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Three Inductees to Enter Bethany Athletic Hall of Fame

October 5, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BETHANY - The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three new members this weekend during Homecoming festivities at the school .

Starting the weekend will be the Eighth Annual Hugh ''Tiger'' Joyce Golf Outing on Friday morning at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg. Later that night at 6 p.m., the Hall of Fame dinner will be held in Commencement Hall on the Bethany campus. Then at halftime of Saturday's football game against Geneva, the newly inducted members will be presented their plaques at Bison Stadium.

The 2012 Hall of Fame Class includes football player and track runner Richie Beckett from the Class of 1995, women's basketball player Stephanie Cunningham-Roksandich from the Class of 1999, and women's soccer player Missy Miller from the Class of 1996.

at Bethany, Beckett continued to excel at both sports. He was a four-year letterman as a receiver and earned second team All-PAC in 1993. He led the PAC with 490 receiving yards in 1994 and finished his career with 93 receptions for 1,241 yards, which both ranked in the top 10 all-time at the time, and nine touchdowns.

On the track, Beckett qualified for the 1993 NCAA National Championships in the 110 hurdles and placed ninth at the national meet. As a senior, he won conference championships in the 110 hurdles, the 400 and 1,600 relays and finished his career with 10 All-PAC honors. His name is still in the Bethany records books for the 400 (42.74 seconds) and 1,600 (3:20.64) relays and his time of 14.75 seconds in the 110 hurdles remained a Bison record until 2008.

Beckett graduated with a degree in sports administration and a minor in business management. He continued to play football after leaving Bethany, signing a contract with the Steel Valley Smash in 1998 and playing in the semi-pro Ohio Valley Football League, earning First Team All-OVFL as a receiver in 1999 and later playing in multiple all-star games.

Beckett currently resides in Richmond, Va., with his wife, Charise, and their five children Damon, Arielle, Bryce, Jason and Braylen.

After earning PAC Freshman of the Year distinction in 1995, Cunningham-Roksandich was a first-team pick in 1996 and 1997 and a second-team choice in 1999. She averaged 13.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game for her career. Cunningham-Roksandich owns the school record with 12 steals in a game and in that same contest against Notre Dame (Md.) College in 1995, she recorded the first triple-double in school history with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 steals.

Cunningham-Roksandich finished ranked second in all-time points with 1,443 (still ranked fifth), second in rebounds with 800 (still third) and was the all-time leader in steals with 228 (still third).

Cunningham-Roksandich graduated with a degree in elementary education. Today, she is the owner/director of the Brunswick Prep Academy and resides in Brunswick, Ohio, with her husband, Robert, and their three children, Jacob, Ethan and Noah.

Among the school records Miller still holds include most goals (74) and points (171) in a career, with second place for career points coming in at 133. She also tied the school record with four goals in a game, ranks second in career assists with 23 and is second for points in a season with 48.

In addition to her place among in the records books, Miller was one of the most decorated players to play in the PAC. After being named first team All-PAC and the league's Freshman of the Year in 1992, Miller was selected as the conference's Most Valuable Player her sophomore, junior and senior years.

Today, Miller resides in Markleton, Pa., with her husband, Jim Mardis, and, son David.

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