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January 31, 2013

2013 ECU Hall of Fame inductees named

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The East Central University Hall of Fame will have three new members, Saturday when former soccer player Christy Burdon (Jones), former football player Gerome Castleberry and former men’s basketball player Jason Wilkerson are added as the Class of 2013.

Burdon is the first women’s soccer player to earn a spot in the ECU Hall of Fame after playing for the Lady Tigers from 1999-2002. The Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada native, is the ECU leader for goals in a season (16), goals in a career (41), assists in a career (17), points in a season (37), and points in a career (99).

“We are so excited Christy Burdon has been chosen for this honor,” said former ECU soccer coach Heather Beam. “She definitely is a wonderful choice. She is a very deserving young lady to represent the soccer program.”

Burdon was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000. She also earned All-LSC Second Team honors are a freshman and sophomore and was named to the All-LSC Academic Team, Commissioner’s Honor Roll and All-LSC Tournament Team during her time with the Lady Tigers. In her freshman campaign she finished the season ranked No. 30 in the NCAA for her 2.18 points per game and 23rd for her 0.94 goals per game.

Burdon is married to ECU baseball alum A.J. Jones and the couple currently lives in Denver with their three children; Kenzie (3) and twins Ty and Easton (9 months). Burdon is a physician assistant working at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Castleberry was a standout on the ECU football team from 1999-2002 before signing to play in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals in 2003. He also went on to play professionally in Germany, where he has back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and played in the German Bowl XXVII in 2006.

In 2001, Castleberry led ECU and the LSC with 1,308 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. The two time, All-LSC First Team selection was named to the Daktronics All-West Region First Team and to Dan Hansen’s Football Gazette All-America Third Team at the end of his junior season.

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