesting when you look at the two women who were inducted. They played maybe 15 games. This year's team is closing in on 30. So the induction reached across the years, showed where we started and how far we've come."
Included in the induction were Paul Grewe (CU'68), Judy (Burgess) Carey (CU'76), Kay (Kissling) Kresge (CU'80), Rick Adolph (CU'87) and Mark Zichterman (CU'00).
Grewe is considered by some to be Cornerstone's finest basketball player. He was vice-president of his Senior class, and led the then Comets to a 15-7 record his final year, and the Turkey Tournament title as a junior.
Carey was the Most Valuable Player of the 1975-76 women's basketball team. She averaged 20 points per game during the 1973-74 season, and helped the then-Comets to records of 10-4 in 1974-75 and 9-5 in 1975-76.
Kresge was a two-sport standout, playing both basketball and volleyball at the school. She was the volleyball Most Valuable Player in 1977, leading her teammates to a 10-5 record, and the basketball Most Valuable Player in 1978, leading the team to a 4-1 conference record.
Adolph was a two-time soccer All-American for the Golden Eagles (1986 and 1988), and was named the 1988 NCCAA Kyle Rote Jr. national award winner. He led Cornerstone to the 1986 NCCAA District title with a 14-3-2 record.
Zichterman was the anchor to Cornerstone's 1999 NAIA Division II National Champions. During that National Championship run, he average 14 points and 13 rebounds in the National semi-final and final game. He was a first-team NAIA All-American (1999), twice named to the NAIA All-Tournament team and a two-time All-WHAC performer (1999 and 2000).
As solid as this year's class was, Grube is already looking ahead to the Class of 2012.
"For the past 15 or 20 years, we have enjoyed great athletic success across the board, in all of our sports," he said. "We have our championships, our All-Americans. Each year we should be able to produce a class just as strong as this one."
Coach E Court
Men's basketball coach Kim Elders was honored for his 20 years
of service. Elders' 1999 team won the NAIA Division II National Championship, and he was named National Coach of the Year. The court in Hansen Center will now be officially known as "Coach E Court".
"This is really special for me," Grube said. The best part was that we were able to do it when he was still around to enjoy it for many years."