CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Mount Mercy Director of Athletics Paul Gavin has announced the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame class. Lavern and Audrey Busse, Ryan Scheckel '01, Ryan Bosch '01, Liz Hill '12, Jenna Higgins Boll '13 and Brittney Thomas Burmahl '13 will be inducted on Friday, Sept. 29, on the plaza at the new Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex.
Lavern Busse joined the Mount Mercy Board of Trustees in 1990 and is now an emeritus member of the board. The Busse's have a long history of providing annual scholarship support, establishing the Lavern and Audrey Busse Endowed Scholarship at Mount Mercy in 1993. They also made the lead gift to name the Busse Center Library, which opened in 1993, and made a six-figure gift to the construction of the University Center. Most recently, the Lavern T. and Audrey Busse Foundation committed a lead gift for Busse Field, the new softball complex currently under construction at The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex. The avid softball fans also plan to establish an endowed scholarship for softball at Mount Mercy.
Scheckel is one of the most accomplished coaches in school history and helped bring the 2018 and 2020 NAIA Cross Country National Championships to Cedar Rapids. After taking over the men's and women's cross country and track & field programs in 2001, he was a four-time Midwest Collegiate Conference Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year, five-time MCC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and six-time MCC Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year. Scheckel led the men's and women's cross country teams to a total of nine combined NAIA national meets. He coached 20 NAIA track & field all-Americans, including a two-time NAIA outdoor track & field national champion. In all, Scheckel counted 20 NAIA all-Americans, 21 NAIA cross country individual national qualifiers and 48 NAIA track & field national qualifiers. His teams also earned one of the NAIA's highest honors when the Mustang cross country teams were awarded the Buffalo Funds Five-Star Champions of Character Team Awards in 2009 and 2016. Prior to his coaching career, he was a two-time NAIA track & field national qualifier, the Most Valuable Performer at the 2001 MCC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and set six school records for the Mustangs.
Bosch was a two-time all-Midwest Classic Conference standout and the co-Most Valuable Player on the 2000-01 Mount Mercy men's basketball team. A member of the 1,000-point club, he currently ranks 10th in school history with 1,264 points. Bosch is second all-time in 3-point field goals (199) and also sits in the top 10 in steals (9th/122) and field goals made (10th/445). Since the completion of his collegiate career, Bosch has maintained a strong connection to Mount Mercy University and the athletic department. He led the campaign for the penthouse renovation project in McAuley Hall, has been an integral part of the annual Mount Mercy Golf Classic and was the driving force behind the creation of the Bosch Financial, Inc./AXA Advisors Halftime Tuition Shootout. The new initiative, which made its debut last year, provides Mount Mercy students an opportunity to win money toward tuition and other prizes during halftime at home basketball games.
Hill was one of the most dominant hitters in the history of Mount Mercy softball. The former first baseman and designated hitter is the Mustangs' all-time leader in home runs (38) and runs batted in (146) and holds single-season marks for home runs (14) and putouts (418). Hill also ranks second in school history in games played (186) and total bases (322) and third in slugging percentage (.601), hits (172) and putouts (976). She was a first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection in each of her four seasons with the Mustangs and was twice named second-team all-Midwest Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Hill garnered a pair of NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards and was academic all-conference three times.
Boll is one of only two student-athletes in school history to earn an individual national championship, and the only one to win multiple national titles. She won the javelin at the 2011 and 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships and was runner-up in the event in 2010 and 2012. In all, Boll qualified for NAIA indoor and outdoor national meets in 17 events over four years and was a seven-time NAIA all-American. She was a two-time NAIA Field Athlete of the Week, was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and MCC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2013 and earned 18 MCC titles for the Mustangs. Boll, who currently holds 13 school records, also competed at the 2010 USA Junior Track & Field Championships, where she finished fifth.
Burmahl put together one of the most prolific women's volleyball careers in school history. As an outside hitter, she was an NAIA honorable mention all-American in 2011 and a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) all-Midwest Region pick. Burmahl was a first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection in each of her four seasons in a Mustang uniform and three-time MCC Player of the Week. In the classroom, she was a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete and academic all-conference award winner. Burmahl left her mark on the record book as well. She currently holds career records for kills (2,156), attack attempts (5,800) and digs (1,915), and single-season marks for kills (691), kills per set (5.08) and attack attempts (1,795).