Athletes and Corban president honored at Hall of Fame banquet
During a ceremony filled with laughter and tears, Corban University Athletics honored outstanding athletes and Corban University President Dr. Reno Hoff for their contributions to the school.
During the third annual Warriors Hall of Fame Banquet, Hall of Fame inductees shared stories of road trips, games and coaches.
“It’s an honor for me to be part of coach (Tim) Hill’s life and to play with those I did,” said Justin Sherwood, the men’s basketball coach and Warrior basketball player between 1989 and 1993. “He’s a man who touched my life and introduced me to Corban, then Western Baptist…and it now holds a very special place in my heart.”
Sherwood is recognized as one of the best players in men's basketball history, after helping lead Western Baptist to three straight National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national tournaments, while playing under Hall of Fame coach Tim Hills.
Sherwood is the third all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,710 points, one of six players in school history to score 2,000-or-more points in a career and ranks in the Top 10 in nine statistical categories. As a senior, Sherwood was voted Western Baptist Male Athlete of the Year, as well as earning First Team All-Cascade Collegiate Conference, NCCAA All-American, and NCCAA All-Tournament recognition. For the past 10 seasons, Sherwood has served as head men's basketball coach at his alma mater.
Assistant women’s basketball coach Rosey Ball played basketball for Corban from 1994 to 1996 and 1997 to 1999. She was a member of back-to-back National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national championship teams under head coach Terry Williams.
During her first year as a Warrior, She scored a freshman school-record 544 points, was named All-Cascade Collegiate Conference First Team, voted CCC Freshman of the Year, and was named NCCAA Tournament Outstanding Offensive Player. Ball concluded her illustrious four-year career at Western Baptist as the program's all-time leader in free throws made (330), free throws attempted (570), and blocked shots (216).
At the end of her career, Ball was one of 12 players in program history to score more than 1,000 points and is the only player in school history to register more than 200 blocks in a career. Ball ranks in the Top 5 all-time in nine statistical categories in women's basketball history and has been part of Corban's coaching staff since the 2007-08 season.
“I felt unbelievably blessed to be included in the Hall of Fame,” Ball said. “Everything that has happened for me at Corban has been a blessing and just builds on all the things my dad taught me.”
Christy Nordstrom was the face of Western Baptist women's basketball between 1993 and 1997. She was the program's all-time leader scorer with 1,502 points for 15 years. As the program's all-time leader in rebounds with 1,073, Nordstrom ranks in the Top 5 all-time in eight statistical categories and is one of only two players in school history to register 1,000-or-more points and rebounds in a career.
Nordstrom helped lead Western Baptist to back-to-back National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national title as a freshman and sophomore, while earning three straight All-Cascade Collegiate Conference honorable mention awards. As a senior, Nordstrom was named All-CCC First Team and NCCAA First Team All-American.
The 1994-1995 season women’s basketball team was inducted for winning the first of back-to-back National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) crowns with a dramatic 66-64 victory over Bartlesville College. Under the direction of first-year head coach Terry Williams, the Warriors amassed the first winning season in program history, going 17-16 overall that included a season-ending four-game winning streak en route to capturing the program's first-ever national title.
The team members were Kristie Brown, Emily Bryson, Christy Davis, Jenni Hendrickson, Rosey (Pankey) Ball, Sara Reeves, Karla Roth, Brook Spence, Alicia Stillwell, Rachel Strom, StaciWalker, Geneva Walters, Head Coach Terry Williams, Assistant Coach Harold Haws.
After four decades at Corban, Hoff was inducted in recognition of outstanding service to athletics, including the addition of seven of the school’s 13 sports, facilitating the addition of the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center and more.