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Bethany College Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class

June 17 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Athletic Department is pleased to announce the 2015 class of the Bethany Hall of Fame. The 2015 Hall of Fame class will include: Will Anderson (’03),  Raquel (Burns) Davis (’03). Matt King (’00), Mike Majzun (’03) and Andrea Paige Pertz Ilkanipour (’90).

The five new members of the Athletic Hall of Fame will be officially inducted during the 2015 Homecoming festivities, which will take place on the weekend of October 2-3. The inductees will be officially welcomed at the Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, October 2. They will also be recognized at Bison Stadium on Saturday, October 3 before the Bison football team takes on Case Western Reserve University.

Will Anderson, a 2003 graduate, was a four-year member of the Bethany football team. The tailback earned First-Team All-PAC honors following both the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In ’01, while 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. The following year was Anderson’s best, however, as the senior tallied a school record 1,186 yards and 10 touchdowns. The touchdown record stood until 2010, while the yardage record still holds strong today. 

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.

Bethany softball’s first-ever First-Team All-American, Raquel (Burns) Davis was a four-year letterwinner for the Bison. 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 continue to 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. 

A graduate in 2000, Matt King was a four-year member of the Bethany baseball program. King was a four-time All-PAC selection, 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 holds the school career mark in runs scored (147), while ranking second on the all-time list in both hits (192) and total bases (271).

A four-year member of the Bethany men’s basketball team, Mike 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 while shooting 46.5 percent from the field.

During his senior year, Majzun was named team captain and produced a First-Team All-PAC award, averaging a team-best 20.5 points during the campaign. That season, he was also named a D3hoops.com Second-Team All-Great Lakes Region selection. Majzun currently ranks seventh in total points (1,404) and made three pointers (161) on the Bethany career list. His 533 points during his senior campaign also ranks ninth all-time on the single-season chart.

A four-year letterwinner for the Bison swimming & diving teams, Andrea Paige Pertz Ilkanipour was a 1990 graduate. The MVP of the team in both 1988 and 1989, Ilkanipour served as the team’s co-captain during the 1989-90 campaign. In the span of her four-year career, Ilkanipour was an 18-time All-PAC recipient, notching Second-Team honors five times. Her top event was the 100 butterfly, where she grabbed second place at the PAC Championships on three separate occasions (’88, ’89, ’90). She also earned Second-Team honors in both the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay during the 1987-88 season.

At the culmination of her career, Ilkanipour held or was a member of five different Bethany records, including the 50 freestyle, the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 200 medley relay. Along with her talents in the pool, Ilkanipour was a four-year member of the field hockey program, where she served as team captain during the 1988-89 season.