LUBBOCK, Texas (September 14, 2017) – The Lubbock Christian University Athletic Department has announced their 2017 LCU Hall of Honor Induction Class, and a banquet scheduled for October 28 (5 p.m.) at LCU’s Baker Conference Center will formally induct Buck Britton (baseball), Kenny Hewitt (men’s basketball), Gary His (baseball) and Courtney Yonke-Boyd (volleyball) into LCU’s Athletic Hall of Honor.
Britton spent the 2007 and 2008 season with the Chaps baseball team under head coach Nathan Blackwood before embarking into a professional baseball career spanning nine seasons. At LCU, Britton was a two-time Preseason NAIA All-American and claimed postseason honors in 2007. Britton combined for a .383 batting average at LCU with 18 home runs, 99 runs-batted-in, 164 hits and seven triples in 111 games. He started in all 111 games the Chaps played over the two seasons. In 2007, Britton led LCU with a .401 average and 83 hits. He followed in 2008 hitting .365 with nine homers and 44 runs-batted-in. Primarily used as a lead-off batter, the Chaps second baseman was second on the club in hits (81) in 2008 and was able to reach base as a lead-off batter 48.4% of the time. In the field, Britton was a 2008 Rawlings Gold Glove recipient after a 97.3% fielding percentage. He committed six errors on the season and he broke a school record for consecutive games with an assist (30), which had previously been held by Gary Hix and Randy Velarde. The Baltimore Orioles drafted him in the 35th round (1,046th selection) of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. Britton was in the Orioles system for seven seasons. He signed free-agent agreements with the Dodgers (2015) and the Twins (2016) before retiring from the diamond. His professional career numbers include hitting .270 with 786 hits, 59 home runs, 153 doubles and 407 RBI in 827 career games. He never received an official call to the “big leagues,” but did play 73 games in Spring Training with Baltimore (2011-2014), Los Angeles (2015) and Minnesota (2016). He hit a career .280 in Spring Training, hitting .375 with two home runs in 14 games in 2015 with the Dodgers. Prior to joining the Chaps, the infielder played junior college baseball at Lon Morris College and NCAA Division I baseball at Stephen F. Austin. He prepped at Canyon High School (Canyon, Calif.) and Weatherford High School (Weatherford, Texas) before college. Buck comes from a baseball family, as he is the younger brother of Clay Britton, who played baseball at LCU in 2007, and the older brother of Zach Britton, a two-time Major League All-Star pitcher for Baltimore.
Hewitt enjoyed a four-year career at LCU from 2007-2011, leaving as the program’s all-time leading scorer. Suiting up in 118 games, the Dallas, Texas native produced 1,835 career points. He was a two-time NAIA All-American, marking one of four Chaps to ever receive the honor in multiple years and one of two Chaps (joining Max Eding) to ever claim Second Team honors in the category (2010/2011 season). Hewitt averaged 8.6 points per game as a freshman and then went on to average a career single-season best 19.7 points per game as a sophomore. He followed averaging 16.6 points per game his junior season and 17.5 points per game his senior season to average 15.6 points per game in his LCU career. Hewitt ranks second in program history in field goal attempts (1,360), made field goals (613) and three point attempts (561). He also ranks third in free-throw attempts (539), free-throws made (412) and fifth in three-points (197). The three-time All-Sooner Athletic Conference selection embarked on a pro career following his college career, playing two seasons with the Dallas Impact of the American Basketball Association (ABA) after a summer spent in Las Vegas, Nev. competing in the Eurobasket Summer League. Hewitt was a SouthWest Division All-Star in 2013 with the Impact. Prior to LCU, Hewitt played basketball at North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas, where he was a two-time All-District selection and was awarded the school’s “Mr. Stallion” honor. He continues to live in the Dallas area, working in marketing and distribution for Primerica.
Hix joins the Hall of Honor for not only his on-field accomplishments in college, but his contributions once leaving Lubbock Christian. The Odessa Permian High School product was a member of the Chaps baseball team from 1979-1983 and was a member of the 1983 NAIA National Championship squad. Hix hit .316 in his LCU career. He claimed the program’s Frank Hord Award in 1983, as the team’s most courages player, and the team’s Golden Glove in 1982. Additionally in 1982, Hix was named NAIA All-American hitting .330 with 75 hits. He struck out 10 times in 227 total at-bats. In 1984, Hix took over the baseball coaching reins at Lubbock Christian High School. It was his first coaching stop in the high school ranks, which has since witnessed stops in Amarillo and Canyon before a return to the Hub City in the summer of 2010 to take over at Coronado High School. In 22 seasons in the Amarillo area (15 in Canyon), Hix led his teams to the postseason 17 times, including a state tournament appearance in 2003 with Canyon. This past season (2017), Hix was named District 4-5A Coach of the Year for the Mustangs. Gary and his wife Vickie have celebrated 29 years of marriage with two daughters (Reagan Elam and Brittany Roberts) one grandchild (Cooper Roberts) and two more grandchildren on the way. Daughter Brittany played volleyball at LCU and was a member of their coaching staff.
Yonke was a four-year star on the volleyball hardwood from 2006-2009 for the Lady Chaps. She is the program’s all-time career digs leader with 3,018, with a mark that is the fourth most in NAIA history. The Lubbock, Texas native appeared in 530 sets over 149 career matches and averaged 5.7 digs per set. Yonke was a Lubbock Avalanche Journal All-City Libero and Defensive Player of the Year at Coronado High School before arriving at LCU. She primarily played as a defensive specialist as a freshman at LCU in 2006, and moved to Libero as a sophomore. In 2007, her first full season at the Libero position, she set the program’s single season digs mark with 947 and claimed the program’s first NAIA National Libero of the Week accolade. She excelled on the court and in the classroom, becoming the program’s only three-time Sooner Athletic Conference Libero of the Year and three-time NAIA Scholar Athlete. Yonke ranked in the top-15 nationally in digs per set 2006-2009, ranking seventh in 2008 and 2009. LCU claimed three Sooner Athletic Conference titles, while making four NAIA Regional Tournaments and two NAIA National Tournaments, while she was a member of the Lady Chaps. Included in the mix was LCU’s Elite Eight appearance in 2008. Courtney was a volleyball standout coming from a golf family. She is the granddaughter of former PGA great Jim Colbert and her brothers Kyle and Curtis each played golf at Kansas State University and have competed professionally. Courtney currently resides in Shawnee, Kan., where she works in the education field. She is married to Cody Boyd and the couple has one son (Easton), while also expecting their second child (Presley) in December.
The induction banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $15 if purchased prior to Oct. 20, 2017 and $25 beginning Oct. 21. Advance ticket purchases can be made by contacting Dana Walters at 806-720-7276. The 2017 induction class will place Sixty-three (67) individuals in LCU's Hall of Honor, which held its first induction in 1984 and also includes one team inducted.