Three New Inductees to Enter Bethany Athletic Hall of Fame
Oct. 4 - BETHANY, W.Va. –The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three new members this weekend during Homecoming festivities at the school Oct. 5-6.
Starting the weekend will be the Eighth Annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Outing Friday morning at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. Later that night at 6 p.m., the Hall of Fame dinner will be held in Commencement Hall on the Bethany campus. Then at halftime of Saturday’s football game against Geneva, the newly inducted members of the Bethany Hall of Fame will be presented their plaques at Bison Stadium.
The 2012 Hall of Fame Class includes football player and track runner Richie Beckett from the Class of 1995, women’s basketball player Stephanie Cunningham-Roksandich from the Class of 1999 and women’s soccer player Missy Miller from the Class of 1996.
Richie Beckett came to Bethany from Wheeling Park High School, where he helped lead the Patriots to the state semifinals his junior and senior seasons. In addition, he was a two-time regional champion and OVAC record-holder in the 110 hurdles on the track, while also winning a state title in the shuttle hurdle relay.
Once at Bethany, Beckett continued to excel on the gridiron and on the track. He was a four-year letterman as a wide receiver and earned Second Team All-PAC in 1993. He led the PAC with 490 receiving yards in 1994 and finished his career with 93 receptions for 1,241 yards, which both ranked in the top 10 all-time at Bethany at the time, and nine touchdowns.
On the track, Beckett qualified for the 1993 NCAA National Championships in the 110 hurdles and placed ninth at the national meet. As a senior in 1995, he won conference championships in the 110 hurdles, the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and finished his career with 10 All-PAC honors. His name is still in the Bethany records books for the 400 (42.74 seconds) and 1,600 (3:20.64) relays and his time of 14.75 seconds in the 110 hurdles remained a Bison record until 2008.
Beckett graduated from Bethany with a degree in sports administration and a minor in business management. He continued to play football after leaving Bethany, signing a contract with the Steel Valley Smash in 1998 and playing in the semi-pro Ohio Valley Football League, earning First Team All-OVFL as a wide receiver in 1999 and later playing in multiple all-star games.
Beckett currently resides in Richmond, Va., with his wife Charise and their five children Damon, Arielle, Bryce, Jason and Braylen.
Stephanie Cunningham-Roksandich went to nearby Brooke High School, where she was an all-conference performer in basketball and a four-year letterwinner and school record holder on the track. After arriving at Bethany, she played in 105 games during her career on the hard court for the Bison. During her four healthy seasons (she missed all but three games of the 1997-98 season due to injury), Bethany compiled a 73-29 record, won its first PAC Championship in school history (1997) and played in the postseason four times, including the 1997 NCAA Tournament and the ECAC Tournament in 1995, 1996 and 1999.
After earning PAC Freshman of the Year distinction in 1995, Cunningham-Roksandich was a First Team All-PAC selection in 1996 and 1997 and a Second Team choice in 1999. She averaged 13.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game over her career. Cunningham-Roksandich owns the school record with 12 steals in a game and in that same contest against Notre Dame (Md.) College in 1995, she recorded the first triple-double in school history with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 steals.
Once her career was complete, Cunningham-Roksandich was ranked second in all-time points with 1,443 (still ranked fifth), second in career rebounds with 800 (still third) and was the all-time leader in steals with 228 (still third).
Cunningham-Roksandich graduated from Bethany with a degree in elementary education. Today, she is the owner/director of the Brunswick Prep Academy and resides in Brunswick, Ohio, with her husband Robert and their three children Jacob, Ethan and Noah.
Missy Miller ranks as the most prolific scorer in Bethany women’s soccer history. After completing her career at Rockwood High School in Pennsylvania, which included a spot on the All-State team in 1991, she helped lead the Bison to three PAC Championships during her career in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Among the school records Miller still holds include most goals (74) and points (171) in a career, with second place for career points coming in at 133.She also tied the school record with four goals in a game, ranks second in career assists with 23 and is second for points in a season with 48.
In addition to her place among in the Bethany records books, Miller was one of the most decorated players to play in the PAC. After being named First Team All-PAC and the league’s Freshman of the Year in 1992, Miller was selected as the conference’s Most Valuable Player her sophomore, junior and senior years.
Today, Miller resides in Markleton, Pa., with her husband Jim Mardis and son David.