CCC Hall of Fame
Central Community College - Columbus has announced its 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s honorees are Jim Dolezal, Troy Zierke, Jessica (Glatter) Ahern, Dr. Elizabeth Przymus, Hy Vee and the 2005 Volleyball Team.
This year’s group will be inducted on Saturday night at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center. The evening begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner and induction to follow at 7 p.m.
A campus tour is also available on Saturday at 4 p.m. Those attending will meet at the Raider Fieldhouse
Dolezal was a student manager and statistician from 1981-1983 for the Men’s Basketball team. The 1983 team finished runner-up at the National Little College Athletic Association tournament.
That particular season, and Dolezal’s contributions, still stand out in the memory of current Athletic Director and former men’s hoops coach Jack Gutierrez.
“CCC played Southeast Community College at our place,” Gutierrez said. “We had two really good point guards, they were good ball handlers and could shoot and play pretty good defense. That was the time that North Carolina was doing the four corners, so we thought, ’Hey, why not?”
Guteirrez recalled Platte College, CCC’s name at the time, spending three or four minutes passing the ball until a perfect wide-open layup presented itself.
Southeast always seemed to answer with a bucket in a matter of 30 seconds then the Raiders would bring the ball back down the court and start the process all over again.
“We went into a delay game. Of course, Dolezal did all the scouting on the other team, and they recruited nationwide. They had recruits from all over, and we had a bunch of Nebraska kids,” Gutierrez remembered. “We ended up losing, but the final score was something like 19-16.”
Zierke was an outstanding basketball player from 1986-1988. He received All-Region IX honors while averaging 19 points and eight rebounds per game.
During the 2005 volleyball season, Ahern led her team to a top-eight finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament. She was named to the All-Tournament Team and received post-season honors as a second-team All-American.
Przymus served as the Associate Dean of Students at the Columbus Campus from 2006 to 2018, and during that time supervised the athletic programs. She was instrumental in the addition of men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s softball, women’s basketball, and the Raider Rex Mascot.
Hy-Vee has been a consistent supporter of all Columbus Campus athletics including sponsorships of the Raider Booster Club, Raider Night and Go-Play Multi-Sports Clinics.
The 2005 volleyball team was the Region IX champions and finished in the top eight at the National Junior College Athletic Association volleyball tournament. Many members of the team received postseason honors.
This is the eight year of the Hall of Fame, and each year the college has inducted three to four athletes, teams, businesses or other individuals who have impacted the athletic community at the college.
“We’ve had some greats that have come through our doors,” said Gutierrez. “Even before me, obviously.”
Central Community Campus wanted to honor some of these all-time greats, so like many colleges and athletic programs added a hall of fame to recognize people and groups that have made an impact.
“It was time,” Gutierrez said. “It’s the least we could do to recognize the greats.”
The process to select those who are worthy to join the hall of fame can be difficult sometimes.
CCC has a website for people to submit nominations online, but when there are not enough worthy nominations, the selection becomes a responsibility of Gutierrez, coaches, and former nominees to locate worthy honorees.
“People like myself and (volleyball coahc) Mary Young that have been here a long time, we reach out to some former inductees to see who they think would be really worthy, from back during their time,” Gutierrez said.
“We go back into the archives of Platte College. We go to the local library and look at their archives, the Columbus Telegram to go through articles to find some of the people and teams. A lot of times it will come down to us just putting our heads together and spreading it around by sport, by decade and years to come up with a pretty good group each time.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org