A Chilliwack resident headlines the second annual class of Cascades Hall of Fame inductees.
Former University of the Fraser Valley basketball star Denise Rehman (now Tuchscherer) played in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association era.
Rehman logged four seasons, 1992-93 to 1995-96, and was part of three consecutive CCAA national silver medal-winning teams (1994, 1995 and 1996). Among her individual accolades were two CCAA All-Canadian nods, a BCCAA championship MVP award, a trio of CCAA national tourney all-star honours, and a Basketball BC college player of the year award.
Her name is all over the Cascades’ record books – she’s the CCAA-era leader for playoff games played (15) and playoff points scored (163), and ranks fourth all-time in regular-season points (682).
The 1995 Cascades men’s soccer team, which included a handful of Chilliwackians, is being inducted in the team category.
They opened the campaign by winning the UCFV International Tournament, and were a dominant force in league play, rolling to first place with a 5-1-2 record. After claiming the BCCAA gold medal, the Cascades advanced to the CCAA national championship in Medicine Hat, Alta.
The UFV side fell 4-2 to Mount Royal in the semifinals, but bounced back for a 2-0 win over Quebec’s Vanier College in the bronze medal game.
Eight players on the ’95 squad would be named provincial and/or national all-stars over the course of their Cascades careers.
Goalkeeper Cory Breure and midfielder Brad Peterson were voted to the 1995 CCAA All-Canadian team, and Mike Hofer and Kyle Williams, now the director of Chilliwack’s Business Improvement Association, were national championship tourney all-stars.
That team’s coaches, Scott Fast and Ken Fernstrom, are being inducted in the builder category.
Another CCAA-era basketball star, Peter Wauthy, is going in as an athlete.
Cascades Hall of Fame festivities will be held Jan. 5 in conjunction with UFV’s basketball home games vs. the Trinity Western Spartans (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.
The Cascades Hall of Fame honours inductees with plaques displayed in the mezzanine of the Envision Financial Athletic Centre. A display cabinet containing memorabilia from Hall of Famers is also maintained in the EFAC lobby, and video features on the inductees can be found at ufvcascades.ca.
“These outstanding individuals and teams each had some tremendous accomplishments during their time at UFV, and we’re pleased to commemorate their contributions to the culture and history of Cascades Athletics,” said Steve Tuckwood, UFV director of athletics and campus recreation.
For more information on the Cascades Hall of Fame, including online nomination forms and criteria, visit ufvcascades.ca/hall-of-fame.