Duke to be named to Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Saturday, Punxsutawney Area High School's Athletic Department will host its Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony at the Punxsutawney Area High School.
In anticipation of the event, The Spirit will feature the biography of one member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 each day.
Today's featured athlete is Kim Duke.
Duke was a member of the Class of 2000 and was an outstanding athlete and letter winner in basketball, track and field and volleyball.
In basketball, her accomplishments included being named a three-time District IX All-Star, serving as captain her junior and senior years, being named to the All Gazette Team and All District IX Team, and being selected to play in the All-Star games of the Alice Kozel Foundation and the Indiana County Region.
As of 2000, Duke was the first player to earn All-State honors and be named to the Associated Press Big School All-State fifth team.
She held the record for most career rebounds (928), most points storied in a single game as a senior (40), most points scored in a single season (451), most rebounds in a single game (30), and most rebounds in a single season (348), and she held records for the best shooting percentage, leading rebounder and leading all-time scorer in PAHS history.
She was also named Most Valuable Player.
In track and field, Duke participated in the Junior Olympics National Championships for high hump in Houston, Texas, was a state medalist in the high jump in her freshman year at the PIAA State Championships, and was a winner of the James Manners Award in District IX during her junior and senior years.
Duke placed first in high jump, long jump and triple jump and third in hurdles at the D-IX Championships during her junior year, including a record-breaking long jump of 17-2.25.
She was a silver medalist in the high jump at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships that year.
Duke served as team captain during her senior year, was named to the All-Gazette Team, placed first at the Kane Invitational in high jump with a new meet record, and placed first in the high jump at the TSTCA Championships.
She was also PIAA District IX champion in the high jump, long jump and triple jump during her senior year and was a state medalist in the high jump.
In volleyball, she was a D-IX All-Star top vote-getter and lead the team in blocks and kills while serving as team captain her junior and senior years.
Duke graduated from St. Francis University with a degree in
During her college career, she participated in track and field and volleyball.
She excelled in the high jump at the collegiate level and placed in several championship meets.
She was also a record-setter in volleyball with most blocks in a single season (87), most career blocks (185), and most career kills (488).
She had the third-best hitting percentage in school history (.297) and was selected to the Women’s Volleyball Northeast Conference 2nd Team.
Duke is currently a teacher at Burgess Elementary in South Carolina.