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Ron Baker, Fred VanVleet highlight newest Wichita Sports Hall of Fame induction class

Fred Van Vleet, left, and Ron Baker will enter the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame at a May 7 induction ceremony.
Fred Van Vleet, left, and Ron Baker will enter the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame at a May 7 induction ceremony. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State seniors Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker are part of a 10-inductee class for the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame in May.

VanVleet and Baker completed their Shocker basketball careers this month by playing in their fourth NCAA Tournament. The pair was 9-4 in tournament games and was part of the 2013 Final Four team.

Other inductees are:

▪ Caroline (Bruce) McAndrew, a 14-time state swim champion at Trinity Academy who competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics. She was a 13-time All-American and two-time national champion at Stanford.

▪ Mae Ceurvorst, who competed in three U.S. Open tennis tournaments in the early 1930s, and also was an AAU All-American basketball player.

▪ Jason Duda, the Thunder hockey club’s career leader in goals, assists, points and games.

▪ Mark Folger, a former state high school gymnastics champion at South and an All-Big Eight gymnast at Oklahoma. His gymnastics club has produced several collegiate gymnasts and he was USA junior Olympic coach of the year in 2009.

▪ The Goebel family, a longtime supporter of Newman athletics.

▪ Bill Koch, the winning skipper in the 1992 America’s Cup.

▪ J.D. Schneider, general manager of the five-time NBC World Series champion El Dorado Broncos

▪ Jim Thomas, an All-American second baseman at Wichita State who played nine professional seasons before becoming a Shocker assistant for 22 years.

Also to be inducted as a team is the Kapaun Mount Carmel football team that won five state championships in the mid-1970s. The organizational inductees are Joe and Cathy Ruocco, proprietors of Rock’s Dugout. The Mal Elliott Sports Media inductees are Eagle photographer Fernando Salazar and former Eagle photographer Jeff Tuttle.

The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. May 7 at Hillside Christian Church, 8330 E. Douglas.

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