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A native of Clarkfield, Minnesota, Jim Dotseth lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track at Clarkfield High School before enrolling at Waldorf College.
Jim was a member of the distinguished 1962 football team that went undefeated and was ranked sixth in the nation. That same year, he was named an All-Conference defensive back. In one of his most memorable moments, Jim returned a 50-yard interception at the end of the game against rival Estherville to preserve the Waldorf victory.
Jim was also an integral member of the Warrior basketball team. In 1963, he was an All-State selection and was the recipient of Forest City Chamber of Commerce Sportsmanship Award.
After his time at Waldorf, Jim entered the University of Minnesota where he would complete his Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1968. He would further his education at Minnesota earning his Masters of Education in 1972 and his administration degree in 1998 from St. Mary's University.
Jim spent the first thirty years of his professional career as an educator and coach in the Minneapolis Public School system. He coached in a variety of levels in different capacities, but drew many accolades in wrestling and football. His teams shared a number of successes, including ten conference wrestling titles during the 1980s at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School. He completed his tenure at Roosevelt with a coaching record of 185-96-8.
Jim was a seven-time recipient of the Minneapolis Wrestling Coach of the Year award and two-time Minneapolis Football Coach of the Year. In 1985 Jim was named the Metro All-Star Football Coach. He was named the Nike Football Clinic Man of the Year and the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Distinguished Service Award winner in 1998. The Minnesota State High School Coaches Association honored Jim with the George Haun Service Award in 2010.
Jim has been inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2000 Jim was inducted into the Waldorf College Hall of Fame, as he and his teammates from the 1962-63 basketball team earned their place in college history. He will be honored once again, as the college recognizes the 1962 football team during this year's homecoming activities.
Jim and his wife, Wanda have two daughters, Jennica and Deena and four grandchildren. Jim still involves himself with athletics, as he serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.
All-Conference and All-State Selection-Distinguished Coach-Waldorf Warrior and Hall of Famer for 2012-Jim Dotseth.
Carrie (Norman) Lowry grew up in the quaint town of Sully, Iowa and attended Lynnville-Sully High School where she excelled on the basketball court. Carrie was a member of the powerhouse Lynnville-Sully squad that only lost twice during her high school career. She was a four-time All-Conference selection in addition to being named to the All-State and All-Tournament Team twice.
Carrie went on to have many successes as a member of the Waldorf basketball team. She was named to the All-Region team as a freshman on the heels of a breakout season. Carrie led the region in three-point percentage with 51.9%, steals with 134 and assists with 161.
Most notably she led in scoring average with 19.6 points per game. She also played an integral role in the Warriors' upset of #1-ranked Kirkwood Community College, collecting 20 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. In her biggest output of the season, she went 5 of 8 from three-point range against Iowa Lakes Community College. She finished the game with 35 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists.
Nationally, Carrie was the ninth-leading scorer, first in three-point percentage, ninth in assists, and tenth in free-throw percentage. Her outstanding play on the season earned her Honorable Mention All-American accolades.
Carrie's sophomore campaign would be full of achievements as well. Her intangible athletic ability helped lead the Warriors to a 31-5 record, a Regional Championship, and third place finish at Nationals, while landing herself a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Carrie helped the basketball team to a 59-8 record in her two years. Additionally, she landed herself in the record-books in numerous categories, even when compared to four-year players. She is 8th on the career points list with 1,165; 10th in career field goals made with 427; 10th in career three-pointers made (99); and 2nd in career steals (240).
Carrie went on to attend Grand View University where she again gained many accolades including: 1st Team All-Conference, NAIA Scholar Athlete, All-American, and Conference Player of the Year honors.
Carrie has been married to her husband Brian for eleven years and they have three children: Hendrick, Breah and Ella. For nine years, she has worked at Montezuma Community Schools. Carrie spent seven years as a second grade teacher and a third grade teacher for the past two years.
All-Region Performer-All-American-NAIA Scholar Athlete-Waldorf Warrior and Hall of Famer for 2012-Carrie Lowry.
Jeff "Curly" Pierce excelled as a multi-sport athlete in his hometown of Bricelyn, Minnesota. As a prep-athlete, Jeff was an All-Conference performer in basketball, baseball and football. Following his graduation in 1983 he enrolled at Waldorf College.
Jeff exemplified a strong student-athlete at Waldorf. He excelled academically, while being an integral member of the basketball and baseball teams. In his two years the basketball team qualified for the state tournament both years. During his sophomore season, the Warriors beat Ellsworth, the conference champions and Rochester, who was ranked second in the state of Minnesota. Jeff went on to receive All-Region honors that same year.
During his freshman season on the baseball team, the Warriors captured their seventh consecutive conference title on their way to collecting the Northwest Sub-Regional Title. They advanced to the Region XI Tournament in Cedar Rapids, where they would place second.
Jeff would be a part of the Warriors' eighth consecutive conference title in his sophomore season. The team finished runners-up in the Sub-Regional Tournament. Later that year Jeff was named the Lions Club Male Athlete of the Year. In his two-year career at Waldorf, Jeff would help the Warriors to a 56-29 record.
Jeff completed his undergraduate degree in Education and Business at Baker University in 1988. Following graduation he pursued coaching opportunities in baseball and basketball on the college-level. He also became a successful baseball umpire at the high school, collegiate, and minor league ranks.
Jeff has continued to assist the college through his diligent work as the Chairman of the Gabby Pierce Memorial Golf Tournament. The annual golf tournament is held in Alden, Minnesota as a tribute to his late father, a Charter Hall of Famer in his own right. The proceeds generated from the tournament directly benefit Waldorf's scholarship fund. For the past four years Jeff has continued to serve the Waldorf community as a member of the Alumni Board. He has also accepted to serve for another term.
Outside his work with the College, he has been the Owner and President of Jeff Pierce, LLC, a financial services company, since 1996. Jeff is an active member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Hubert's Catholic Church. He is also involved with the Chaska Downtown Business Alliance and the Chaska Men's Club.
Jeff and his wife Tanya have three children: Jackson, Bennet and Prescott.
All-Region Selection-Lions Male Athlete of the Year-Waldorf Benefactor-Waldorf Warrior and Hall of Famer for 2012-Jeff "Curly" Pierce.
Jamie Rustad began her distinguished athletic career at St. Ansgar High School. She was a 1st Team All-Conference selection on eight occasions while competing in volleyball, basketball and softball. When Jamie graduated in 1995, she had been a member of nine conference championship teams and held several basketball and volleyball records.
Jamie competed successfully in volleyball and basketball at Waldorf College. She was a two-time 1st Team All-Regional selection in volleyball. Jamie also gained 1st Team All-Tournament honors and was named the team MVP.
Her athletic ability transitioned to the hardwood during the winter months. Jamie was described as an explosive and strong player, which served her well in her position as a power forward. In her two years at Waldorf, Jamie helped the Warriors combine for a 44-16 record.
In her freshman season she led the Region in field goal percentage in a season with 63.5%. She was named a 1st Team All-Regional selection, team MVP and Honorable Mention All-American. Waldorf also selected her as their Female Honor Athlete in 1996.
Jamie's outstanding two-year stint landed her among the leaders in many basketball statistical categories including: career free-throws made (15th all-time), steals (12th all-time), and rebounds. She is 13th in defensive rebounding and 10th in offensive rebounding. Jamie tallied 673 points and averaged 11.2 points per game as a Warrior.
Jamie went on to complete her undergraduate studies at Simpson College. While there, she was a member of the Storm basketball and track squads. As a member of the track team, Jamie was a member of the 4x400 National-qualifying relay team.
The Storm basketball team earned two Iowa Conference titles and had a combined record of 45-6, while Jamie was a team-member. She earned 1st Team All-Conference and All-Regional accolades both years. She still holds the women's school record in field goal percentage in a season with 62.8%. In her senior season, she was named the team MVP. Later that year she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Administration.
Talented multi-sport student-athlete- All-Conference and All-Region honoree-All-American-Record Holder-Waldorf Warrior and Hall of Famer for 2012-Jamie Rustad.
Jody Betten Dosser
A native of New Hampton, Iowa, Jody Dosser graduated from Mankato State University in 1973. After graduation, Jody became a high school physical education teacher and coach at Osage High School in Osage, Iowa, where she remained for 27 years until 2001 when she came to Waldorf College.
As a high school coach, Jody compiled 17 North Iowa Conference Titles and had 10 teams advance to the Iowa State Volleyball Tournament. She was eventually named the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union's most winningest high school volleyball coach in Iowa.
In her seven year career at Waldorf, the Warriors had a second place 2005 conference finish, were semi-finalists in 2006, and won the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament in 2007.
In 2007, Jody's family had a tragic loss as their 24 year old son, Jermiah, was killed in an accident just nine days before his 25th birthday. Because Jermiah had openly expressed his desire to be a donor, Jody and her husband, Rick, contacted the Iowa Lions Eye Bank to share their son's caring life story and learn about their son's corneal recipients.
Six months following Jermiah's death, Jody and the volleyball team organized "Donor Awareness Week" on Waldorf's campus. During that week, the volleyball team had two home matches where they helped promote successful state donor registration and they shared "Jermiah's Story".
Although Jody retired in 2008, she and her husband remain actively involved with the Iowa Lions Eye Bank and the Iowa Donor Network and continue to tell "Jermiah's Story".
Recently, Jody and Rick were nominated by the Iowa Donor Network and have been selected by the American Association of Tissue Banks to receive the honor of having Jermiah's photo on the Donate Life "Seize the Day" Rose Bowl Parade float. Jody was selected to be the float rider during the Parade in Pasadena, California.
Most Winningest Iowa High School Volleyball Coach - Waldorf Conference Championship Coach - Inspirational coach and community member - Hall of famer for 2010 - Jody Dosser.
Janelle Barz McCloskey
Throughout her high school career, Janelle Barz McCloskey earned various honors in basketball and softball at Ackley-Geneva High School in Ackley, Iowa. Janelle was named First Team All-Conference in both basketball and softball, and was named First Team All-State in basketball her senior season. That year her team finished fourth in the Iowa girl's state tournament and she was selected to the All-Tournament team.
After high school, Janelle attended Waldorf College where she played softball and continued her standout basketball career. Janelle was an intelligent, quick and aggressive performer. In the 1979 season, Janelle was a member of the Waldorf College women's basketball team that finished fourth in the NJCAA tournament. In her sophomore season, Janelle led the team in offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds and steals. Waldorf made it to the NJCAA tournament and Janelle was selected Regional XI 2nd team and Waldorf's most valuable player honors and was named the "prestigious" Female Honor Athlete at Waldorf. The Waldorf basketball team compiled an impressive 50-12 record in Janelle's two years.
After Waldorf, Janelle attended Creighton University on a basketball scholarship where she played for two seasons and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then attended the University of Arizona where she earned her Master's Degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences.
Today Janelle is an exercise physiologist at Scottsdale Healthcare in Scottsdale, Arizona.
A two sport high school standout - Female Honor Athlete - Hall of Famer for 2010 - Janelle Barz McCloskey.
James Erb came to Waldorf College from Wellman, Iowa, where he graduated from Mid-Prairie High School as a four sport letter winner. During high school, James was named the team MVP for football and earned Second Team All State Football Honors.
While at Waldorf, James was an outstanding football player. He was named a team captain and earned Third Team All-America honors.
After his time with Waldorf, James went to the University of Iowa where he was a member of the 1981 Big Ten Championship team that made it to the Rose Bowl. He was also a member of the 1982 Peach Bowl Championship team. He was named Second Team All Big Ten and eventually signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 1983.
James' most memorable game was while he was at Iowa.
"It was my first game for Iowa after a red-shirt year under Head Coach Hayden Fry who was in his third season at Iowa," said James. "We beat Nebraska in the first game of the 1981 season, and that year we broke through a 19 season losing record streak and restored a 'winning' tradition."
James is now a farmer and carpenter in Wellman, Iowa. His family owned farm received Heritage Farm status at the 2008 Iowa State Fair as it was homesteaded 156 years ago.
A four sport high school letter winner - an All-American - a member of a bowl championship team - Hall of Famer for 2010 - James Erb.
A high school graduate of Randall Consolidated School, Stan Oppedal was a member of the 1957-58 and 1958-59 Waldorf College baseball teams.
After his two years at Waldorf, Stan attended Luther College to study history. In January of 1964 he graduated from Luther and began his teaching career.
Stan taught at three different schools starting at United Community where he coached boys basketball and baseball. He then moved on to South Hamilton where he coached high school softball. Audubon was his last stop before leaving teaching to go into business, but even after he left teaching, he continued to coach.
