For Immediate Release
Athletics -- Sept. 29, 2011
Eisenbarth, Reardon to Enter Eureka Hall of Fame
EUREKA, Ill. – The Eureka College Department of Athletics will welcome two new members to its Hall of Fame when former multi-sport student-athletes Carrie Eisenbarth Matthews (volleyball, basketball) and Jessica Reardon (basketball, softball) will be inducted during a ceremony at Becker Auditorium inside the Cerf Center on the campus of Eureka College, Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
A 2003 graduate of Eureka College, Eisenbarth was a four-year member of the volleyball and basketball teams at Eureka. In volleyball, she was a four-time selection to the All-Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference (NIIC) Team and closed her career ranked second on the all-time Eureka list with 1,343 kills, fourth with 178 service aces and eighth with 118 solo blocks. She earned NIIC Player of the Week accolades four times and received All-Tournament Team accolades at the Prairie Classic, Monmouth (twice), Augustana and Grinnell (twice).
A native of Nokomis, Ill., Eisenbarth was a three-time All-NIIC choice in basketball, culminating with the 2003 NIIC Player of the Year award. She currently ranks third all-time at Eureka with 803 rebounds and 10th all-time with 1,028 points. Like volleyball, she was a four-time recipient of the NIIC’s Player of the Week award and also was named to the EC Classic All-Tournament team as a junior during the 2000-01 season.
Off the court, Eisenbarth enjoyed a decorated academic stay at Eureka College. She was a Presidential Scholar all four years and earned the Eureka College Senior of the Year Award in 2003. Eisenbarth was also selected for the Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities from 2001 through 2003 and was also involved in EC’s Education Association, Phi Omega sorority and Student Athletic Committee. She is currently an elementary school technology teacher in Auburn, Ill.
Reardon graduated from EC Magna Cum Laude in 2005 and left the women’s basketball program as its all-time leading scorer with 1,483 points, a mark that still stands today. She was a three-time All-NIIC choice, five-time NIIC Player of the Week and three-time All-Elmhurst Tournament Team member. Reardon also earned All-Central Region Third Team honors from D3Hoops.com in 2005 and was named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honoree as a junior in 2004 and again as a senior in 2005.
In addition to her career scoring record, the Bartonville, Ill. native owns the single-season Eureka record for free throws made (160 in 2003-04) and ranks fifth all-time in school history with 308 assists.
In softball, Reardon played four years for the Red Devils from 2002 until 2005. She was a freshman on Eureka’s 2002 squad that earned EC’s first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament bid and was inducted into the Eureka Hall of Fame. Additionally, Reardon was a four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to graduating, Reardon was chosen as Eureka’s Woman of the Year and Senior Woman Scholar Athlete in 2005. She was a member of the EC Dean’s List in each of her eight semesters on campus and was additionally involved in the Campus Activities Board, Student Senate, Education Association and the Delta Zeta sorority. Reardon is currently a physical education teacher and coach at Washington Community High School.
“It is with great pride and honor we welcome Carrie Eisenbarth Matthews and Jessica Reardon as inductees in the Eureka College Athletics Hall of Fame class in 2011,” Director of Athletics Paul Bryant said. “These two individuals are outstanding representatives of the Eureka College Department of Athletics both on and off the field of play.”
Friday’s ceremony at the Cerf Center will kickoff a busy 24-hour stretch of homecoming activities on campus. The College will host its annual Homecoming Happenings pep rally Friday night at 9 p.m. inside the Reagan Center. On Saturday, the homecoming parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. along College Avenue. Eureka football fans can arrive at the Reagan Center parking lot across the street from McKinzie Field at 11 a.m. for a barbeque cookout during morning tailgating prior to the Red Devils’ showdown with fellow Upper Midwest Athletic Conference unbeaten Westminster at 1 p.m.
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