2022 Hall of Fame Class Unveiled at Golf Outing

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Lewis Athletics Unveils 2022 Hall of Fame Class at Flyer Athletic Fund Golf Outing

Published: June 10, 2022.

Lewis University Athletics inducted former student-athletes Malgorzata Biela (women's track and field and cross country), Jayme Hefler (softball), Doug McBride (men's volleyball), Austin Real (men's basketball) and Sarah Scott-Gundlach (women's swimming) into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame (June 10) as part of the 42nd Annual Flyer Athletics Fund Golf Outing.
Larry Wiers was honored as the Lasallian of the Year.

Malgorzata Biela Women's Track and Field and Cross Country (1994-98)
Malgorzata Biela    Biela is the 18th Flyer from the track and field program and third in the cross country program to be inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame. She was a three-time All-American in cross country and still holds the third fastest time in school history in the 5,000 kilometer at 17:11.
    Biela helped lead the Flyers to back-to-back GLVC Championships in 1996 and 1997 and was a two-time individual champion tying with Magdalena Paszta for the top spot in 1994 and 1995. She earned All-GLVC honors and All-Region honors all four years in cross country.
    Biela finished third behind teammates Kasia Arent and Paszta at the 1997 NCAA Cross Country Championships. It marked the first time in NCAA women's cross country history that three runners from the same school captured the top three spots.
    Biela also had success on the track winning six NCAA titles and received 11 All-America honors. She won the 800 meters at both the 1995 Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships, was the Indoor champion in the 800 meters in 1996 and won the 1500 and 3000 meters at the 1997 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Biela repeated as the champ in the 1500 meters at the 1998 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Jayme Hefler Softball (2010-13)
Jayme Hefler    Hefler is the 10th Flyer softball player to be inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame. She dominates the Lewis records books as she is the all-time leader in runs scored (195), stolen bases (142), walks (99) and on-base percentage (.485). Hefler also holds the single season records for stolen bases (41) in 2011 and runs scored (60) in 2010.
    She was a two-time Daktronics Inc., All-American earning Third Team honors in 2010 and Honorable Mention accolades in 2013 and was also named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFC) All-America Second Team in 2010. She is a four-time NFCA and Daktronics, Inc. All-Midwest Region selection, a four-time All-GLVC First Team honoree and was named the GLVC's Freshman of the Year in 2010.
    As a freshman, she appeared in 54 games with 52 starts with a .444 batting average, five doubles, a triple and 40 stolen bases.
    Academically, Hefler was a four-time Academic All-GLVC selection and Br. David Delahanty Award winner, given to Lewis student-athletes for academic excellence. She was named a CoSIDA Academic Second Team All-American in 2012 and 2013.

Doug McBride Men's Volleyball (1994-97)
Doug McBride    McBride is one of the pioneers of Lewis men's volleyball that laid the foundation for the success of the program. He appeared in 132 matches in his career and owns 6,507 set assists which puts him in first place in school history and seventh all-time in NCAA history in the side-out era and eighth all-time. His 15.64 assists per set still ranks second all-time in school history and is 15th in the NCAA record books. McBride played in 416 sets and helped the Flyers to 104 wins during his career, including a school record 31 wins an appearance in the 1996 NCAA Semifinals.
    In 1997, he registered 1,860 set assists and averaged 17.22 assists per set en route to All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association First Team accolades and was named to the Volleyball Magazine All-America Third Team. He was twice named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Week (4/22/1996, 1/27/1997). McBride is the fourth member of the men's volleyball program to be inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame joining Chris Borden, Eduardo Quinones and Victor Rivera.

