Karen Sandora Fenderson ’89 – Women’s Basketball
Karen was a four-year starting point guard for the women’s basketball team. A two-time All-Conference honoree, Sandora registered 1,138 points, 620 assists, 284 rebounds and 261 steals during her career. She currently ranks as the Monks’ all-time leader in both assists and assists per game (5.7), while her pilfer tally is the third-highest in program history. She helped lead the Monks to three Western Maine Athletic Conference (WMAC) championships and a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances, and Saint Joseph’s posted an outstanding 80-33 (.708) record while she donned the Royal Blue.
Lisa Pichaske ’98 – Softball
Lisa was a four-year starter for the softball team. The two-time All-Conference selection batted .369 (187-507) with 134 runs, 52 doubles, 13 triples, four home runs and 132 RBI during her career. She currently sits atop the Saint Joe’s softball career leaderboard in doubles and games played (170). At the time of her induction, Pichaske also ranked second in career at bats (507), RBI and triples and third in walks (72). With Pichaske on the diamond, Saint Joe’s posted a four-year record of 127-47 (.730) and captured three Maine Athletic Conference titles.
Coach Jim Graffam – Baseball (also assistant coach of Men’s and Women’s Basketball)
Coach Graffam helped build the Saint Joseph’s College baseball program into a consistent winner during his nine seasons (1982-1990) as the Monks’ head coach. He amassed a 170-131 (.565) record and led the Royal Blue to four NAIA New England Championships and coached four All-America players during his tenure. He also served as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program for eight seasons, a span during which the Monks captured six conference titles and one national tournament berth. And, Graffam served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for eight seasons, including the 1986-87 team inducted this fall.
The 1986-1987 Men’s Basketball Team
Guided by Head Coach Rick Simonds, this team went 26-6 and captured Western Maine Athletic Conference and NAIA New England Championships en route to gaining the program’s first NAIA National Tournament berth. The Monks faced off against Biola University (Calif.) and defeated the Eagles, ranked third nationally at the time, by a 78-66 margin to earn the first National Tournament victory in the history of Saint Joseph’s College Athletics. Head Coach: Rick Simonds. Assistants: Jim Graffam, Mike McDevitt, Brent Nichols.
Tim Forti (MGR)