Volleyball’s Whalen Bodkins, Barrett Ceponis Named to AB Hall of Fame

  0 volleymob | April 22nd, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, News

Courtesy: Alderson Broaddus Athletics

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — The Alderson Broaddus athletic department inducted the 2018 Hall of Fame class on Saturday night at a ceremony held on campus at Heiner Hall.

The first inductee of the night was 1989 graduate Orton Armstrong. Armstrong played basketball for the Battlers under head coaches Tim Brinkley and Tex Williams in the 1980’s.

Armstrong tallied more than 100 points during his sophomore and junior seasons for AB, and during his sophomore season, the Battlers compiled a 19-10 record and advanced to the WVIAC Tournament.

After graduation, Armstrong attended medical school at West Virginia University and received a degree in medicine and pediatrics. He then moved to Parkersburg, West Virginia and currently owns and works at River Valley Medicine and Pediatrics as a Doctor of Internal Medicine.

The second inductee was 1999 graduate Carrie Whalen Bodkins. She is currently the Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator at AB as well as the Compliance Director.

Bodkins, a ’99 graduate of AB and played basketball and volleyball for the Battlers. She was a four year starter and finished with over 1,000 career points for her basketball career and won 82 games in four seasons with the basketball program.

In 1998, the Battlers went undefeated in WVIAC play and hosted the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament. Bodkins was a member of the WVIAC All-Tournament team as well.

In volleyball, Bodkins played four seasons for the Battlers and finished with over 1,500 kills and was a first team All-WVIAC honoree for three seasons. In 1998, Bodkins was the Player of the Year and made the Atlantic All-Region team. AB won over 100 matches during her four seasons in volleyball including a best of 35 during her sophomore season.

In her senior season, she was ranked 11th nationally with a .391 hitting percentage and 460 kills.  She holds the record for career kills and blocks at AB and had her jersey retired in 1998.

In 2005, Bodkins came back to AB to coach the women’s volleyball team. In 11 seasons, she finished with 197 career victories, five 20+ win seasons with a conference winning percentage of .718, and runner-up in the WVIAC tournament three years in a row. She was named the WVIAC Coach of the Year in 2008 and G-MAC Coach of the Year in 2015.

1995 graduate Stephanie Barrett Ceponis was the third inductee during Saturday’s ceremony. Ceponis played women’s volleyball for the Battlers.

During her senior season in 1994, the Battlers finished with a 30-13 record under head coach Carolyn Mair. In 1994, Ceponis finished with a team-best 432 kills and hit a team-best 35 percent while averaging 3.66 kills per set.

On defense, Ceponis finished with 338 digs and led the team with 169 blocks. For her career, she finished with more than 1,000 kills and averaged 2.73 kills and 2.28 digs per game. Ceponis was also named to the WVIAC All-Conference team in three seasons.

The fourth inductee from men’s basketball was 2008 graduate Samario Clancy. As a 2008 graduate of AB, Clancy was a four-year starter under head coach Greg Zimmerman.

He was a four-time All-WVIAC selection, scored 1,000 career points, and pulled down over 1,000 career rebounds in 125 consecutive games played. Clancy was also named to the NCAA Tournament All-East Region team in 2006.

During the 2005-06 season, Clancy ranked sixth in NCAA Division II with 10.3 rebounds per game. With Clancy, the Battlers were two-time WVIAC Regular Season Champions (2006-2007), reached the NCAA Tournament four times (2005-2008), won the WVIAC Tournament (2008), and made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 (2006).

During his four-year career, the Battlers compiled a 98-27 overall record. Clancy went on to spend two years as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at AB as the Battlers won back-to-back G-MAC Tournament Championships in 2014 and 2015.

He is currently working for the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Saturday’s final inductee was Ashley Mooney Johnson. A 2008 graduate of Alderson Broaddus, Ashley Johnson played four seasons for JD Long on the Battler softball team.

In four seasons, Johnson finished with 40 home runs, 116 RBI’s, 105 runs scored, and hit .371 at the plate. During her sophomore season in 2006, Johnson finished ninth in the country in home runs with 19 and finished with 59 RBI’s.

In 2008 during her last season with AB, Johnson ranked fifth in NCAA Division II with 12 home runs, ninth in the country in slugging percentage at .850, and she finished with a .430 batting average. During her four seasons with the Battlers, AB finished with 92 wins and she was a WVIAC All-Conference honoree.

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