Thirteen is a lucky number for fans of nostalgia and Tommie sports. Thirteen legends -- 12 former student-athletes and one ex-staff member -- will join the 2007 induction class for the University of St. Thomas Athletic Hall of Fame in on-campus ceremonies set for Sept. 29.
The new additions bring the Athletic Hall membership to 171 individuals and one team since the first inductions in 1974. Inductions to the UST Hall are held every three years, with the next class enshrined in 2010.
The 2007 inductees:
Steve Aronson (Class of 2000)/Men’s Hockey
Ben Bautch (1992)/Men's Track and Field
Mark Buri (2002) Men’s Basketball
Molly Hayden (2001)/Women’s Basketball
Jenny Hintz (1988)/Women’s CC and Track
Sarah Hintz Bolcer (1986)/Women’s CC and Track
Greg Kaiser (2000)/Football
Jake Mauer (2001)/Baseball
Fred (Lefty) Miller (1908)/Baseball
Missy Pederson (2002)/Women’s Basketball
Roger Rich (--) Special Service
Dick Trafas (1957)/Football
Joe Warren (1998)/Men’s Soccer
Steve Aronson (Class of 2000)/Hockey
--National Player of the Year in NCAA Division III hockey as a senior in 1999-2000 after leading the nation in scoring with 91 points (38 goals, 53 assists) and helping the 27-4-3 Tommies to an NCAA runner-up placing -- the first MIAC team ever to reach the Division III national finals
--Three-time hockey All-American, broke a 35-year-old MIAC career scoring record with 244 points (still ranks No. 1 in MIAC history). He’s one of only six MIAC players to score more than 190 career points and one of only two to score 230.
--Two-time hockey conference Player of the Year and a two-time conference scoring champion
--CoSIDA Academic All-American (3.38 gpa in Business)
--Was first player signed to a contract by the expansion Minnesota Wild franchise; played three professional seasons
--In baseball was a starter on the Toms' 1999 and 2000 NCAA Division III runner-up baseball teams. Those were the first MIAC teams ever to play in the Division III World Series
--One of two athletes (with teammate Brad Bonine) in MIAC history to play in two NCAA championship games in same calendar year (March 2000, May 2000)
--As a baseball senior in 2000, in season’s last month, he batted 18-of-47 (.383) with 10 runs, nine RBI, two homers, two doubles and a triple and raised his season average to .333.
--In hockey and baseball, was a member of five NCAA playoff teams and 10 MIAC championship teams (two pre-season, two postseason, six reg. season)
--Aronson played two seasons in the Minnesota Wild organization, scored 50 points in 2001-2002 for the Louisiana Ice Gators. He was released by the Wild in 2002 and played one season in Europe for the London Knights before retiring from hockey.
Mark Buri (Class of 2002) Men’s Basketball
--2001-02 d3hoops.com 2nd Team All-American
--2001-02 MIAC Player of the Year
--Finished fifth in UST career scoring, and first in school history in career steals and assists
--Three-time all-conference honoree
--Led the Tommies to a 24-4 record and MIAC championship as a senior (17.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.0 apg, 3.0 spg while converting 81.1% at the foul line). Team ranked No. 5 in Division III.
--In 105 career games, had 1,494 points (including 159 3-pointers), 387 assists, 339 rebounds and 255 steals
--Toms were 65-16 in his three seasons as a starter
--In a 72-hour span late in the season, played all 100 minutes in the Feb. 11 triple-overtime win over Macalester and the Feb. 13 overtime win at Carleton
--CoSIDA Academic All-District first team (3.35 gpa in Marketing)
Ben Bautch (Class of 1992)/Men’s Track and Field
--Two-time NCAA champion in #35 weight throw (1990 and 1991).
--St. Thomas’ first indoor individual national champion
--Six-time career All-American (hammer and weight)
--Five-time MIAC Champion, 10X All-MIAC (indoor weight, outdoor hammer and shot)
--Won every indoor conference title in the 35# weight (four consecutive years)
--Twice voted track MVP by class.
--10-time all-conference (shot, hammer, weight)
--Set UST school records in both hammer and weight (still ranks second on UST all time list)
--Coached two St. Thomas All-American throwers while an assistant coach.
--15-year veteran of the Coon Rapids Police Department where he serves as a patrol officer; also is the owner/operator of a concrete and landscape company that has been in business for the last nine years.
