Art Gallery Exhibit Viewing
See Naomi (Lindaas) Roisum’s work. No admission fee.
1:00-3:00 p.m., Northern Lights Art Gallery, Upper Level, Campus Center
Homecoming Football Game
Mayville State University vs. Cole College
Come out and show your Comet pride!
2:00 p.m., Jerome Berg Field
All-Alumni Homecoming Reunion
& Business & CIS Alumnni, Faculty, and Staff Reunion
All Alumni and friends are welcome!
Call your friends. Bring some memories. Greet the Athletic Hall of Fame and Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame inductees. Business & CIS alumni ... meet your former classmates, professors, and friends! Come out and have some fun! Cash Bar.
5:00-7:00 p.m. - Picnic-Style Supper
7:00-10:00 p.m. - Social
All activities will be held at KT Hall in Portland.
Sunday, October 14
Top off the weekend with a concert by the MSU Concert Choir and Band.
2:00 p.m., Classroom Building Auditorium
Get Your Comet Gear!
The Mayville State Bookstore will be open after the parade until kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 13!
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
The intent and purpose of the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame is to honor and preserve the memory of those athletes, teams, coaches, and others who have contributed in a very outstanding and positive way to the promotion of the promotion of the Mayville State University athletic programs.
The 2002 Comets baseball team amassed a 34-15-1 record, winning the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) regular-season, the Region III, and Plains Super-Regional championships, thus becoming the fourth in school history to advance to the NAIA World Series. Known for strong will and work ethic, Coach Scott Berry’s squad won five consecutive loser-out games in the regional tournament to clinch the region crown. Next, the Comets swept Bellevue, Neb., the No. 4 team in the nation, in the best-of-three super-regional played at Mayville State, to advance to the national tournament in Lewiston, Idaho. There the Comets defeated No. 11-ranked Indiana Tech and No. 14-ranked Ohio Dominican to remain one of four unbeaten teams in the tournament. They ultimately fell to No. 12-ranked Albertson of Idaho and No. 2-ranked Embry Riddle of Florida. In their best-ever showing, the Comets finished fifth out of ten teams. Many players earned conference and NAIA honors, and Craig Hern, Brendan Harz and Dan Chappel signed professional baseball contracts.
Members of the team were Clark Andres, Ryan Bergseth, Jerrod Bergstrom, Aaron Challoner, Jon Champagne, Dan Chappel, Mike Czerwieniec, Rich Dean, Jason Ellingson, Matt Fetsch, Aaron Foster, Chad Fyre, Wes Hanson, Brendan Harz, Craig Hern, Mike Higginbotham, Chris Hills, Tony Kieffer, Mike Lorz, Greg Lunski, Danny Marto, Josh McMenamy, Phil Medina, Jay O’Connor, Darcy Paterson, Dave Pearson, Danny Scholand, Lee Smith, Jared Whitehouse, and Geoff Zimmerman.
Jason Deitchler began his Comet career in 1988 in the 190-pound weight class, where he qualified for the NAIA national tournament. His sophomore year he moved to the heavyweight class and repeated as a national qualifier. His junior year was especially impressive, as he not only wrestled his way to the conference and District 12 championships, but also qualified for nationals a third time and earned All-America status. He repeated with all-conference and all-district honors as a senior and placed fourth in the national tournament, thus became a two-time All–American. Deitchler graduated from Mayville State with a Bachelor of Science degree, earning a major in computer information systems and a minor in mathematics.
Bruce Weinreich served in the U.S. Army and transferred to Mayville State from Lakewood Junior College. A two-year letterwinner in football, he played the positions of safety and punter, where he earned all-conference honors in 1977. That season he was named to the All-District 12 football defense first team and earned honorable mention NAIA All-America football honors. In 1977 he led the Comets in tackles and interceptions and was selected as the school’s most valuable football player. He was named the NDCAC "Player of the Week" three times that season. Weinreich was selected as a National Football League free agent by the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers, and the Canadian Football League in 1978, and by the Broncos in 1979. Undefeated in conference play, he lettered in tennis at Mayville State in 1978 and 1979. He graduated from Mayville State with a bachelor’s degree in physical education/health in 1979.
