North Dakota State College of Science Athletics and the Catbacker/Letterwinners Club announce the NDSCS Letterwinners Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
2018 NDSCS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
James Carey of Tenstrike, Minn. is a 1968 Industrial Maintenance graduate of NDSCS and was a dual sport athlete from 1960-68. Jim was a halfback, defensive back and a kickoff return specialist on the Wildcat football team. On the field, he had one of the longest kickoff returns of 98 yards. Jim also wrestled for the Wildcats in the 160-pound weight class. He took second place at nationals, which qualified him as an All-American and provided the opportunity to try out for the Olympics.
Jim worked for CenterPoint Energy, a natural gas company, in Minneapolis until his retirement. He then moved to his cabin in Tenstrike, Minn. with his wife, Pat. They have three sons and six grandchildren. Raising three boys meant coaching soccer, baseball and wrestling, which Jim loved. He never missed a game or match. Two of his sons live out of state in Ariz. and Calif., where Jim and Pat spend their winters. Jim and Pat enjoy traveling and recently visited Israel. Jim loves to fish and hunt.
Anne Garner of Bloomington, Minn. is a 2005 NDSCS Liberal Arts honors graduate. Anne played guard for the 2003-05 Lady Wildcat Basketball Team. She was named a third-team NJCAA All-American in 2003-04 and was awarded NJCAA Honorable Mention All American in 2004-05. As a Lady Wildcat, Anne was All Conference and team MVP both seasons. She earned many other team and conference awards, which included NJCAA Academic All-American both seasons.
Anne transferred to the University of Portland, a Division I school, where she played guard and achieved NCAA academic recognition. She was an exceptional athlete and student with honors of Valedictorian of the School of Education. Anne continued on as an assistant coach for the University of Portland's women's basketball program.
Anne currently resides in Bloomington, Minn. She has a master's degree in Education from Concordia College in St. Paul, Minn., and a Master in Education Leadership from the College of St Thomas. She is assistant principal at Prior Lake High School and is pursuing her doctorate in education.
She enjoys spending time on the Mississippi River and participating in sports leagues.
Wayne Jacobs, Bismarck, N.D., is a 1992 NDSCS Diesel Mechanics graduate. Wayne played center for the 1980-82 Wildcats Men's Basketball Teams. In his second year, Wayne played with his brother, Roland, a '07 Wildcats Hall of Fame inductee. He went on to play for the University of Mary Marauders from 1982-84. Wayne graduated with an associate's degree in business from the University of Mary, and is currently a heavy equipment operator for BNI Coal in Center, N.D.
Wayne and his wife, Lori (Legler), a 1993 Wildcat Hall of Fame inductee and NDSCS Dental Hygiene graduate, live in Bismarck, N.D. They have two children, Garret and Alexis. Wayne spent many years watching his two children participate in sports. He now enjoys hunting and fishing.
Bradley Zurn, Cottage Grove, Minn., graduated in 1991 from the NDSCS Plumbing Program. Brad was a Defensive Tackle/End for the 1989-90 Wildcat football teams. Brad was honored as Outstanding Lineman in 1989 and 1990, and All-Conference First Team in 1990. He was also a member of the '90 Wildcat track team and threw shot put.
Bradley began his career with General Sprinkler in 1991, and became Labor Superintendent in 1996. In 1994, he participated in the National Apprenticeship Competition and placed first in his region and fifth nationally. Brad started his own company, International Fire Protection, which installs fire sprinklers, in January of 2002.
Bradley and his wife, Melissa, a '90 NDSCS Dental Hygiene graduate, have three children, Tyler, Mitchell and McKay. Brad enjoys coaching youth football and baseball, and supporting gymnastics. Brad has been active in the Cottage Grove Athletic Association and Booster Club and enjoys fishing, hunting and snowmobiling.
Honorary Hall of Fame Inductee
Shelley Blome, NDSCS Director of Financial Aid, will be recognized as a 2018 Letterwinner's Hall of Fame Honorary Inductee. Shelley has over 38 years on the campus of NDSCS and has been the Director of Financial Aid since 2014.
Shelley has always had a passion for students and believes that everyone who works on campus must put students first. Whether meeting with student-athletes and their parents on recruiting visits, discussing class attendance, or just being that place where students can go for some motherly advice, Shelley's door is always open. She not only takes care of students while they are on campus, but has built relationships and stays in contact even after they leave NDSCS.
During last year's Hall of Fame Banquet this was evident as she was specifically thanked for her service by many of the inductees. An NDSCS alumnus, Andre Smith (HOF '17) said, "When I showed up at NDSCS, I had just become the first in my family to graduate from high school. I was both afraid and overwhelmed. Because of Shelley, I became the first to graduate from college. Thank you, Shelley, for genuinely caring and believing in me as a person and a student."
At that event it was suggested that Shelley be inducted into the Hall of Fame and that request was met with a standing ovation. Many student-athletes have Shelley to thank for helping them progress towards a degree and a promising future. Her impact, though often not felt for many years after NDSCS, has an importance that is beyond words.
The 1977 and the 1978 NDSSS wrestling teams were amazing on the mats and in the classroom. Together, the teams were 26-0 in duals, which included challenges in the NDCAC and around the nation. No other Wildcat wrestling team had ever gone undefeated for an entire season. The Wildcats beat all the four-year schools in the conference and defeated top-ranked Willmar Junior College. The 1977 team topped out with a #4 rating in the NJCAA polls and the 1978 team was rated #2 at the end of the year. Both finished with Conference and Region 13 championships.
Both teams qualified six athletes for the NJCAA championships. 1977 All-Americans (top six in each weight class) included Jim LeDoux at 150 pounds and Pat Copenhaver at Heavyweight, both placing fifth. The 1978 team had Jim LeDoux again at 150 pounds placing fourth, Darrell La Fontaine at 158 pounds placing sixth and Nick Moenkedick at 177 pounds placing fourth.
The 1977 team was second in the nation with team grade point average (GPA). The 1978 team topped that as number one academically in the NJCAA with 12 Academic All-Americans over a 3.0 GPA. Named on the NDSSS Academic All-American Team were Jerry Berg, Hettinger, Agri-Business; Jeffery Baker, Cayuga, Agri-Business; Pat Copenhaver, Carrington, Agri-Business; Randy DuFault, Crookston, MN, Machining and Tooling; Mike Larson, LaMoure, Civil Engineering Technology; Jim La Doux, Fargo, Architectural Drafting and Estimating; Jim Lee, Hettinger, Diesel Mechanics; Randy Meyer, Minot, Diesel Mechanics; John Quinn, Laramie, Wyo., Environmental Systems; Wayne Schmaier, Max, Auto Mechanics; Kevin Theil, Crookston, Minn., Environmental Systems; and Brad Webster, Benson, Minn., Architectural Drafting and Estimating. This was the second time in three years that NDSSS had won the honor. Larry McDaniel was named Region 13 Coach of the Year for four consecutive years.
The annual Athletics Hall of Fame event will take place with a dinner and induction ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Class of 2018 will be recognized throughout the day including the Homecoming Parade, and during halftime of NDSCS's Homecoming football game against M-State Fergus Falls.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony, proudly sponsored by the Catbacker/Letterwinners Club, will be held on Sept. 29 in the Hektner Student Center. For ticket information, please contact Barb Uhlich at 701.671.2247 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.