Juan Roque, Mike Sodders lead 2009 ASU Sports Hall of Fame Class
Arizona State University will welcome seven individuals and one track and field relay team to its Sports Hall of Fame this year, Vice President for Athletics Lisa Love has announced.
The 2009 class includes student-athletes Katie Freeland (gymnastics), Christine Garner (volleyball), Emilee Klein (women's golf), Juan Roque (football), Cappi Siefarth (women's swimming), Mike Sodders (baseball) and Morrison Warren (football) in addition to the record-setting 4x800 men's track and field relay team of Eddie Davis, Pete Richardson, Treg Scott and Mike Stahr. The inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame football game on Oct. 17 vs. Washington at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field.
Katie Freeland (gymnastics/1993-96) was a three-time All-American and the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year in 1996. During her four years at Arizona State, Freeland was repeatedly honored for her academic achievements as well as her athletic abilities as a gymnast. She was a Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic selection as a sophomore, and she finished third on the vault nationally, earning her first All-America honors. In her junior season, she tied for first on the vault at the Pac-10 Championships and finished sixth nationally, earning all-American honors for the second straight year, and she was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team and honored as a second-team GTE Academic All-American. Freeland was then named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and earned All-Pac-10 honors again as a senior. She earned all-American honors on the beam, and she was again named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team and to the GTE Academic All-America team. She also received the Pac-10 Medal of Honor, awarded to each school's outstanding senior male and female athlete, based on achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Christine Garner (volleyball/1992-95) ranks as one of the top players in ASU volleyball history. She is the school's all-time record holder with 1,871 kills, and she has three of the top eight single-season kill totals in program history, including a career-high 495 as a sophomore in 1993. She also notched more than 1,000 digs and 100 service aces over her career, ranking in the top 10 in school history in both categories. Garner was an AVCA Second-Team All-American in 1995, an Honorable Mention All-American in 1993 and 1994 and a three-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection (1993-95). She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week four times over the course of her career, the most by any player in school history. Her 475 kills in 1992 still stand as the most by a freshman in Sun Devil history, and she was named to Volleyball Monthly's All-Freshman Team that year. Garner helped ASU to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years, advancing to the Regional Semifinal round in both her junior and senior seasons. She played for the U.S. Junior National Team in 1993, won a silver medal at the 1994 Goodwill Games and was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1996 and 1997.
Emilee Klein (women's golf/1993-94) had a highly decorated two-year career at ASU, helping the Sun Devils to team national championships both years and winning the individual national title in 1994. She was a Second Team All-American in 1993 and then earned First Team All-America honors in 1994. Klein was also a First Team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection in both 1993 and 1994, and she named Golfweek's Collegiate Player of the Year and Golf Digest Women's Amateur of the Year in 1994. She was a member of the United States team in the 1994 Curtis Cup. Prior to her arrival at ASU, Klein had an accomplished junior golf career, capturing the 1991 U.S. Girls Junior Amateur title, being named an AJGA All-American four times and winning the AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 1991. She went on to join the LPGA Tour in 1995 and was named LPGA Rookie of the Year by Golf Digest in 1995. She won three tournaments as a professional, including the 1996 Weetabix Women's British Open, and was a member of the victorious United States team in the 2002 Solheim Cup.
Juan Roque (football/1994-96) is one of the best offensive lineman in Arizona State history. He was a Consensus All-American in 1996, one of only 14 players in school history to earn that honor, and he was named First-Team All-American by the Associated Press, the All-American Football Foundation, American Football Quarterly, Football News and the Football Writers Association of America. In 1996, he started all 12 games at left tackle, helping the Sun Devils to an 11-0 regular season record, a berth in the Rose Bowl and the second Pacific-10 Conference title in school history. Roque was a two-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection (1995 and 1996, and he was named a Second-Team All-American in 1995 by Sporting News. After college, he was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the second round (35th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft and played 17 career games in two seasons with the Lions.
Cappi Siefarth (women's swimming/1973-76) was a member of four national championship relay teams and earned All-American honors each of her last three years at ASU. She was part of the 400 medley relay team that won the AIAW (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) title in 1973, the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay teams that won AIAW titles in 1974 and the 200 free relay team that won the national title in 1975. Siefarth earned All-American honors in 1974 in six events (100 IM, 200 IM, 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay), in 1975 in three events (50 fly, 100 IM, 200 free relay) and in 1976 in six events (50 fly, 100 IM, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay). She also helped ASU to team national championships in both 1973 and 1974.
Mike Sodders (baseball/1980-81) was one of the most dominating hitters ever at ASU. He ranks among the top 10 in school history in batting average (tied for 5th, .389) and home runs (tied for 10th, 36), despite playing just two seasons of college baseball. Sodders led the Pacific-10 Conference in batting in 1981 with a .424 average, which is the fifth-best single-season batting average in ASU history. He also had 22 home runs and 100 RBI in 1981, and he was Baseball America's National Player of the Year, a First-Team All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year that season. The 100 RBI in 1981 also makes him one of only three players in school history to reach that mark in a season. The Sun Devils won their fifth national championship in 1981, and Sodders was named to the All-College World Series team. He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 1981 draft.
Morrison Warren (football/1946-47) was one of the stars of Sun Devil football in the mid-1940s. He led the team in rushing with 181 yards on 76 carries in 1946 and in scoring with eight touchdowns (48 points) in 1947. He ran for a career-high 141 yards on 21 carries against Arizona on Nov. 15, 1947. Warren was also a pioneer for African-American athletes at what was then known as Arizona State College. In 1947, after Texas schools had told Arizona State to not bring African-American players to their games, ASC administrators vowed that the school would only play in games where all of its players could play. Later in his life, Warren would become an education professor at ASU. He was also the first African-American to be elected to the Phoenix City Council (1966-70) and the first to be elected President of the Fiesta Bowl (1982).
Men's Track and Field 4x800 Relay Team (Eddie Davis, Peter Richardson, Treg Scott, Mike Stahr) that set the American collegiate record with a time of 7:08.96 at the Sun Angel Track Classic on April 7, 1984. The record has stood for more than 25 years. Davis, Richardson and Scott were also part of the 2-mile relay team that earned Indoor All-American honors in 1982. Richardson earned two individual Outdoor All-American honors as well, in the 800-meter run in 1983 and 1986, while Scott also earned Indoor All-American honors for the 800-meter run in 1985.