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  • Jennifer Kaczka elected to Hall of Fame

    Mon., Dec. 10, 2007

    Wichita State to Induct Three into Pizza Hut Shocker Sports Hall of Fame
    2008 Inductees Bring Coach-Athlete List to 113

    WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita State’s Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced its 2008 Pizza Hut Shocker Sports Hall of Fame inductees today, with this year’s crop including All-American shortstop Jason Adams, three-time All-Valley First Team forward Jennifer Kaczka, and All-American first baseman Pat Magness.
    The induction ceremony is scheduled for halftime of Wichita State’s 7:05 p.m., Jan. 12 men’s basketball game against Creighton, while a reception and dinner is set for 7 p.m., Jan. 11 in the Charles Koch Arena Champions Club. Cost for the dinner is $25 per person, and paid reservations must be made to the Shocker Ticket Office no later than Mon., Jan. 7, 2006 by calling 316/978-FANS or in person at the WSU Ticket Office located on the South side of Charles Koch Arena.
    The addition of this year’s class brings the total of former coaches and student-athletes in the Hall of Fame to 113, while there are 12 previous at-large selections.

    Here’s a look at this year’s class of Shockers:

    Jason Adams (Baseball, 1992-95)...A first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and a second-team selection by Baseball America in 1995 as a shortstop...He was named to the 1993 MVC Tournament, NCAA all-Atlantic Regional Team and to the College World Series all-Tournament Team...He was also named to the ABCA second-team all-region team in 1994 and the first team in 1995...A two-time all-Valley selection, he was named the team’s MVP in 1994 and 1995, its most outstanding player both of the seasons and its most improved player in 1993... He also won the team’s Golden Glove Award in 1994......Was honorable mention all-MVC and was named to the Hawaii Easter Rainbow Tournament as a sophomore...A career .327 hitter, he hit .398 as a senior with 16 home runs and 25 doubles...Drafted in 1995 by the Houston Astros.

    Jennifer Kaczka (Women’s Basketball, 1998-02)...Jennifer Kaczka helped lead Wichita State to its first postseason appearances en route to a stellar playing career that included three first team all-conference honors...Kaczka was the first at WSU to post 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds at the the end of her career, and was voted to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Team in 2007, making her one of the top 35 players in league history as voted on by fans...Her record-setting .647 shooting percentage in 1998-99 helped lead the Shockers to the WNIT, the first postseason appearance by a Shocker women’s basketball team in school history...Kaczka ranks second on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,557 points, and is WSU’s all-time leader with 111 career starts...Known for her versatility, she set the single-season three-point field goal percentage record in 2001-02 with a .420 percentage from beyond the arc en route to 477 points that season, a mark that still ranks as the fifth-most points in a season at WSU...She was just the second player in school history to earn three first team all-conference accolades, and was a first team MVC Scholar-Athlete honoree in 2002...She is just one of two Shocker players to ever earn MVC All-Tournament Team honors, and was named to the MVC All-Defensive Team in 2002...Kaczka is a native of Highland, Ind., and attended Highland High School.

    Pat Magness (Baseball, 1997-00)... The first baseman was The Sporting News First Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball First Team All-American, Sports Weekly First Team All-American, NCBWA First Team All-American, Baseball America Second Team All-American and ABCA Second Team All-American in 1998 after hitting a team-record and NCAA-leading .464 with 21 home runs...Was also named 1999 NCBWA Second Team All-American, and 2000 Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American...A career .392 hitter, he ranks No. 6 on WSU’s all-time list... An All-District pick as designated hitter in 1998...Named to the Minnesota all-Regional Team in 2000...A three-time first-team All-Valley pick, he was picked at DH in 1998, at first base in 1999 and 2000...He was drafted by the Florida Marlins in 2000, and played in its organization before moving to the Cleveland Indians Organization.

    —Wichita State—

  • #2
    Congrats to Jennifer, as well as to Jason and Pat.

    We could sure use another Jennifer or two right now.

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    • #3
      She was really a complete player. Lot of fun to watch.
      The fact that man is master of his actions is due to his being able to deliberate about them.-- Thomas Aquinas

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