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Kaskaskia College To Host 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction on February 10

Kaskaskia College will induct the 2018 class into their Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on the main campus.  The 2018 class includes the 2008-09 Blue Devils Baseball Team, former basketball players Daren Hill, Mike English, Amy (Kruse) Froess and Cindy (Hanke) Hoffmann, and former baseball player Jeff Jensen. 

Honorees are:

Daren Hill:  Daren was a member of the Blue Devils basketball team for the 1990 and 1991 seasons.  As a freshman, he averaged 15.3 points and 10 rebounds per game.  He was named to the 1st team All Great Rivers Athletic Conference and the 2nd team All Region 24.  As a sophomore, he averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds per game.  His accolades as a sophomore included 1st team All-GRAC, player of the year in the GRAC, 1st team All Region, MVP of Region 24 Tournament, was named a JUCO All American and led the Blue Devils to a 9th place finish in the national tournament played at Hutchinson Kansas.  He scored 1380 points in two years at KC and graduated with an Associate in Arts Degree.  After KC, Daren was awarded a basketball scholarship to Murray State University.  While there, he averaged 12.3 points, 5 rebounds a game his junior year.  He then transferred to the University of Missouri St Louis (UMSL) in 1993 for his senior year. He was named New Comer of the Year in the MIAA, 1st team All MIAA conference, player of the week for two consecutive weeks and averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds a game.   Daren resides in Lansing, IL and is the proud parents of five children.  He has worked for the American Medical Association the past 18 years

Amy Froess:  Amy L. (Kruse) Froess was a member of the Blue Angels basketball team for the 1991 and 1992 seasons.  In 1991, she received the Academic Award in Basketball as well as the Blue Angel Award and Most Improved Award.  In 1992 she was named a NJCAA Distinguished Academic All American for Basketball, was named to the All Region 24 2nd team, and the All GRAC Team.  She led the conference in rebounding and was the 3rd leading scorer.  Other accolades include making the Dream Team, KC MVP, Leading Scorer Award, Leading Rebounding Award, Academic Award, Team Captain, and Blue Angels Coaches Award.  As a student athlete, she was also inducted and graduated into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and graduated Cum Laude with an Associate in Arts Degree.  She was a member of the Blue Angels volleyball team her sophomore year.  Following graduation from KC, she received a basketball and academic scholarships to attend Fontbonne University. She was a successful athlete at Fontbonne garnering all conference recognition, as well as scoring, and rebounding awards.  She received academic awards at the College and in the Conference.  She was the 1st athlete at Fontbonne to compete in four sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball); and scored the 1st goal in Fontbonne’s Soccer history.  She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science certified in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Elementary Education.  She teaches and coaches at Columbia, IL (22 years) where she has coached basketball, softball, and soccer.  She is currently coaching basketball as well as her daughter’s 5th grade basketball and her club softball team.  She is married and the proud mother of three children.  

Cindy Hoffmann:  Cindy A. (Hanke) Hoffmann was a member of the Blue Angels basketball team in 1992 and 1993.  In 1992, she was awarded the Team Free Throw and 3 Point Percentage Awards.  In 1993, she was named the Team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring, field goals, and free throws.  She was named to the All Region 24 team as well as the All GRAC and GRAC All-Academic Team.  Cindy is a member of the Blue Angel 1000-point club scoring a total of 1,012 points in two years, including 433 points in 1992 and 579 points in 1993.  She averaged 20 points per game and 7.3 rebounds.  She finished her career at KC shooting 46% from the 2-point line and 41% from the 3-point line with an overall shooting average of 43% and 76% from the free-throw line.  She also led the GRAC with 96 three-pointers made.  After graduating from KC with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology, she gained work experience in the field and advanced her career in diagnostic sonography. In 1998, she returned to KC to help educate future radiographers. While completing a bachelor’s degree in Workforce, Education & Development, She assisted in the development of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and became the program’s coordinator.  In 2005, she completed her M.S.Ed from SIU-C.   Cindy Hoffmann is the daughter of Roger and Rose Hanke. She married Steve Hoffmann in 1995 and is the proud mother of three children.  She has been an active volunteer coach in the community for various basketball and softball leagues. She served as assistant coach for the Trinity Lutheran Hoffman Eagles and also the Carlyle High School Lady Indians basketball for one season. She has served on various committees at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, CUSD #1 and at KC.

