Former Bluejays greats John Franz and Colleen Ratzlaff Squires were inducted into Tabor College Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday at the annual Tabor College Hall of Fame Banquet at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.
Franz, a 1961 graduate who lives in Buhler, participated in soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, and track and field while at Tabor College. He played and lettered all four years in soccer, basketball, and track and field.
In baseball, he played and lettered three years and in tennis, he played two years, lettering one year. Franz was named Most Valuable Player his senior year in soccer, when the team finished the season with eight wins and one tie. Based on this record, Tabor was chosen to represent the Midwest at the NAIA Tournament, where the team won third place. In track and field, John held the record in the javelin all four years while at Tabor College.
Colleen (Ratzlaff) Squires, a 1990 graduate who lives in Kansas City, Mo., was a four-year letter winner in basketball while at Tabor College. She was selected Most Valuable Player and named to the KCAC All-Conference first team her sophomore, junior, and senior years. Ratzlaff-Squires was chosen to the NAIA All-District 10 team and the National Christian College Athletic Association All-District 6 team her junior and senior years.
During her senior year, she was named to the NCCAA All-American First Team, and the NCCAA National All-Tournament Team. Ratzlaff-Squires also was honored as Tabor College’s Most Valuable Female Athlete her junior and senior years, 1988-89 and 1989-90.
“What a privilege to honor athletes from the past and present!” said Rusty Allen, Vice President for Athletics. “Athletics has played an important role at Tabor College and it is important to take time to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions.”
Allen continued that the highlight of the evening was the induction of the two hall of fame members.
“I was struck by both Colleen and John’s enthusiasm and humility in regard to their respective experiences as athletes at Tabor College,” Allen said. “Seeing how God has used and is continuing to use them in the work place, church, and lives of their families gives me even more passion for serving the mission of Tabor College.”