Marmion Academy to induct three members into its Athletic Hall of Fame

By on January 23, 2013

AURORA—Marmion Academy will induct three new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 9. The induction will take place in Marmion’s gym, 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora, during halftime of the varsity basketball game at 6 p.m.

This year’s inductees are Thomas Collins (Class of ‘76), Eric Konen (Class of ‘87) and Rich Sharpenter (Class of ‘63).

While at Marmion, Collins played football, basketball and track all four years. He played on the conference-winning football team and played in the playoffs against Geneseo. He also played on the 1976 basketball team that won regional, sectional and super-sectional, and played in the Elite 8. In track, Collins participated and was a member of the team winning Conference in the WSCC.

Collins has spent his entire professional career in college athletics, working his way up from assistant ticket manager at Arizona State University to athletic director at Ball State University.

Collins has served on numerous boards including the NCAA Amateurism Cabinet, Mid-American Conference finance committee, Tempe Sports Authority, Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. He has run numerous Pac-10 (now Pac-12) and NCAA championship events over the years while at ASU. Tom was part of the 1996 Super Bowl Committee that hosted Super Bowl XXX in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

Konen played basketball and golf all four years of his high school career. In golf, his team had a 48-1 record in dual match play over four years. He held the nine-hole scoring record of (32) as a freshman. In 1983 the team finished seventh in State. Three out of four years, the golf team was conference champ. The team was city champion all four years during Konen’s time on the team. He was individual medalist (74) in ’86 and named team MVP in ’86. He was co-captain of the basketball team in his senior year. Konen was All-Conference in ’85 and ’86, and Academic All-Conference in both basket and golf in ’87.

While at St. Ambrose University, Konen earned four varsity letters in golf and basketball. In his sophomore year, the basketball team made it to the Sweet 16 in the NAIA National Tournament. Konen averaged eight points and five rebounds per game that year.

Sharpenter played football all four years in high school, played basketball three years and ran track two years. He was All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State in football in 1962, playing center and defensive end his junior year. In basketball, he was center for the varsity team his junior year. Sharpenter has been a major booster of Marmion athletics for over 40 years.

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