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Dr. Frank Bonner, Tom Watson, Ronnie Robinson, Andre Kwasnik, Tory Atkins and Mickie Drum pose for a group photo after Friday's ceremony.
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Gardner-Webb Adds Four To Athletics Hall of Fame Class
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: October 26, 2012
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BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb added four members to its Athletics Hall of Fame Friday night during a ceremony in the new Tucker Student Center on campus.

Tory Atkins (football), Mickie Drum (women's basketball), Andre Kwasnik (football) and Ronnie Robinson (men's basketball) were introduced as the newest members of the Hall. Longtime booster and alumnus Tom Watson was presented the 2012 Meritorious Service Award.

Bios on the Hall of Fame's newest members are included below:

Tory Atkins, Football, 1998-2001
Tory Atkins wrapped up his career as the top tackler in the history of Gardner-Webb football, posting 485 stops in his four seasons. The two-time All-America selection also finished his career with 52 tackles for loss, which ranks third in school history. The Greenville, S.C., native became the first Gardner-Webb standout to earn NCAA Division I-AA All-America honors from the Associated Press in 2001, following a season that saw him total 126 tackles and 23 tackles for loss. Atkins was also named Division I-AA Independents Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and was I-AA National Defensive Player of the Week after collecting 23 tackles vs. Samford. Atkins earned first-team All-South Atlantic Conference honors in 1999, posting 150 total tackles. That effort ranks second in school history for a single season and his 29-tackle effort in 1999 vs. Carson-Newman remains the top single-game performance in school history. Atkins added 136 stops in 2000 (87 solo), leading Gardner-Webb to a 7-4 mark in its first Division I season. He was named third-team Division I-AA All-America by the Football Gazette as a junior.

Mickie Drum, Women's Basketball, 1990-1994
Mickie Drum spent four seasons with the Gardner-Webb women's basketball program as the consummate floor general, finishing her career with a school-record 646 assists. That total remains the top mark nearly two decades later and is also the third-best effort in the history of the South Atlantic Conference. Drum dished off 153 assists to earn SAC Freshman of the Year honors in 1991, helping Gardner-Webb to 19 wins and a 10-4 mark and third-place finish in the SAC. Drum followed that debut season by establishing Gardner-Webb's single-season assist mark in 1992 with 215, and closed out her career with 139 assists in each of her last two seasons. She averaged 6.04 assists per game during her four years with the program. Drum's passing exploits were key in helping Hall of Famers Fredia Lawrence and Delaina Adams post two of the top-four scoring careers in Gardner-Webb history.

Andre Kwasnik, Football, 1990-1993
Andre Kwasnik played a major role in the most impressive season in Gardner-Webb's senior college football history, and enjoyed one of the most prolific scoring careers for a kicker during his four seasons with the Runnin' Bulldogs. In 1992, Kwasnik helped kick Gardner-Webb to a 12-2 record, a South Atlantic Conference championship and the NAIA National Championship Bowl. He scored 97 points on the season, making nine field goals and connecting on a school-record 70 PAT attempts. That PAT mark remains first in school and South Atlantic Conference history. Kwasnik earned first-team All-SAC honors and first-team NAIA All-America honors in 1992, becoming only the second kicker in school history to earn first-team All-America honors. He finished his career ranked second in Gardner-Webb history with 243 points, which included a school-record 135 made PAT attempts and 36 field goals.

Ronnie Robinson, Men's Basketball, 1961-1963
Ronnie Robinson's work on the basketball court during Gardner-Webb's junior college era established him as one of the game's pioneers in Boiling Springs. The forward from Belmont, N.C., earned All-Conference honors twice in his two seasons, leading Gardner-Webb with an average of 20 points per game and pacing the squad in rebounds in 1961-62. In 1962-63, Robinson again led the team in scoring (14.3 ppg) and sparked the Runnin' Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the Western Carolina Junior College Conference and the school's first WCJC Tournament title in the postseason. In addition to earning All-Conference honors in 1963, Robinson was named to the All-Region X team and All-Tourament team. Following his career at Gardner-Webb, Robinson continued his career at Charlotte College, where he posted an average of 20.1 points per game as a junior to earn All-Dixie Conference honors in 1964.

Tom Watson, Meritorious Service Award
Alumnus and former student-athlete Tom Watson has been a tremendous ambassador for the school's athletics department over the years, serving as a primary force in bridging the gap between alumni and letter winners from Gardner-Webb's junior college era. A longtime member of the Bulldog Club, Watson has been instrumental in helping that organization grow and extend its reach. Watson graduated from Gardner-Webb in 1963 and was a member of the 1962-63 basketball team that won the Carolinas Junior College Conference Tournament title, the first championship on the hardwood for a program that would go on to great success in later years. Watson, Gardner-Webb's 2010 Alumnus of the Year, went on to an outstanding career in public school education.




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