Two Former South Jersey Stars to be...

by Marc Narducci | Jan 11, 2017
Two Former South Jersey Stars to be... Two Former South Jersey Stars to be Inducted in La Salle HOF

Two former South Jersey stars, Cheryl Reeve and Kelli McGahey, will be inducted into the La Salle University Hall of Athletics. The players are among five who will be introduced on Saturday, Feb. 11 at halftime of the men's basketball game at Richmond.

The induction ceremony will take place following the game at Tree Tops on campus at approximately 4:30.

McGahey comes from a strong athletic family as two of her sisters were big stars at La Salle.

McGahey was also a key contributor on consecutive Eustace state championships in basketball. He older sister Kathy McGahey was not only a star at La Salle but a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Field Hockey squad that captured a bronze medal. Her sister Kerri McGahey was a softball star at La Salle.

Kelli McGahey was a standout in both field hockey and softball at La Salle. At Bishop Eustace, she was also a basketball player and a member of consecutive state Parochial B championship teams.

At La Salle, McGahey scored 40 career goals in field hockey, which is still No. 3 all-time. Her 84 career points is fifth. She led the team in goals and points each of her four season and was named to the Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team in 1991.

In softball she remains first on the school career list with 55 stolen bases and 128 runs and third with 97 RBI. McGahey also hit eight career home runs. She is also among the top 10 in several single-season categories. Her 80 total bases in 1992 is sixth, 12 stolen bases in 1991 is fifth and 11 the next year is tied for eight. McGahey's 23 stolen bases in 1990 is a single-season school record and she led the team in stolen bases all four years.

Reeve is best known for her current work as coach of the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. She had guided the Lynx to three championships in her seven seasons and sports a 167-70 record. In addition, she was an assistant coach this past summer for the U.S. Olympic team, which again captured the gold medal.

Yet even without these accomplishments, Reeve had a major impact during her time at La Salle. A standout point guard at Washington Township, Reeve was a four-year starter for La Salle. The Explorers won 89 games during her tenure and earned NCAA Tournament berths in both her sophomore and senior season.

In both years, the Explorers lost a close first round NCAA game, falling 60-55 to Villanova in 1982 and 86-85 to Penn State in 1984. Before her arrival, La Salle had appeared just once in the NCAA Tournament.

In 1984, after leading La Salle to a 25-5 season, Reeve earned first-team all-MAAC and second-team all-Big Five honors. She is fifth on the school's career list with 420 assists, tied for fifth with 116 games played and ninth with 171 steals.

These are two deserving recipients as they followed stellar high school careers with even more success on the collegiate level.

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Author: Marc Narducci


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