Stan was the head softball coach at Boone High School for nine years. During his time at Boone, he was named the 3A Coach of the Year for two consecutive years (2000 and 2001), and also coached his team to four consecutive conference championships, two state tournament appearances, and has two former softball pitchers who are Hall of Fame inductees.
Stan's most satisfying experiences in coaching have been seeing young pitchers realize success through all the hard work and dedication.
Now retired, Stan is still coaching as he is currently the head softball coach at Roland-Story High School.
Stan and his wife, Barb, have a son, Brad - 41, who is a teacher in Bellingham, Wash., and a daughter, Andrea, who passed away at the age of 36 in January of 2007.
Dedicated and Successful coach and pitching instructor - Hall of Famer for 2009 - Stan Oppedal.
As a four sport athlete from Crystal City High School in Crystal City, Mo., Patrick Bone earned various awards throughout his high school career. He was named to the All Jefferson County Conference First Team for Defense in football, Second Team All-State, First Team All-Region, City of St. Louis All-District team in basketball, Second team JCAA Pitcher and Outfielder, First Team All-District Pitcher in baseball, and was a state qualifier for track in three events.
Class Vice-President and Male Honor Athlete, Patrick received an athletic scholarship to attend Waldorf College.
During his time at Waldorf, Patrick continued his athletic success as he won numerous awards and broke school records. In his freshman year, Patrick tied the single season assist record in basketball, with 93, and broke Waldorf baseball's single season at-bat record with 110, and Waldorf's single game record with seven at bats.
In his sophomore year, Patrick, captain of both the basketball and baseball teams, broke the record for career assists in basketball with 163. He finished the season as the ninth all-time scorer and played in the Iowa All-Star game. He scored 23 points in the All-Star game and was named Co-MVP. He was also selected as the Waldorf Male Honor Athlete.
Patrick, who was nicknamed the "Crystal Pistol" by Darryl Posegate, baseball teammate and PA announcer for the basketball games, said his favorite Waldorf memory was scoring a career high 40 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists against Golden Valley Junior College with Flip Saunders, current NBA coach, shouting, "Is there anyone in the building that can stop Bone?"
After turning down a Major League Baseball free-agent-contract with the Minnesota Twins, Patrick accepted an athletic scholarship to play baseball at Florida International University in Miami, Fla.
In 1980, Patrick played in the NCAA Division II World Series in Riverside, Calif., and in 1981, he set the NCAA Division II National single game hit record, 7-7, which he held for eight years, and is still a current FIU school record. He also holds the current single game runs scored record with six at FIU.
Later that year, Patrick was a MLB eighteenth round draft pick by the New York Yankees. He was awarded Player of the Week in his first week of professional baseball.
In 1992, Patrick was offered and accepted the manager position with Festus, the Missouri Post 253 American Legion Summer baseball program. He is still currently the manager and has led the team to 14 district titles, 5 Missouri Eastern Zone titles, three state titles, and one World Series appearance in 2009, finishing fifth in the nation out of 5700 teams. He currently holds the programs all time won/loss record, 571-178.
Patrick has also won numerous character awards such as the American Legion Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and 2002, the Hidden Hero Award for Community Service in 1997, and YMCA Volunteer of the year in 2003.
Patrick and his wife, Patricia, have been married for 25 years. They have two sons, Zachary, 23, and Logan, 17.
Four sport high school athlete - successful college athlete - MLB Player of the Week - Successful baseball manager - Distinguished member of the community - Hall of Famer for 2009 - Patrick Bone.
Bonnie (Rayhons) Cataldo
Bonnie (Rayhons) Cataldo came to Waldorf College from Garner High School in Garner, Iowa, where she was a stand out athlete on the basketball court. In her junior year, Bonnie broke the North Iowa Conference single game scoring record with 69 points. In her senior season, she was the second leading scorer in the state, averaging 48 points a game, and led the state in field goal percentage with 72 percent. She was selected First Team All State and helped her team reach the state tournament.
Bonnie also participated in volleyball, where she received Honorable Mention All State honors, and track and field, with a fourth place finish in the 4x100 relay.
Once at Waldorf, Bonnie focused on basketball. Her freshman year, she shot an impressive 65.9 percent from the floor to help her team finish second in the NJCAA in field goal percentage with 52.6 percent. Bonnie shot 77 percent from the free throw line to help her team lead the nation with 73.5 percent.
Bonnie helped lead Waldorf to a 23-6 record and the Iowa Junior College regular season title. One of her highlights that year was a come from behind victory over rival, NIACC, after trailing by 14 points at half.
Bonnie's sophomore year, she was selected captain by her teammates as she averaged 19.5 points and eight rebounds a game. She was a First Team All-Region XI performer, Second Team All-American NJCAA, one of only two athletes ever at Waldorf to receive the Kodak All-American Award, and an Academic All-American.
Bonnie finished her two year career at Waldorf as the third all-time scorer with 1055 points. She was noted by the letter winners as the female honor athlete in 1992.
From 1992-1994, Bonnie continued her college career at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education.
In 1995 she went to work for Garner Elementary School as a Kindergarten teacher. During her time, she was also the assistant varsity girls track coach.
In 2000, Bonnie resigned from Garner Elementary to become a stay-at-home mom. She became very active at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, teaching three years of Christian Education and two years of Sunday school.
Bonnie, and her husband, Brian, have three sons, Samuel, 11, Ray, 9, and Reed, 4.
A three sport high school standout - one of the most outstanding players in Waldorf Women's Basketball History - active church member - Hall of Famer for 2009 - Bonnie (Rayhons) Cataldo.
Keith Clark grew up in Monroe, Iowa. At Monroe High, he was a four-year letter winner in football, baseball and track.
Following a successful high school career, where he lettered for 4 years in three sports, he decided to focus on the sport of football when he enrolled at Waldorf College.
Clark played guard for the 1962-63 Warrior football team that went undefeated and won all eight of their games by double digits.
During the last game of the season, Clark broke his leg and had to go to the hospital to have it taken care of. He asked the doctor to delay putting on the cast so he could return to the field to celebrate the victory with his teammates.
When he returned, the whole team was waiting for him to lead them in the end of the season celebration.
Clark said that moment was indicative of the kind of team spirit at Waldorf College.
A former teammate and Waldorf Hall-of-Famer Tom Urevig is quoted as saying "Keith was a determined, coachable, team player who loved the challenge of the game".
For 25 years, Clark was the owner of Clark Landscaping and is now retired.
He has been active with the community service group, the Jaycees and has served as president of the Jaycees in Monroe, Iowa, and Columbia Heights, Minnesota.
Keith and his wife, Liz, have been married for 42 years and have two kids. Kristy is a teacher and Jason is an arborist.
Keith and Liz currently reside in Fridley, Minnesota.
A leader on the gridiron-a member of the undefeated 1962-63 Warriors-a well-respected businessman and Jaycees leader-Hall of Famer for 2008-Keith Clark.
Sadly, honoree Kimberly Grimm of the class of 1993 passed away in November 2006, but her memory strongly lives on at Waldorf College.
Kim's outstanding career in athletics can be described with incredible statistics and awards. In high school, Kim was All State in Basketball and Softball, was named the Globe Gazette's Athlete of the Year and on the National Honor Society. At Waldorf College, she averaged 16.8 points per game and made the 1 st team all region XI basketball team and all region softball team, was the captain of the 23-9 Warrior basketball team that won the Region XI championship and played in the NJCAA national tournament. At Wartburg College, she was All Conference in both softball and basketball and an Honorable Mention All American in 1994 in basketball. But numbers and records can't describe the enormous impact that Kim Grimm had on the people around her.
Kim's mother Judy said it best:
"Kim loved basketball and she loved softball as well. She enjoyed many great times in high school and college. She enjoyed life and had much enthusiasm for whatever she did, work and play…Of course, the national basketball tournament at Waldorf was a wonderful experience…she often stated those were wonderful two years at Waldorf.
Her Wartburg years were growing years. She did well and excelled in athletics there, softball and basketball. She found her profession in Radiology. She was top of her class academically and socially. As a student and employee of North Memorial Hospital, she studied many hours to achieve her success. She enjoyed immensely being able to play at the Waldorf gym at the alumni basketball game on Oct. 25, 2006.
Her enthusiasm and love of sports and all she enjoyed, remains forever in our hearts."
Joni Gosch, the program director at the North Memorial School of Radiologic Technology, said Kim left a mark on North Memorial that will never be erased.
"We honor Kim with a 'Kim Grimm' award that is given to the graduating student from each class that most embodies Kim's spirit. While we have a wonderful group of students and graduates, none of them has impacted me the way she did. She truly cared about everyone."
A leader on the basketball court and softball diamond-and truly a leader in the game of life-Hall of Famer for 2008-Kimberly Grimm.
After graduating from North Polk High School as the American Legion Award winner and a two year letterman in basketball and a three year letterman in baseball, Bill Haglund enrolled at Waldorf College .
He played baseball for two years at Waldorf and played basketball for one year on a team that was inducted into the 2000 Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bill was also a team manager and statistician for the 1962-63 football team that went undefeated. A classmate said Bill loved sports and enjoyed reporting and had a unique way of capturing the event in writing.
Bill worked as a sportswriter after graduating from Waldorf in 1963. He received a "Photo of the Month" award from the Associated Press during his first year on the job.
Bill joined the U.S. Army and received the Medal of Distinguished Achievement in 1968.
After serving our country, Bill traveled to Sweden to live with relatives and play baseball. He threw the first ever no-hitter in Swedish baseball history. When Bill returned from Sweden , he immersed himself in the fields of auto racing and journalism.
Since then he has been a sportswriter, a promoter of a NASCAR racer, a NASCAR licensed mechanic, an editor of a racing publication, a developer of the International Motor Contest Association programs at more than 100 tracks across the continent, and the general manager of San Antonio Speedway and O'Reilly Auto Parts Motor Speedway in Topeka, Kansas. He also worked for Iowa Public Television and voiced a 20-minute narration on the history of auto racing in Iowa .
In the past five years, Bill has won numerous awards from the Iowa Newspaper Association, including - Master Columnist, Best News Story, Best Sports Story, Best Sports Columnist and Best Page Design.
Bill and his wife Judy live in Waukee and have four grown children.
A talented athlete-a servant of our country-a newsman who loves auto racing and the thrill of sports-2008 Hall of Famer-Bill Haglund.
A two-sport standout in baseball and basketball at Fenwick High School in Chicago, Dave Schrage later received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Creighton in 1983, where he also excelled in baseball, and then received a master's in sports administration from St. Thomas University (also known as Biscayne College) in Miami.
Dave spent the 1983-84 season as a graduate assistant at St. Thomas before returning to Creighton to work with Jim Hendry, the former general manager of the Chicago Cubs.
Dave coached baseball overseas in 1987-88 with the Mt. Gravatt Eagles Club in Australia and then returned to the states to coach the baseball team at Waldorf from 1988-90.
Brian Gruntzke, who worked with Dave at Waldorf and took over the program when Dave left in 1990, said Coach Schrage brought credibility to the program and helped jumpstart the Waldorf baseball team. The Warriors went 22-21 in 1990, resulting in one of Waldorf's better years in baseball.
Following Waldorf, Dave led the baseball program at Northern Iowa from 1991-99. From 2000 to 2002, Dave coached at Northern Illinois and then moved on to Evansville.
At Evansville he turned an unproven team into a record-setting leader in the Missouri Valley Conference. In 2006, Evansville claimed the MVC regular-season and tournament titles.
Dave's success at Evansville led to a job offer from the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, where he currently coaches. The Irish went 33-21-1 during the 2007-2008 season. From the Notre Dame media guide, it states "Schrage is highly-regarded as a consummate student of the game, with a vast baseball knowledge contributing to his skills as a developer of talent and teacher of the game. His teams traditionally have been founded on pitching and defense while playing with a scrappy, aggressive approach that has helped build confidence and a winning tradition among former players."
Dave and his wife Jody - who passed away on Jan. 9, 2007, following a brief battle with cancer - have two daughters, Kaitlyn and Brianne. The Schrage's still have many friends and connections in the north Iowa area.
A highly-regarded coach and teacher of the game of baseball-2008 Hall of Famer-Dave Schrage.
Kent Stock came to Waldorf College from Ankeny where he was a 1 st team all-conference and special mention all-state 2nd baseman for his high school baseball team.
At Waldorf, Kent's successful career continued as he batted .345 in his first year for the 13 th ranked Warriors. He remembers hitting his first Waldorf homerun at Iowa Central in Fort Dodge and shaking Coach Jim Hayden's hand as he rounded 3 rd base. In 1982, Kent earned the prestigious Waldorf Honor Athlete of the Year award.
