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Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Saturday, November 10, 5:00pm
Reception in Alfond Center Lobby
Dinner & Induction Ceremony in Mercy Hall Café
2012 Class of Inductees:
Karen (Sandora) Fenderson ’89
Lisa Pichaske ’98
Coach Jim Graffam
the 1986-87 Men’s Basketball team
Tim Forti (manager)
Tickets are $30/adults and $10/children under 12. Due to limited space, please purchase tickets by November 2. Business attire recommended.
About Our Inductees
Fenderson, a native of Portland, Maine, was a four-year starting point guard for the SJC women’s basketball team. A two-time All-Conference honoree, Fenderson registered 1,138 points, 620 assists, 284 rebounds and 261 steals during her career and currently ranks as the Monks’ all-time leader in both assists and assists per game (5.7) while her pilfer tally is the third-highest in program history. She helped lead the Monks to three Western Maine Athletic Conference (WMAC) championships and a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances and Saint Joseph’s posted an outstanding 80-33 (.708) record while she donned the Royal Blue.
Pichaske, who hails from Assonet, Massachusetts, was a four-year starter for the Monks’ softball team. The two-time All-Conference selection batted .369 (187-507) with 134 runs, 52 doubles, 13 triples, four home runs and 132 RBI during her career and currently sits atop the St. Joe’s softball career leaderboard in doubles and games played (170). At the time of her induction Pichaske also ranks second in career at bats (507), RBI and triples and third in walks (72). With Pichaske on the diamond, Saint Joseph’s posted a four-year record of 127-47 (.730) and captured three Maine Athletic Conference titles.
The 1986-87 men’s basketball team, guided by Head Coach Rick Simonds, went 26-6 and captured Western Maine Athletic Conference and NAIA New England championships en route to gaining the program’s first NAIA National Tournament berth. The Monks faced off against Biola University (CA) and defeated the Eagles, ranked third nationally at the time, by a 78-66 margin to earn the first National Tournament victory in the history of Saint Joseph’s College Athletics.
Jim Graffam helped build the Saint Joseph’s College baseball program into a consistent winner during his nine seasons as the Monks’ head coach. He amassed a 170-131 (.565) record and led the Royal Blue to four NAIA New England Championships and coached four All-America players during his tenure. He also served as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program for eight seasons, a span during which the Monks captured six conference titles and one national tournament berth. Graffam also served as an assistant men's basketball coach for eight seasons, including the 1986-87 team that will be inducted this fall.
In addition, the athletic department will pay homage to the college's centennial celebration as part of the 2012 hall of fame ceremony.
10 Years of the Hall of Fame
The list of accomplished athletes, teams, coaches, administrators and philanthropists grows to 64 with the addition of the 2012 honorees. The complete list of inductees can be found on the Saint Joseph’s College athletics website, www.gomonks.com.
Founded in 2000, the Saint Joseph’s College Athletics Hall of Fame honors past athletes, faculty, staff and friends who, through their actions, have brought distinction through athletics to themselves and to Saint Joseph’s College. With the combination of the committee and members who have associations with the college and/or athletics department, the Saint Joseph’s College Hall of Fame has continued to make strides toward the future while honoring the past.