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Penicheiro, Machanguana, O'Hare, Torgerson & Sanders Selected For ODU Hall

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 24, 2006
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April 24, 2006

NORFOLK, VA--This year's Old Dominion University sports Hall of Fame Induction class features two Kodak Basketball All-Americans, a national champion sailor, a field hockey All-American and an All Conference baseball player. The 2006 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and Athletic Honors banquet will be held Tuesday, April 25 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside.

This year's class includes Ticha Penicheiro and Clarisse Machanguana (women's Basketball), Sean O'Hare (baseball), John Torgerson (sailing), and Winnifred Sanders (field hockey) Ticha Penicheiro's playing style was one of a unique mixture of panache and skill which earned her many a fan in the Hampton Roads area as she led the Lady Monarchs to the 1997 NCAA championship game. During her career at ODU, she collected 1,304 points, finished her career as ODU's all-time steal leader with 591, and second all-time assist leader with 939.

The two-time Kodak All-American became ODU's second winner of the prestigious Lifetime/Wade Trophy and the first international player to win this honor. A four-time All-CAA honoree, Penicheiro was named the CAA's Player of the Year twice as well as the Rookie of the Year. Ticha is a member of the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs, which captured the 2005 WNBA championship. She is a four-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA first team selection.

Clarisse Machanguana, a 6-5 forward from Mozambique, teamed with Penicheiro to help lead the Lady Monarchs to the magical 1997 season of 34-2 as the team reached the NCAA title game. Machanguana completed her career with 1,813 career points. Every year she stepped onto the hardwood for ODU, she led her teams in scoring and field goal percentage. The 1997 Kodak All-American shot .624 from the floor during her career and averaged 18.3 points per game. In 1997 she was the recipient of the CAA's prestigious Dean Ehlers Leadership award. She was the 1995 CAA Player of the Year and the 1996 and 1997 CAA Tournament MVP. Clarisse played three seasons in the WNBA with Los Angeles, Charlotte and Orlando. She also played in the ABL with San Jose. She is married and resides in Mozambique.

Together, Machanguana and Penicheiro helped lead ODU to an 88-11 three- year mark from 1994-95 to 1996-97. Penicheiro who played four years was 117-14. John Torgerson was the 1998 ODU Alumni Association Male Athlete of the year. He was the number one ranked sailor on the U.S. men's national team as a senior. Torgerson helped lead the Monarch sailors to two ICYRA National Championships as a senior, wining the Team Race and the Co-Ed Dinghy National titles in 1997-98. As a junior, Torgerson won the ICYRA Singlehanded National championship in Charleston, SC. The three-time All-American placed third in the Australian International regatta as a junior and he also competed for the USA in the 1998 World Championships held in Chile. He also competed in the 2000 US Olympic trials.

Torgerson hails from Annapolis, MD, and works in the world of finance for consulting firm called the Reymann Group. Winnifred Sanders lettered for the Lady Monarch field hockey squad from 1987-90 helping ODU to two national championships and one runners-up spot. A 1990 first team All-American, Sanders was also named the 1990-91 ODU Alumni Associations Female Athlete of the Year.

Sanders led the Lady Monarchs with 46 assists on the 1989 NCAA runners-up Squad and led the 1988 national championship team with 34 assists. In 1990, she was second on the national champion squad with 31 assists and third on the team in total points with 34. She completed her career with 145 career points and 134 career assists. She graduated in 1991 with a BS/BA in business and financial management and currently lives in London, England. Sean O'Hare was part of one of the most dominating Monarch baseball teams in the school's history. In 1985, ODU compiled a 50-11 record, captured the Sun Belt Championship and advanced to the NCAA regionals. That team averaged 9.1 runs per game which ranked ninth nationally. In addition, three of Sean's Monarch teams are ranked in the ODU top five among team batting averages at ODU. His 1983 team hit .355, 1985 hit .342 and 1986 team which compiled a 44-16 record hit .334.

O'Hare completed his career at ODU as the school's fifth all-time homerun hitter with 30. The three-year starter at first base earned All-Sun Belt honors in both 1984 and 1985. He knocked in 87 runs to lead the league in 1985 along with a .390 batting average with 13 home runs. His 179 career RBI's is still fifth all-time at ODU as well as his .545 slugging percentage. O'Hare was drafted in the 17th round by the Cincinnati Reds. The Prince George, Va. native is coaching and teaching at his high school, Clover Hill.

The evening begins with a social at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Hall of Fame Ceremony at 6:15, and the banquet at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased at the Old Dominion University athletic ticket office. For more information, call 683-5484.

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