Beloit College is excited to announce the four individuals who will be inducted into the Hall of Honor Class of 2018: Joe Kostiha, Aaron Whetstone, Kathy Selck, and Lee Rankinen. The Hall of Honor Class of 2018 will be recognized at halftime of the Buccaneers’ homecoming football game Saturday, September 22 before a reception, dinner and induction ceremony.
Joe Kostiha – Class of 2003 – Track and Field, Football
A two-sport standout for Beloit College, Kostiha competed in track and field and was a member of the Buccaneer football team. Kostiha captured the Midwest Conference javelin title en route to Most Valuable Performer honors at the 2002 outdoor championships and was a National College Athletic Association Division III qualifier that year. Kostiha returned to defend his title in the javelin in 2003 taking the top spot with a heave of 183'9. He still holds the program record in the event with a toss of 193'6. On the gridiron, Kostiha was a staple for Buccaneers running the defense from the linebacker position for three seasons. He garnered six All-Midwest Conference selections in three seasons as a Buc including honors as a linebacker and defensive specialist. Kostiha holds two of the top three marks for longest interception return in program history including an 80-yarder against St. Norbert in 2002. That year he also led the league with 111 tackles and bolstered the second-best pass defense in the conference. Kostiha was honored with the Donald ‘Red’ Janssen Award in 2002 and was the recipient of the Pat Dawson Award in 2003 as the top junior and senior male student-athlete respectively.
Aaron Whetstone – Class of 2005 – Men’s Soccer
One of the greatest men’s soccer players in program history, Whetstone led the Buccaneers to three Midwest Conference Tournament berths. The three-time All-MWC selection also garnered all-region recognition in 2003 and 2004. Whetstone’s name still appears atop the list in program history for assists in a season and career assists, both top six marks in the conference record book. He was the recipient of the Donald ‘Red’ Janssen Award in 2004 and was named the Pat Dawson Award winner in 2005.
Kathy Selck – Class of 1998 – Women’s Basketball, Softball
A two-sport standout, Selck led the Buccaneers to four Midwest Conference titles including three on the hardwood and one on the diamond. Selck wrote her name into the top five in program history in assists and steals during her basketball career. A three-time NCAA Tournament participant, Selck was named All-MWC during the 1997-98 season. On the diamond, Selck was named all-conference in 1996 and holds the league record for hits in a game. She was named the top junior and senior female student-athlete with the Donald ‘Red’ Janssen Award in 1997 and Ruth C. Peterson Award in 1998.
Lee Rankinen – Class of 2007 – Football
Highly regarded as one of the greatest ball carriers in Beloit College Football history, Rankinen holds top five marks in numerous categories in the program record book including carries in a game, rush yards in a game, rushing attempts in a season, rushing yards in a season, rushing touchdowns in a season, career attempts, career rushing yards and career rushing touchdowns. Rankinen is tied for fifth in the league all-time with eight 100-yard rushing games in a single season. He was a 2006 recipient of the Donald ‘Red’ Janssen Award and was named the winner of the Pat Dawson Award in 2007.
Join us Saturday, September 22 in welcoming the newest members of the Hall of Honor at halftime of the Buccaneers’ homecoming football game against Cornell College. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Strong Stadium.
Dinner is by invitation only. Questions should be directed to Al Ham (firstname.lastname@example.org).