Benedictine College Honors 2019
Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Benedictine College announced the 2019 Class for the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 26, during the school’s Homecoming Weekend. Terry Torline ’83, Paul Torline ’87, Steve Torline ’93 and Sara (Figoni) Lugo ’08 were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual Athletic Banquet.

The Torline brothers were part of some of the greatest football history at the college. Terry was here to see the beginning of the Wilcox era and the return of varsity football to the school. Paul was part of the “Perfect Season” in 1985 when the team went 10-0 in the regular season, rose to be #2 in the nation, and went to the NAIA Playoffs. Steve was a senior and team captain for the epic 1992 season, when the Ravens were co-champions of the new Heart of America Athletic Conference, went 7-1 in the conference and finished 11-2 overall, climbed to #5 in the nation, and made it to the semifinals of the NAIA Playoffs, the farthest any team had ever gone at that time.

Paul Torline, Terry Torline and Steve Torline

“Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Torline for sending me three great men,” said longtime Head Football Coach Larry Wilcox, who coached all three of the brothers while they were at Benedictine and addressed their father, who was in the audience, and their late mother. “I always told Mr. Torline that his sons knew where the library was, they had a work ethic, you could count on them, and they were going to be leaders. And you couldn’t ask for anything more than that.”

The Torline name is scattered throughout the school record books for passing, rushing, scoring and total offense.

Terry was an outstanding quarterback and team leader who used both his passing and running ability to score and was an expert at running the option play. Upon graduation, he held records for most completions in a game (23), completion percentage (46%), and most passing yardage (3,202). He was also an excellent student and was named an NAIA Scholar Athlete. He is still in the upper echelon of the record books for passing and total offense.

Paul played fullback on some of Benedictine’s greatest offensive teams. He totaled 1,114 yards of offense to rank No. 16 in program history at the time of his graduation. The 1985 Ravens, running a no-huddle Wishbone offense, led the nation in total offense (498 yards per game) and rushing offense (386 yard per game) on their way to a 10-0 regular-season record and the school’s first NAIA playoff berth since 1958.  The 4,112 rushing yards remain a school record.  Paul was a team captain and NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 1986 when the Ravens went 7-3 and played in the Sunflower Bowl.

Steve ended his career with 33 touchdowns, putting him in second place in the record book at the time, trailing only Jamie Mueller, who would go on to play in the NFL. After his senior season, Steve was featured in a Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Star Game in Paris in which he scored three touchdowns. He was known as a smart, hard-working player who was also an excellent student. He was a first team All-Conference Running Back his senior year and was an NAIA Scholar Athlete. He is still in the Top 10 in both scoring and rushing to this day.

Sara Figoni Lugo '08 with Athletic Director Charlie Gartenmayer, left, and Benedictine College President Stephen Minnis.

Lugo was a standout soccer forward who started and played every game of every season during her college career. She was a prolific scorer, setting records for goals in a single season (18), career goals (56), and team wins in a season (15). Her 56 goals paired with 25 assists gave her 137 individual points for her career, also a record. She was also known for her crazy way of inbounding the ball, known as the Figoni Flip!

She was an All-Region V First Team selection and was the Heart of America Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2007. She was named All-American Honorable Mention both her junior and senior season and after her senior year the Athletic Department named her the NAIA Champions of Character recipient for all female sports.

“Sara’s caring mentality, work ethic and Benedictine spirit made her not only a great captain for the team, but also a tremendous ambassador for the school,” said Head Women’s Soccer Coach Lincoln Roblee. “I am extremely honored to be introducing her tonight and I am extremely proud to say that I have been her coach.”

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named in the Top 10 in the Midwest of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

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