Coaches Hall of Fame Inductees
The MSU Athletic Hall of Fame adopted a new “Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame” in 2010. The purpose of this new division of the Hall of Fame is to recognize Mayville State alumni who have excelled in their coaching careers. The Alumni Association Awards Luncheon that has been traditionally held during Homecoming festivities is now being held each year in June. Mark your calendars. The Alumni Association awards will next be presented at a dinner scheduled for June of 2013.
Ron Carlson spent his career in Minnewaukan, N.D., where he coached boys varsity basketball for 34 years, girls basketball for 10 years, varsity football for five years, junior varsity for eight years, and boys and girls track for 15 years. Carlson is the third-winningest boys basketball coach in North Dakota, with a record of 578 wins and 242 losses. He coached teams in four state Class B tournaments and was named state coach of the year for Class B in 2000. He was named district coach of the year ten times and Region 4 coach of the year eight times. His teams won 12 district championships and four region championships. Ron has been on the board of directors for the North Dakota High School Activities Directors and a two-term member of the State Class B Boys Basketball Advisory Board. He graduated from Mayville State in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree with majors in business education and physical education.
Dennis Horner was a teacher and multiple-sport coach in North Dakota Class B schools for 45 years. A 45-year football coach, he was regional coach of the year twice. A 32-year basketball, coach, he was district coach of the year twice. His team played in the “B” tourney in 1973. In ten years as girls track coach one team won the state championship in 1974, and three teams were regional champions. In 34 years, Horner’s baseball teams won six district championships, two regional championships, a state championship in 1978 and a second-place finish in 1982. He was region and state coach of the year twice and was nominated for national coach of the year seven times. He was a two-time Region 6 NHSACA coach of the year. Dennis also coached Legion baseball for 32 years, taking teams to first-, second-, and third-place finishes. He was inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997. He graduated from Mayville State in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in business education and physical education.
Kay Olson-Rabel was a pioneer in the field of athletic programs in Minnesota, emulating her Mayville State mentor Ruth Kolsrud, who worked with the Title IX mandate in the 1970s to provide opportunities for young women to pursue athletic activities. During her coaching stint at Wabasha-Kellogg Schools from 1971-80, Kay organized programs in basketball, gymnastics, and track and field. She coached volleyball and gymnastics, basketball, and track and field. She also organized a golf team. In 1981, Kay became the first female athletic director in southeast Minnesota. In 1995 she accepted a position with the Minnesota State High School League, to coordinate sub-section tournaments, hire officials, and supervise events. Concurrently she coached volleyball and taught full-time in the mathematics department at Wabasha-Kellogg. In 2000 she began teaching full-time in the Chisago Lakes School District in Lindstrom, Minn. She retired from coaching then but remains active in volleyball officiating. She retired from teaching in 2007, completing nearly 37 years in education. Kay is a 1970 graduate who earned majors in mathematics and physical education and health.
Richard Lee Strand transferred to Mayville State after attending Augsburg College and serving in the U.S. Army. He graduated with a B.A. degree in 1970, majoring in physical education and business education. His career began in Rose Creek, Minn. in 1970, where he taught business education and coached three sports. In his one-year role as head football coach, he compiled a 5-0 record and won the league championship. From 1974-2002 Richard taught and was head coach for the consolidated district of Southland, Rose Creek, Adams, and Elkton. At Southland he won 186 games, captured eight conference titles and two section titles, and won the state championship in 1984. His career record is 191-104. He coached ten players who went on to play football at the college level and one player who had a career in the Arena League. He was named conference coach of the year six times, section coach once, district coach three times, and Class “C” coach of the year in 1983. He was also the outstate team coach for the 1984 All-star game.
Ken Towers was a multi-sport head coach in Bowbells, N.D. and Langdon, N.D. before moving to Grand Forks, N.D. in 1967 to teach and coach at the new Red River High School, where he was head basketball coach until 1976 and student activities director from 1969-79. Towers’ boys basketball teams were state champions in 1969 and runners-up in 1968 and 1970. Over his career he coached boys basketball teams to seven regional championships and track teams to two regional championships and second- and third-place finishes in state track meets. Ken was president of the North Dakota High School Coaches Association and was NDHSCA basketball coach of the year in 1967-68. He was North Dakota’s nominee for the national high school basketball coach of the year in 1977, received the NDHSCA Award of Merit in 1979, and was inducted into the NDHSCA Hall of Fame in 1987. He retired from teaching and coaching to concentrate on business endeavors and community betterment. He graduated from Mayville State in 1961, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education/coaching and business administration.
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