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Bethany Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members

Sept. 30 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members during Homecoming festivities on campus, October 2-3.

Kicking off the weekend will be the 11th annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Outing. The scramble will be held Friday morning at the Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg.

Friday evening, the 2015 Bethany College Hall of Fame Class will be recognized during the Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony which will be held in Commencement Hall on Bethany’s Campus at 6 p.m.

The 2015 Hall of Fame Class includes softball standout Raquel (Burns) Davis ’03; four-time All-PAC baseball performer Matt King ’00; men’s basketball single-season scoring champion Mike Majzun ’03; and Bison football captain Will Anderson ’03. Former swimming standout, Andrea Paige (Pertz) Ilkanipour ’90 was also selected for the Hall of Fame, but will be inducted at a later date due to a scheduling conflict.

Anderson, a graduate of Riverview High School, was a four-year member of the Bethany College football team. The tailback earned First-Team All-PAC honors following both the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In ’01, helping the Bison to a 6-3 overall record, Anderson averaged 81.6 yards per game on the ground, totaling 752 yards and six touchdowns.

Anderson’s senior season proved to be his best, as the tailback tallied a school record 1,186 yards and 10 touchdowns. Anderson was a symbol of consistency during 2002, averaging 5.5 yards per carry while tallying 118.6 yards per game on the ground. His single-season touchdown mark stood until 2010, while his yardage record still remains Bethany’s top mark.

At the culmination of his four-year career, Anderson held the school record in rushing yardage with 2,946 yards and also claimed the top spot in rushing touchdowns (23). Currently those numbers rank second and third, respectively, on the all-time list. Anderson also currently stands third on the Bethany career list in total touchdowns (30) while sitting fourth in all-purpose yards, having amassed 3,647.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Business in 2003, Anderson currently serves as the Assistant Vice President in Business Banking for M&T Bank. He has also served on the Board for Habitat for Humanity and is a current board member for the Broad Street Market in Harrisburg, Pa.

Davis, a graduate of Wheeling Park High School, was a star on the high school softball diamond, eventually bringing that talent to Bethany.  A four-year letterwinner for the Bison, Davis became Bethany’s first-ever First-Team All-American selection.

A 2003 graduate, Davis helped lead the Green & White to four consecutive PAC Championships, including the very first PAC Tournament Championship in 2000. Following a Second-Team selection in 1999, Davis earned First-Team All-PAC honors in 2000, ’01 and ’02. She also earned First-Team All-Region honors in both ’99 and ’02, as well as being named an All-American selection in 1999.

When her career came to a close, Davis owned most of the career offensive records for the Bison, including batting average (.416), hits (182), home runs (17), RBIs (121), and doubles (36). All of those marks rank in the top five today as she currently holds the top spot in home runs and ranks second in both batting average and RBIs. 

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Davis currently volunteers her time serving as a youth softball and basketball instructor. She, her husband Brian and their children Nicolas, Zacary and Breonna, currently reside in Wheeling.

Majzun helped lead the Green & White to back-to-back Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships in 2000-01 and 2001-02. During the Bison’s title run in 2001-02, Majzun earned All-PAC Honorable Mention honors averaging 14.2 points per game, highlighted by a game-high 25 points in the PAC Tournament Championship game victory over Grove City.  

During his senior year, Majzun was named team captain and received First-Team All-PAC honors, averaging a team-best 20.5 points during the campaign. That season, he was also named a Second-Team All-Great Lakes Region selection. He finished his final campaign with 533 total points, which at the time ranked sixth on the single-season list (currently ninth).

Majzun currently ranks seventh on the Bethany career list in total points (1,404) as well as in made three-pointers (161).

Majzun graduated in ’03 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. He is currently in his fifth year as the principal of Summit Academy Elementary in Youngstown, Ohio. He, his wife Shannon and their daughter Olivia, currently reside in Columbiana, Ohio.

A graduate of St. Clairsville High School, King was a four-year member of the Bethany baseball program. King earned four All-PAC selections, which included first-team laurels in 1997, 1999 and 2000. In ’97, King earned first-team honors as a freshman playing second base. The other three seasons (including a second-team nod in 1998) King showed off his skills in the outfield. In both 1999 and 2000, King helped lead the Bison to back-to-back PAC Championships, as well as an ECAC South bid in 2000.

As a senior, King set Bethany single-season marks in at bats (172) and runs scored (52). An “iron man” for the Green & White, King still holds the Bison career record in games played, having appeared in 158 contests. He also still currently possesses the school career mark in runs scored (147) while ranking second on the all-time list in both hits (192) and total bases (271).

King graduated in ’00 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Office of both the Barnesville and East Central School Districts in Ohio. In 2015, King was awarded with the Ohio Association of School Business Official’s Southeast Region Distinguished Treasurer/CFO award. It marked the second time King had been honored with the award, also earning the distinction in 2013.

King currently resides in St. Clairsville with his wife Michelle and their four children; Matheson, Meila, Maksim and Marlowe.