Molly Hayden (Class of 2001)/Women’s Basketball
--1999-2000 Kodak All-American
--1998-99 Kodak Honorable Mention All-American
--1999-2000 MIAC Player of the Year
--As a senior, led Tommies to 28-2 record, third-place NCAA finish, with 26 consecutive wins; one loss by 11 at No. 10-ranked Div. II Cal Poly-Pomona; first team ever to go 22-0 in MIAC; ranked No. 4 in nation
--UST went 50-6 in her era (41-3 conference).
--Played two season as a Division II scholarship player and played final two seasons at UST
--Two-time first-team all-conference
--Scored in double figures in 52 of 56 games at UST
--Surpassed 1,000 career points in NCAA tourney victory over Pacific Lutheran (16 points, 11 rebounds)
--In seven career NCAA games averaged 17.2 ppg.
--Had 1,064 collegiate points -- 903 in two seasons at St. Thomas, 161 in two at Div. II North Dakota State
--Scored the winning basket with 13 seconds left in 53-51 win over Carleton
--In 57-52 win at Carleton, had 24 points and 10 rebounds
--Had 21 points and 12 rebounds in loss to Div. II power Cal Poly-Pomona
--Had five double-doubles on senior season
--Made 12-of-13 FG attempts vs. Hamline
--80% FT, 50% FG on season
--Also had a career-high 27 points in the 13-point win at St. Ben's.
Sarah Hintz Bolcer(Class of 1986)/Women’s CC and Track
--Three-time CC All American (twice NCAA runner-up), once NCAA indoor track All-American
--Helped Tommie CC teams win two NCAA crowns and place second in a third national meet
--Career slowed by injury which caused her to miss 1984 and 1985 seasons
--Ran fastest 5,000-meter CC time in Tommie history with 16:38 to take second at 1983 NCAA meet, just nine seconds behind UW-LaCrosse legend Tori Neubauer, one of the greatest NCAA III runners of all time. --In Fall 86, team placed first and Jenny placed second at NCAA meet to teammate and Hall of Famer Lisa Koelfgen
--In Fall 1987, team placed first and she was 10th at NCAA meet.
--Voted one of the top 10 D-III national CC runners of all time in 20-year all-time team
Greg Kaiser (Class of 2000)/Football
--Three-time All-MIAC quarterback
--All-American and two-time conference champ in javelin
--Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American
--Won a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship -- a $5,000 renewable award for graduate studies; graduated with 3.86 gpa in Business
--Made the American Football Coaches' Association 11-member Good Works Team for exceptional community service
--Won $10,000 for St. Thomas as a Burger King Division III Scholar Athlete of the Week
--1997 CoSIDA Academic All-American in football and 2000 CoSIDA Academic All-American at-large
--Broke into the starting lineup at QB as a sophomore in 1997 and in his three seasons threw 54 touchdowns passes and rushed for 15 touchdowns.
--Completed a school-record 61.5% of his passes (498-of-810) for 6,439 yards with only 23 interceptions
--Two-time MIAC champion in javelin, best of 207-6 (school record for modified javelin)
--Placed 8th in NCAA javelin as a junior in 1999. Was seeded third nationally in 2000 with his school-record 207-6 but was unable to compete at nationals due to an ankle injury
--Last QB to lead Tommies to victory over St. John’s (1997) as he directed a 90-yard scoring drive in final 3:00 in 31-27 Metrodome victory as he completed 8-of-9 passes on the drive and sent retiring coach Mal Scanlan out a winner. He was 31-of-46 with two TDs and no INTs on game.
--On his 21st birthday, tied an NCAA record with a 99-yard TD pass and later threw a third-down TD pass and winning two-point PAT pass in 29-28 victory over Augsburg in UST’s first overtime game
--Tommies went 22-8 in his era as a starter (21-6 MIAC)
Jake Mauer (Class of 2001)/Baseball
--Led Tommies to three top-two NCAA team finishes capped by 2001 national championship
--2001 NCAA Division III second-team All-America, second base
--2000 NCAA Division III third-team All-American, second base
--College World Series All-Tournament team in 2000 and 2001
--MIAC career hits leader (243 in 187 games)
--2001 MIAC co-Player of the Year
--Three-time first team All-MIAC
--Two-time team MVP
--.391 career hitter as four-year starter, helped team to W-L record of 154-42 (74-15 vs. MIAC foes)
--Set school career records for hits (243), runs (181) and games played (187)
--As senior in 2001, set school season record for hits (83) and also led team in batting (.449), RBI (58) and HBP (11)
--Didn’t commit an error in his last 17 games at UST, covering 82 chances at second base
--Had only one error in 223 chances in 40 career postseason games (MIAC or NCAA tournaments)
--Had a 30-game hitting streak in 2001, including a 9-for-10 day vs. U-Mass.-Boston
--Reached base or had an RBI in all 49 games, with multiple-hit games in 32 of 49 outings
--Reached base in 13 consecutive plate appearances (11 hits, walk, error) in 2000 NCAA playoffs
--Played in all 148 games over his last three seasons
--Drove in game’s only run in 1-0 win over St. Olaf in 2000 NCAA region championship
--Scored games only run in a 1-0, 14-inning win over St. Olaf in 2000.
