February 3, 2007
Valdosta -- Valdosta State University held its eleventh annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday.
The ceremony part of a big weekend of sports at VSU, with the softball, baseball, and basketball teams all in action.
The class of five bringing the Blazers honored to at the school to fifty-two Tracy Sprolden Kimethu was enshrined for her work on the VSU basketball team.
Nico Sablowski enters the Hall for men's tennis.
Long-time sports information director Steve Roberts got the nod, retiring after 25 years at the school.
Two-time Harlon Hill Award winner Dusty Bonner goes in for football, as well as Sal Amadeo, a three-year letter winner and member of the 1979 national championship baseball team.
Sprolden Kimethu was a four-year letter winner for the Lady Blazers basketball team from 1998 through 2001, and owns the school record for rebounding average in a single season at 14.7, as well as blocked shots per game and in a season.
Bonner played just two seasons with Valdosta State, but was named the Division II most outstanding player both years, and threw for 8,163 yards and 107 touchdowns.
Both players are native to Valdosta, and Bonner says the induction is a great honor.
"The biggest part for me is to be able to come back to school and to share this with old friends, and my family," says Bonner. "It's really important for me to have them here, and it means a lot to them."
Sprolden Kimethu says, "It's a great honor. I played here all four years, and I'm from Valdosta, so it's like coming home for me, and I get to be honored too. It's a great feeling."
At the Hall of Fame ceremony, VSU president Ronald Zaccari said the school will remain committed to Division II athletics for at least the next five years.