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2014 Centenary Athletic Hall of Fame Announced
2014 Centenary Athletic Hall of Fame Announced
Monday, July 14, 2014

SHREVEPORT, La. – Centenary College of Louisiana honors the 2004 USA Gymnastics National Championship Centenary Gymnastics team and former Gents’ basketball and baseball standout Ron Viskozki as the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. Professor of economics in the Frost School of Business at Centenary and Faculty Athletic Representative David Hoaas joins the inductees as an honorary athletic letter recipient.

Viskozki lettered four seasons for the Maroon and White from 1953-57. He stands sixth all-time in free-throw percentage (81.6) while connecting on 248 of 304 attempts in 90 games and led the Gents in free-throw percentage (82.7) during the 1955-56 campaign and followed with pacing the Gents in field goal percentage the following season with a 49.7 clip. A native of Illinois, Viskozki learned about Centenary while traveling to Shreveport as an all-star on an Illinois All-State basketball traveling league team. He averaged 15 points over his four-year career with the Gents and scored 31 points against Texas A&M in the inaugural college basketball game at Hirsch Coliseum. A two-time captain, Viskozki was a Shreveport Times Sports Star of the Week nine times during his four seasons and was named one of Centenary’s All-Quarter Century players (1950-75) by former Gents’ coach F.H. “Buss” Delaney. Viskozki served as the starting point guard for the Centenary squad that played for the NAIA Regional Championship in 1956, a squad that still holds the program record for consecutive wins with 16 en route to a 20-6 record.

The Ladies’ become the second gymnastics team to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame following the 1984 NAIA National Champions. The 2004 edition was a squad like none other competing without any seniors on the team. The squad, which included Tara Mitchell, Laura Wright, Jessie Litsey, Kaela Meinert, Kristina Menne, Jessica Hayes, Jennifer Jackson, Sarah Ball, Sarah Racioppi and Carmen Reid, posted a 193.500 at nationals to edge Texas Woman’s University for the title. The Ladies’ stood as the team to beat after recording a 193.275 in the semifinals to advance to the final round along with TWU, University of California at Davis and Temple University. Jackson, Meinert, Menne and Racioppi each turned in top scores in the finals with Jackson resulting in co-champion on uneven bars and Menne winning the all-around title.

Hoaas begins the 29th year at Centenary during the 2014-2015 academic year and his 15th as the FAR. In his role as FAR, he serves as a resource to student-athletes, coaches, and administrators in the integration of athletics and academics at Centenary. In addition to serving as professor of economics, he served as the College’s Associate Provost.  Dr. Hoaas offers classes in all areas of applied microeconomics including public sector economics. His economic research has appeared in Tourism Economics, the Atlantic Economic Journal, the Eastern Economic Journal, the Southwestern Journal of Economics, the Social Science Journal, the Southwestern Economic Review, the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and the Journal of Economic Issues. Dr. Hoaas is often called on by the local news media to comment upon matters of economic interest to the Shreveport/Bossier community.

The Hall of Fame members will be honored during the homecoming festivities Friday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26.  They will be inducted on Friday at Noon during the annual alumni awards luncheon in the Edwin F. Whited Room of Bynum Commons. For more information on the event, contact Saige Solomon at ssolomon@centenary.edu.