--Had Toms’ lone hit in 8-0 exhibition loss to U of Havana at Metrodome
--In 1999 conference season (20 games) had no errors in 92 chances
--Had three triples in one game vs. Carleton in 2000, one off the Division III record
--Played on Cretin-Derham Hall’s 1996 and 1997 state championship teams
Fred C. (Lefty) Miller (Class of 1908)/Baseball
--Three-year baseball ace starting pitcher 1906-08 on St. Thomas teams that had a combined 28-3 record, including a 6-2 loss to Notre Dame and a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Gophers
--Faced six Division I teams and on career; was 13-2 with an estimated 1.17 ERA, with 195 strikeouts and only 31 walks and 49 hits allowed in 131 career innings with the Tommies
--His 195 Ks and 31 walks in 131 career innings including an dominant 8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio as a senior.
--In his three-year UST career, had 11 complete-game nine-inning pitching outings
--Struck out 14 or more seven times
--Also batted .350 as a senior in 1908
--In 1907, pitched eight innings of hitless relief in 2-1 loss to Macalester; later in season threw two-hit shutout in 5-0 win over Scots
--Fanned 11 and allowed three earned runs in 6-2 loss to Notre Dame in 1907
--Struck out 16 in a nine-inning, 8-5 win over Iowa Hawkeyes in 1907
--Also in 1907 struck out 12 in 11 innings in two wins over South Dakota State and North Dakota
--Threw one-hit shutout over Luther in 1907; in second meeting with Luther later in season fanned 15 and allowed two hits, one run in nine-inning win
--In 1908 allowed two singles and fanned 11 in 2-1, nine-inning loss to Minnesota Gophers
--In 1908 fanned 20 in two-hit shutout win over Northwestern (Wis.)
--In 1908 fanned 10 and allowed three earned runs over nine innings in 6-5 win over Nebraska
--In 1908 struck out 16 in two-hit shutout win over Marquette
--Played four professional seasons in Class AAA while also going to medical school (St. Paul, Vancouver, Seattle, Oakland, Fort Worth) was drafted by Philadelphia Athletics, and GM Connie Mack wanted him to give up medical school but he refused. He graduated from medical school in 1912 and practiced medicine for four decades
--Died in 1971 at age 85.
Missy Pederson (Class of 2002)/Women’s Basketball
--Broke a 15-year-old NCAA Division III record for career free-throw percentage. Made 7-for-7 in a career-high 36-point outing in the MIAC playoff loss to Carleton that closed her career.
--Pederson, who played from 1998-2002, converted 300-of-358 foul shots in her four seasons for a .8379 clip. The previous Division III record was held by Southern Maine's Tammy Adair at .830 (279-of-336).
--Named Women's D-III News 2002 Player of the Year as a senior.
--Twice named to the 10-player Kodak All-American team
--Twice named MIAC Player of the Year.
--Three-time all-conference honoree, two-time MIAC All-Defensive team honoree.
--As a senior in 2001-02 she averaged 18.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.8 apg and 3.1 spg in leading the Tommies to a 21-5 record and conference co-championship.
--She ranked among the national leaders in free-throw percentage (.864) and made 37% from 3-point range (59-of-160).
--Pederson became the first MIAC women's player to surpass 1,500 points, 300 assists and 300 steals.
--In 111 career games she had 1,557 points, 338 steals, 315 assists, 387 rebounds and 210 3-pointers, and the Tommies were 96-15 in her era. She graduated as the MIAC career leader in steals and 3-point baskets and finished in the top-three in school history in scoring, steals, assists, 3-pointers and free-throw percentage.
--In 10 career NCAA playoff games, Pederson helped UST to 7-3 mark as she averaged 11.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.8 spg while making 20-of-57 3-pointers and 26-of-28 at the foul line
Roger Rich (Special Service/UST photography)
--Retired in 2007 after 37 years as a St. Thomas photographer; helped tell the story of the institution's amazing growth from an all-male school to its current status as a co-ed university with additional campuses in Minneapolis and Rome; was on hand to shoot many special athletic events, too, including the 2000 Tommie baseball trip to Cuba; NCAA championships won by softball and baseball; and most of the top on-campus sporting events of the last three decades.