He transferred to Luther College after Waldorf and was a 1 st team all-conference shortstop. With Kent on the team, Luther qualified for the Division III regional tournament in 1984.
Kent graduated from Luther in 1985 and began a career in education. At Belle Plaine, he taught for seven years and then served as the athletic director for six years. After receiving his M.S. degree in Education Administration from Drake University in 1998, he became the middle school principal at Linn-Mar Schools in Marion. This past year Kent transitioned from a career in education to a career with the Community Savings Bank in Robbins, Iowa.
Recently, a film about Kent's time coaching at Norway High School called "The Final Season" was released in theaters. Kent coached at Norway for one year with the legendary Jim Van Scoyoc, and then became the head coach of the Tigers for their final season before being merged with Madison Community. In the movie, the character of Kent Stock is played by the famous actor Sean Astin. In real life and in the movie, Kent leads the Tigers to their 20 th state championship.
Kent is a member of the Waldorf Alumni Board, highly involved in Resurrection Lutheran Church in Marion, a former board member of the Linn-County YMCA and a member of the Optimist Club.
Kent and his wife, Laurie, have two children, Kendrie and Kylee. They live in Marion, Iowa, outside of Cedar Rapids.
In the movie trailer to "The Final Season" the narrator asks: "How do you want to be remembered?"
Remembered as a talented baseball player-an inspirational coach and educator-and a family man who makes a difference in his community-Hall of Famer for 2008-Kent Stock.
A. David Bolstorff
David Bolstorff grew up near Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and participated in football, basketball, track, and choir while attending Grand Rapids High School.
After graduating in 1951, he attended the University of Minnesota, and was a member of the Gopher football team. Freshmen did not play on the varsity in those days, but by the end of spring practices, Dave was the second-team defensive end.
The University of Minnesota was not the place for him, however, and Bolstorff transferred to St. Olaf College to pursue a Pre-Seminary degree program. He played offensive guard and linebacker for the Oles, earning All-Conference honors for three seasons.
Upon graduation in 1956, Dave had some discussions with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, but decided instead to pursue the ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He did his internship at Calvary Lutheran Church in Pacoima, California, a city that just happened to be near an entry in the Pacific Coast Professional Football League. Dave jumped at the opportunity to continue playing football, and for one season, he played linebacker for the Orange County Rhinos in Anaheim. The games were televised, and the quality of play in the league was impressive. It happened to be the year before the old AFL was formed, and many players went on to play in the AFL the following year. Players earned $65 a game.
After his internship, Dave served as assistant pastor at First English Lutheran Church in Faribault, Minnesota, from 1960-62, where he met and fell in love with his life-long partner and best friend, Donna. His desire to coach led him to Augustana College in Sioux Falls where he served as assistant football coach and head wrestling coach for the next three years.
In the fall of 1965, Bolstorff's two greatest passions-the ministry and football-came together as he was hired by Waldorf to serve as College Chaplain, Student Counselor, and to assist with the football team. In Dave's third year as a Warrior assistant, head football coach and Hall-of-Famer, Bob Bungum, suffered a heart attack. Dave took the reins of the Waldorf football team at that time. Success soon followed.
Competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association, the 1968 squad posted a 5-3 record, followed by an undefeated season in 1969. The Warriors followed that with eleven consecutive winning seasons, including another undefeated season in 1975.
The late 80's and mid-90's belonged to the Warriors as well. Waldorf earned its first bowl appearance in 1989 and won the RC Cola Bowl in 1993 and 1994, and the Pepsi Cola Bowl in 1997.
Bolstorff guided the Warrior program for 40 seasons, compiling a record of 189-184-2. He coached 38 All-Americans, 21 Academic All-Americans, and numerous All-Region players. Twelve of his former athletes signed with NFL teams. In 1997, Bolstorff was honored by his peers with an induction into the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Coaches Hall-of-Fame and is currently eighth on the NJCAA all-time wins list.
Through the course of 42 years at Waldorf College, Dave really did it all. He served as College Chaplain, Associate Professor of Religion, Student Counselor, Head Football Coach, and even coached the men's basketball team for two seasons. He also managed to find enough time to publish two books entitled Reflections from the Sideline andBook of Prayer and Prose.
In tribute to what Dave meant to Waldorf College and the Warrior football program, the football field was named in his honor in 1995.
Coach Bolstorff led Waldorf's transition into the NAIA in the fall of 2003, and handed the reins over to his successor following the 2006 season.
Regardless of how impressive Dave's coaching resume is with victories, Bowl appearances, All-Americans, former players in the NFL, Hall-of-Fame inductions, etc., David Bolstorff will long be remembered at Waldorf for the thousands of students' lives he has impacted through his teaching, coaching, counseling, and ministry. That same impact has been felt by the many staff and faculty he worked alongside-always being a valued colleague, mentor, and friend.
Dave has always truly embodied the mission of Waldorf College-by educating the whole person in the spirit of Jesus Christ, enabling the individual to experience fulfillment through a life of service.
Thank you Dave, for your many contributions and service to Waldorf College.
Duane Hovick After leading Roland High School to three consecutive Iowa State Basketball tournaments including a state title in 1958, Duane Hovick enrolled at Waldorf College in the fall of 1959.
He competed in baseball his sophomore year, but it was on the hard-court where Hovick really made a name for himself.
Duane started every varsity game for Waldorf over his two-year career, managing to score in double-figures each game. He averaged over 20 points per game each season and was the first player in Waldorf history to reach the 1000-point plateau.
Maybe the editor of the 1961 Waldorf Yearbook summed it up best when it was written, "Hovick drew ah's and oh's from the crowd with his spectacular display of showmanship in handling the ball-a 5'8" ball of fire that could not be stopped."
Duane's leadership skills were evident as he captained the basketball team his sophomore year, and served as president of the Waldorf Letterman's Club.
After graduating from Waldorf in 1961, Hovick earned his Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, and Superintendent Certification from Iowa State University .
He worked in the field of Education as a teacher, coach, and administrator for 38 years before retiring in 2002.
Duane has been extremely active in his church, professional organizations, and community organizations, assuming many leadership roles in each.
Duane and his wife, Delores, are the parents of two and grandparents of six. They currently reside in Ankeny , Iowa .
A leader on the basketball court, in the field of education, and in his community-the first Waldorf basketball player to eclipse the 1000-point barrier-Hall of Famer 2006-Duane Hovick.
Oscar Lenning, a graduate of Lake Mills High School, spent four years in the United States Navy before enrolling at Waldorf in the fall of 1959.
On the Warrior football field, Oscar Lenning was considered undersized for his position. The 175-pounder played guard on offense and both nose guard and linebacker on defense. Lenning often looked across the line of scrimmage at opponents who outweighed him by a hundred or more pounds. Known for his quickness off the ball, Oscar routinely won those battles in the trenches with his feet, his toughness, and his intelligence.
Lenning was a key part of the 1959 team that finished 6-1-1 under Hall-of-Fame coaches Bob Bungum and Rolf Lund. He captained the 1960 Warrior squad that finished 5-3-1 and was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-America Team that season.
A leader on and off the field at Waldorf, Oscar served as Student Body President his sophomore year, before continuing his education at Wartburg College.
Lenning earned his B.A. in Secondary Education at Wartburg, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Iowa State University. He earned both his Master's Degree and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.
Lenning's adult life has always centered around education. He has worked at the secondary level, in Higher Education Research, and in various administrative roles in Higher Education since 1964.
From 1988-1994 Oscar served as Waldorf's Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs. His tenure was highlighted by the development of innovative three-year B.A. programs, the Honors Program, and the Academic Achievement Center.
Oscar currently is the Director of Lenning Consulting Services in Ankeny, Iowa, where he resides with his wife, Renie.
A 1960 NJCAA Football All-American-a respected leader in Education-a former Waldorf administrator-Hall of Famer 2006-Oscar Lenning.
After an outstanding prep career at Comfrey High School in Comfrey, Minnesota, Ken Wall brought his basketball talents south to Waldorf College in 1964.
Known as a prolific scorer, Wall became a key member of the Warrior squad from the onset. He averaged 14.8 points per game his freshman season under Head Coach, Harvey Johnson.
Wall earned the respect of his teammates and was named co-captain of the 1965-'66 squad. That season, Ken led his team in scoring with 453 points, good for a 21.7 average. He also set a school record with 26 consecutive free throws made over a six-game stretch.
For his two-year career, Ken averaged 17.9 points per game. He was named Waldorf's prestigious Honor Athlete in 1966.
Wall continued his education at St. Olaf College, and was a two-year starter for the Oles. He earned his BA from St. Olaf in 1968, and both his MS and Doctor of Physical Education degrees from Springfield College.
Ken's professional resume, while clearly displaying an international flavor, is also dotted with his love for Basketball. He served as a coach at the National Center of Physical Education in San Jose, Costa Rica. From 1975-1982 he coached at the Pedagogical University Institute in Caracas, Venezuela, where his women's team won a national championship in 1980.
He served as the head clinician at International basketball seminars in Venezuela, Columbia, Costa Rica, and Bolivia. He has also co-authored three books on basketball.
Throughout it all, Ken has found time himself to continue with a variety of athletic endeavors. He was a top fast-pitch softball pitcher on a National Championship team in Costa Rica. He was ranked #1 in New England by the United States Tennis Association on three separate occasions: in father/son doubles with his late son, Peter in 1998, and again in 2000 with his son, Andrew. Most recently, he reached the #1 ranking in men's 55 doubles.
Ken and his wife, Sonja, reside in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, where he is currently an Associate Professor in Sport Management and Recreation at Springfield College.
An accomplished basketball player-an international ambassador-a well-respected coach and educator-Hall of Famer 2006-Ken Wall.
Barb Bennett graduated from Oelwein High School in May of 1978, and a few short months later was making an impact for the Waldorf softball team.
A right-handed pitcher, Bennett went 8-0 during the fall 1978 season with a 0.78 ERA as Waldorf won the Northern Conference title with a 13-3 record.
The Warriors breezed through the spring of 1979 with a 17-2 regular-season record, defeating Ellsworth 6-0 to advance to the 1979 NJCAA National Tournament. In the national tournament opener, Bennett allowed just three hits and no earned runs but the Warrior defense uncharacteristically made five errors in a 5-4 loss to eventual national champion, Phoenix College .
In the fall of 1979, Bennett continued to mow down opposing batters, posting an 11-1 record with a 0.43 ERA. She followed that up with a spring season in which she went 8-3 with a 0.972 ERA that ranked fourth nationally. That season, Waldorf climbed as high as second in the NJCAA national poll.
For her Waldorf career, Barb was 36-6 with a 0.86 ERA. During that span, Waldorf won conference titles all four seasons. Bennett was named MVP of the 1979-80 Softball team and was named Waldorf's Female Honor Athlete in 1980.
Barb continued her athletic career at West Texas State University , earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health in 1983. She was the recipient of the "Lady Buff" Softball Award in 1981 and was nominated for West Texas State 's "Woman-of-the-Year" in 1982.
Bennett has taught and coached in Texas school districts since 1984. She received the "Very Important Professional Award" from Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District in 1999. In 2001, she was awarded the Lifetime PTA Award by her colleagues.
Barb now lives in Farmers Branch , Texas , where she is a World History Teacher, varsity volleyball coach, and assistant basketball coach at Ranchview High School . She also coaches the Ignite Volleyball Club, a Christian-based outreach volleyball program in Dallas-Ft. Worth.
A dominating pitcher for the 1979 national tournament softball team - a respected leader in the education profession - Hall of Famer 2005 - Barb Bennett.
Becky Rannals-Edmundson, a Clear Lake High School graduate, was a two-sport standout for the Warriors. As a member of the volleyball team, she was a two-time All-Region performer and team captain.
In basketball, she earned All-Region honors in 1985 and captained the 1985 team that defeated Kirkwood in the Regional Finals to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament. That season, Becky ranked fifth nationally in free-throw percentage at 96%.
Becky left her mark in the Waldorf career record books, currently ranking 17 th in total points, 15 th in rebounding, 18 th in scoring average, and 9 th in free throw percentage. She also holds the record for consecutive free-throws made at 19.
She was named Waldorf's prestigious female Honor Athlete in 1985.
Becky continued her athletic career at Simpson College, where she captained both the volleyball and basketball teams, earning All-Conference honors in both sports. In her senior basketball season, she ranked second in NCAA Division III among free-throw shooters at 88% and eleventh in scoring at 20.8 points per game. Becky was inducted into Simpson's Athletic Hall-of-Fame in 1997.
