The honorees for the first-ever Laker Athletics Hall of Fame have been announced following the creation of the event by the Iowa Lakes Alumni & Friends Association.
All inductees were selected because of their outstanding performance on and off the ‘court’ as well as the fact that they continued on to a four-year college before pursuing their career.
Honorees will be recognized at a public banquet on Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Max O. Pelzer Student Center on the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes. Those who would like to meet the first inductees of the Laker Athletics Hall of Fame and share in the memories of the past are encouraged to attend. Banquet tickets may be purchased for $15 by contacting Jessica VanLoy at 800-242-5106 ext. 7928; or, 712-362-7928; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One baseball player will be inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame Class. He is Nick Bruning, who played from 2002-2004.
Two former men’s basketball stand-outs – Bob Grems and Von McDade – will be honored. Grems played from 1972-1974 and McDade was on teams from 1986-1988. Also being honored is women’s player Allie Renberg, who was a Laker from 2005-2007.
The Lakers who will be honored for their achievements in football include: Jeff Kelly who played football from 1982-1984; and, Brent Shatto, who played from 1983-1985.
Golfers include Kent Schroder and Char Cruchelow. Schroeder was on the men’s team from 2003-2005; and Cruchelow was on the women’s team from 2005-2006.
Laker Volleyball will induct one woman into the Hall of Fame. She is Nichole Hendricksen who played from 2004-2006.
The awards will be presented annually to outstanding Lakers by the Alumni & Friends Association. Each honoree will receive a plaque and also be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Ellsworth on Saturday, March 2.
Nominations for 2014 inductees will open June 1 from the Iowa lakes Alumni Association webpage.