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Davis joins Hall at familiar time

The way Chris Davis saw it, there wasn't a better time for his dad to be honored than during what was his father's favorite time of the year.

On the second day of the National Baseball Congress World Series, Larry Davis was inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies Saturday at Hillside Christian Church. Davis was NBC tournament director for 25 years.

Chris accepted the award for his dad, who died in 2002, and knew the timing of the award couldn't have been better.

"It's awfully special, the fact that it's the second day of the tournament, that was very fitting," Chris said.

Larry, who took over as tournament director after Hap Dumont's death and went on to create Baseball 'Round the Clock at the NBC, is also a member of the NBC and Kansas Baseball halls of fame.

"My dad would be honored and he would be humbled. I am just humbled to be a part of it," Chris said.

Twelve others were inducted Saturday, including WSU athletes Sara Lungren (volleyball 2003-07), Joe Stevens (who is in the top 10 for points per game in WSU basketball history), Don Lock (who played at Wichita University and eight years in the majors) and Justin Hromek (WSU bowling and 1994 U.S. Open champion).

Lungren, a two-time Missouri Valley Conference volleyball player of the year, was inducted three years after her college career ended in 2007.

"This was never something I expected would happen. When you are grinding through your five years of volleyball you don't think something like this is going to happen but it makes you appreciate everything you put into it and all the support from around the city," Lungren said. "I was blown away that they wanted me in so soon. I'm just glad people respect me enough to want me in."

Dave Dahl, who has served as a WSU basketball broadcaster for 30 years, and Herm Wilson, WSU cross-country and track coach for 17 years, also joined the Hall of Fame.

The Garvey family was inducted for its part in the Wichita Swim Club and as benefactors of the YMCA, Friends University, Wichita Collegiate and Biddy Basketball.

Warren Hardy joined for his 26 years as the voice of 81 Speedway. Hardy also announces for the O'Reilly/NCRA Racing Series.

Friends football All-American Morris Lolar and Ray Romero, the fist Mexican-American to play in the NFL, were also inducted.

The Wichita Advantage, the 1993 World Team Tennis Champions, were the Wichita Advantage was inducted as a team. The U.S. Bowling Congress Great Plains Chapter was inducted as the organization. "There were a lot of great athletes and people up on that stage," Chris Davis said.

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