On Saturday February 22, Pratt Community College and athletic director Kurt McAfee recognized the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2014.
On Saturday February 22, Pratt Community College and athletic director Kurt McAfee recognized the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2014. They included Gregg Miller, Dick Cramer, Marion Cash and Steve Breathett who were present at the ceremonies as well as Ron Fair, Alvoid Mayes, Angie Lawson and Svjetlana Papcevic who were regretfully unable to attend. It was also revealed that Carmen Forrest and Don Schwartz would become HOF members in 2015.
Gregg Miller was a baseball coach at PCC for 7 seasons from 1991-1998. Among his accomplishments was working with PCC and numerous boosters— including Jud and Bobbi Stanion — to implement improvements to PCC’s baseball field. Miller’s hard work, along with the generosity of the Stanions and other donors, completed improvements to the playing surface, surrounding grounds, irrigation system, bleachers, dugouts and practice facilities. Stanion Field became one of the premier baseball facilities in the KJCCC.
Miller also played a vital role in recruiting major league level talent to play for the Beavers, which elevated the program to competitive status within the conference. Among the players recruited by Miller who went on to major league careers are Terry Tiffee, Steven Neal, Brad Bohannon, Rocky Hughes and Chet Medlock. Miller is currently the Midwest Regional Supervisor for scouting for the Kansas City Royals, and resides in Meeker OK with his wife Susan and their three daughters.
Dick Cramer was one of the best wrestlers ever to come out of Pratt High School, and he continued wrestling collegiately at PCC. Kurt McAfee said, “I was four years behind him in school, but as a young wrestler coming up through the program, Dick was the guy I looked up to. I always thought if I could attain half of what Dick did in my high school career, I would be happy.”
Cramer was an integral part of the 1971-72 PCC wrestling team that placed 5th in the nation that year. The 1972-73 team, led by Cramer, took second at regionals and qualified four for Nationals. Cramer wrestled at KSU following his tenure at PCC. Cramer returned to Pratt, teaching English at first Pratt High and then Pratt Community College until his retirement last year.
Cramer still resides in Pratt with wife Donna. Though retired, he still teaches a few courses at PCC. Brison Manor, a teammate of Cramer’s and pro football player with the Denver Broncos, said that Cramer is one of the fiercest competitors he has ever known.
Marion Cash is one of the few Beaver players to have his jersey retired and hanging in the rafters of Dennis Lesh Sports Arena. Cash is remembered as one of the greatest basketball players ever to patrol the PCC hardwood. Cash arrived in Pratt in 1987 from the Bronx, New York.
He became an NJCAA All-American in 1988, and later went on to star at Clemson University. A 6’3” silky smooth guard, Cash still ranks high in the record books at Clemson for assists. Cash is well-remembered for his ball-handling skills and late-game heroics. In 1990, Clemson made it to the sweet-16, in large part due to Cash being able to bring the ball upcourt against smothering full-court pressure.
Steve Breathett was one of the most decorated track athletes ever to run for Pratt Community College. He holds the school records in the 600-yd run 1.11.1; 200m 20.8; 400m 46.8; long jump 23’10 and was a member of the school record 4x100m relay team.
Breathett, from Chicago, recalls arriving in Pratt in 1986. He said there was a culture shock that took place, coming to a small town from a big city like Chicago. But he said that wasn’t a bad thing. He remembered the positive influences he met during his time at Pratt. “I met some beautiful people from the community,” he said. “”I only wish could have remained in contact with them. It also goes double for those that I befriended while attending Pratt Community College." Breathett mentioned Don Schwartz as being one of those who had an especially big impact on him during his time at Pratt.
Angie Lawson was an All-American softball player at PCC from 2000-2002; Alvoid Mayes and Ron Fair were inducted for their contributions to the football program 1986-1987; Svjetlana Papcevic was a standout on the women’s basketball team 2001-2002. 2015 inductees Carmen Forest (former Olympian, current PCC instructor) and Don Schwartz (former PCC football player, later coach/athletic director) were also announced.