By Nick Dawson
Basketball teammates highlight 2002 Hall of Fame class
Allan Kollar '70 and Leroy Sinnes '70, basketball teammates in the mid-1960s, are among those who will be inducted into the Pacific Lutheran University Athletic Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 4 during Homecoming Weekend. Joining the basketball duo are football player Greg Rohr '82, swimmer Karen Hanson Scott '92, women's basketball player Kelly Larson '89 and softball player Holly Alonzo '89.
The Hall of Fame induction luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. in Chris Knutzen Hall in the University Center. The public is welcome to attend the event, though ticket prices have yet to be set. For information, contact the PLU athletic department at 253-535-7350.
Allan Kollar averaged double figures in scoring all four of his years at PLU, with a single-season best of 15.9 points per game as a sophomore. He finished his career with 1,285 points in 99 games, an average of 12.9 points per game. At the conclusion of his career, he ranked eighth on the career scoring list. He still holds the single-game records for consecutive free throws made (15) and for free throws in a game (16), both coming against Western Washington University on Dec. 2, 1966. Not only was Kollar a solid scorer, he led the Lutes in rebounding each of his final three seasons, twice averaging at lead 11 rebounds per game. Kollar twice earned All-Northwest Conference first team honors during his Pacific Lutheran career.
Leroy Sinnes three times led PLU in scoring, averaging more than 16 points per game twice in his career. His best year came as a senior when he tallied 464 points in 28 games, an average of 16.5 points per contest. Sinnes finished his four years with a total of 1,307 points, an average of 12.8 points per game. He was the seventh player in the storied history of the Pacific Lutheran men's basketball program to exceed 1,000 points for his career. Sinnes earned All-Northwest Conference honors as a sophomore and again as a senior, matching his two highest scoring seasons.
Greg Rohr is among the most dominating defensive linemen ever to wear a PLU football uniform. In 1980, he earned first team all-conference, all-district and Little All-Northwest honors as a junior when he helped lead the Lutes to their first NAIA national championship. He finished that season with 56 solo tackles, 10 quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries. The following year he added first team All-American to his list of accolades. He finished his senior year with 76 tackles, six sacks, three fumble recoveries and anchored a defense that gave up only eight points a game. That team was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation before losing in the national playoffs. For his career, Rohr compiled 190 total tackles, 17 quarterback sacks and six fumble recoveries.
KAREN HANSON SCOTT
Karen Hanson Scott earned All-America honors an astounding 31 times in her PLU swimming career, capping her four years with a national championship in the 500-yard freestyle at the 1992 NAIA meet. She showed her versatility that same senior season by placing second at nationals in the 200 backstroke and third in the 200 freestyle. In all, she earned All-America honors 11 times by placing in the top six in individual events at nationals. The 500 freestyle was her specialty as she placed third twice and sixth once in addition to her national title. Hanson Scott still holds five Pacific Lutheran individual swimming records including the 100 freestyle (53.31), 200 freestyle (1:53.74), 500 freestyle (5:01.81), 1650 freestyle (17:35.80) and the 200 backstroke (2:06.01). In addition, she swam on 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams that still hold Pacific Lutheran school records.
Kelly Larson is arguably the finest all-around player in Pacific Lutheran women's basketball history. At 5 feet, 10 inches, Larson could score, rebound and handle the ball with precision. Larson's name is repeated throughout the PLU women's basketball record book. She finished her career with a then-record 1,545 points. More than a dozen years later, Larson continues to rank No. 1 in career assists with 440 and first in career free throw percentage at .791 (321 of 406). She also ranks fourth with 190 career steals and ninth with 502 career rebounds. Three times in her career she had 11 assists in a game, ranking her first in that category. Larson earned first team all-conference honors twice and was a second team pick two more times. She never averaged less than 13.5 points per game and had a single-season best of 16.7 points per contest as a junior.
Holly Alonzo, then just a sophomore, compiled an outstanding 0.47 earned
run average in helping lead PLU to the 1988 NAIA national softball championship,
the first of two won by the university. She earned all-conference and all-district
honors that season as the Lutes compiled an impressive 39-6 won-loss record.
The following season, Alonzo earned second team All-America honors. Though
not a prototype power pitcher, Alonzo finished that year with 163 strikeouts,
then a university record. She concluded her career by helping the Lutes finish
second at the NAIA national tournament.