Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes SE standouts

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Photo courtesy of Dan Hoke.  Bob Ledbetter, “Voice of the Savages”.

Photo courtesy of Dan Hoke.
Bob Ledbetter, “Voice of the Savages”.

Photo courtesy of Dan Hoke.  From left to right: Keith Baxter, SE Athletic Director, Marty Byrd, Drew Beard, Olivia  Franceskini Anthony Bruner, Bob Ledbetter, and President Sean Burrage

Photo courtesy of Dan Hoke.
From left to right: Keith Baxter, SE Athletic Director, Marty Byrd, Drew Beard, Olivia Franceskini
Anthony Bruner, Bob Ledbetter, and President Sean Burrage

Photo courtesy of Dan Hoke.  Olivia Franceskin reflects on time at Southeastern.

Photo courtesy of Dan Hoke.
Olivia Franceskin reflects on time at Southeastern.

Photo courtesy of Dan Hoke.  Anthony Bruner addresses the audience.

Photo courtesy of Dan Hoke.
Anthony Bruner addresses the audience.

SE Athletic Hall of Fame has accumulated 77 members since 1977.

The five newest members of the Hall of Fame are very notable athletes.

Drew Bear is a highly recognized football player whom had a career from 2001 through 2004. He “guided SE to its only Division II playoff appearance,” according to gosoutheastern.com.

Anthony Bruner was a determined ball player on the basketball court. He played from 1994 to 1996. In that short span of time Bruner “helped SE to 38 wins over two seasons,” according to gosoutheastern.com.

The “Voice of the Savages”, Dr. Ed Byrd was also inducted. On gosoutheasten.com it states that Byrd was the Public Address Announcer for SE football and basketball for about 30 years.

Olivia Franceskini dominated the volleyball records through her four years at Southeastern. Franceskini “earned the program’s first All-American honor and was named the Freshman of the Year in her first season,” according to gosoutheasten.com. If she is not the lead in a major stat category, then she is in the top five, excluding assists.

Three was the key for the final member inducted Saturday. Bob Ledbetter played baseball, football and ran in track before he graduated in 1962. Ledbetter became one of Southeastern’s Distinguished Alumni in 2005.