--Click here for a recent UST Magazine profile:
Dick Trafas (Class of 1957)/Football
--Key member of 1956 Tommie football team that went 9-0 and was only UST football squad to finish unbeaten and win outright MIAC championship; later returned as Tommie assistant coach
--Four-year letterwinner in football and track and field (discus)
--Drafted and signed by Detroit Lions
--Finished second among NAIA receivers nationally as a senior with 28 catches for 542 yards; was named second-team Catholic All-America and HM Small College All-America and first-team All-MIAC
--Member of Toms' 1954 MIAC champion team in track and field
Joe Warren (Class of 1998)/Men's Soccer
--One of few if not the only male four-sport varsity letterwinner in last 30 years in MIAC. Received 11 varsity letters at UST.
--Only athlete in MIAC history to have a soccer shutout in goal, win an individual conference track title (javelin), score 20 points in a basketball game (21 vs. St. Mary’s), post a net punt of 78 yards, and score seven points in a football win over John Gagliardi
--Three-time All-MIAC soccer goalie (four-year letterwinner), with 22 career shutouts
--Three-time All-MIAC javelin thrower (placed first, second, third and fifth at conference on career) and helped UST win three MIAC outdoor team titles
--Basketball starter (one season) started all 23 games in 1996-97 and led team in blocked shots; shot 56% from field, averaged 5.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, named team’s Mr. Defense; played in 40 career varsity games.
--HM All-MIAC punter and placekicker (one season)
--Helped 1995 soccer team to MIAC title share and NCAA playoff berth with eight shutouts on season
--In his first college football game set Tommie school record with 78-yard punt vs. Concordia-St. Paul in 1997
--In 31-27 comeback win over St. John’s in Metrodome, had 27-yard field goal and was 4-for-4 in PAT kicks. On season averaged 36.3 ypp and made 15-of-17 PAT kicks and 2-of-3 FGs
--Longest-tenured Minnesota Thunder player, just concluded his 10th season with the team. In 2006 started 23 games, logging 2,070 minutes and earned four shutouts; posted a 1.565 GAA; emerged as the Thunder’s starting goalkeeper in the second half of the 2002 season when he tallied four shutouts, posting a 6-4-0 record and earning a 1.09 GAA; starred for the FC Internationals of the Minnesota Amateur Soccer League (MASL), helping the club win the MASL First Division and Minnesota Cup championships.
Previous St. Thomas Hall of Fame Inductees
Inductee Class Category
Don Adee Coach (Swim/Track)
Jim 'Popcorn' Brandt ’52 Football
George Conroy ’24 Hockey
Smith J. Eggleston ’74 Soccer
Thomas Gibbons ’07 Boxing
Rev. W. Joe Gibbs ’13 Football
Thomas Hamper ’41 Golf
Walt Kiesling ’26 Football
Gene O’Brien ’43 Football
I. A. O’Shaughnessy ’05 Football
Bob Pates ’44 Football
John Rigney ’36 Basketball
Jack Salscheider ’50 Football
Don Simensen ’51 Football
William 'Wee' Walsh Coach (Football)
Richard Copeland ’53 Hockey
John 'Doc' Dolan ’57 Baseball
Msgr. John Dunphy Special Service
Tom Feely Jr. ’41 Coach (Bktbl./Bsbl.)
