Stephenson, Bell among Wichita H.O.F. inductees

Published On: Apr 07 2014 12:14:00 PM CDT   Updated On: May 17 2014 06:30:18 PM CDT
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Former Wichita State head baseball coach Gene Stephenson and basketball coach Lafayette Norwood are just two of the headliners for the 2014 Wichita Sports Hall of Fame induction list.  Here is the full release from the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame and Museum:

The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame & Museum announces the following 10 sports figures, plus one team and one sports organization have been ELECTED into the 2014 Class of The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. The media and past HOF inductees elected seven of these 2014 inductees and the advisory committee elected the other three, plus the team. The President of the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame selects the organizational inductee and the Mal Elliott Sports Media Award winner. Information on inductees or induction ceremony call: Paul Savage 316-264-5222.

Mark Bell – Named the best tight end of all-time in the City League by the Wichita Eagle. Played at Colorado State and six seasons in the NFL for the Seahawks and Colts. Mark played with his twin brother, Mike, at both Carroll HS and CSU.

Steve Eck - Named the best basketball coach of all-time in the City League by the Wichita Eagle. Coached at South HS from 1986-96 with a 227-15 record and six state championships. Current coach at Hutchinson Community College.

Dorothy Harmon – A pioneer for women in sports. Became the first woman assistant athletic director in the country at WSU. Assisted the athletic director with financial records, coordinated athletes¹ academic and eligibility records. Following the 1970 football plane crash, Mrs. Harmon was named athletic director.

Jesse Harper - Notre Dame athletic director and coach who hired Rockne, lived in Wichita for more than a decade and later retired on a ranch near Sitka in southwestern Kansas. College Football HOF

Ed Henning – One of Wichita’s greatest bowlers, Wichita Bowler of the year five times, All-Star team six times. Wichita Bowling HOF

Bob Long – A wide receiver at WSU, Long was All-MVC and Honorable Mention All-American. Played for the Green Bay Packers and Vince Lombardi and was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams. Inducted in the Shocker HOF.

Lafeyette Norwood – Long time basketball and golf coach at East, Heights, Johnson County Community College and KU. His 1976-77 Heights team is considered the best in Kansas high school history. Inducted into the Cowley CCC HOF, Southwestern College HOF, Wichita Biddy HOF, Kansas Basketball Coaches HOF, Wichita East HOF and Oklahoma AAU Basketball HOF.

Randy Smith – Multiple East HS State Track Champions. At WSU he was a 14-time MVC track champion and NCAA All-American. Wichita East Hall of Fame and charter inductee Shocker HOF


Gene Stephenson – As head baseball coach at WSU for 36 years, Stephenson won 1,837 games and lost 675 with 3 ties. He led the Shockers to seven College World Series trips, the 1989 national title, and 28 regionals. To be inducted into the College Baseball HOF.

Chris Wimmer - One of the top players in City League history, Wimmer hit .533 as a senior at East High. At WSU, he led his team to a runner-up finish in the College World Series and was named second team All-American. In 1992, Wimmer was named to Team USA and played in the Olympic games in Barcelona, Spain. Inducted into the Shocker HOF, Kansas Baseball HOF, Wichita Biddy Basketball HOF and Wichita East HOF