2006 Hall of Honor
While growing up in Tokyo, Japan, Eriko knew she wanted to travel to the United States and pursue educational and athletic opportunities. Through hard work, the support of her family and the Beloit College admissions staff, she arrived on the Beloit College campus in the spring of 1990. Once on campus Latimer proved she had the spunk, determination and work ethic to excel in the academic arena, as well as in athletics. In a sport where the term “team player” has a unique meaning, the three-time regionally and two-time nationally ranked tennis player was the catalyst that led the women’s tennis team to its first pair of Midwest conference titles in 1992 and 1994. Tennis Coach Bob Hodge said of his 1992 team, “They may be the most talented team I have coached, top to bottom.” While earning the top spot two years in a row on this team, Latimer also managed to gain academic honors and the respect of her professors and teammates. By the time she graduated, Latimer had twice won the Midwest Conference championship at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, and as a sophomore earned the No. 1 singles title. To complete an already impressive college experience, in the spring of 1995 Latimer was the recipient of the Ruth Peterson Award and the Beloit College Blanket. Currently, Latimer resides in Rochester, N.Y. with her husband, John Latimer, a member of the class of 1992.
The single-season softball record of 37 runs scored by Anna Hughes McCarthy in 1990 as a first-year Beloit College student-athlete still stands today. This is not a surprise considering that in the fall of 1989, McCarthy led the Buccaneer women’s soccer team in goals with seven, in assists with six, and was well on her way to creating a sports legacy at Beloit College. Hailing from Roseville, Minn., McCarthy was a key player on her varsity high school soccer team, and led her team to the state championship her senior year. While at Roseville Area High School she was also a member of the varsity softball and hockey teams and a member of the National Honor Society. Her experiences as an athlete and scholar in high school prepared her for the rigors of being a student-athlete at Beloit College. The versatile and tenacious playing style displayed by McCarthy in both soccer and softball, along with her positive attitude and hard work, earned her the respect of her teammates and many academic and athletic awards. By her senior year she had received four letters in both soccer and softball, was a four-time all-conference selection, earned the title of NCAA Division III runs-per-game leader and was named Beloit College’s top senior student-athlete. As a capstone to an already stellar career, McCarthy was the recipient of the Janssen Award, the Peterson Award and the Beloit College Blanket. McCarthy resides in Beloit with her husband, Dennis McCarthy, who is a member of the Class of 1993, and their three children, Katherine, Meghan and Sean.
A varsity soccer and basketball player all four years in high school, a member of the National Junior Honor Society and Vice President of his senior class, Josh Rosen established impressive credentials and was well respected at his hometown school, Oregon High. His continuing desire to be challenged in the athletic arena and in the classroom led him to Beloit College where he made an immediate impact. Rosen began his college athletic career on the soccer fields of Strong Stadium. He led the team from the bottom of the conference to a record-setting season in 1992 with 12 wins and to their first trip to the conference championship tournament in over a decade. As a senior, Rosen set the single season record with a total of 31 points and set the record for most points scored in a career with a total of 78. During his junior and senior year, he also was a member of the basketball team. He will always be remembered for scoring the winning basket as time ran out to win the conference championship against arch rival Ripon College. In addition to his team accomplishments and records on the field, Rosen earned Academic All Conference honors in both soccer and basketball, was a three time first-team all-conference selection in soccer, twice an all-state honoree in soccer, and the recipient of the Janssen and Dawson Awards and the Beloit College Blanket. When Soccer Coach Tim Schmiechen recruited Rosen to come to Beloit, he knew he had a winner. During his final season as his coach, Schmiechen said of Rosen, “Josh personifies the ability of an athlete to win and achieve greatness, yet still retain the commitment to sportsmanship and class. His greatest achievement while at Beloit is the respect and admiration he has received from everyone in the athletic and academic arenas.” Josh currently lives in Chicago with his wife Margaux.
When Mark Sobczak arrived at Beloit College from Kettle Moraine High School, he was no stranger to physical adversity, having already experienced a knee injury, a broken arm, and a dislocated elbow. Proving he was ready to be a team player and make a positive impact, Sobczak spent his freshman year working hard and regaining strength so that by his sophomore year he was a standout on the basketball court. A four-year letter-winner in basketball, Sobczak was blessed with size, stamina, and soft hands -- all attributes he exploited while a Buccaneer. As a sophomore, Sobczak saw playing time against the University of Chicago, and it was during that game he was able to show Coach Bill Knapton what he was capable of on the court. By his senior year, he was a two-time first-team All-Midwest Conference selection, and as a senior, an NCAA Division III first-team all-region choice. That same year, he earned the inaugural Midwest Conference North Division “Player of the Year Award.” With each season, Sobczak displayed more finesse on the court, and continued piling up the points as well as the honors. His point total during his senior year was 469, and it was during that season in a game against Ripon that Sobczak scored his 1,000th career point. At the end of his tenure as a Buccaneer, he had 1,169 career points, which currently places him seventh on the all-time Beloit College list. To round out an already spectacular career, Sobczak was the recipient of the Janssen Award, was awarded the Beloit College Blanket, and was voted the “Most Valuable Player” for the 1991-92 season. Mark currently lives in Delafield, Wis., with his wife, Heather, and their two daughters.