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Class of 2007 Inductees
Marco Battaglia - Football
Marco Battaglia concluded his career as one of the most decorated players in Rutgers football history. As a senior in 1995, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound tight end from Queens, N.Y., was a consensus All-America, earning First-Team recognition from a number of organizations, including the Associated Press, and the Football Writers Association of America. Battaglia led the nation's tight ends with 69 catches for 894 yards and 10 touchdowns in his memorable senior season, and was named the "Offensive Player of the Year" in the BIG EAST Conference. As a junior, Battaglia was the BIG EAST's leading receiver with 58 catches for 779 yards. Battaglia appeared in all 44 games in his career (1992-95); making 32 starts, and hauled in 171 passes for 2,221 yards and 16 touchdowns. Battaglia went on to play eight-years in the NFL, and was a member of the 2004 Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl team. He was an All-New York City and All-State player at St. Francis Prep, and played on three consecutive New York City Catholic League championship teams. Battaglia currently resides in Queens with his wife Maria and children Ava and Marco, and remains a fixture on the sideline at all Rutgers home games
Kim Cucuru-Schild - Women's Tennis
Curcuru, a 1990 graduate of Rutgers, was one of the top tennis players in the program's history. During her career, Curcuru amassed a record of 101-65. She was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 honoree and was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year as a senior in 1990, when she was ranked regionally in singles. In addition to her stellar singles career, Curcuru also excelled in doubles competition. She compiled a 95-50 career record and was selected to the Atlantic 10's All-Conference team for four years. Curcuru and doubles partner Pam Fearon, a Hall of Fame inductee in 2005, achieved the highest ranking ever for a Rutgers doubles team when it was ranked ninth nationally in 1990. Curcuru was the ECAC first doubles champion, the Eastern Collegiate first doubles champion and captured a first doubles title at the Syracuse Invitational. Curcuru was named the team's Rookie of the Year in 1987, and was also selected Most Improved Player and Most Valuable Player during her career.
Darren Fenster - Baseball
Fenster was a two-time All-American shortstop for the Scarlet Knights who went on to play six years in the Kansas City Royals' organization. The program's all-time leader in several offensive categories, including career hits (315), single-season hits (101) and career doubles (65), Fenster was a four-year starter (1997-2000). A 2000 graduate, he re-joined the baseball program as Director of Operations in 2006. He has been part of three BIG EAST Conference Regular Season and Tournament championships, winning the 1998 and 2000 titles as a player and achieving the feat again in 2007 as a member of the staff. Fenster has also been a part of four NCAA Tournament appearances, including three as a player. As a senior in 2000, Fenster was a consensus First Team All-American, hitting .433. That year, Rutgers posted its first-ever 40-win season and was ranked as high as No. 14 nationally. The 2000 BIG EAST Player of the Year, NCBWA District II Player of the Year, and captain and MVP of a team that featured three future Major Leaguers and a first round draft choice, Fenster was also a finalist for the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate player. He was also a three-time All-BIG EAST selection. Drafted in the 12th round by the Kansas City Royals in 2000, Fenster advanced to the Double A level in the Royals system before he suffered a career-ending injury.
Chris Sagnella - Men's Track & Field
A three-time NCAA First Team All-American in the javelin, Sagnella set a school-record throw in the javelin of 244-10. An Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A), Penn Relays and BIG EAST Champion, Sagnella established a one-time meet record at the BIG EAST Championships in the javelin. He was a two-time Metropolitan Conference Champion. Sagnella also competed at the 1996 United States Olympic Trials where he secured an eighth-place finish. Sagnella was the United States' ninth-ranked thrower in 1996 by Track and Field News, which included both collegiate and professional javelin throwers.
Arthur Gottlieb - Football
Regarded as a triple threat performer during his Rutgers career (1937-39), Arthur Gottlieb will long be remembered for the role he played in the Nov. 5, 1938, victory over Princeton, which dedicated Rutgers Stadium. It was Gottlieb's memorable 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to "Moon" Mullen that propelled Rutgers to a come-from-behind 20-18 victory over its in-state rival before a sold-out crowd. Gottlieb was known as one of the top passers of his era, and was also an accomplished runner and kicker. In the day of the "two-way" player, Gottlieb played nearly 60 minutes every game, as a tailback and defensive back. In his three seasons on the varsity, Gottlieb led Rutgers to a combined 19-6-1 mark (including 14-2-1 in 1938-39) and earned All-East and All-Middle Three honors. Gottlieb, who also played baseball while at Rutgers, went on to play for two seasons with the Buffalo Indians of the American Football League, before settling in as a coach and teacher at New Brunswick High School.
George "Swede" Sundstrom - Men's Basketball
George "Swede" Sundstrom is recognized as one of the greatest rebounders in Rutgers basketball history. Swede's career average of 17.1 rebounds per game is the all-time best for the Scarlet Knights, and at the time of his induction into the Rutgers Basketball Hall of Fame, his 942 rebounds over his 55-game career spanning three seasons is No. 3 all-time. The 6'5'' Sundstrom averaged 20.6 rebounds per game as a senior in 1953-54, after pulling down 17.3 per contest as a junior the previous season. Those two rebounding averages are the top two single season marks in Rutgers history. Twice in his career, he pulled down 30 rebounds in a single game ' against Johns Hopkins in 1953 and Army in 1954, also Rutgers single game records. Sundstrom grabbed an incredible 26 or more rebounds in eight games during his career, and owns or shares the top four single game rebounding records in Rutgers history. Sundstrom averaged 10.7 points with 588 career points, and was second on the team in scoring as a senior, averaging 13.8 points per game. The efficient big man, a native of Elizabeth, NJ also showed a good touch from the foul line, as he converted 73 per cent of his free throws (214-of-293) during his career.
Kenneth MacAlpine Rendall - Football
Rendall a two-time captain, was a stalwart at right tackle for the Rutgers football team during his career (1914-17). He was known as a rugged performer who was nicknamed "Thug" for his physical style of play. Rendall's teams compiled a 22-7-4 record during his career, including an outstanding 7-1 season as a senior when he played alongside All-America end Paul Robeson. Rendall's 1915 team proved to be an offensive powerhouse, scoring 351 points, the most of any Eastern team, and posted a 7-1 record. Two years later, the Rutgers eleven capped off Rendall's outstanding senior campaign with a season ending 14-0 win over highly regarded Newport Naval Reserve, which featured some of college football's top players during this war-era contest. Rendall was selected to the Boston Herald's All-East squad following his senior year, and also earned all-star recognition from other leading newspapers of the time, including the New York Tribune and the New York Sun.
Tomora Young - Women's Basketball
Tomora Young helped lead the Scarlet Knights to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths, including a showing in the Elite Eight in 1999 and the Sweet Sixteen in 1998. The Red Bank, N.J. native, earned All-BIG EAST honors in three of her four season, including becoming RU's first-ever First Team All-BIG EAST award winner. Earning first team accolades as a junior in 1998, she was also a second team honoree as a senior in 1999 and third team recipient as a sophomore in 1997. In addition, Young was selected BIG EAST All-Tournament in 1998 and also named the Co-Player of the Year by the Metropolitan Writer's Association. A 5-10 guard, Young was one of the most efficient three-point shooters to wear the Scarlet. Young concluded her career with 1,344 career points in knocking down 180 shots from beyond the arc. In leading RU to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament in 1998, she set a single season record for three-point field goals made (71) and a Scarlet Knight best .901 clip from the free throw line.
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