Heritage Gallery Class of 2016 Announced

Heritage Gallery Class of 2016 Announced

SPOKANE, Wash. – Four of the most decorated and accomplished student-athletes in Whitworth University history comprise the newest class of the school’s athletic Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame.

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Emmanuel Bofa (track, cross country), Joel Clark (football), Todd Sabrowski (soccer) and Jo Sonnett (softball) will become the 27th class inducted into the Heritage Gallery on October 8, 2016.  The induction will take place at 9:00 am in the HUB Multi-purpose room.  The ceremony includes a breakfast and reservations can be made by calling 509-777-3224. The cost is $15 per individual.

Bofa was a two-time NCAA Division III champion in the men’s outdoor 800-meter run, earning titles in 2008 and 2009.  Bofa was also a five-time All-American in the 800 meters, counting both indoor and outdoor competition.  He continues to hold the Whitworth school records for the outdoor 800 (1:48.69) and the indoor 800 (1:50.27).  He helped lead the Pirate men’s team to Northwest Conference team championships in 2008 and 2010.  As a junior in the fall of 2009, Bofa earned Second Team All-NWC and All-West Region in cross country, helping the Pirates earn a conference championship and a team bid to the NCAA Division III finals.

Joel Clark was selected as a Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year after he quarterbacked the Pirates to a 10-0 regular season and an appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs as a senior in 2006.  After taking over as the starting quarterback midway through his freshman season, Clark finished his career with 8,513 passing yards and 71 touchdowns while completing 60.3% of his throws.  He also ran for 1,143 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career.  He continues to hold Whitworth’s career records for passing yards, total offense (9.656 yards) and touchdown passes. 

Todd Sabrowski was the most decorated player on the most successful men’s soccer team in Whitworth history.  He repeated as the Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year and as a Second Team All-American (NSCAA) in 2005 after leading the Pirates to a 19-2-1 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division III semifinals.  Sabrowski scored the match-winning goal in overtime against top-ranked Trinity (Texas) that sent the Pirates to the final four.  He finished his Whitworth career with 27 goals and 34 assists despite playing as an outside defender.  He holds the school record for career assists.

Jo Sonnett will be the first Whitworth softball player to enter the Heritage Gallery.  Sonnett holds virtually every school record for pitching in Pirate history.  In 2006 Sonnett finished 19-8 in the circle with a 1.94 ERA while averaging 8.7 strikeouts per seven innings.  She was a primary reason Whitworth earned its first-ever NCAA Division III playoff berth that season.  Sonnett continues to hold the school record for strikeouts in a game (13 vs. Chapman in 2005), in a season (211, 8.7 per seven innings in 2006) and a career (6.64 per seven innings).  She also holds single-season records for wins (19), ERA (0.95 in 2004) and shutouts (7 in 2005).  She has Whitworth career records for victories (59), innings pitched (599.2), complete games (63) and shutouts (18).

The class of 2016 will join a group of 87 individuals and eight teams already enshrined in the Heritage Gallery.  The current class, along with all current Heritage Gallery members attending the induction, will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth – Puget Sound football game that afternoon.

The Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame created in 1989 by the (then-named) Whitworth Crimson Club and the first class was inducted in 1990.