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Athletics - Mon, Aug. 28, 2017
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ELGIN, Ill. - - - Four of the most decorated former athletes in Judson University history and one legendary coach and administrator have been chosen to be the 2017 Judson Athletic Hall of Fame class. Men's soccer player Wilson Neto, volleyball player Amanda (Rohrsen) Boscaljon, women's basketball players Kim (Watson) Dixon and Sara (Brendemuehl) Luck and former head men's basketball coach and Director of Athletics Steve Kimery will all be inducted at the 2017 Judson Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, September 23, at a luncheon event in the Lindner Commons on Judson's campus.

Boscaljon was a four-year player for Judson's volleyball team from 2003-2006 and is one of the best setters in program history. She ranks third all-time with 3,543 career assists. As a freshmen she was named to both the NAIA and NCCAA All-Region teams and was also named the CCAC Freshman of the Year after leading her team with the program's best ever hitting percentage for a season. She repeated on the CCAC All-Conference team all four years of her career and was a NAIA and NCCAA All-Region player two more times. As both a sophomore and a junior, she garnished NCCAA Second-Team All-American honors. She was her team's Most Valuable Player as a junior and was a co-captain in each of her final three seasons. She led her team in assists every year including a career-best 1,158 assists in 2005. She finished her career with a .306 hitting percentage which ranks second all-time. She ranks third in program history with 372 games played and third with 321 career block assists. She served up 179 career service aces which ranks fourth, recorded 1,618 career digs ranking sixth and produced 904 career kills which ranks eighth.

 

Dixon played three seasons on Judson's women's basketball team from 2003-2006 and had the most significant impact for the Lady Eagles in her junior and senior seasons. As a junior in 2004-15, Dixon was a CCAC First Team All-Conference selection after playing a huge defensive role on the NAIA National Tournament Sweet Sixteen team. She led the team with 103 steals, the program's third most for a single-season, and was second on the team with 41 blocked shots which ranks 10th for a single-season. In 2005-06 as a senior, Dixon had one of the most notable seasons of any player in program history, collecting many accolades after setting numerous season and career records both offensively and defensively. She was named a NAIA and NCCAA All-American, honored as the NCCAA Region Player of the Year and selected to the NCCAA All-Region team and repeated on the CCAC All-Conference team. Internally, Dixon was Judson's 2006 Female Athlete of the Year and her team's Most Valuable Player leading the team to another appearance at the NAIA National Tournament. Dixon ranked an impressive fourth in the entire NAIA for scoring with a 21.7 point per game average. She holds the single-season records for her 2.17 scoring average, her total points of 695 and her 293 field goals made. Not only did Dixon score efficiently, but she defended equally as well setting single-season records and leading the NAIA with 164 steals and a remarkable 5.1 steals per game average. Her 104 free throws made, 78.2 free throw percentage and 47 blocked shots all rank in the single-season top-10 charts as well. In just three years, Dixon ranks in eight top-10 career categories led by her 305 career steals which rank second. She is fifth with a 14.5 career points per game average and a 7.6 career rebounds per game average. She ranks seventh with 493 career field goals made, 47.7 career field goal percentage and 95 career blocked shots, eighth with 1,172 career points and ninth with a 73 percent field goal percentage.

 

Steve Kimery is one of the pioneer leaders of Judson athletics, helping get the department off the ground in the late 60s and early 70s. He served as the Director of Athletics from 1969-72 as Judson athletics was just beginning. He coached the men's basketball team for those years as well. He finished with a 45-33 record, which is the highest winning percentage of any men's basketball coach in program history. In addition to basketball he also coached track for a year, golf for a year and cross country for a year. Steve also served for many years on the Hall of Fame committee.

 

Another women's basketball player, Luck had a stellar four-year career as a Lady Eagle both on the court and in the classroom from 2003-2007. She is one of only a few athletes in Judson history to be named both the Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. She accomplished this as a senior after one of the most notable individual seasons in program history that also earned her Team Most Valuable Player and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. She averaged a team best 16.9 points per game which is the sixth best mark for a single season in program history. Her 489 points scored that season ranks seventh best for a single season. She shot an impressive 80 percent from the free throw line with 140 free throws made which is the program's record for a single season. During both her junior and senior years she was named a NCCAA Scholar Athlete, a NCCAA All-Region selection and a CCAC First Team All-Conference. As a senior she was also a NAIA Scholar Athlete. She was a part of two teams that made appearances at the NAIA National Tournament, including a Sweet 16 finish in 2004-05. She finished her stellar career with 1,102 career points, the 11th highest total for the program. She finished with 129 career three-point field goals and a 74.7 career free throw percentage, both rank fifth best all time. She ranks sixth with 257 career free throws made.

 

Neto is one of the best defensive players in Judson men's soccer history, playing from 2001-04. A great leader for four years, Neto collected many individual accolades while also participating on high performing teams. As a freshmen he was a part of a NAIA Regional Champion and NAIA National Tournament team. As a sophomore and team co-captain, the Eagles won both the CCAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships. During this season, the team went on to win the program's fifth NCCAA National Championship. As a junior, Neto was a co-captain once again and earned Team Most Valuable Player honors. He was a CCAC First Team All-Conference selection and a NCCAA All Region and NCCAA All-American honoree. In 2004 as a senior, Neto had a dream season as co-captain and Team Most Valuable Player again. He earned NAIA 2nd Team All-American, NAIA All-Region, NCCAA All-Region and CCAC 1st Team All-Conference. The team won the CCAC Regular-Season and Tournament Championship once again and he finished his career as NAIA Regional Champions and making another trip to the NAIA National Tournament.