Biola To Induct Three To Athletics Hall of Fame

Musa Dogonyaro, Ronn Johnson and Rianne Schorel comprise Biola's third class of Hall of Famers.

Sep. 10, 2014 By Neil Morgan

The Biola University Athletics Department will induct its third set of distinguished athletes into its Hall of Fame on Saturday Sept. 13, 2014. The newest class of inductees includes a former Nigerian Olympian, Musa Dogonyaro, a Dutch professional women's soccer player, Rianne Schorel, and the school's all-time leader in rebounds, Ronn Johnson.

The trio will officially be inducted during the 2014 Biola Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held on the Biola University campus in the Cafe Banquet Room. There will also be a live streaming high-definition video broadcast of the ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m. at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/biola/.

"This will be a very memorable night for Biola Athletics," said Athletic Director Dave Holmquist. "The people we are honoring, Musa, Ronn and Rianne, had outstanding athletic careers during their time at Biola. We have great memories of what they accomplished and look forward to honoring them and all their lives represent."

Musa Dogonyaro ('89) was treasured here at Biola, but he was celebrated even more in his home country of Nigeria. He ran for his country in the 1968 and 1972 Olympic games, representing his people, his school and God with integrity and excellence. His accomplishments are still felt at Biola, where he holds 13 outdoor track and field records, and he scored more goals than anyone else in men's soccer program history. Dogonyaro was a two-time track and field NAIA All-American (1970, '71), and he was the NAIA national champion in the 800m in 1971. Dogonyaro passed away in August 2008 at the age of 63. He becomes the first Biola men's soccer player to join the Biola Athletics Hall of Fame. He is the second representative from track and field, joining Natasha (Miller) Jackson, who entered in 2013.

Ronn Johnson ('73) is the premier bruiser in Biola's men's basketball history. The three-time NAIA All-American (1970-71, 71-72, 72-73) is Biola's career leader in total rebounds (1,460) and rebounds per game (12.8). His individual statistical accomplishments are littered throughout the Eagles' record book, as he has three of Biola's top-10 single-season rebound totals, he is top-5 in career points, top-10 in career field goals and top-10 in career free throws. He led his 1971-72 team to its first-place finish in the district. Johnson becomes the second men's basketball inductee in the Biola Athletics Hall of Fame, joining 1980's star big man Wade Kirchmeyer, a 2012 inductee.

Rianne Schorel ('05) Over her tenure, Schorel took Biola Women's Soccer to heights it had not previously experienced, culminating in an NAIA Quarterfinal appearance in 2004. She led the team to a 41-14-4 record during her three years on the squad. Forty-one was a key number for Schorel, as she also tallied 41 goals during her time in red, setting her career goal-scoring number above all others in program history. She also sits atop the record books in shots (201) and points (94). She ended her career with three NAIA All-American honors, three All-GSAC honors and cemented her place in history with Far West Region and GSAC Player of the Year honors in 2004. Schorel was the ultimate offensive threat, as all three of her seasons are among the top-10 point-scoring seasons in Biola's program history. She is the first women's soccer student-athlete to be inducted in Biola's Hall of Fame. Following her time at Biola, Schorel competed professionally with Eredivisie vrouwenvoetbal Speelster in the Netherlands.

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