Becky has been an educator and coach in Iowa high schools for the past 17 years. Her Sigourney High School basketball team qualified for the Iowa State Tournament in 1992. She earned South Iowa Cedar League Coach-of-the-Year multiple times in both volleyball and basketball, and was also twice named the Class 1A Southwest District Coach-of-the-Year in basketball. Becky also served as Camp Commissioner for the University of Iowa Basketball Camps for nine years.
Becky currently is a Health Educator at North Scott High School in Eldridge, Iowa, where she resides with her husband Dave and their two children, Scott and Rachel.
A talented multi-sport athlete at Waldorf and Simpson College - a successful high school coach and educator - Hall of Famer 2005 - Becky Rannals-Edmundson.
Bruce Iverson burst onto the high school football scene in 1956, leading the state of Iowa in rushing for Ruthven High School. After earning first-team all conference honors for two years, Bruce brought his athletic talents to Waldorf College in the fall of 1958.
Iverson was a two-year letter-winner in basketball and track at Waldorf, but it was on the football field where he really made a name for himself. In 1958, Iverson led Waldorf to a 4-3 record and made history by becoming not only Waldorf's first football All-American, but the first Waldorf athlete to earn All-American honors in any sport.
Bruce continued his education at Mankato State University, earning Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Physical Science and Math. He taught and coached in Swea City, Worthington, and Spencer school districts for a total of 41 years before retiring in 2002. During his tenure, he was named the Iowa Academy of Science's Earth Science Teacher-of-the-Year in 1984, and was also named Spencer Community Schools Teacher-of-the-Year.
He has served his church and community in numerous leadership capacities over the years including positions as President of the Bethany Lutheran Church Council, and President of the Spencer Education Association.
Bruce and his wife, Judy, currently reside in Spencer, Iowa.
A two-year letter-winner in three sports at Waldorf - one of the finest running backs in Waldorf's history - Waldorf's first athletic All-American in any sport - a respected educator - Hall of Famer 2005 - Bruce Iverson.
Chuck Skogerboe, a graduate of Forest City High School, enrolled at Waldorf in the fall of 1955 and immediately made an impact for the Warrior football team under 1997 Hall-of-Fame inductee Bob Bungum. Chuck played tight end and defensive tackle, and was a two-year letter-winner on the gridiron.
Skogerboe also starred on the basketball court, playing for another 1997 Hall-of-Fame coach inductee, Rolf Lund. The '55-56 Warrior team defeated Emmetsburg 95-72 to win the Regional Tournament title. The '56-57 squad went 15-12 and defeated Estherville 74-67 for back-to-back Regional Tournament championships.
Chuck also spread his leadership talents around the rest of the Waldorf campus, serving as president of the Men's Student Government, Student Council, and as the Student Body President.
Chuck continued his education at Mankato State University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1959. He taught and coached softball and basketball in Iowa high schools for nine years before a career change led him to the Human Resources Department at Berkley Company. Chuck retired as their Executive Vice President for Human Services in 1997.
Skogerboe's love of coaching brought him out of retirement in 2000 to coach the Spirit Lake High School softball team, leading them to three consecutive state tournament appearances including a State Class 3A Championship in 2004 and a runner-up finish in 2005. He was selected as the Northwest Class 2A District Coach-of-the-Year in 2003, and the 3A District Coach-of-the-Year in 2004.
His Spirit Lake squad has posted a record of 136-19 over the last three years, including three straight Lakes Conference Championships.
Skogerboe closed his girls' high school basketball coaching career with a record of 161-88. His career softball coaching record currently stands at 342-178.
Chuck and his wife, Susie, currently reside in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
A two-sport standout at Waldorf-a respected leader on the Waldorf campus, in education, and in the business world-a highly successful high school coach-Hall of Famer 2005-Chuck Skogerboe.
Fresh off a high school career in which she was named first-team All-State in basketball for two consecutive years, Dawn Schulz brought her athletic talents from Parkston, South Dakota, to Waldorf College in the fall of 1991.
Dawn played volleyball both years at Waldorf, but clearly, basketball was her specialty.
She averaged 7 points and 3 rebounds during her freshman year as the Warriors posted a 15-15 record. The 1992-93 year was a breakout one for Dawn as she led Waldorf in scoring at 17.5 points per game while shooting 59% from the field and 75% from the free throw line. She also averaged 6 rebounds per contest and was named 1st Team All-Region XI.
Dawn saved her best for last as she poured in 30 points in a one-point overtime Regional Final victory over Kirkwood. She continued her strong play at the NJCAA National Tournament, earning All-Tournament Team honors.
Dawn continued her collegiate career at the University of South Dakota earning her BFA in Scenic Design for Theatre in 1995. She pursued further study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning an MFA in Scenic Design for Film/Television/Theatre in 1999.
It didn't take long for Dawn to make her mark in the television and film industry. Her list of credits include serving as the Art Director for "Survivor" (series 1-8), and the "Carol Burnett Specials". Her work on "Survivor-Thailand" and "On Golden Pond" earned Emmy Award nominations.
She has held the position of Executive Art Director for CBS-Television City in Los Angeles for five years.
An All-Tournament Selection at the 1993 National Basketball Tournament, a highly- accomplished Hollywood Art Director-Hall of Famer 2004-Dawn Schulz-Schaefer.
Rev. David Teig
In 1956, David Teig graduated from Ellsworth Consolidated High School in Ellsworth, Iowa, as the school's all-time leading basketball scorer with 1542 career points.
He brought his athletic talents to Waldorf College where he played both baseball and basketball. It was on the hard-court where David really shined. He led the 1956-57 team in scoring with 342 points as the squad compiled a 15-12 record under Hall of Fame coach Rolf Lund. He led the '57-'58 team with 328 points as they finished one game away from a trip to Hutchinson, Kansas and the NJCAA National Tournament. That team finished the season at 17-8, which was and still is today, the best single-season winning percentage for a men's basketball team in Waldorf College history.
A former teammate of David Teig had this to say: "David was a great scorer and passer and also an excellent defender. As good as his athletic skills were his greatest attribute was leadership."
David was awarded Waldorf's Sportsmanship Award in 1958.
Following Waldorf, David earned his BA in History and English from Augustana College in Sioux Falls. For the next thirty years, he spent time in education, farming, sales, and bible camp ministry, before returning to Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He recently celebrated his tenth year of Ordination at Trinity Lutheran in Amery, Wisconsin.
David and wife, Dixie (also a Waldorf graduate), are the parents of four and grandparents of eight.
An outstanding two-sport athlete-a leader on the winningest men's basketball team in Waldorf history-a respected educator and religious leader-Hall of Famer 2004-The Rev. David Teig.
Paul McWilliams, a graduate of nearby Osage High School, was recruited in 1974 to play football for head coach, David Bolstorff.
He played defensive end for the '74 Warrior team that finished the season ranked #1 in team defense. That squad posted an 8-2 record, and McWilliams was named Honorable-Mention All-Conference.
The 1975 football season was a historic one for the Warriors. The team finished an undefeated 9-0, and was ranked 4th in the final NJCAA national poll. McWilliams spearheaded a Waldorf defense that finished 2nd in the nation in team defense. For his efforts, McWilliams was named first-team All Conference and first-team NJCAA All-American.
Paul continued his football career at Colorado State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.
Paul currently lives in Loveland, Colorado, where he is a Project Manager for Engle Homes of Colorado.
A leader on two nationally-ranked defensive units-a member of the undefeated and fourth-ranked 1975 football team-a first-team NJCAA All-American-Hall of Famer 2004-Paul McWilliams.
1979 Softball Team
The 1978-79 Waldorf College softball team under the direction of Hall-of-Fame coaches, Wayne Johns and Dr. Richard Baur, had a year to remember.
It began with the fall team that went (13-3) capped off by a 5-1 victory over Iowa Central in the championship of the Fall Conference Tournament.
The spring 1979 team enjoyed more of the same success. The Warriors took a (12-2) regular-season record into the Region XI Tournament, and rattled off victories over NIACC, Kirkwood, and Ellsworth, before claiming the title with a 6-0 shutout of Ellsworth in the championship game.
The Regional Title propelled Waldorf into its second consecutive NJCAA National Softball Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. The Warriors, ranked fourth in the final NJCAA National poll, were defeated by Phoenix College 5-4 in the tournament opener. Prince George Community College eliminated Waldorf 4-2 in loser's bracket play.
Waldorf, which closed the spring season with a record of (17-4), excelled in all phases of softball.
The Warriors had a team ERA of 1.11 and were led by the pitching duo of Bennett and Lynch. Barb Bennett was (9-1) with a 1.28 ERA, and had 41 strikeouts in 60 innings of work. Sheila Lynch had a sparkling 0.94 ERA, struck out 45 in 67 innings pitched, and finished the spring with a record of (8-3).
Offensively, the team hit .307 led by Sheila Lynch's .438 average. Five other squad members hit over .300 for the season. The squad struck out a mere 24 times in 476 at bats.
Defensively, the '79 Warriors committed just 16 errors in 21 games.
1979 squad members include:
Barb Bennett Barb Franzen-Olsen Lori Hansen
Mary Huinker-McEnaney Sheila Lynch-Kapferschmid Dawn Munyer-Ashton
Robyn Murken Mary Tjebkes-Leverich Linda Twedt-Ballard
Lori Unbehaun-Burras Mary Vail-Neuman Connie Weatherman-Harper
Mary Welp-Simms Mgr. Mark Gilbertson
We welcome the 1979 Softball Team as 2004 inductees into the Waldorf College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dr. Richard Baur
Dr. Richard Baur came to Waldorf College in the fall of 1968 as professor of religion.
When Wayne Johns agreed to become Waldorf's first head softball coach, his search for an assistant led him to Dr. Baur, who had a background as a fast-pitch softball pitcher.
Dr. Baur helped Hall-of-Fame coach Wayne Johns start the Waldorf softball program in the spring of 1974. He worked with the Warrior pitching staff, and was a "human pitching machine"-throwing countless pitches of batting practice to Waldorf hitters. The two coached together for a total of nine years, competing in both spring and fall seasons. Their squads won a total of 226 games with only 77 defeats for a winning percentage of .746 in 17 seasons. Their Warrior teams won five fall conference titles, six spring conference titles, and advanced to the National Tournament twice-finishing sixth in 1978.
Dr. Baur taught religion and history at Waldorf for a total of 24 years before his retirement in 1992. In retirement, Dr. Baur spent his time translating the letters, autobiography, and journals of the Rev. Paul Henkel, a Lutheran missionary and pastor who lived in the early 1800's. These translations will be sent to the archives at Wartburg Seminary where Dr. Baur received his Master's degree.
Waldorf lost a truly respected member of its community when Dr. Baur passed away last year. Family members include his wife, Mardelle, their three children: Sue, Aleta, and John, and their families.
A longtime, dedicated professor of religion at Waldorf, a 9-year assistant coach in the early years of the softball program, a friend to Warrior athletics-Hall of Famer 2003-Dr. Richard Baur.
Ron Johnstad brought a wide array of talents to Waldorf after graduating from Whitehall Memorial High School in Wisconsin.
An accomplished football fullback and vocal soloist, he made a huge impact on the Waldorf campus in his two years as a student/athlete. Athletically, Ron was a fixture in the Warrior backfield for two seasons, leading the squad to a conference championship in 1959 and earning Junior College All-American honors that year.
As a musician, Johnstad was a student director and soloist for the Waldorf Choir. Together with Ron Klipping, Richard Sansgaard, and Rolfe Johnstad, Ron helped form the Waldorf Male Quartet. After a name change, that group has performed as the Norsemen Quartet for over 40 years.
Johnstad continued his education at Luther College and was a member of two conference champion football teams for the Norse.
Ron graduated and was ordained from Luther Theological Seminary in 1967. He served 30 years as a pastor in Montana and Texas, and presently owns "Johnstad's Bed & Breakfast and Cabin" in Emigrant, Montana.
Ron has continued his musical interests with the Norseman Quartet, as a soloist, and has had several lead roles in community theater productions.
He has authored music compositions, poetry, published articles, and two books, "Montana as I Remember It" and "His Way Made Known."
Ron and wife, Mary Ellen, are the parents of two children: Mark and Heidi, and the grandparents of two.
A Junior College All-American fullback at Waldorf, an outstanding vocal musician, a longtime ambassador for Waldorf-Hall of Famer 2003-Ron Johnstad.
Thomas R. Oswald
While attending Forest City High School Tom Oswald earned ten varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He was named to All-Conference teams in football and basketball, and was voted co-captain in every sport in which he participated.
