This coming Saturday, January 19, 2013, the Heidelberg University men’s basketball team and fifth-year head coach Anthony Gholson will be hosting Alumni Day during their Ohio Athletic Conference matchup against the Purple Raiders of the University of Mount Union.
Basketball alumni spanning seven decades will return to Seiberling Gymnasium and Sayger Court to cheer on the newest generation of Student Princes.
Three of the four members of the 1,500-point club are expected to return to campus to participate in Alumni Day. Lucas Messer ‘05 (1,760 pts), Matt Adams ‘96 (1,718 pts) and Claudie Johnson ‘85 (1,587 pts) scored a combined 5,065 points for the Student Princes.
Besides giving Heidelberg basketball alumni the opportunity to return to campus and reconnect with their former team, Alumni Day is an opportunity to recognize a Heidelberg alumnus for their dedication to the men’s basketball program with the H.A.L.L. Award.
The H.A.L.L. Award is presented annually to a basketball alumnus who demonstrated excellence on and off the court while attending Heidelberg. Upon graduation, this “Student Prince” has had a profound effect on his community and continues to be engaged with Heidelberg athletics and the men’s basketball program.
This year, Bill Groman ‘58 and Paul Baetz ‘59 have been selected as the H.A.L.L. Award recipients for their continual support of the basketball program.
Groman, a 1986 inductee to the Heidelberg Athletic Hall of Fame, enjoyed an illustrious career at Heidelberg before playing professional football. As a rookie with the Houston Oilers, Groman set the record for most receiving yards by a rookie (1,473 yards). He won four AFL titles in six seasons.
Baetz, a 1993 inductee to the Heidelberg Athletic Hall of Fame, officiated three Super Bowls during his 24-year career as an NFL official. Baetz earned his MBA from The Wharton School in 1961.
Coincidentally, Groman and Baetz were teammates while at the Berg.
Heidelberg enters the match-up with an overall record of 9-7, 4-5 in the OAC, having lost to Baldwin Wallace, 75-65 on Wednesday, January 16.
Mount Union, 4-5 in the OAC, and 6-10 overall, had lost three straight before beating Muskingum, 91-69 this past on Wednesday.
Tip-off between the Purple Raiders and the Student Princes is slated for 3:00 p.m.