2008-09 Wall of Fame Class

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

"Walsh University to Induct Seven into Athletic Wall of Fame"

Walsh University will induct seven new members into its Athletic Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th. The dinner will be held on Friday in the Barrette Business and Community Center, beginning with a reception at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:15 pm, with the induction ceremonies to follow. Cost of the dinner is $20.00. Please R.S.V.P. by calling 330-490-7117. The 2008-09 class will also be presented on Saturday, at halftime of the homecoming football game against Quincy University, with kick-off set for 12 pm.

Ben Biery, a 2000 graduate, starred for the Cavalier Baseball Team from 1997-2000. The all-star catcher lettered four times for the Cavs and earned first-team All-American Mideast Conference, North Division Player of the Year and NAIA All-American honors his senior year. The first Walsh baseball player to receive All-American accolades, Biery hit .397 his senior year, with eight homeruns and 46 RBI. Biery capped off his senior year by winning Walsh Male Athlete of the Year honors. For his career, Biery hit .351 with 147 RBI, 35 homeruns, 39 doubles and 142 runs scored. He was also first-team All-AMC as a sophomore.

Billy Conrad, a 1992 graduate, lettered four times for Walsh Head Coach and Wall of Famer Tim Mead. Conrad, a superb defender, earned countless honors for the Cavs. He was tabbed second-team Mid-Ohio Conference in 17 games as a freshman defender. His sophomore year was even better, as he was named first-team All-MOC, second-team All-District 22, third-team All-Ohio and Walsh Defensive Player of the Year. The talented Conrad also contributed two goals and two assists. His junior year, 1990, was his finest. Billy was named first-team MOC, District 22 and All-Mideast, while also being selected All-Area VI, second-team All-Ohio and honorable mention NAIA All-American on the Cavs' 14-5-1 playoff team. Conrad missed all of 1991 due to injury, but returned in 1992 to complete his stellar career.

Abby Feyh-Meade, a 2000 graduate, starred as a middle hitter and blocker for the Cavs Volleyball Team. Abby earned second-team All-Mid-Ohio Conference honors as a freshman and was named first-team her junior and senior years. She was also a first-team NAIA Region IX honoree as a senior. She set a Walsh record for kills (669) in a single season as a freshman, a record that still stands. Feyh was named to the MOC's All-Freshman team and was selected Walsh's Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. For her career, Feyh recorded 2,010 (2nd) kills, averaging 3.3 per game, with an attack percentage of .349 (6th).

Karen Heimgartner, a 2000 graduate, lettered four times for the Cavs Softball Team. A right-handed pitcher, Heimgartner owns virtually all of Walsh's pitching records. After earning second-team All-AMC honors with a 12-7 record as a freshman, Heimgartner would win 55 games the next three years and lead Walsh to their first NAIA World Series appearance in 2000. Heimgartner was named first-team All-AMC her final three years, going 17-10, 14-9 and a Walsh record 24-9 in 2000. She was named first-team NAIA Region IX as a junior and senior and honorable mention NAIA All-American and Walsh's Female Athlete of the Year her final year. Karen ranks first in career wins (67), games pitched (111), games started (92), complete games (79), innings pitched (668), strikeouts (612) and ERA (1.41).

Amy Lehmer, a 2000 graduate, and teammate of Heimgartner, lettered four times for the Cavs Softball Team. Lehmer was a standout pitcher and utility player for the Cavs and earned AMC Freshman of the Year honors in 1999, with a 14-6 record and 1.24 ERA, while hitting .419. A four-time All-AMC First-Team selection, Amy was also first-team NAIA Region IX her final three years. As a sophomore, she finished 20-2 with a 1.84 ERA, while hitting .356 with 27 RBI. She was named AMC Player of the Year her junior year, finishing 17-5 with a 1.97 ERA, .443 batting average with 31 RBI. While battling through injury her senior year, Amy was still accorded honors as Walsh advanced to the NAIA World Series for the first time, where she was named to the All-Tournament Team. Lehmer-Kersten is the career leader in at-bats (623), doubles (53) and is second in career hits (239) and runs scored (156).

Len Milazzo, a 1973 graduate, lettered four times for the men's soccer team from 1970-73. The 1970 squad was the first Walsh team to play a full schedule, finishing 5-4-1. Milazzo contributed 17 career goals, 11 assists and 45 points for his standout career, and was named first-team All-District 22 and Team MVP his senior year, on Walsh's first District 22 championship team in 1973. The 1973 team was the first team to reach double digit wins (13) in a single season. Len also tallied six goals in 1971 and 10 in 1972. The Cavs Soccer field is named after Milazzo, "Len Milazzo Field."

Norm Kutz, a 1969 Walsh University graduate, enters the Wall of Fame for meritorious service. Kutz has been the unofficial photographer for Walsh since the 1970's. Throughout the last 30 years, Kutz has taken action shots preserving Walsh's rich athletic history. Kutz served Walsh as Director of Admissions (1969-74), Registrar (1970-74), Director of Development (1974-93), Vice President for University Advancement (1993-95), Assistant to the President (1995-96) and Development Project Administrator (1997). During his time as Vice President for University Advancement, Kutz initiated contact and discussions with senior executives of The Hoover Company, leading to the contribution of nearly 50 acres of land for athletic fields across East Maple Street and near the Physical Education Center.