When Tom graduated from Forest City High School, he was recruited by Hall of Fame coach Bob Bungum to play football for the Warriors. He played tailback on offense, and corner back on defense, while also handling the place-kicking duties. He helped lead Waldorf to a 6-1-1 record and a conference championship his sophomore season, and was an All-American nominee that year.
Tom also participated in track and field, baseball, and basketball for the Warriors, where he was the assist leader both seasons. In all, Tom lettered eight times at Waldorf, and served as a captain or co-captain in every sport in which he participated.
As a high school and college athlete, Tom earned 18 varsity athletic letters in the town of Forest City-a very unique and impressive achievement.
Tom earned his B.A. from Luther College and his M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. He taught and coached at the high school level in Monticello and Mason City for 28 years before accepting a position at North Iowa Area Community College as an instructor in education, where he is still currently employed.
Tom recently received the prestigious National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award for college teaching in Austin, Texas.
Tom and wife, Judy, currently reside in Mason City. They are the parents of two children, Clark and Valerie; and the grandparents of four.
One of Waldorf's finest all-around athletes, an eight-time Waldorf letterman, a respected leader in the teaching profession-Hall of Famer 2003-Tom Oswald.
Dave Petzke came to Waldorf in the fall of 1975 from Faribault, Minnesota. He played wide receiver and punted for the Warriors football team, who finished the 1975 season ranked fourth nationally. They posted a 9-0 record that season-one of only two Waldorf teams to go undefeated in head coach David Bolstorff's 35-year tenure. Petzke hauled in 28 receptions his sophomore year, a number that is impressive considering Coach Bolstorff's "grind it out" offensive philosophy.
Petzke continued his athletic career at Northern Illinois University, where he went on to rewrite the receiving record book. As a junior, Petzke finished seventh in the nation with 57 catches for 743 yards. A year later, he led the major college ranks with a school and Mid-American Conference record 91 receptions for 1215 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Petzke won the 1978 NCAA Division I-A receiving title by 29 catches, and received the schools' highest major-college gridiron accolade by making Third-Team Associated Press All-American. Petzke was inducted into the Northern Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987 and his number "6" jersey was retired.
Following his college career, Petzke spent two years in professional football, signing free agent contracts with the Chicago Bears in 1979, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in 1980.
Petzke was hired by Northern Illinois as an assistant football coach in 1981 and coached the Huskies for three seasons before spending eight seasons as the Receiver Coach for Indiana University. During his coaching tenure, Petzke's teams participated in six bowl games.
Petzke has been in the business world since 1992, and is currently a Regional Vice President for American Funds.
Dave and wife, Rebecca, are the parents of two children: Jake and Sarah. They currently live in Boulder, Colorado.
An outstanding player at Waldorf, the nation's leading major college receiver in 1978 for Northern Illinois University, an Associated Press All-American, an eleven-year Division I assistant coach-Hall of Famer 2003-Dave Petzke.
Jana Ramsay Miller
Before arriving to Waldorf in the fall of 1976, Jana Ramsay had a very memorable summer on the softball diamond. She picked up her 100th career pitching victory putting her into the Iowa Girls High School Pitchers Hall of Fame, and she led her Oelwein High School team to its first-ever state softball tournament berth.
The successes followed Jana to Waldorf as she joined a softball program that was just getting off the ground under Hall of Fame coaches Wayne Johns and Dr. Richard Baur. Jana pitched and played outfield for the Warrior softball team her freshman year going 4-2 on the mound, finishing with a .463 batting average and 3 home runs. The best was yet to come for Ramsay as her sophomore dominance on the mound led Waldorf to a sixth-place finish in its first-ever national tournament appearance in 1978. She went 8-3 in the spring of 1978 with a stingy 1.12 ERA, earning first-team All-Region honors.
For her career, Jana compiled a pitching record of 20-7 with an ERA of 1.74. She recorded 140 strikeouts in 161 innings of work. Jana was also a force offensively, finishing her two years with a .396 batting average. During Jana's tenure, Waldorf had a combined won-loss record of 41-19.
Jana and husband Richard are the parents of three grown children: Isaac, Josh, and Sara. They reside in South Range, Wisconsin, where Jana works as a Certified Nursing Assistant in home health care. She has been active as a bible study leader, worship coordinator, church pianist, piano teacher, and girls' youth softball coach.
An outstanding pitcher/hitter combination that helped jumpstart the Waldorf softball program into national prominence-Hall of Famer 2003-Jana Ramsay Miller.
1952 Baseball Team
The 1952 Waldorf College baseball team under the direction of Hall-of-Fame coach, Rolf Lund, excelled in all phases of the game on the way to achieving the only undefeated baseball season in Waldorf history.
The pitching duo of co-captain Sonny Polzin and Dick Evenson dominated opposing hitters. Polzin pitched consecutive no-hitters during the season, averaged 1.9 strikeouts per inning, and finished the year with an ERA of 0.77. Evenson averaged 1.1 strikeouts per inning, and led the staff with an ERA of 0.59. Opponents had a batting average of just .118 against Warrior pitching, as catcher Dale Mitchell kept the opposition off balance with his pitch calls.
Offensively, the Warriors averaged 12 runs per game and had a team batting average of .332. Allen Carlson led the way with a .500 average including a stretch with seven consecutive hits. Polzin and Leroy Knuths each hit over .400, while Larry Purcell, Donald Smith, Robert Dunbar, Carroll Egemo, and co-captain Paul Mork all topped the .300 mark. Egemo led the squad in stolen bases, Dunbar and Purcell were the RBI leaders, and Dunbar had the lone home run on the season-a towering shot over the left-field wall against Bethany in Mankato.
We welcome the undefeated 1952 baseball team to the Waldorf Athletic Hall of Fame. Squad members included:
Dr. Karl Holte
Rev. Dale Mitchell
Rev. Paul Mork
Lamoyne "Sonny" Polzin
After graduating first in her senior class of 471 at Mason City High School, Carie Dann brought her many talents to Waldorf College in the fall of 1979.
Carie participated in basketball and softball her freshman year. She led the Waldorf basketball team to an outstanding 27-7 record, culminating in a fourth-place finish at the 1980 NJCAA National Basketball Tournament.
Waldorf fielded its inaugural intercollegiate volleyball team in the fall of 1980 and Carie opted for volleyball instead of softball that year and was named Team MVP that season. She also had an outstanding sophomore season on the basketball court leading the Warriors to a 23-5 record, one game short of a return trip to the national tournament. She led the team in scoring that season and earned first-team All-Region and second-team NJCAA All-American honors. She was also selected to participate in the National NJCAA All-Star basketball game following the 1981 season. Her 706 total points rank 18th on Waldorf's all-time scoring list.
Carie continued her studies at Wichita State University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism with a minor in religion.
She spent a year as a reporter for the Globe-Gazette newspaper in Mason City before landing a feature writer position with the Quad-City Times in Davenport. Following an eleven-year career in journalism, Carie looked for additional challenges and found them in the form of firefighting. She graduated first in her class at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy in Denver, Colorado, in 1994 and has worked as a firefighter for the past eight years in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Carie has continued to stay very active athletically. In 1990, she set the women's record for the Across Iowa Ride. She completed the 300-mile bike event in 20 hours.
She has also run a dozen 26.2-mile marathons including qualifying and running in the prestigious 100th annual Boston Marathon in 1996.
Now living in Fort Collins, Colorado-a three-sport varsity athlete at Waldorf, a second-team NJCAA basketball All-American-Hall of Famer 2002-Carie Dann.
Jolleen Beadle Hunecke
Jolleen Beadle put up some very impressive numbers coming out of Swea City in 1975. She graduated number one in her high school class, and she racked up 102 career pitching victories, earning her Second-Team All-State honors and a spot in the Iowa Girls' High School Softball Hall of Fame.
She certainly didn't disappoint on either front when she enrolled at Waldorf. Beadle began her college softball career by going undefeated on the mound and hitting .529 in her freshman fall season. She followed that up with a 6-1 mark on the mound that spring and hit a record-setting .610. Her play earned a spot on the 1976 All-Tournament Team.
Jolleen followed that up with a solid sophomore campaign, dropping just three games on the mound, and hitting a solid .444 with a team-high 17 RBI's.
After graduating summa cum laude from Waldorf in 1977, Jolleen earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Buena Vista College, and a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary School Counseling from Mankato State University.
Jolleen coached girls' basketball at Sentral High School for one year, and at Armstrong-Ringsted High School for 12 years, with an overall record of 166-109. She was selected to coach the Class 1A All-Stars in the Prep-Illustrated All-Star Game, and was a multiple honoree as Cornbelt Conference Basketball Coach of the Year.
Jolleen coached softball at North Kossuth High School for three seasons compiling an 81-28 mark including a Northwest Iowa District Softball Coach of the Year honor in 1985.
Jolleen spent seventeen years at Armstrong-Ringsted High School as a High School Counselor, before moving to Cherokee this summer. This is her first year as a Middle School Counselor at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Community Schools. She has served on numerous educational advisory boards, and committees.
One of the finest pitching/hitting combinations ever to play softball at Waldorf-a very successful high school coach and educator-Hall of Famer 2002-Jolleen Beadle Hunecke.
Norman Madson graduated from Stanhope Public High School in 1939. He enrolled at Waldorf College and quickly made an impact as one of Waldorf's best all-around athletes of his time. He lettered in football, basketball, and baseball both years for the Warriors.
Norman continued his athletic career at Iowa State, lettering in both baseball and football. He was elected to Cardinal Key, the major men's honorary on campus, and was president of the Lutheran Students Association. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering in 1943.
After college athletics, Norman continued to play the game he loved. Following the end of World War II, there was a revival of interest in amateur baseball throughout the country. Many leagues were formed and while most of the players came from the local area, the league allowed them to pay a few players brought in from the outside. During these days, Norman hired out as a pitcher for several teams in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota, earning $85 to pitch a game on Sundays and $60 to pitch three innings on Wednesday.
He tells of when his first daughter, Judy, was born, he pitched on Sunday and cashed the check to pay the hospital. Then he pitched on Wednesday night and cashed the check to pay the doctor.
After service in the U.S. Navy, Norman spent 26 years as a partner in architectural firms, and two years as a partner in a construction company before becoming the Director of Physical Plant and Staff Architect at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He retired from St. Olaf in 1993.
Norman has served on numerous boards and committees, including a term on Waldorf's Board of Regents and as a member of the Executive Committee during the presidency of Dr. Sidney Rand. He was presented with the Waldorf College Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1970.
Now living in Bloomington, Minnesota, a three-sport letterwinner at Waldorf-a two-sport letterwinner at Iowa State University-a successful architect for almost 50 years-Hall of Famer 2002-Norman Madson.
A natural leader, Elton Erdahl grew up in Forest City, where he was a three-year varsity performer in both basketball and football at Forest City High School while also being voted senior class president.
Electing to further his education locally, Elton enrolled at Waldorf in the fall of 1948. He was a two-year letterman for the Warrior football team under Hall-of-Fame coach, Rolf Lund. Elton was elected captain his sophomore season.
On the hardcourt is where Erdahl really shined. He led Coach Lund's basketball squad in scoring both his freshman and sophomore seasons, amassing a career total of 716 points-which still ranks in the top twenty-five on Waldorf's all-time career scoring list.
Elton continued his education at Luther College, earning two varsity letters in basketball for the Norse.
He taught and coached in the Minnesota public school system for seven years before entering private business. He ended his employment career back in education working twenty-four years for the State of Minnesota Teachers Retirement Assocation-the last six as its Executive Director.
Elton, and wife, Orpha, are the parents of four and grandparents of six. They currently reside in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
A two-sport standout at Waldorf-a man who assumed leadership roles at every stage of his life-a top twenty-five scorer on the Waldorf men's basketball all-time list-Hall of Famer 2001-Elton Erdahl.
After leading his Sumner High School basketball team to an undefeated regular season in his senior year, Jim Walker brought his size and skill to Waldorf College in the fall of 1976. His impact was felt immediately.
Jim averaged 18.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in leading the 1976-77 Warrior squad, setting the single-season rebounding record at 304 in the process. Jim followed that up by averaging 23.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game in his sophomore season and establishing four new school records: career scoring (1071 points), single-game rebounds (25), single-season rebounds (307), and career rebounds (604). The single season and career rebound records remain today 23 years later, and Jim is currently second on Waldorf's all-time scoring list. His phenomenal play that season earned him First-team All Region XI honors, and Jim was named NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American-the first Waldorf basketball athlete to earn such distinction.
