GREAT BEND — McPherson native Susan Sundahl Ryan will be inducted into the Barton County Community College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Also to be inducted are L.T. and Sheila Fleske, Hyleas Fountain and Leevan Sands.
The Class of 2014 inductees will be recognized and honored at a 3 p.m. induction ceremony to be held in the Kirkman Activity Center located on the Barton campus. The induction ceremony is free and open to the public. Public attendance also encouraged in honoring the inductees between the women’s and men’s basketball games versus Cloud County Community College later that evening.
In addition to Hall of Fame activities, the athletic department will be recognizing during halftime of the men’s contest the recent contributions from Larry and Kathy Schugart and their family for facility improvements.
• About Susan Sundahl Ryan •
Arriving at Barton in its second year of women’s basketball in 1978, Susan Sundahl Ryan helped catapult the program to conference, region and national respectable levels. The Lady Cougars jumped into the national polls for the first time in women’s basketball history during her sophomore season while Sundahl’s personal accomplishments led to her becoming the first All-American in Lady Cougar basketball history.
Playing at the collegiate level in what was probably her second-best sport next to softball, the freshman from McPherson earned All-Region honors as she averaged 15.3 points and five rebounds per game as the Lady Cougars finished 11-13 on the season.
As a sophomore, Sundahl helped lead the Lady Cougars to a 10-0 start to the season and a first-ever national ranking, entering the poll at No. 16. Leading the region in scoring, Sundahl averaged 17.3 points, six rebounds, and three assists per contest to also earn All-Region VI honors and selection to play in the East-West All-Star game. The Lady Cougars finished 21-6 on the season, having been upset in the region semifinals.
Continuing her playing career at McPherson College, Sundahl was the second-leading scorer in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) in both her seasons. In her junior season, she averaged 16 points per game and finished second in the conference in free throw percentage. She capped her career averaging more than 17 points per game and ranking 12th in the nation by draining 83 percent of her foul shots. Sundahl again almost added All-American to her playing resume, finishing a mere one vote shy of garnering the honor.
An art major in college, Sundahl worked at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kansas, from 1987 until 2002, when she and her family moved to Evans, Ga. An avid painter, Sundahl and her husband Michael have two children, Amanda and Kevin.
• Schedule of Events •
• Saturday, February 8, at Barton Community College •
3 p.m. – Induction ceremony located on lower level of the Kirkman Activity Center on the Barton campus. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Live web streaming will also be available.
5:30 p.m. – Barton women’s basketball versus Cloud County Community College
*7:15 p.m. - *Approximate time. Inductees will be presented with Hall of Fame plaques between the women’s and men’s basketball games.
7:30 p.m. – Barton men’s basketball versus Cloud County Community College