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LaFrentz, Simoneau, Wecker in latest Kansas Sports Hall class

  • Published Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at 1:59 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 9:06 a.m.

Former collegiate All-Americans Raef LaFrentz, Mark Simoneau and Kendra Wecker headline the 2011 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction class announced today.

LaFrentz was a two-time All-American forward for the Kansas basketball team and is No. 3 on the Jayhawk scoring list. He played 10 NBA seasons.

Simoneau, from Smith Center, was a Kansas State football All-American in 1999 and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. He played nine NFL seasons.

Wecker, from Marysville, was a K-State basketball All-American in 2005 and is the program's top scorer.

Other inductees are:

* Wichita State's Willie Jeffries, who in 1979 became the first African-American head football coach in the Bowl Subdivision.

* Former WSU pitcher Don Heinkel, a College Baseball Hall of Famer who won a record 51 games from 1979-82.

* Former Emporia State athlete John Camien, a two-time NAIA cross country champion and five-time track champion in the 1960s.

* Former Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick, who served from 1987 to 2001. He died two years ago in a bicycling accident. The NCAA created a sportsmanship award in his name last year.

* Former KU basketball coach Dick Harp (1956-64).

* Former Pittsburg State football All-American Ronnie West, the first receiver to win the Harlon Hill trophy — the Division II player of the year award.

The honorees will be inducted in an Oct. 2 ceremony.

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