OSKALOOSA — This Saturday, during halftime of the William Penn Homecoming football game, three new members will be inducted into the William Penn University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Cameron Foster, a 2014 graduate of William Penn, was an anchor on some of the early Statesmen men’s bowling teams. The most-decorated student-athlete in program history, he earned five All-America awards, including being a First and Second-Team laurel pick from the NAIA, a Second-Team and Honorable-Mention nod from the NCBCA, and an Honorable-Mention selection from the BWAA.
Foster guided the Statesmen to two Midwest Collegiate Conference crowns as well as a USBC Nationals appearance in 2013. In 295 career games, he owned a 206.9 pin average; both numbers are the school records. He is also on the single-season pin average list for three separate campaigns.
Emily (Stanton) Penn, a 2010 graduate of William Penn, guided the Statesmen women’s volleyball program to national prominence. A four-time first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference honoree, Stanton Penn was the MCC’s Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. She guided the navy and gold to a pair of MCC titles and an MCC Tournament crown in 2008, which led to the squad to NAIA Nationals for the only time in program history. WPU also qualified for the NAIA Region VII Tournament while she was on the roster; she garnered second-team all-region laurels as well.
During her tenure, Stanton Penn set the school record for career kills with 1,819 as well as for career attacks. She also ranks in the top 10 in career digs (third), matches played (third), aces (fifth), kills per set (seventh), attack percentage (eighth), and digs per set (ninth).
Jennifer Whitehead, a 2014 graduate of William Penn, dominated opposing softball hitters for four straight years. A four-time first-team all-Midwest Collegiate Conference pitcher, she won four MCC Pitcher of the Year awards. An NAIA Honorable-Mention All-American, she also collected two NFCA first-team all-region accolades and one second-team award.
As a team, the Statesmen also dominated the MCC during Whitehead’s tenure. WPU won three league crowns, two league tournament titles, and advanced to NAIA Nationals in 2012 and 2014.
Whitehead ranks first in school history in career wins (87) as well as starts, innings pitched, complete games, and strikeouts, while also sitting in the top 10 in numerous other categories.
William Penn will honor Foster, Stanton Penn, and Whitehead at the 2022 Athletics Hall of Fame Reception held during Homecoming week. Their awards will be received Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Penn Activity Center and they will then officially be inducted during halftime of WPU’s game vs. Central Methodist (2:30 p.m. kickoff).