Hall of Fame Family: Robert Borden Joins Parents at UOG Hall | Sports
Former Guam team captain and peerless passer through years of international volleyball competition, Robert Borden, was inducted into the University of Guam Triton Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend , joining his parents John and Susie Borden in the school’s athletic records.
Robert Borden was on the only All-Scholarship team for the Newts, and he has represented Guam at nine different international events, including Junior National Championships, three Pacific Games, four Micronesia Games, and one Olympic Games. East Asia in Hong Kong.
Borden, along with NBA coach Terry Stotts and others in Triton sports history, were among the 2021 class winners. A seven-member class of 2020 was also honored on the same day.
Besides Stotts – who also enjoyed a solo ceremony – other inductees included:
Bruce Haines, director of physical education at UOG’s predecessor, the Territorial College of Guam. He was the university’s first athletics director, and formed and coached the first sport and team: men’s basketball in 1963.
Vicente “Ben” Diaz, a defensive back for the Tritons football team that won the school’s first championship in 1975, amassing a 9-1 record. Diaz was twice a defensive player in a league made up of military teams.
Uchel Sechewas, who joined UOG in the late 1970s, was a pitcher and first baseman for the Tritons baseball team. He was on two championship teams and played until the early 1980s. Sechewas is a UOG alumnus and is a general legislator of the Republic of Palau.
Vic April, who along with Sechewas was part of the UOG Baseball Palau Connection, was also part of two UOG championship teams in his day. The team’s first hitter, he was a fast center fielder and a fast baseline runner.
April graduated from UOG in 2001 with a Masters in Micronesian Studies and served the government of Guam as a State Archaeologist and Consul General for her native Palau. April continues her relationship with the Guam Major League as an official scorer.
Noriekka Lekka was a sought-after athlete in recreational and intramural sports during his studies at UOG, where he graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Lekka played on the Trident Club men’s volleyball team and twice finished second in the Triton College League.
Gage Johnson is the first male basketball player named to the Hall of Fame. Johnson is the first basketball player to score 40 points in a game and the first known Triton to average 21 points in a season. He helped lead UOG to a fourth place in the Guam Basketball League in 1968.
There are now 37 UOG Hall of Fame members, said school athletic director Doug Palmer.