Following Waldorf, Jim continued his athletic career at South Dakota State University. His junior season he set the SDSU field goal percentage record of 58.1%, and was named to the North Central Conference first team. In the summer of 1979, he was selected as a South Dakota all-star to tour Australia.
Jim's senior year at SDSU was even more memorable. His squad won the regular season North Central Conference title, the NCC post-season tournament, and won the regional title to advance to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. At nationals, the Jackrabbits lost a quarter-final game to Florida Southern-the eventual NCAA champion.
Jim was once again named to the North Central Conference first team, and was voted most valuable player of the conference.
Jim's athletic career didn't end there, as he signed a two-year professional contract to play for the Tasmanian Devils of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. After one season, he retired to pursue a career in banking, where he is currently the Senior Vice President in charge of lending at McFarland State Bank in McFarland, Wisconsin.
Jim, and his wife, Michele, are the parents of three children: Tyler (15), Riley (12), and Kirsten (9).
Waldorf's first basketball All-American, second on Waldorf's all-time scoring list, and Waldorf's all-time leading rebounder-Hall of Famer 2001-Jim Walker.
A native of Akron, Iowa, Orin Harris graduated from Akron High School in 1959 and received radio training at Brown Institute of Radio and Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Orin's radio career began at KRIB in Mason City, and included stints at KIMM in Rapid City, South Dakota, KHBT in Humboldt, and KQAD in LuVerne, Minnesota. In 1978, Orin moved to Forest City to begin work as Sports Director when KIOW radio of Forest City hit the airways.
Orin's association with Waldorf College began in 1979 as the "home-and-away-voice" of the Warrior's football and basketball teams. For the past 23 years, he has added a touch of class to the Waldorf athletic family. Orin has an enthusiastic and engaging way of calling a game, leaving the listening audience with a genuine connection to the events he works.
Harris has broadcast sporting events for Forest City High School and neighboring north Iowa schools since 1978. He received an Iowa Media Award at the 2000 Boy's State Basketball Tournament.
Orin has been extremely active in the community of Forest City. He served as Chamber Board Director, President of the Rotary Club, is on the Board of the North Iowa Special Olympics, and was inducted into the Forest City High School Education Hall of Fame in 1992.
Orin, and wife, Jan, have four children and three grandchildren.
The "Voice of the Warriors" since 1979--Hall of Famer 2001--Orin Harris.
Randy Rick, a graduate of Dubuque Hempstead High School, enrolled at Waldorf College in the Fall of 1973. He immediately made his presence felt on the football field by earning a starting role on the Warrior defense. Rick played linebacker on the 1973 Waldorf squad that finished 5-4. He earned All-Region XI honors that season.
Rick's sophomore season was highlighted by a 6-2 upset of previously unbeaten and number-one ranked Iowa Central Community College. The Warriors finished 8-2 that season and, spearheaded by linebacker Randy Rick, led the nation in total defense. Rick was voted by league coaches as the conference most valuable player, and was named National Junior College Athletic Association First-Team All-American.
Rick continued his athletic career at the University of Nebraska, where he earned two varsity letters for the national-powerhouse Cornhuskers. While finishing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at Nebraska, he helped coach the Cornhusker freshman team to an undefeated season in 1978.
Randy, and his wife, Dawn, currently reside in Dubuque, Iowa, where Randy has been a firefighter for the City of Dubuque for the past nineteen years.
A First-Team NJCAA All-American linebacker for the Warriors in 1974-Hall of Famer 2001-Randy Rick.
Fresh off a state high school basketball tournament appearance in 1977, Mary Huinker brought her softball and basketball talents to Waldorf College in the fall of 1977.
Going from one sport to the next, Mary's athletic career at Waldorf was a busy one. She played third-base and pitched for the Warrior softball team that went 13-5 and won the 1977 fall state title. As a starter on the 1977-78 women's basketball team, the squad went 26-8 and earned the College's first women's basketball national tournament berth. She finished the year by helping the Waldorf softball team to a national tournament appearance in the spring of 1978, and earning All-Region XI honors at third base.
Huinker's sophomore year was packed with many additional successes. The fall softball team finished 13-3, the women's basketball team went 25-4-narrowly missing another national tournament berth with a Regional Final loss to NIACC. The spring softball team earned a Regional title and a second consecutive national tournament appearance and finished the season with a 17-4 mark. Huinker again earned All-Region XI honors-and was the only unanimous choice of league coaches.
The teams Mary Huinker played on in her two years at Waldorf had a combined won-loss record of 114-31.
Huinker had a career .339 batting average for the Warriors with 7 doubles, 4 triples, 6 home runs and 45 RBI's. She also went 8-3 on the mound as a pitcher her freshman season.
As head coach, Denny Jerome's defensive specialist, Huinker ranks fifth on Waldorf's all-time steals list with 165 and is fifteenth on the all-time blocked shots list.
Mary continued her athletic career at Luther College where she played both softball and basketball. She had a career batting average of .351 with 8 homers and 48 RBI's while helping the Norse to a fifth-place finish at the 1981 AIAW National Softball Tournament. She also still ranks in the top-thirty on Luther's basketball all-time rebounding list, and in the top-fifty all-time scorers.
Now living in Ossian, Iowa, Mary is the owner of South Winn Insurance Services Limited in Calmar. She and husband, Tom, have two children: Angela (15), and Stephanie (12).
A consummate team player-a two-year starter at Waldorf in both softball and basketball-a member of three Warrior national tournament teams-Hall of Famer 2001-Mary Huinker-McEnaney.
Missy Boyd came to Waldorf following an outstanding career at Charles City High School in which she earned First-Team All-State honors in softball and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 1991 Iowa State Softball Tournament.
At Waldorf, Missy competed in both basketball and softball. She played point-guard on the Warrior basketball team, helping Waldorf to a National Tournament appearance in 1993, and earning second-team All-Region honors that season. She is Waldorf's all-time career assist leader with 288, ranks eighth on the all-time steals list with 138, and ranks tenth in career three-point field goals.
On the softball diamond, Missy played center-field on a Warrior team that combined for a 44-20 record during her two years. She hit .358 her freshman season, with 4 doubles, 6 triples, and 22 RBI's-earning First-Team All-Region honors. She followed that up with a better sophomore campaign, leading the team with a .388 average at the plate. Waldorf finished 21-4 that season, losing to Indian Hills in the championship game of the Regional Tournament. Missy once again was named to the Region XI First-Team, and was named First-Team NJCAA All-American-one of only four Warrior softball players in history to earn such distinction.
Following Waldorf, Missy continued her softball career at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she captained the squad, earning First-Team All-Conference and All-Region recognition both seasons. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Stout in Hospitality and Tourism with an emphasis in Restaurant Management.
She has worked in the catering business since 1996, and is currently employed by Hosanna Lutheran Church in Lakeville, Minnesota, as their Catering Coordinator.
In 1999, Missy ventured into uncharted territory for Waldorf female alums, by competing in the inaugural season of the Women's Professional Football League. Missy quarterbacked the Lake Michigan Minx to an undefeated 5-0 season, leading the league in passing yards, completion percentage, touchdown passes, passes attempted, and total offense. She was named the league's Most Valuable Offensive Player.
Now, a member of the Minnesota Vixens of the Women's Professional Football League, an outstanding two-sport college athlete and First-Team NJCAA softball All-American-Hall of Famer 2000-Missy Boyd.
Mavis Ackerman - Sawhill
Following a brilliant career at Ackley-Geneva High School, Mavis Ackerman brought her basketball talents to Waldorf in the Fall of 1976.
She had two outstanding seasons for the Warriors, earning First-Team All-Region honors both years. In 1978, Mavis' sophomore year, Waldorf earned a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament, and Mavis was named to the NJCAA All-America Second-Team. She was voted as Team MVP that season, and also was awarded Waldorf's prestigious Female Honor Athlete Award. Her 913 points rank sixth on Waldorf's all-time career scoring list, and her 441 rebounds rank seventh all-time.
Mavis continued her education at the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education and Business Education in 1980. She spent six years in the Earlham Community School District as the K-12 Health and Physical Education instructor, and has taught in the Jefferson-Scranton school district since 1986.
In addition to her teaching duties, Mavis has stayed very active in the coaching of athletics. At Earlham, she coached high school softball, junior high basketball, junior high track, was an assistant in high school volleyball, and an assistant in high school basketball. The 1981 Earlham girls basketball squad finished as the State Class 1A Runners-Up.
At Jefferson-Scranton, Mavis coached high school girls track, junior high cross country, and was an assistant in the high school volleyball program. She currently is the head coach for both boys' and girls' cross country. She was named State Class 2A Track Coach of the Year after her 1994 Jefferson-Scranton girls track squad won the State Class 2A Meet in 1994, finishing 32 points ahead of the second-place team.
Now married and living in Jefferson, Iowa, Mavis and husband, Mark, have two children-Lillian (12) and John Michael (10).
Second-Team NJCAA basketball All-American, successful coach and educator-Hall of Famer 2000-Mavis Ackerman-Sawhill.
Longtime Waldorf College wrestling coach, Neil Boyd, used this familiar quote to describe our next honoree, "Champions are ordinary people who do extraordinary things!" Steve Dummett "out-worked people on his way to success" according to Boyd.
Steve enjoyed success at the high school level, helping Britt High School to State Team Wrestling titles in 1972 and '73, while earning individual second and third-place finishes.
At Waldorf, Steve put together an outstanding freshman season, finishing 25-7 and earning a berth in the NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament at 142 pounds. Steve won all five matches to become Waldorf's first-ever national wrestling champion.
Steve followed that up with another solid season, winning a school-record 28 matches. He won individual titles at every tournament he entered that season before being upset in the first round of the national tournament.
Steve continued his wrestling career at Winona State University, where he captained the squad in 1977, and qualified for the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament in both 1976 and '77.
Steve currently serves as a Project Engineer for Winnebago Industries in Forest City, where he has worked for twenty years. He has one daughter, Michelle (11).
Waldorf's first-ever NJCAA national wrestling champion-Hall of Famer 2000-Steve Dummett.
Jim Howson capped off a fine high school athletic career at Rolla, North Dakota, by playing on the 1960 state championship basketball squad. He came to Waldorf that Fall and competed in football and baseball for the Warriors.
Jim continued his baseball career at Concordia College in Moorhead, where he led the Cobbers pitching staff in ERA in 1964. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Concordia in English and Physical Education that Spring.
Jim taught and coached at LaMoure High School in LaMoure, North Dakota, for two years before moving to Hatton High School in Hatton, North Dakota. Jim taught English, physical education, and communications at Hatton High from 1966-1997. He served as Hatton's head coach for 31 football seasons, 30 basketball seasons, and 15 baseball seasons.
His teams achieved great success. He had a lifetime baseball coaching record of 145-27; a lifetime football coaching record of 177-115; and a lifetime basketball coaching record of 492-312.
Jim was the runner-up for National Baseball Coach of the Year in 1986. He was named District Basketball Coach of the Year in both 1987 and 1988. In 1988, Jim was inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Hall of Fame. He was named Region Football Coach of the Year in 1994, and was inducted into the North Dakota Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame in 1995.
Since 1997, Jim has been employed at Mayville State University in Mayville, North Dakota, as an assistant football coach, Student Services Officer, Supervisor for Student Teaching, and Director of the Adult Learning Center.
Jim and wife, Karen, have one son, Chris, a senior at Valley City State University, and a daughter, Molly, a junior at Hatton High School.
A two-sport college athlete, successful educator and coach-Hall of Famer 2000-Jim Howson.
Ken Gulbrandson took a less traditional path than most to Waldorf College. In 1944, Ken left Albert Lea High School after his junior year to serve in the United States Army. He served for just over two years-of which eighteen months were spent overseas. He was discharged as a twenty-year old platoon sergeant in the 78th Infantry Division. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory medal, among others.
Ken returned to Albert Lea to finish his senior year and enrolled at Waldorf in the Fall of 1947. He earned six letters in football, basketball and baseball. He was an alternate captain of the Warrior football team his sophomore season. The Waldorf basketball team won the conference title his freshman season, and competed in the State Junior College Basketball Tournament both years.
Ken transferred to Luther College and sustained a serious knee injury that ended his football career. He did compete for the Luther baseball team, earning varsity letters. He graduated from Luther in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education and Social Science.
He taught for three years in Seneca, Wisconsin, fourteen years at Stewart, Minnesota, and eighteen years in Brainerd, Minnesota, for a total of thirty-five years in education.
At Seneca, Ken served as the head coach for basketball, baseball, and track. He coached football, basketball, baseball, and track at Stewart, and was the head football coach in Brainerd from 1971 to 1974 until he retired from coaching.
