Loyola at a Glance
Wolf Pack Hall of Fame gains new members
January 24, 2014
The Department of Athletics and Wellness and the Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association will induct three new members and the 1945-1946 men’s basketball team to the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Danna Student Center’s St. Charles Room. A reception at 5:45 p.m. will precede the event.
The 2014 inductees are Joelle Bordelon Graham '05 (women’s basketball 2001-2005), Kiely Schork '08 (women’s basketball 2003-2007), Ed Wahden '62 (baseball 1958-1962) and the 1945-1946 men’s basketball team. Frank Fortunato '71, chairman of Loyola’s Rags Scheuermann Scholarship Fund, will also receive the St. Sebastian Award for his outstanding efforts on behalf of Loyola athletes. WGNO sports director Ed Daniels '79 will emcee the induction ceremony.
Attendees are also invited to watch the Loyola men’s and women’s basketball teams take on William Carey College in The Den. The Wolf Pack women play at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m. Admission to all Hall of Fame events is $25 per person and is open to the public. Registration is available online.
Bordelon Graham not only set her career-high in scoring during her senior year—11.5 points per game—she broke her school season marks in assists and steals, with 270 (7.7 per game) and 102 (2.9 per game), respectively. Both have yet to be matched. Graham, a graduate of Dominican High School in New Orleans, received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Loyola.
Schork owns the school career records for most three-point field goals (501) and games played (150, of which Loyola won 104). In 2008, Schork helped Loyola not only qualify for a third national tournament, but also advance to the quarterfinal—or Elite Eight—round of the 32-team tournament. No Loyola basketball team had gone that far in a postseason national tournament since the men's squad from 1946 made it to the semifinals.
Wahden was Loyola's long ball hitter and starting left fielder. Highlights of Wahden’s spectacular performances include the home runs of 340 and 400 feet he hit over the left field fence against Southern Mississippi. Wahden was hitting .375 midway through his senior season when he overcame an injury to conclude the year as Loyola's leading hitter, helping the Wolf Pack to a 15-3 record. Wahden graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Interestingly, he is credited with hitting the first-ever home run out of Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in Lakeview, near New Orleans' City Park.
The Wolf Pack 1945-1946 team sought to defend its national title after Loyola won the national championships in 1945. Although the Wolf Pack lost its star player, Leroy Chollet, to a transfer, it won 12 games in a row and was invited to return to the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Loyola defeated Hastings College 76-48, Arizona State 60-56 and Drury University 54-43 to advance to the semifinals, where it lost to Southern Illinois 53-37. The Wolf Pack dropped the tournament's consolation game 82-55 to Pepperdine, whom it had bested to clinch the title in 1945.
The St. Sebastian Award winner, Fortunato, entered Loyola on a baseball scholarship in 1966. After graduation, he was a physical education teacher and coach in the Catholic school system, then became a French Quarter retailer for the next 25 years.
Fortunato was instrumental in founding the Rags Scheuermann Scholarship Fund, an endowment distributed annually to a baseball student-athlete at Loyola. The committee has raised more than $120,000 toward the fund. Similarly, Fortunato and his wife Patty chaired the Parents Annual Giving Fund at Loyola in 1999.
“Mr. Frank Fortunato has been a tireless worker in assisting the athletic department in reaching and surpassing our goal for the Rags Scheuermann Baseball Endowed Scholarship. His enthusiasm is contagious and we are extremely grateful for his dedication to this important cause,” said Director of Athletics and Wellness and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dr. Michael Giorlando.
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