Jim Fitzharris ’42 Football
Steve Fritz ’71 Basketball
Chuck Hiller ’56 Baseball
Ed Krowka ’49 Football
Rev. Stanley Martinka ’50 Track & Field
Leonard 'Bucky' Olson ’50 Tennis
John Pates ’35 Special Service
Bernard Raetz ’57 Football
Dan Schneeman ’54 Swimming
John Walsh ’35 Boxing
Team of 1948-49 Basketball
Ralph Antil ’31 Football
Bertel Budd ’52 Track & Field
Theodore Hall ’56 Basketball
Andrew Hamm ’30 Football
Dan Hansard ’67 Basketball
Dan Herget ’41 Special Service
Wilfred Houle ’24 Football
Fred Korba ’67 Basketball
Peter Kramer ’44 Baseball
John Madigan ’22 Football
Ken Mauer ’49 Basketball
Bob Rosier ’74 Basketball
Paul Sokol ’38 Coach (Basketball)
Jerome Steffen ’67 Football
Roger Zeug ’64 Wrestling
Bob Anderson ’53 Swimming
John Blum Jr. ’70 Basketball
Jim Culhane ’38 Basketball/Baseball
Frank Deig -- Coach (Football)
Mark Dienhart ’75 Football/Track
Dennis Fitzpatrick ’73 Basketball
Frank Mach ’55 Football
Roland Moynagh ’26 Football
Lee Bellfield ’76 Track & Field
Jeff 'Duke' Boeser ’75 Hockey
Joe Brandy Coach (Football)
Dennis Denning '66 Baseball
Bob Dolan ’55 Baseball
Smith F. Eggleston ’50 Track & Field
Jeff Keys Hockey
Bob Kurtz ’40 Football
Leo McGuire ’36 Football
Terry McMahon ’72 Basketball
Ted Molitor ’48 Football
John 'Prof' Norton Coach (FB/Track)
Larry Russ ’69 Coach (Track/CC)
Lloyd Sandstrom ’51 Basketball
Dick Washburn ’68 Baseball
Tom Arnold ’83 Baseball
Adrian Baril ’23 Football
Doug Deitz ’80 Football
William Funk ’44 Coach (Football)
Mark Hentges ’80 Hockey
Kathryn Ostrom Karel ’82 Basketball
Kevin Roth ’80 Track/C.C.
Debra Thometz Leyden ’83 Track/C.C.
Martha Andersen Conners ’83 Track & Field
Catherine Bremer ’81 Golf
Neal Guggemos ’86 FB/Track
Jim Gustafson ’83 Football
Walter Hobot ’32 Boxing
Leonard Horyza ’54 Football
Lisa Koelfgen Czech ’87 Track/C.C.
Nicholas Manciu ’86 Track/C.C.
Teresa Mayer ’83 Track/C.C.
Rubens Pedrosa Neto ’79 Soccer
Mario Retica ’37 Basketball
Ruth Ann Opatz Sinn ’84 Basketball
George Smith -- Special Service
Ken Staples ’59 Baseball/Hockey
Joe Sweeney ’77 Coach (Track/C.C.)
Frank Zukaitis ’40 FB/Basketball
Mike Ach 85 Tennis
Tom Diedrich 86 Hockey
Andrew Favorite 70 Wrestling
Roslyn Fittin 87 Swimming
Dick Furey 46 Basketball
Cindy Hennessy 86 Cross Country
Jeff Hyman 87 Track/C.C.
Denny Monahan 57 Football
Randy Muetzel 83 Football
Nic Musty -- Coach (FB/Basketball)
Erin Sobaski 85 Track & Field
Pete Wareham 85 Track/C.C.
Pat Ahern 93 Track & Field
Patrice Detlie 89 Soccer/Softball
Steve Dolan 92 Track & Field
Jane Sandvik Hurinenko 89 Soccer
Jason O’Brien 92 Wrestling
Jenny Phillips 89 Track/Basketball
Ted Riverso Coach (W. B’sktball)
Maureen Olson Staloch 93 Swimming
Penny Thompson Starkey 93 Volleyball
Bo Snuggerud 84 Hockey
Scott Thompson 91 Basketball
Trish Tinucci Rinzel 91 Track & Field
Gary Trettel 91 Football
Laurie Trow 93 Basketball
Tom Batta 91 Basketball
Curt Behrns 96 Football
Amy Bot Lamker 94 Basketball
Kelly Copps 95 Track/C.C.
Ryan Davis 96 Football
Laurie Dehn Spinner 88 Basketball
Tom Faust 87 Track/C.C.
Leonard Jones 95 Track
Brent Longval 94 Basketball
Andy Paley 96 Tennis
Terry Skrypek -- Coach (Men’s Hockey)
Shari Sullivan-Marshall 89 Track/C.C.
John Tauer 95 Basketball
Greg Vannelli 76 Hockey
Kevin DeVore 91 Football
Tim Fischer 84 Football
Buzz Hannahan 98 Baseball
Rich Harkwell 98 Track/FB
Karnell James 97 Basketball
Paul King 80 Track
Joe Mulvehill 75 Hockey
Chris Olean 99 Baseball
Mollie Pattyn 97 Basketball/Track
Anita (Paulino) Malchow 95 Track
Jim Radford 88 Football
Erik Rosenkranz 95 Track
Tom Stallings 93 Football
Kristen (Vipond) Slinde 98 Basketball
Dave Willits 87 Swimming
Laura (Witte) Strausburg 97 Basketball