His Stewart football squad had a consecutive win streak of 16 games from 1957-59, followed by a 24 game win streak from 1959-62. His overall football coaching record was 92-58-6.
Ken and wife, Rosalie, spend their summers on Gull Lake near Brainerd, and their winters in their home in Winter Haven, Florida. They have three adult children ( Nancy, Debra, and Barbara) and four grandchildren.
A three-sport Waldorf athlete, long-time educator and high school coach-Hall of Famer 2000-Ken Gulbrandson.
1962-63 MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
The 1962-63 Waldorf men's basketball team, under the direction of Hall-of-Fame Coach Rolf Lund, started the season a little slowly winning just four of its first ten games. But Lund, who had a career basketball coaching record of 164-133 in 13 seasons at Waldorf, got his squad to peak at the right time, as they reeled off victories in eight of their next nine games to advance to the 1963 State Basketball Tournament.
Waldorf opened the State Tournament with a 102-78 win over Marshalltown. In Quarterfinal play, the Warriors defeated Estherville 74-61. Waldorf won a 99-95 thriller over Creston in semi-final action to set up a championship date with Webster City, a team they had split with during the regular season.
Webster City ended Waldorf's hopes for a state title with an 83-81 victory. Waldorf finished the season with a 15-9 record.
Members of Coach Lund's 1962-63 State Runner-Up squad were:
The name, Ann Miller, was a household word for sports enthusiasts in the north Iowa area long before her college years. Ann had the distinction of qualifying for State competition in all four sports during her high school career at St. Ansgar, while piling up 15 varsity letters from 1985-1989.
Ann competed in both basketball and softball at Waldorf College. Her skills on the diamond were extremely solid earning All-Region XI honors and captaining the Warrior squad her sophomore year-but it was on the hard court, where Ann was really in her element.
In her freshman season, Ann helped lead the 1990 team to a 26-6 record and runner-up finish at the Region XI Tournament while earning First Team All-Region honors.
Ann's sophomore season was even better. She captained the Warriors to a 23-6 record and another runner-up finish at the Region XI Tournament, earned First-Team All-Region, NJCAA Second-Team All-American, and became Waldorf's first-ever Kodak All-American, being named to the First Team. Ann was also named Waldorf's female Honor Athlete in 1991.
After leaving Waldorf, Ann took her basketball talents to the University of Northern Iowa where she captained the Panthers in the 92-93 season, earning First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors. She was also named UNI's 1993 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Now living in Waterloo, Iowa, and working as a Police Officer in the Cedar Falls Police Department for the past six years; NJCAA All-American, and Waldorf's only Kodak Basketball All-American; Hall of Famer 1999 - Ann Miller.
Following an All-State senior season at Western Dubuque High School, Henry Waechter continued his football career at Waldorf College in 1977.
A dominating defensive lineman, Henry earned All-Region honors both seasons, and was named to the NJCAA All-American First-Team following the 1978 season.
He was recruited by the University of Nebraska football program, where he red shirted for one season before leading the Corn huskers to a Sun Bowl victory his junior year, and a trip to the Orange Bowl his senior season. He was named to the All-Big Eight team in 1981.
Henry was selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 1982 draft, and played four seasons with the Bears-including a 46-10 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. In that game, Waechter recorded a quarterback sack for a safety.
Waechter also played one season with the Baltimore Colts, and one season with the Washington Redskins before retiring from professional football following the 1987 season.
Henry and wife, Tami, now live in Grand Island, Nebraska, where Henry is the owner of Heartland Agri-Supply in Grand Island.
A National Junior College Athletic Association First-Team All-American; an All-Big Eight performer with the University of Nebraska Corn huskers; a six-year NFL veteran, and member of the 1986 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears; Hall of Famer 1999 - Henry Waechter.
A tall, lanky young man from Westbrook High School in Minnesota, stepped foot on the Waldorf College campus in the fall of 1949. Roger Herrlinger brought with him a wide array of talents, and decided to use a good share of them in his two years as a Warrior.
Roger was a quarterback on the Waldorf football team, a center on the men's basketball team, a pitcher/first-baseman on the baseball team, and a member of the Waldorf Choir.
His freshman year of football was spent on the sidelines as he broke a bone in his foot just prior to the opening of the season. He watched as his team finished 2-6 that season. He healed in time to lead the Warrior basketball squad to a 14-10 record and a third-place finish at the State Tournament, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Roger's sophomore year, he co-captained the Waldorf football team to a 2-4 season. The Warrior basketball team finished 16-9 that year, as co-captain Herrlinger earned First-Team All-State honors after leading his squad to the State title game before falling to Northwestern 56-50. Herrlinger averaged 20.1 points per game that season, ranking third in the state in scoring.
Following his Waldorf years, Roger earned a B.A. from St. Olaf in 1953, and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1960. He taught and coached at three different schools, ending with a 27-year stint in the Viroqua, Wisconsin School District. In-between teaching positions, he also spent six years as an Agent and Division Manager for Prudential Insurance Corporation.
Now retired and living in Viroqua, Roger and wife, Mary, are the parents of five children: Eric, Beth, Paul, Peter, and Sara.
One of the most versatile to ever step foot on the Waldorf College campus; a three-sport athlete and member of the Waldorf Choir; Hall of Famer 1999 - Roger Herrlinger.
After earning 16 varsity letters and being named "Jeffette of the Year" in 1984 at Jefferson High School, Susie Kundrat spent one year at Grand View College in Des Moines before coming to Waldorf for her sophomore year. The impact she made in only one year was a dramatic one.
Susie led the Waldorf volleyball team to its first-ever National Tournament appearance in the Fall of 1985 and earned All-Region XI honors. She stepped in at point-guard for the Warrior basketball team, leading them to a 25-4 season and, once again, earned All-Region XI honors. Still with energy to spare, Susie played third-base for the Waldorf softball team, helping them to a 37-13 record and a fourth-place finish at the 1986 National Softball Tournament. She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the National Softball Tournament, earned All-Region XI honors, and was also named NJCAA Academic All-American.
Following Waldorf, Susie concentrated on basketball at Mankato State University, starting at point guard both seasons, and co-captaining the Maverick squad in 1988. She was also named an Academic Honor Athlete at MSU in 1988.
After earning her Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics, Susie completed a dietetic internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston before earning a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Iowa State University in 1993.
From 1993-98, Susie was the sports nutritionist at the University of Illinois SportWell Center. She now is the owner of Nutrition on the Move consulting in Champaign, Illinois, specializing in the development of sports and wellness nutrition education materials and workshops for coaches, athletes, health professionals, and the general public. She speaks nationally on topics relating to performance nutrition for athletes, prevention and treatment of eating disorders, development of a positive body image, and prevention of disease with food and nutrition.
Susie has written for many professional and lay publications including IDEA Health and Fitness Source, IDEA Personal Trainer, and Women's Sports on Campus. She has been interviewed for many popular magazines including Men's Health, Bicycling, Fitness Swimmer, Prevention, and Muscle Media.
Susie is the 1997, 1998, and 1999 directory editor for the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists Guide to Nutrition and Fitness Resources and has recently completed a chapter on nutrition for volleyball players for the American Dietetic Association's sports nutrition guide. In March, 1999, she released Sports Nutrition Tip Sheets, a set of copy-ready handouts on sports nutrition for teen and college athletes, coaches, health professionals, and parents.
An outstanding "team-oriented" person and athlete who helped lead two Waldorf teams to National Tournament appearances; the only Waldorf athlete ever named to All-Region XI teams in three different sports in the same year; Hall of Famer 1999 - Susie Kundrat.
Following a brilliant athletic career at Spring Grove High School in which he earned 13 varsity sports letters, Todd Oakes brought his baseball talents to Waldorf College in the fall of 1979.
Oakes had two superb seasons on the mound for the Warriors, establishing single-game records for consecutive strikeouts, and consecutive outs; season records for wins, winning percentage, games started, complete games, and innings pitched; and career records for wins, winning percentage, and innings pitched.
He was co-captain of the Warrior baseball squad both his freshman and sophomore seasons, and earned NJCAA All-American Second-Team honors following the 1981 season. Oakes was also named Waldorf's Male Honor Athlete that year.
After graduating with honors from Waldorf in 1981, Oakes transferred to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he co-captained the 1983 Corn huskers baseball team. During his two-year career, Oakes posted a 16-4 record on the mound, earning All-Big Eight Conference Second Team honors his senior season. He also was named to the 1983 NCAA Division I Academic All-American Third Team with a grade-point-average of 3.92.
Selected by San Francisco in the 20th round of the June 1983 draft, Oakes signed with the Giants and played professionally for four years, getting as high as the AA level. Following his years as a player, Todd became a pitching coach in the Giants organization, working for six years at the A level, three years at AA, and one year at the AAA level. In 1997, he served as the San Francisco Giants Minor League Pitching Coordinator-in charge of all minor league pitching.
In 1998, Oakes received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Minnesota State High School Athletic Director's Association.
Currently living in Jordan, Minnesota, and working as an Assistant Baseball Coach at the University of Minnesota, Todd and wife, Terri, are the parents of their very own three-man pitching rotation: Tyler (12), T.J. (8), and Tanner (4).
A successful athlete at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels; a successful coach at the collegiate and professional levels; 18 years later still the holder of ten Waldorf College pitching records; Hall of Famer 1999 - Todd Oakes.
In the Spring of 1974, a group of 16 young ladies and three young gentlemen put a collegiate softball team on the field for the first time-wearing t-shirts and bell-bottomed jeans. That Waldorf team, with head coach Wayne Johns at the helm, finished the season with a 9-2 record. That season set the tone for a college softball program that would continue to achieve and produce winning teams.
Wayne Johns had been teaching mathematics at Waldorf College since 1970, when he was approached about starting the softball program. Coach Johns took on the task just like he approached his teaching-with great pride, preparation, integrity, and a positive style that his athletes responded to.
Wayne coached softball at Waldorf for a total of nine years, competing in both spring and fall seasons. In 17 seasons, Johns' squads won a total of 226 games against only 77 defeats for a winning percentage of .746. His teams won five Fall conference or state titles, six Spring conference titles, and advanced to the National Tournament twice-finishing sixth in 1978. Wayne retired from coaching in 1982 and continued to teach at Waldorf until 1997.
The father of four and the grandfather of five, Wayne lives with wife, Karen in Forest City, where he is back teaching a Quantitative Methods course at Waldorf this fall.
The first coach of the Waldorf College softball program, taking two teams to the National Tournament in his nine-year tenure; mathematics professor for 27 years, Hall of Famer 1999 - Wayne Johns.
Lori (VanHove) Appleby
A native of Steamboat Rock, Iowa, Lori (Van Hove) Appleby came to Waldorf in the Fall of 1977, fresh off an outstanding high school basketball career in which she led the state in scoring her senior year. That was just the beginning of what would be a historic next two years at Waldorf College.
Her freshman year, Lori earned First-Team All Region honors, and led Waldorf to its first-ever National Tournament berth. Along the way, she set single season school records for both scoring and rebounding. She continued her stellar play at the National Tournament, breaking the tournament scoring record with 120 points in four games, earning All-Tournament honors.
Lori followed up an exceptional freshman year with an even better sophomore one. She became the first Waldorf woman to score over 1000 points in her career. She earned First-Team All Region honors, was named Regional Player of the Year, and became the first female in Waldorf history to be named to the NJCAA All-America First Team.
She set new school records for:
Points in a season - 666
Points in a career - 1292
Field Goals in a season - 261
Field Goals in a career - 513
Field Goal Pct. (season) - 55.3
Free Throws (game) - 19
Free Throws (season) - 144
Free Throws (career) - 267
Consecutive Free Throws made - 17
Rebounds (game) - 19
Rebounds (season) - 341
Rebounds (career) - 636
19 years later, ten of those records still stand.
Currently living and working in Lebanon, Missouri, Lori and husband John, have two children-Ashley (age 13), and John III (age 12). Lori is a member of the First Baptist Church, and has taught Kindergarten Sunday School for ten years, along with directing Vacation Bible School.
Waldorf's first female to earn NJCAA First-team All-American honors-a woman who set the standard for Waldorf Women's Basketball--Hall of Famer 1998-- Lori Van Hove Appleby.
John K. Hanson
John K. Hanson, class of 1932, is more responsible than any other person for the high quality of Waldorf College's athletic facilities and fields. The gift that he and his wife, Luise, provided in 1986 paid for over half of the cost for constructing the John K. and Luise Hanson Fieldhouse and the entire cost for the adjacent YMCA.
