posted on Oct. 20: Homecoming 2001 in full swing


McMaster's 2001 Homecoming festivities are in high gear this weekend with a free community barbecue, the annual homecoming football game and the induction of eight honorees into the 2001 Athletic Hall of Fame.

The community barbecue, held prior to the football game, is to celebrate the Changing Tomorrow Today campaign, McMaster's most successful fundraising campaign.

It is being held in the striped tent in Edward's Quad from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Maruaders take on the York Yeoman at Les Prince field at 2 p.m. The team will try to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs and cap off an undefeated regular season. The last time the football team finished with an undefeated record was 1984. For a complete listing of all Homecoming sporting events, go to the athletics & recreation Web site.

On Friday night, the eight newest inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame were honoured at a dinner at the Royal Connaught Hotel in Hamilton.

The inductees are Janet (Lee) Davis '58; Russ Jerome '39; Judy Kent, builder; Scott Mauthe '84; Susan (Porter) Northey '87; Barry Phillips, builder; and Jeff Treftlin '84.

Here is a brief biography on each inductee:

Elizabeth (Florence '65) Baird – Basketball, Field Hockey

Though she also excelled in field hockey, it was Baird's prowess on the court that earned her a great deal of ink in the Silhouette as the basketball team's high scorer, as well as the Stuart League Basketball Championship title for her team in 1965. Baird was a member of the Women's Athletic Council executive in each of her four years at Mac, and served as president in her final year. She was awarded the Edna Guest Trophy in 1965 for her outstanding contributions to athletics.

Janet (Lee) Davis '58 – Archery, Basketball, Volleyball

A three-sport athlete throughout her career at McMaster, Davis loved to compete in all sports. She was the top scorer on the 1958 championship archery team and received the President's Medal four years in a row for her
involvement in intramural track and field. An “M” letter recipient, she was on the Women's Athletic Council executive in 1957 and received the Edna Guest Trophy in 1958 for her commitment to McMaster sport.

Russ Jerome '39 – Basketball, Football (posthumously)

Jerome was the consummate sportsman — he enjoyed all sports, always put forth his best effort and competed fairly. He was a member of the McMaster basketball and football teams from 1936 to '39 and excelled at both. Frequently the high scorer for the basketball team, he was also a member of the 1937 Ontario Intercollegiate Football Championship team while on the gridiron. In his final year at Mac, Jerome was the basketball team captain and chair of the athletic executive. An inspirational teacher and coach in Orillia, Ont., throughout his career, he continued to be an active member of his community following his retirement. He died in 1985.

Judy Kent – Builder

Head coach of the Marauder women's swim team from 1975 to '79, Kent was instrumental in turning McMaster's varsity swim program into one of the most successful in the country. As a member of the faculty for the School of Physical Education & Athletics, Kent played a key role in integrating the National Coaching Certification Program into the University's academic curriculum. She has also been a pioneer for women in sport — she was the first female chef de mission (1991) and the first president (1994) of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada.

Susan (Porter) Northey '87 – Cross-Country, Track & Field
Northey had a stellar varsity career at McMaster, competing in both cross-country and track & field. From 1983 to 1987, Northey captured nine OWIAA gold medals and four CIAU medals while establishing three new McMaster school records in both individual and relay events. Northey was a member of the Women's Athletic Council during her time at McMaster and was honoured with an “M” letter and the Edna Guest Trophy for her accomplishments in athletics and her dedication to the McMaster community.

Scott Mauthe '84 – Wrestling
A CIAU and OUAA gold medallist in his weight class, Mauthe had a tremendous work ethic. His leadership and tenacity were recognized by his peers, for he was named team captain in his second year of competition. In his final year, he was a two-time Athlete of the Week, wrestling team MVP and winner of the Ivor Wynne Trophy as Male Athlete of the Year. He has continued in the sport on the officiating side at national and international level competitions.

Barry Phillips – Builder

A three-time OUA West Coach of the Year, Phillips was instrumental in building a solid foundation for Marauder men's basketball. He led the Marauders to an OUAA championship title in 1987 and two appearances in the CIAU National Championship (1985 and 1987). Under his leadership, the Marauders entered the national Top 10 rankings and continue to remain one of the best teams in the country. He became manager of interuniversity athletics in 1991 and four years later left McMaster to pursue a career in financial planning.

Jeff Treftlin '84 – Football
Treftlin was an outstanding football player for the maroon and grey, and was named to the McMaster Football Team of the Century in 2001. In his first year as a Marauder, Treftlin was the team's Rookie of the Year and followed up on this honour two years later with the team MVP award. A former OUAA All-Star and All-Canadian, he led the league in interceptions, punt returns, and kick-off returns and was a member of the 1984 nationally-ranked number one team. From 1984 to 1991, heplayed for four different CFL teams, earning a Grey Cup Championship in 1989 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.