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2011 Hall of Honor
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Release: 11/30/2011
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Eight Bearkat sports greats were inducted into  the Sam Houston State University men's and women's Halls of Honor at a special dinner at the Lowman Student Center Saturday, December 10.

Susan Feldman (softball), Dr. Carla Lowry (women's basketball and volleyball), Karen Zoch Koncaba (volleyball) and Sandy Mader (softball) are the 2011 inductees for the Sam Houston Women's Letter Association Hall of Honor.

The addition of these four women will bring the total of Hall of Honor members to 23. The first five women were inducted in 2007.

Susan Feldman was a member of the Bearkats' inaugural softball team in 1971 and has been active in her support of women's athletics both at Sam Houston State University and in the Southwest. She is a well-known personality in the sport of track and field as an official at area and national meets since graduation.

Dr. Carla Lowery was hired in 1967 to organize and coach Sam Houston's first volleyball and basketball teams. After directing the Bearkats to TAIAW state titles in both sports, she later coached and served as an athletic administrator at UT-Arlington and Southwestern University in Georgetown.

Karen Zoch Koncaba ranks as Sam Houston volleyball's all-time kill leader with 2,028 in 198 matches during her four-year career from 1984 to 1987. Earning NCAA All-Region and Gulf Star and Southland All-Conference honors, she led the Kats to two NCAA Division II Final Four Appearances.

Sandy Mader, a two-time All-America shortstop, ranks among the top 10 in Kats' hitting (.329 career average), runs scored (124), hits (196), home runs (13) and triples (11). Playing from 1983 to 1986, she led SHSU to two NCAA World Series appearances and four NCAA Division II regional tournaments.

Steve Hume (baseball), Dennis Kainer (baseball), Derick Preston (basketball) and Lee Singletary (golf) are the four 2011 inductees for the Sam Houston Lettermen's Association Hall of Honor. This year's additions bring the total number of members to 168.

Steve Hume earned All-America honors as an outfielder for Sam Houston, compiling a .351 career batting average on squads that rolled up a 149-68 record from 1978 to 1981. He was the leading hitter on the 1981 baseball team that rolled up a 38-18 record.

Dennis Kainer was an All-America pitcher, compiling a career record of 30 victories and 12 losses and a 3.33 earned run average from 1979 to 1982. His 30 career pitching wins ranks No. 2 all-time at Sam Houston and his 235 career strike outs is the third highest total in school history.

Derick Preston ranks as Sam Houston's fifth all-time scoring leader with 1,451 points. He earned All-Southland Conference honors three times in his four seasons as a Bearkat from 1993 to 1996. He ranks fifth in career three-point field goals with 181 and 13th in Bearkat all-time rebounding (533).

Lee Singletary earned All-America honors twice, leading Sam Houston men's golf team to an NAIA runner-up finish in 1977 and the first of four consecutive national championships in 1978. He was a top 10 finisher in both the conference and national tournaments.

For more information about the Hall of Honor banquet or to order tickets, please call (936) 294-4205.

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