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Saintsing headlines Barton Hall of Fame five-member induction class Friday

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Veteran women’s basketball coach Wendee Saintsing heads the five-member induction class for the Barton College Athletic Hall of Fame that will be enshrined Friday evening.

Saintsing, heading into her 30th season leading the Lady Bulldogs, will be joined by one of her former players, Keauna Vinson Price, in the induction. Also being enshrined are former Bulldog tennis greats Thomas Linne and Troy Robinson and former baseball player and longtime Bulldogs booster Chuck Finkea.

The ceremony will be held as part of a banquet at Hardy Alumni Hall on the Barton campus, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Wendee Saintsing

• Began coaching at the college in 1987 when it was still named Atlantic Christian College

• Coached softball and volleyball before taking over the women’s basketball job

• Earned her 500th victory in March as the Lady Bulldogs beat King in the Conference Carolinas tournament championship game, putting Barton in the NCAA Division II for the seventh time under Saintsing

• Stands 12th among active NCAA DII coaches and 30th all-time in victories

• Enjoyed a very successful 18-year run as head coach of the women’s volleyball program

• Is the senior woman administrator in the Barton athletic department and has also served as the chairperson for the NCAA Div. II National Women’s Baseball Committee

• Has coached six All-Americans in basketball and 12 of her former basketball or volleyball players, including Vinson, are Barton Hall of Famers

• Is a graduate of High Point University, where she played basketball and volleyball and also served as an assistant coach in both sports during her senior year

• Worked as a graduate assistant at Appalachian State University while earning her master’s degree, then briefly took a job as volleyball and junior varsity basketball coach at NCAA Division III program University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh before joining the staff at Barton in 1987.

Keauna Vinson Price

• A 2007 graduate of Barton, was the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (now Conference Carolinas) Female Athlete of the Year in 2005-06

• Was the CVAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year in 2003-04

• Earned all-conference four time — three times on the first team — in basketball and twice landed on the All-CVAC second team for volleyball

• Played both sports under Saintsing

• Holds the Barton NCAA era career record for blocks and kills in volleyball

• Finished with 1,316 points and 1,051 rebounds in basketball

• Named to the CVAC All-Time Team in both sports

• Her stepfather, Daniel Colvin, is Saintsing’s longtime assistant coach in women’s basketball

Thomas Linne

• A 1985 graduate of Atlantic Christian, the Sweden native was a starter on the Bulldogs 1984 NAIA championship team

• Teamed with fellow Swede Johan Sturen to reach the NAIA national semifinals in doubles twice, earning NAIA All-America honors both times

• Was the 1982 NAIA District 26 singles champion, defeating Sturen in the finals

• Played for both Eddie Gwaltney and Barton Hall of Famer Tom Parham

• Will join former teammates Sturen, Krister Ericksson and Jagadish Gowda, along with Parham, in the Barton Hall of Fame

Troy Robinson

• A 1999 graduate of Barton, was named CVAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year three times, going unbeaten in league play twice and losing just one conference match in three seasons

• Led the Bulldogs to CVAC titles and was ranked in the top 10 nationally in singles and doubles

• Helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in 1997, when they won the East Regional and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the only time in the school’s NCAA history

• Led Barton back to the NCAA tourney in 1998

• Played for Tom Morris, a member of both the Barton and North Carolina Tennis halls of fame, and later served as an assistant coach for Morris at East Carolina University for four seasons

• A native of Tasmania, Australia, was one of his country’s top-ranked youth players when he signed with Barton

Chuck Finklea

• A 1978 graduate of Atlantic Christian, played baseball for the Bulldogs from 1974-77 under head coaches Jack “Doc” Sanford and Larry Thompson

• Was a starter in the outfield and one of the top hitters on the Bulldogs’ NAIA District 26 championship team in 1977

• Has served on the college’s board of trustees for 23 years and has chaired several committees, including the $21 million Centennial Campaign

• Received Barton’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1998 and then its highest honor for a graduate, the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003

• Was presented the Bulldog Club Award in 2005 for his involvement in athletic fundraising, including the construction of facilities at Barton’s Nixon Field baseball complex

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