Jeff Jensen:  Jeff played baseball for the Blue Devils from 1981-83.  His career stats include 113 games started, 781 innings played with an on base average of 41%, 349 at bats, 108 hits, 65 runs, 83 runs batted in including 69 singles, 17 doubles, 3 triples, and 19 home runs.  Jeff had 62 strikeouts, 7 sacrifice bunts with a .970 field average, delivered 52%, with a .309 batting average and .413 on base average.  He was also a member of the Blue Devils basketball team and was named Co-Male Athlete of the Year in 1983.  Jeff earned his Associate in Arts Degree at KC before attending Southeast Missouri University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education.  Jeff has been recognized as a 2006 Centralia High School Hall of Fame inductee with the 1981 baseball team and a 2013 KC Hall of Fame inductee with the 1981-82 KC Baseball Team.  Jeff is a past president of the Fredericktown Chamber of Commerce, 2014 Chairman of the Missouri Automotive Dealers Association and was co-owner of Barrett Jensen Chevrolet and Barrett Jensen Automotive from 1998-2017.  Previously, Jeff taught and coached for the Orchard Farm School District.  He is currently a Regional Sales Manager for Cox Automotive/Dealertrack Technologies.  Jeff and his wife Mary Jo are the proud parents of two children, a son Reed and a daughter Ellie.  He is the son of Roger and Louise Jensen of Centralia.

Mike English:  Mike English was a member of the Blue Devils basketball team for the 2002-03 Season.   During this season, he played a forward position and averaged 19.7 points per game; 7.8 rebounds and 4 assists.  He also blocked a team high 22 shots.  He was named to the All-Region 24 Team, First Team All-Conference, and was an All-American nominee.  Mike graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree.  After graduation from KC, Mike transferred to the University of Missouri-Kansas.  As a junior, he was the leading scorer averaging 12.4 points, 7.3 rebound and 3 assists per game.  He was named to the First Team for Newcomers.  His senior year he averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. The team finished in 2nd place and Mike was runner-up for the League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards.  He was named to the first team all-conference and first team all-defense.   He started 23 of 24 games and played over 30 minutes for the NCAA Division I team.  He played professionally for Kormend and Atomeromu (Hungary), Blaze (Australia), Correcaminos (Mexico), Levice (Czech Rep), and Caceres (Spain).  After his first year of professional play in Austria, he was named Eurobasketball All-League Forward of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Import Player of the Year in 2006.  He was also selected to the All-League First Team, the All Imports Team and the All Newcomer Squad.  Mike averaged 22.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and .5 steals in his first professional season and assisted his team to advance to the tournament semi-finals.  While playing professionally, he received numerous MVP awards.  While living in Turkey, he was the head trainer and skill development coach for a Division III professional team.  Mike resides in St. Louis and is a proud father of two children, a son Kayden and a daughter Noa. He is a police officer for University City Police Department.  He is also the freshman boy’s basketball head coach at Cardinal Ritter Prepatory High School and assistant varsity coach. He also works with people with special needs and disabilities and is a mentor to over 30 children. 

2008-09 Blue Devils Baseball Team - This team was the first KC team to earn a GRAC Championship title after a 21-year lull.  The team record was 19-5 for the GRAC, with a 36-11-1 overall record.  The Blue Devils placed 3rd in the Region 24 Tournament and was selected as an Academic All American team.  Team members receiving special honors include Academic All-Americans Logan Mahon, Wade Koester, Stephen Hefler, Bo Kinder, and Scott Pedersen.  Logan Mahon, Anthony Even, and Wade Koester were named All Conference and All Region, Anthony Hecht also received All Region Honors.  Logan Mahon was the Region 24 Pitcher of the Year.  Team members were Phillip Berndsen, Chris Buddee, Matt Engele, Troy Davis, Michael Finnamore, Anthony Even, Brandon Hardin, Anthony Hecht, Stephen Hefler, Matt Hitt, Bo Kinder, Wade Koester, Logan Mahon, Brett Mazmanian, Tyler Mulder, Wes O’Neill, Joseph Paulin, Scott Pedersen, Kurt Peppenhorst, Ryne Purcell, Jameson Rakers, Paul Ritzheimer, Jordan Schmidt, Tyler Sopczak, Dayton Spears, Phillip Whetherell, Tyler White, and Dillan York.  Coaches include head coach Mitch Koester and assistant coaches Kurt Friese and Jared Davis.

The KC Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held Saturday, February 10 in the Lifelong Learning Center starting at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets are on sale now for $20.00 a person.  For more information or to purchase a ticket, please contact Cathy Karrick by calling at 618-545-3182 or email ckarrick@kaskaskia.edu.  A deadline of February 1 has been set for ticket purchases for the event.

Pictures of other inductees will follow in another email.



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