HOUSTON – HBU has elected Dwight Jones II (men’s basketball), Heather Leaverton (volleyball), Preston Stanley (men’s golf), Shanice Steenholdt (women’s basketball), Raquel Tidwell-Figueroa (Track & Field/Cross Country), and Ralton Way (men’s basketball) as the 2020 HBU Sports Hall of Honor class, Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci announced Friday.
“We are very proud of this year’s HBU Sports Hall of Honor class,” Moniaci said. “We look forward to properly honoring them and welcoming these outstanding representatives of the University back to campus soon.”
Normally honored at the “Spirit of HBU” event coinciding with a home football game in the fall, this year’s class will be recognized at a ceremony in 2021.
Dwight Jones II
Men’s Basketball, 2005-07
Jones was a two-year letter winner for the HBU men’s basketball team from 2005 to 2007. The Klein High School product led the 2006-07 club to the last of the Huskies’ nine-straight Red River Athletic Conference titles and 10th-consecutive NAIA National Tournament appearance. Jones is one of only nine players in school history to average more than 20 points per game in a single season when he averaged 20.8 for the 2006-07 season. He scored 603 points during the 2006-07 campaign, which ranks sixth in a single season, and scored a career-high 34 points at Jarvis Christian on Feb. 26, 2007. Jones was a two-time RRAC Player of the Year and NAIA All-American, averaged 18.8 points per game for his career, which ranks sixth at HBU, and he ranks 19th all-time in school history with 1,166 points. He was drafted by both the East Kentucky Miners (CBA) and the Tulsa 66ers (NBDL).
Leaverton was a four-year letter winner for the HBU volleyball team from 2009-12 and is one of only five members of the University’s 1,000-1,000 Club. The Pearland, Texas, native ranks sixth all-time with 1,196 kills and 11th with 1,218 digs. Leaverton became the first Husky in the Division I era to record 20 kills and 20 digs in a match, when she had 20 kills and 25 digs against Texas Tech on Sept. 14, 2012. She holds the school record for kills in a four-set match during the 25-point rally scoring era, when she registered 23 against NJIT on Nov. 16, 2012. She also holds the records for aces in a four-set match with five against St. Thomas on Oct. 6, 2009, and aces in a five-set match with four at Prairie View A&M on Oct. 13, 2009. Leaverton was a two-time All-Great West Conference selection, earning second-team honors in 2009 and first-team honors in 2012.
Men’s Golf, 2011-15
Stanley was a four-year letter winner for the HBU men’s golf team from 2011-15. The Katy, Texas, native was a three-time all-conference selection, earning All-America Sky Conference and All-Tournament First Team honors in 2013, All-Southland Conference First Team honors in 2014, and All-Southland Conference Second Team honors in 2015. Stanley fired a 2-under par 214 to finish as the individual runner up to lead HBU to the 2013 America Sky Conference championship and HBU’s first NCAA postseason appearance since returning to Division I competition in 2007. That season, he had a 73.50 stroke average and fired a career-low and school record 7-under par 65 at the HBU Husky Invitational. Stanley qualified individually for an NCAA Regional in 2014 after finishing sixth at the Southland Conference Championship. He posted a 72.85 stroke average, with two top-five finishes and two more in the top 10. He put together the best tournament of his career when he shot 11-under par 205 to tie for third at the Jim West Intercollegiate. As a senior, Stanley recorded a 72.40 stroke average, tying for eighth at the Miramont Invitational at 2-under par, taking second at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational at 6-under par, and tying for fourth at the Texas A&M Reveille Challenge at 2-under par.
Women’s Basketball, 2011-15
Steenholdt was a four-year letter winner for the HBU women’s basketball team from 2011-15, then went on to play professionally in Portugal, Australia, Romania, and Lumembourg. The Roswell, New Mexico, native ranks fourth all-time in scoring with 1,686 points, fifth with a .512 field-goal percentage, fifth with 931 rebounds, second with 158 blocked shots, and 12th with 181 steals. Steenholdt is the Huskies’ all-time leader with 18.3 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game and is the only HBU player to average a double-double for her career. She has the top four single-season scoring averages in school history and ranks two through five in single-season rebounding average. Steenholdt set the school record with 40 points, making a school-record 17 field goals, against Huston-Tillotson on Jan. 10, 2012. She also scored 30 or more points six times, with all other players combining for only 11. Steenholdt was a two-time All-Great West Conference selection, earning honorable mention in 2011-12 and first-team honors in 2012-13. She was a first-team All-Southland Conference pick in 2013-14 and made the Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll in 2014 and 2015.
Cross Country/Track & Field, 2008-10
Tidwell-Figueroa was a two-year letter winner and captain for the HBU women’s cross country and track and field teams. The Katy, Texas, native led the Huskies in every cross country competition she entered in her two seasons and finished 13th at the 2009 Great West Conference Championships to earn all-conference honors. On the track, Tidwell-Figueroa was a multiple-time all-conference finisher in distances between 800 and 3,000 meters. At the 2009 Great West Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, she won a pair of gold medals, recording a personal best in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.9 and setting the school record, which still stands, in the 1,500 meters at 4:33.33. She actively mentored younger student-athletes at HBU athletically, academically, and spiritually, was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and graduate with a bachelor of science in education with a 4.0 GPA.
Men’s Basketball, 1977-81
Way was a four-year letter winner for the HBU men’s basketball team from 1977-1981 and was selected to HBU’s 1980s All-Decade Team. The San Antonio native is the Huskies’ all-time leader with 234 blocked shots, ranks ninth with 1,374 points, and seventh with 745 rebounds. Way also set the single-season record with 85 blocks as a freshman during the 1977-78 season. He averaged 16 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a junior to earn his first of two-straight All-Trans America Athletic Conference selections, then averaged 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds as a senior in 1980-81 to lead the Huskies to the first TAAC title in school history. Way scored a career-high 30 points against Oklahoma State on Dec. 10, 1980. He was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the 10th round