Stanislaus State athletics stars from multiple generations will gather on campus this February when Warrior Athletics celebrates the latest Hall of Fame induction class.
The collection of former standouts, with historic performances spanning over five decades, include a pioneer, an elite team, a number of record setters and champions, and an international athlete.
The Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Feb. 6, as part of Homecoming Week and Alumni Weekend on the campus of Stanislaus State.
"There have been a lot of historical performances here at Stanislaus State and we are thrilled to celebrate our sports history and remind everyone of the rich tradition in Warrior Athletics," said Michael Matoso, Director of Athletics said.
The induction class of 2016 will be honored in a luncheon at the campus Main Dining Hall and will be the guests of honor for that evening's basketball doubleheader at Fitzpatrick Arena. They will be introduced to the public at halftime of the men's game when the Warriors host Cal State East Bay.
The following, listed in alphabetic order, are short biographies of the inductees:
1982 Men's Basketball Team:
The 1982 Men's Basketball Team reached the NCAA Division III Final Four after three pulsating victories in the NCAA tournament played in front of standing-room only crowds at Warrior Gym.
Dubbed the "Beach Boys," the team was led by a starting lineup of Doug Cornfoot, Rico Thompson, David Walls, David Atkins and Curt Wooden. The starting five averaged between 13.7 and 11.2 points with the sixth man, Lee Lewis, adding 9.7 points a game.
Under head coach Doug Sanderson, the Warriors finished second in the Far Western Conference. With a 15-11 regular season record, the Warriors received a bid for the NCAA tournament with home games through the quarterfinals.
Stanislaus State edged Whittier College, dominated Bishop and beat Capital in a comeback win, to advance the Final Four in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Members of the 1982 team also included Tom Chandler, Richard Beecher, John Stuart, Jeff Rowe and Rick Glenn.
Meghan Franksen, Softball (2006-2009):
Arguably the best all-around shortstop in Stanislaus State program history, Meghan Franksen holds 12 career and single season offensive records.
Aside from her tremendous range and strong arm defensively, Franksen is the Warrior' career record holder in home runs (34), total bases (417), runs batted in (148), doubles (51), hits (240), runs (158) and slugging percentage (.578).
She also holds five single season records including 11 home runs set in 2006 and set records with 51 RBIs, 19 doubles, 118 total bases and 53 runs scored in 2007.
Franksen was a three-time NFCA All-Region selection and a four-time All-CCAA shortstop after earning a 2006 CCAA Freshman of the Year award. She led the Warriors to a 2007 West Region championship and the program's first NCAA National Championship tournament appearance.
Marc Lawless, Men's Golf (1999-2002):
Marc Lawless was the top player of the Stanislaus men's golf teams from 1999 to 2002 as he carried on the winning tradition of the program.
Lawless was a two-time All-American while leading the Warriors to a conference championship (2001) and two top three finishes at the NCAA Championships. Stanislaus finished second, by one stroke, in 2002 and was third in 2001.
Individually, Lawless was a 2001 National Championship runner-up after being edged in a playoff hole. He finished second at regionals and won a CCAA championship that season. In 2002, Lawless finished 10th at the national tournament, won a West Region title and was sixth at the CCAA championship.
Martha Moren, Administrator/Coach (1973-1995)
Martha Moren was a pioneer in Warrior Athletics having served as coach of two sports, administrator and physical education chairman from 1973 to 1995.
As the first head coach of the volleyball program, Moren led the Warriors to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in 1981 and 1982. Stanislaus played in the quarterfinal round of the inaugural NCAA Division III tournament in 1981 and played in the first round of the 1982 tournament.
Moren also coached women's tennis and served as assistant athletics director when Athletics was part of the Physical Education department. Moren was the department chairman from 1992-1995.
Joel Stallworth, Men's Track & Field (2006-07):
Joel Stallworth came to Stanislaus for basketball but his athletic career took off when he joined the track team. By the end of his Warrior career, Stallworth won six CCAA championships and earned three All-American awards while setting three school records.
The sprinter was a three-time All-American in 2007 (in both indoor track and outdoor track and field) and was named the West Region's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. In both 2006 and 2007, he won CCAA outdoor track titles in the 200-meter, 400-meter runs and was also a part of the winning 4x400-meter relay team.
Stallworth holds Stanislaus records in the 200-meter dash (20.80 seconds) and 400-meter dash (45.40) outdoors as well as the indoor record in the 400-meter (47.31).
In 2008, Stallworth qualified in the 400-meter race at the IAAF World Championships in Spain and received a goal medal for being a member of the winning 4x400-meter relay team.
George White, Men's Basketball (1968-69):
George White made history in his one season as a Warrior in 1968-69. He made jumpers from long distances and only received credit for two points each time. Still, he amassed a record 805 points in a season.
White still holds six Stanislaus State scoring records including scoring average, points, free throws made and free throws attempted in a season, plus points and field goals in a game.
He scored 53 points in a Nov. 28, 1968 game against Valley State (now Cal State Northridge) when he made a record 17 shots. He averaged 32.2 points per game that season and was 231 for 274 on the free throw line — all Stanislaus team records.
Tickets for the Feb. 6 induction ceremony are $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. For more information on the Athletics Hall of Fame and to purchase tickets, please contact Warrior Athletics at 667-3016, or visit WarriorAthletics.com/HOF