Six new members have been selected to become the 2013 class for the Cardinal Hall of Fame at Trinity Valley Community College.
“This class is a great representation of the storied tradition of our athletic teams,” said Benny Rogers, sports information officer and chairman of the hall of fame selection committee. “Each of them made significant contributions to the success our athletic program has enjoyed through the years.
“It will be an honor to have them back on campus and recognize them for their contributions.”
The hall of fame’s sixth induction class is scheduled to be inducted on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. Tickets for the induction luncheon are $10 and will be available at the door at the Student Union Building ballroom.
Inductees this year are:
Though two decades have passed since his death at the age of 61 in 1993, Andress’ influence is still being felt. During his 11-year tenure as head football coach, he was instrumental in starting Parents Day (now Family Day), Meet The Cardinals and Scout Day. All three are still held each year.
As the longest-tenured head football coach in the college’s history, Andress led the Cardinals to four conference championships and three bowl appearances. In his second season in 1983, he led the Cardinals to their first bowl appearance in 13 years. His 52 wins are second only to legendary and hall of famer Bob Baccarini, who won 55.
He was no stranger to the college when he became head football coach. The Athens High School graduate played two seasons at the college in 1948 and ’49.
Andress was affectionately referred to as “Big A.”
If there’s one thing Barkus knew a lot about in her time as a Lady Cardinal, it was how to win. In her two years as the floor leader, she helped record 62 wins in 66 games, including an unbeaten regular season in 2003.
As a sophomore that season, she averaged 20.6 points per game and was named the State Farm/WBCA Junior College Player of the Year. She was also named the Region XIV Most Valuable Player and was a Kodak first-team All-America selection. She was twice named all-conference and all-region.
She led the Lady Cardinals to a pair of conference championships and a regional title in 2002 as a freshman. The Lady Cardinals finished seventh at the national tournament.
After leaving the college, she played two seasons at Louisiana Tech, where she averaged 8.8 points per game as a junior and 12.8 as a senior. In two years, she had 178 assists, 93 steals, 78 three-pointers and scored in double figures 14 games. She was named all-conference as a senior.
She played professionally in Iceland in 2005, averaging 23.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.7 steals and earning a selection to the All-Star game.