2010-11 Wall of Fame Class

Thursday, September 9, 2010

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


Walsh University will induct five new members into its Athletic Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25. The dinner will be held on Friday in the Barrette Business and Community Center, beginning with a reception at 6 pm, followed by dinner at 7 pm, with the induction ceremonies to follow. Cost of the dinner is $25.00. Please R.S.V.P. by calling 330-490-4752. The 2010-11 class will also be presented on Saturday, at halftime of the homecoming football game against Urbana University, with kick-off set for 12 pm.

Kerri Andrews-Smith (1998-02) lettered four times on the hardwood for the women's basketball team. Andrews concluded her stellar career second in career assists (398), second in career three-point percentage (.381) and third career free throw percentage. She averaged 6.4 points and shot .821 from the foul line as a freshman. After becoming a starter as a sophomore, Andrews averaged 7.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, with 103 assists. In her junior year, Andrews earned second-team All-American Mideast Conference honors averaging 12.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, while shooting .807 from the foul line. She finished her career earning honorable mention All-AMC honors, averaging 11.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, while shooting .863 from the foul line. Andrews tallied 1,056 career points. She graduated from Eastern Brown High School in Russellville, Ohio.

Heidi Fledderjohann-Sluss (1997-00) earned three cross county letters for the Cavs. After transferring from Kent State University, Fledderjohann was selected as the NAIA Ohio Freshman Runner of the Year in 1997 and earned first-team All-American Mideast Conference honors. She qualified for the NAIA National Championships and finished 59th (20:46) and recorded a personal best time of 18:19. She would earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition the following two years and just missed returning to the NAIA National Championships with a tenth place finish at the AMC Championships, earning honorable mention honors. Fledderjohann also earned three track letters. She graduated from Green High School.

Rhonda Heldt (1981-84) lettered for Walsh four times on the volleyball court as a middle hitter/middle blocker. The 5-11 Heldt was an integral component on Walsh's first successful teams. Heldt was selected first-team All-Greater Ohio Athletic Conference honors in 1984. She also helped the Cavs to two appearances in the District 22 Championship match in 1982 and 1984. The Cavs finished 131-34 in Heldt's four years and won a then-record 42 matches in 1984. Heldt graduated from Indian Valley North High School.

Doug Neff (1998-2001) lettered four times for the Cavs, three times on the offensive line at right tackle. Neff earned first-team NAIA All-American honors his senior year, as Walsh won its first conference championship. Neff was a second-team NAIA All-American his junior year. He was also a first-team Hansen Gazette All-American as a senior. Neff was selected first-team All-Mid-States Football Association his junior and senior years. Neff and the Cavs' line produced a 1,000-yard back each year he started, and first-team all-league running back. Neff graduated from Louisville High School.

Tim Thompson (1994-97) earned three tennis letters for the Cavs, and became the first player to win conference tournament championships in singles and doubles in the same year, when he accomplished the feat his senior year. Thompson earned All-Great Lakes Region honors in 1994 and reached the singles' semi-finals and was a doubles finalist. He finished 10-6 in singles and 12-4 in doubles his sophomore year. As a junior, he finished 13-3 in singles and 12-1 in doubles to earn All-Mid-Ohio Conference honors. He reached the MOC singles finals and partnered with Ray Eshenaur to become the only Walsh doubles team to have an undefeated regular season. As a senior he finished 17-3 in singles and doubles, and led Walsh to its first Team NAIA National Tournament appearance. He recorded a career singles mark of 40-12 and a career doubles mark of 41-8. Tim's wife Darci was selected to the Wall of Fame last year. Tim graduated from Rosecrans High School in Zanesville, Ohio.