Waldorf's athletic fields for football, baseball, softball, soccer, and the practice areas were provided through a 27-acre gift of land by John K. Hanson in 1972. Similarly, other generous gifts to Waldorf College through the years, amounting to millions of dollars, have helped to provide the College with the resources to develop its total program, including athletics.
During his two years as a student at Waldorf, John K. Hanson was active in a variety of campus activities, including the Waldorf Choir. His appreciation and love for Waldorf were reflected in his continued deep involvement in the shaping of this institution for many decades following.
In 1968, Hanson was named the recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. In 1995, John K. and Luise Hanson were the first two persons to receive honorary doctorates from Waldorf College.
John K. Hanson passed away June 27, 1996.
The unchallenged, leading philanthropist of the first century of Waldorf College's history-Hall of Famer 1998-John K. Hanson.
Leonard "Lefty" Olson
Leonard "Lefty" Olson, following an outstanding athletic career at Luther College in which he earned four letters each in football and basketball, joined the Waldorf College staff in 1927. He coached for four years at Waldorf in football and basketball. His last three football teams lost just one game each year.
The following is an excerpt from the 1931 Waldorf Yearbook: "Coach Olson came to us in 1927 and with his characteristic vigor and vitality, instantly endeared himself in the hearts of his men. He has a way that is at once friendly and awe-inspiring. Though confronted with many tasks during his stay here, he has been able to overcome these obstacles and has brought many winning teams to Waldorf. He is a true molder of men. This speaks well for the ability of our coach and also shows he has won the esteem, respect, and confidence, both of the athletes and student body, bringing to our school the appreciation of fair play, clean sportsmanship and winning teams."
In 1931, Lefty moved to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as athletic director, coach, and physical education professor. Instilling in his players his own indomitable, competitive spirit, he molded an athletic tradition and built Augustana into a football and athletic power. His years of service are known as the golden era of athletics at Augustana. During the 16 years he was head football coach, Augustana won nine championships and had a winning percentage of over 70 percent. Lefty retired in 1968 after 37 years of service at Augustana.
His many honors include: charter member, North Central Conference Hall of Fame; charter member, Augustana College Hall of Fame; member, South Dakota Coaches Hall of Fame; member, Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame; and president, South Dakota College Physical Education Association.
Lefty Olson passed away October 26, 1990. His wife, Sally, resides in a Blue Earth, Minnesota Care Facility. .
Waldorf College football and basketball coach from 1927-1931-exceptional athlete, coach, educator, and administrator-Hall of Famer 1998-Leonard "Lefty" Olson.
Having grown up in the north-central Iowa community of Rockford, many of us were well aware of this young ladies' athletic prowess long before she enrolled at Waldorf. Her accomplishments in softball, basketball, and track & field at Rockford High were well-chronicled in the north Iowa media. She only built upon those exploits at Waldorf.
Marty Pump played both softball and basketball at Waldorf. She pitched, played shortstop, and first-base for the Warrior softball team under the direction of coach, Wayne Johns. She earned first-team All-Region honors in both 1981 and 1982. After an outstanding sophomore season, Marty became Waldorf's first-ever softball athlete to earn All-American honors, being named to the NJCAA first team.
In basketball, Marty helped lead the Warriors to two Regional titles and National Tournament berths under head coach, Denny Jerome. She earned second team All-Region honors her sophomore year, and was named to the All-Tournament team at the 1982 National Tournament.
Following Waldorf, Marty continued her softball career at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) for one season before transferring to the University of Iowa, where she earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Marty continued to play competitively following her collegiate years, and participated in six ASA National Tournaments.
Marty's softball coaching career began at the University of Iowa as a Graduate Assistant during the 1985-86 season. She came back to Waldorf in the fall of 1986 to coach the Warrior softball team and teach physical education. Marty spent seven years at Waldorf compiling a 171-79 record, leading two teams to the NJCAA National Tournament. She coached 5 All-Americans, 7 Academic All-Americans, and 15 first-team All Region performers. Her 1991 team earned distinction as the National Softball Coaches Association Academic Team of the Year with a team GPA of 3.30.
Following a very succesful stint at Waldorf, Marty took her coaching talents south to begin a fastpitch program at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Florida. In three seasons, Marty took a program that had previously played slow-pitch softball, and built them into a national power-winning the Panhandle Conference title in 1997 and posting a 49-17 record.
In 1995, Marty Pump was inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Softball Hall of Fame. In 1997, the Marty Pump Excellence Award was initiated at Rockford Senior High in her honor.
Marty "retired" from coaching after the 1997 season, and is currently living and working in private business back in Iowa City.
A two-sport standout at Waldorf-1982 Honor Athlete Award Winner-Waldorf's first softball All-American-the coach of two national tournament teams-Hall of Famer 1998-Marty Pump.
Following an outstanding high school athletic career at Truman High School, Thomas Urevig brought his talents to Waldorf College, where he played both football and basketball his freshman year-before concentrating on just football for his second year.
Urevig quarterbacked and co-captained the 1962 Waldorf football team that was the first undefeated team in Waldorf football history. That team was coached by 1997 Waldorf Hall of Fame Inductee, Bob Bungum. Following the 1962 season, Urevig was named NJCAA First-Team All-American and National Back of the Year.
Urevig continued his athletic playing days at Augustana College, where he played football for one year. In 1967 , Tom entered the military for a two-year commitment. During that time, he competed for the Football Army Gunners in Okinawa, and was named First-team Far East Quarterback. In 1969, he finished his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Sioux Falls.
Tom Urevig spent 15 years farming in the Madelia, Minnesota area, and worked as a Loan Officer for Community Bank in Vernon Center, Minnesota. The past 11 years, Tom has served as General Manager for Tilney Farms in Lewisville.
He has been very active in the community serving as an EMT, President of the Corn and Soybean Growers, President of the Commerical Club, Dollars for Scholars Chairman, American Legion member, Treasurer of the St. James School Board, Sunday School teacher, Church Youth Leader, and a member of the Church Council.
Tom and wife, Kathy, a teacher in the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Middle School, have three children-Scott, Chad (a '96 Waldorf grad), and Britta.
The quarterback and co-captain of Waldorf's first-ever undefeated football team in 1962-the 1962 National Back of the Year-First-Team NJCAA All-American--Hall of Famer 1998-Thomas Urevig.
Helen Asp gave 36 years of service to Waldorf as a professor in physical education and as intramural coordinator. She currently resides in Floodwood, Minnesota.
Robert M. Bungum
Robert M. Bungum, a native of Hayfield, Minnesota, attended and played football at Waldorf College for one year before transferring on to Luther College in the fall of 1929. At Luther, Bob stepped into the starting right-half position, which he filled for three years. He was elected captain of the 1931 team. Bob also earned letters in track in 1930 and 1931 and in baseball in 1932. He graduated in 1932.
Bob Bungum's teaching and coaching career included positions at Gale Academy, coaching an undefeated basketball team at Buffalo Center High School, three consecutive undefeated football teams at Lake Mills, and a brief stint at Ames. He served as a volunteer naval officer during World War II, after which he was employed by Luther College as football and track coach from 1946-1950.
Following completion of his master's degree at the University of Iowa, Bob became superintendent of the Whitehall, Wisconsin High School in 1950 where he remained until he became the registrar and coach here at Waldorf in 1953. He held this position until his death on December 25, 1976. During those years he taught economics, business law, and physical education. He also served as head football coach and athletic director. His 1963 team was undefeated and finished the season ranking sixth nationally among junior colleges. In 1967, he gave up the athletic directorship and coaching duties and continued his administrative and teaching duties until his death. During his 24 years at Waldorf, Bob compiled a 55-53-5 overall coaching record in 15 seasons.
Bob's son, Stephen, had these things to say about his father. "It is an honor I am most gratified to see him receive, as he was devoted to Waldorf College and the health of both its academic and non-academic programs. He was a Christian gentleman who cared very much about the well-being of students, athletes and people of all sorts with whom he came in contact. He was a quiet man, but possessed much kindness, understanding and moral courage."
Cathy Kammin-Braathun, class of 1975, came to Waldorf bringing along with her an outstanding athletic background that continued on throughout her college career. Cathy was a part of the Roland-Story High School teams that qualified for the State Softball Tournament three fall and three summer seasons. She was the right-fielder on the team that won the State Softball Tourney in 1971 during both seasons. On the court, Cathy was a member of the 1972 Iowa High School Girls State Basketball Champions. She was a member of the All-Tournament Team as a junior and senior and captain of that team as a junior.
While at Waldorf, Cathy was a member of the women's basketball team from 1973-1975. She was selected as the team captain her sophomore year. In both seasons he was named the most valuable player. Averaging 22.3 points per game, Cathy set the scoring record that she still holds today at 801 points in 36 games during her career at Waldorf. Cathy shot 77.3% from the free throw line and averaged 7.8 rebounds a game. She continued playing at Luther College where she added an additional 1028 points to her career to set the career scoring record for Luther College at 1829 points.
Cathy also earned the most valuable player award her sophomore year at Waldorf in softball. She was also named Waldorf's female honor athlete in 1975. In 1987 Cathy was inducted in the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame. Cathy was inducted into the Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame during the 1992 Girls' State Basketball Tournament.
Cathy, her husband Don, and their son, Jonathan reside in Story City. Cathy serves as a First through Sixth grade physical education teacher and girls' golf coach at the Roland-Story schools.
Rolf Lund, a three-sport athlete at Zumbroda High School, began his first coaching and teaching job in 1940 at Rake High School. The St. Olaf graduate spent six years there, two of them as superintendent, before coming to Waldorf in 1946. In 1946 and 1947, Rolf coached football, basketball, and baseball. He continued on with basketball through 1958 and stepped back in to coach the 1963 team that took second in the conference, posting a 15-9 record for the season. Overall, Rolf had a 164-133 basketball coaching record. Rolf also served as Athletic Director for fifteen years and was on the State Athletic Board of Athletics for Junior Colleges. He also worked alongside Helen Asp in running the intramural program for many years. Rolf currently resides in Decorah, Iowa.
Obed B. Michaelson
Obed Michaelson, a native of Leland, Iowa, is a 1925 graduate of the Waldorf Academy and a 1927 graduate of Waldorf College. While attending the Academy, Obed played on both the Academy's basketball team and the College's. He was captain of the Waldorf basketball team in 1926 and 1927. Obed was a leading scorer on his team. Obed tells stories about how he would practice so late some nights that he wouldn't make it up to the cafeteria in time to eat. so Tillie Rasmusson would whip him up something quick and warm from her kitchen. Obed also loved to play football, baseball and tennis. Although Waldorf didn't have a tennis team, Obed and some of his friends would find a space to work as a court so that they could play. Obed was also a member of the 1927 Waldorf Choir. Following his graduation from Waldorf, Obed transferred to St. Olaf College where he continued to play basketball and baseball.
After completing his degree in education from St. Olaf, Obed moved to the Chicago area where he met his wife Susan and raised their children. His love to play sports continued on as he played for several years on his companies team. Obed spent the last twenty-two years of his working years as a Lutheran Brotherhood Representative.
Harold (Gabby) Pierce
Harold (Gabby) Pierce '63 is a native of Freeborn, Minnesota. Following graduation from Freeborn High School as the Athlete of the Year, he traveled to Forest City to take the next step in his athletic career. A three sport athlete, Gabby received honors for his outstanding play on the field, diamond and the basketball court.
Gabby was captain of the 1962 undefeated football team coached by Bob Bungum. He also received 2nd Team All-American honors.
In 1963 Gabby set the record for the number of field goals in a season for basketball at 243. Along with his scoring record, Gabby received 1st Team All-American honors. One of the many highlights for Gabby at Waldorf was the over-time win against Creston in the state junior college semi-finals game in which he scored 45 points.
In baseball Gabby played double duties as a short stop and a pitcher, receiving honorable mention All-American honors.
Following his graduation from Waldorf in 1963, Gabby continued to play football and baseball for the Vikings at Augustana. In football he served as the 1964 team captain and received 2nd team All North Central Conference honor and 1st team All-Lutheran honors. In baseball Gabby continued to play short stop and pitcher this time receiving 1st team All-Conference honors. In 1965, Gabby was named the Honor Athlete of the Year.
After receiving his degree in 1965, Gabby accepted a teaching and coaching position at Bricelyn, Minnesota. He remained there for 24 years serving as the head football coach for 22 years, head baseball coach for 18 years and head basketball coach for 10 years. In 1981 Gabby was inducted into the Augustana Coaching Hall of Fame.
Gabby resides in Mankato, Minnesota where he is a Field Supervisor for rain and hail insurance.
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