BSC inducts six into Sports Hall of Fame
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern inducted its 33rd class into its Sports Hall of Fame, Friday evening at the annual Hall of Fame banquet in Bruno Great Hall on the BSC campus.
The six members of the 2013 class are: Steve Baxley (Men's Basketball '71), Karim Dietz (Men's Soccer '05), Paul Fleming (Men's Basketball '95), Sarah Hibbard Leachman (Air Rifle '05), Wes Letson (Baseball '07), and Nikki Rombough (Softball '06).
Baxley was a two-year standout under Hall of Fame coaches Harold Pickel and Murray Arnold, averaging over 20 points a game both seasons and leading the team in rebounding as a senior. His name still stands in the record books with the highest career scoring average with 20.9 points per game.
Dietz played for three seasons on the Hilltop and was a two-time All-Big South Conference honoree in the Division I era. He was a key member of BSC's back-to-back Big South Conference regular season championship teams in 2004 and 2005, and also scored the game-winning goal in the Panthers' upset of No. 3 UAB as a freshman.
Fleming starred on the hardwood under Hall of Fame coach Duane Reboul, where he was a co-captain for the 1995 NAIA National Championship team that went 35-2. He was a First-Team All-Conference selection and was the Panthers' leading rebounder in the five games of the national tournament, averaging 8.6 boards a contest.
Leachman was the first student-athlete recruited for BSC's Division I air rifle team, recruited by Hall of Fame coach (and current BSC Chief of Police) Randy Youngblood. She was the 2003 Southeastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) individual champion, and was the runner-up in 2005, while helping lead BSC to the 2003 and 2005 team championships.
Letson pitched for the Panthers and was a First-Team All-Big South Conference and Big South All-Tournament selection in 2004, helping BSC win the regular season championship and earn a bid to the NCAA Regional in Athens, Ga. He went 12-2 that season on the mound, including wins against No. 29 Alabama and No. 24 Mississippi State, and ended up being drafted after his junior year in the 11th round by the Atlanta Braves.
Rombough was a three-time First-Team All-Big South selection and led the softball team in batting average all four seasons. She was the 2003 NCAA Independent Rookie of the Year, and was also named to the Big South All-Tournament Teams in 2004 and 2006. Rombough still stands as BSC's all-time leader in hits (239), doubles (56), RBI (133), total bases (359), and putouts (1,431).
The Bob Strain Distinguished Service Award was also presented at the banquet. This year's recipient was George Salem (BSC '75), an All-American baseball player on the Hilltop and member of the 2002 Hall of Fame class, who has been a long-time supporter of BSC athletics.