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Loyola inducts 2010 Hall of Fame members, honors faculty supporter

Loyola press release - February 8, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans Wolfpack Athletics and the Alumni Association will honor exceptional athletes and a supporter of the university’s many teams on Saturday, Feb. 20. WGNO-TV Sports Director Ed Daniels ’79, will emcee the induction of five new members to the Loyola Wolfpack Hall of Fame during halftime at the men’s Loyola-Belhaven basketball game that takes place at 5 p.m. in the Den. The game will be followed by a reception at 7 p.m. and an 8 p.m. formal ceremony in the Danna Student Center.

The Wolfpack Women go up against Belhaven at 3 p.m.

Inductees to the Hall of Fame include John Altobello (basketball, 1939-42), Henry “Zeke” Bonura (basketball and baseball, 1927-31), Chester Doll (basketball, 1951-52, 56-58), Robert Hanberg (tennis and basketball, 1959-64) and Yussef Jasmine (basketball, 1997-00). Loyola political science professor Peter Burns, Ph.D., will receive the St. Sebastian Award for exhibiting outstanding efforts on behalf of Loyola athletes off the field of play and charitable, community, civic and spiritual service to humanity.

Altobello, who gained starter status as forward/guard on the basketball team as a sophomore, was high scorer in a number of games and scored the winning goal against Spring Hill in the Dixie Conference Tournament. He was considered one of the outstanding Loyola athletes along with his teammate Jim McCafferty after the 1940-41 season. He was named a co-captain for the 1941-42 season and led the team in scoring. After his junior year, Altobello joined the Navy to serve during World War II. After the war, he began a legendary basketball and baseball coaching career, first at St. Aloysius High School, and then at De La Salle High School, where his teams won numerous district and state championships in both sports. He has been inducted into the New Orleans Sports and Louisiana Sports Halls of Fame.

Bonura enjoyed the greatest professional career of any Loyola alumnus. As a freshman in 1927, Bonura played on and coached the freshman basketball team because Loyola did not field a varsity team that year. He served as captain of the team and scored 226 points, an average of 25 points per game. As a sophomore, he continued his phenomenal scoring record in varsity competition, and was named the outstanding forward of the AAU League in which Loyola participated. During his first two years, he also played on the football team, but his greatest feats were in baseball. He left the Wolfpack after his sophomore year in 1934 to play seven seasons in the major leagues. He recorded 3,582 at-bats; 1,099 hits; 119 home runs; a .307 career batting average; and 704 runs batted in.

Doll entered Loyola as a starter on the freshman team, which went 25-1 and won the SAAU championship. His college career was interrupted for military service, and Doll returned to Loyola in 1956. During his junior year, he was the fourth leading scorer, second in team rebounds and a participant in the Annual Sugar Bowl Tournament, beating Vanderbilt in the consolation game. Doll was named to the All-Tournament team, having scored 30 points in two games, and won the D.H. Holmes trophy in 1958 as the outstanding Loyola athlete of the year. As a senior, Doll missed eight games because of a broken hand, but still managed to rate as the team’s third leading scorer.

Hanberg was described by his basketball and track coach Jim McCafferty as “the best natural athlete I have ever seen” and was the only Loyola athlete to earn four letters in two sports. During his Loyola career, he lost only five intercollegiate tennis matches while winning the Louisiana State single and double championship, the Gulf States Conference singles and doubles championship, the Municipal Single Championship and was named to the All-District and All-Catholic teams. He was equally outstanding as a member of the Wolfpack basketball teams, earning a starting position all four years.

Jasmine was one of the outstanding basketball players who led Loyola’s return to athletics in the early 1990s. He played all four positions as a freshman, was the third leading scorer and led the team in steals. As a sophomore, he again led the team in steals, was second in scoring and second in rebounding. During his junior and senior years, he led the team both in scoring and rebounding and he served as team co-captain his senior year. He was named to the All-GCAC team. Jasmine’s career scoring record 1, 418 points, places him fourth in all-time Wolfpack basketball records. Jasmine is now the reigning 2009 All-River Parishes boys basketball coach of the year, after leading East St. John High School to the District 6-5A championship in 2008.

Burns is a steadfast supporter of Wolfpack Athletics, attending games, giving guidance to student athletes and generally “helping us on and off of the floor,” according to Michael Giorlando, D.D.S., athletics director and head men’s basketball coach. Burns is the author of two books, “Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Urban Politics,” and “Success in College: From C’s in High School to A’s in College.” He is interviewed regularly on New Orleans politics and leads student research projects for local officials. Burns won Loyola University Senate’s outstanding teaching award in 2003.

For more information on Loyola’s Hall of Fame, contact Brett Simpson at bsimpson@loyno.edu or 504-864-7396.