The Barton Sports Hall of Fame grew by three Saturday as Caley Carter, Joe Burger, and Ray Seib entered the Hall.
During a ceremony Saturday afternoon at the Kirkman Activities Center, the three became part of Barton lore.
Carter, a native of Great Bend, was a two-sport standout at the Barton, Burger started the soccer program and took the team to the NJCAA National tournament in just his second year and Seib coached more than 40 All-Americans while heading the Barton track team.
Carter, now Caley Knudsen, made an immediate impact for the Cougars. In the first fall of her college career she put down 516 kills to place her third at the time in single season kills. The next season she set the single-season and career record with 643 kills to give her 1159 for her career. That mark is currently second all-time. In her two seasons, the Cougars went 98-14 from 1999-2000.
On the track she was part of four national titles, as the Barton women won both the indoor and outdoor titles her freshman and sophomore seasons. Carter was a 5-time All-American herself in the shot put and discus with several of those marks still in the Top 10.
Carter even helped out her sophomore season when the women’s basketball team got short on numbers.
After earning All-Conference honors in volleyball at Nicholls State, Carter played professionally in Europe for six seasons, where she was the Danish Player-of-the-Year runner-up once. In addition she was the 2009 Danish National Champion in the outdoor shot.
She is currently the head volleyball coach at Centenary College in Louisiana.
Burger had the tough task of starting the soccer program from scratch in 2001. He coached both the men and women’s team that first year, leading the women to the Region VI semifinals. The next year he kept the role as director of soccer but focused coaching solely on the men’s team.
The 2002 men turned in a special season not only winning the Region VI title but the district championships as well, taking his team to the NJCAA National Tournament in just its second season. From there, Barton soccer was on the national scene to stay.
In his five years at Barton, the Cougars won three conference titles as well as the seventh place finish at nationals in 2002. He had a combined record of 62-30-12 including a sterling 39-8-4 in the conference.
Burger was twice named the Midwest Regional Coach of the Year and produced five NJCAA All-Americans. He later started the program at South Dakota School of Mines and is currently as assistant coach at Bradley University.
Seib coached the track team from 1976-79 and was a big part of the first two national titles by the Barton women’s team. He followed another Hall of Fame member Jack Bowman as the second track coach at the school. He coached more than 40 All-Americans and seven individual champions.
Seib left in the summer of 1979 but had in place the women’s team that went on to win the indoor and outdoor national titles in 1980 – the first two of 54 national titles for the track program.
Seib still resides in the area living in Hoisington.
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