Anderson, Bedra among inductees for YSU Hall of Fame class

Staff report


Thrower Bethany Anderson and softball player McKenzie Bedra will be among the seven former Youngstown State University athletes inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 27.

Also being inducted will be Codera Jackson (football), Ryan Jewell (football), Anthony Mitchell (men’s basketball), Chad Shultz (baseball) and James Terry (football).

The induction ceremony, prior to the Penguins’ football game against Indiana State, will be in Kilcawley Center at 10 a.m. Tickets are available by calling Assistant Athletics Director Rebecca Fink at 330-941-2283.

The inductees will be presented at halftime of the 2 p.m. football game.

Anderson, who was a thrower on the track and field team from 2004-08, was an eight-time Horizon League Champion, a four-event school-record holder, a two-event Horizon League record holder, a two-time Horizon League Field Performer of the Meet and a two-time Horizon League Field Newcomer of the Meet.

The 2006-07 YSU Female Athlete of the Year, she set the indoor weight throw record and outdoor hammer throw record in 2008.

Bedra played softball for the Penguins from 2005-08 and was a two-time First-Team All-Horizon League selection earning honors in 2007 and 2008. She ended her career as YSU’s all-time leader in home runs (34) and RBIs (119) and still holds the record for career slugging percentage (.619).

The MVP of the 2006 Horizon League Tournament, she set the single-season home run record with 11 in 2008, batted .416 in 2007, which now ranks fifth on the single-season list, and became the third player in school history to bat above .400 in a season.

Jackson, who played football from 2005-06, was a two-time All-American. He was named Second-Team All-American selection in 2005 by AP and Sports Network and was twice named First-Team All-MFVC/Gateway in 2005 and 2006.

Jackson had 10 career interceptions and led the Penguins in interceptions in both 2005 (six) and 2006 (four). He was a member of the 2005 and 2006 Gateway Football Conference Championship Teams and 2006 FCS Playoff semifinals team.

Jewell, who played football from 2003-06, was named First-Team All-American by Sports Network in 2006 and Second-Team All-American by AP in 2006. He anchored the YSU offensive line to back-to-back Gateway Football Conference Championships in 2005 and 2006, and was a member of 2006 FCS Playoff semifinals team.

Mitchell played men’s basketball from 1973-77 and scored 1,198 career points, which now ranks 21st all-time. He averaged 14.3 points per game for his career, including 18.8 points per game in 1973-74.

Shultz played baseball from 1995-98 and was named First-Team All-Mid-Continent Conference at catcher in 1997 and 1998. He is one of five players in school history to rank in the top 10 in career batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. He also ranks in the top 20 in career runs (12th), total bases (14th), doubles (15th), triples (16th), hits (18th) and home runs (18th).

Terry, who played football from 2004-07, was a three-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection, and was a member of the MVFC Silver Anniversary Team. He ranks tied for third with 18 career sacks and 14th with 283 career tackles.

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