Austin Real Men's Basketball (2001-04)
Austin Real    Real is the 34th player in men's basketball history to be inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame. He appeared in 116 games with 112 starts for the Flyers and helped lead them to 89 victories which included a school record 25 wins in 2002, a GLVC Tournament Championship in 2002, a NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance and a GLVC Regular Season championship in 2004. He was the Most Valuable Player in the 2002 GLVC Tournament after averaging 13 points and nine rebounds per game.
    Real was the GLVC's Newcomer of the Year in 2001, earned honorable mention All-GLVC honors in 2002 and 2003. He is 15th on the all-time scoring list at Lewis with 1,334 points and averaged 11.5 points per game in his career. Real is also eighth all-time in rebounds with 691.
    As a freshman, he appeared in 27 games with 23 starts averaging 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. He also added 46 assists and 38 blocked shots in 28 minutes per game.
    Academically, Real was a recipient of the Br. Delahanty award in 2001.

Sarah Scott-Gundlach Women's Swimming (2000-03)
Sarah_Scott_Gundlach    Scott-Gundlach is the second swimmer (men's or women's) to be inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame joining her teammate Molly Ward who was inducted in 2005. At the 2001 NCAA Division II Championships, Scott-Gundlach earned First Team All-America honors in the 100-freestyle with her seventh-place finish and as a member of the Flyers 800 free relay team that finished eighth in a then school record time of 7:44.37. She also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors with her 11th-place finish in the 200 free, a 16th-place finish in the 50 free, was a member of the 200 free relay team that took 12th and the 400-medley relay team that finished 13th.
    As a junior, Scott-Gundlach earned First Team All-America honors as a member of the 800 free relay team that finished eighth and earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as a member of the 400 free relay team placed 13th and the 200 Medley Relay team that finished 14th.
    In her senior year, Scott-Gundlach was a First Team All-American finishing eighth in the 200 free and received honorable mention honors in the 50 free (13th) and the 100 free (10th).
    Academically, she was four-time recipient of the Delahanty Award.

Larry Wiers Lasallian of the Year
Larry Wiers    Wiers, a former Assistant Professor for Educational Leadership and Director of School Partnerships at Lewis, had an over 40-year career in education and decades of volunteer service.
    His professional work stretches across four decades of serving in various capacities. After earning his bachelor's degree from Loyola University, Wiers became a teacher at St. Thaddeus School in Joliet.
    The majority of his professional career was spent moving up the ranks in Troy Community Consolidated School District. He started as a social studies teacher in 1974 and then moved on to being an assistant principal, director of elementary education, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, interim superintendent and superintendent until June 2007.
    He also served as a youth counselor and director of volunteer services at the Illinois Department of Corrections in Joliet. After four years at the elementary level, he moved on to teach history at the high school level in the Plainfield District 2002. He also taught in the Department of Community Services at Joliet Junior College for a year. In the 1980s, he began teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Francis and then at Lewis in 1997.
    In 2011, the Will County Regional Office of Education honored Wiers with the Friends of Education award and Lewis University honored him with the De La Salle Medallion for Exemplary Volunteer Service.
    The De La Salle Medallion for Exemplary Volunteer Service is presented to individuals that perform outstanding volunteer service on campus or in the community. A few of his service activities in the community include: Member of the Guardian Angel Community Services Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee and Personnel Committee, Member of Greater Joliet Area YMCA Metro Board of Directors, Member of the Education to Careers Board of Directors, Member of the VISTA Learning (Computers to Kids in Need) Board of Directors, Member of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Education Committee, Member of Troy School District 30-C Foundation Planning Committee, Member Troy School District 30-C Foundation Board of Directors, Volunteer, Will County Senior Services Center, Meals on Wheels Program, Member of the Plainfield Lions Club Board of Directors, Chairman of Plainfield Lions Club Christmas Basket Program, Member of United Way of Will County Campaign - Education Division Committee, Member of the United Way Pillars Society, Past Co-Chair of Lewis University United Way Campaign and Troy School District 30-C United Way Campaign, Member of the Principal Selection Committees for St. Raymond and Holy Family Catholic Schools, and Faculty Mentor to Lewis University's Men's Basketball Team.


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