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Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame inductees announced

Black Hills State University recently inducted five individuals and two teams into the 2008 Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during the annual Swarm Day activities. Pictured left to right are the athletes that were inducted: Darrell Hardcastle, Roger Riley, JoEllen (Hofer) Salmen, Lance Marr, and Kelly Merager.

 
The 1946-47 men’s basketball team was one of two teams to be inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame. Pictured left to right are John Fitzgerald, accepting for Maurice Fitzgerald; Sandy Wilkinson accepting for Stanley Ainsworth; Dale Hardy, Ralph "Ed" McLaughlin, Marvin Evans, Arthur Lee Albert, and Terry Burgess accepting for Glenn Burgess.
 
The 1979 women’s volleyball team was also inducted this year into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame at BHSU. Pictured left to right are Charley Conger, accepting for Michele (Conger) Schmidt; Cindy (Schutt) Painter, Susie (Seppala) Carr, Dawn (Taylor) Schwindt, Janice (Hanson) Curry, Lea Totton, 1979 head coach; and Denise Welsch.
Black Hills State University inducted five individuals and two teams into the 2008 Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during the annual Swarm Day activities.

Darrell Hardcastle, Lance Marr, Kelly Merager, Roger Riley, and JoEllen (Hofer) Salmen were inducted as athletes. The 1946-47 men’s basketball team and the 1979 women’s volleyball team were also honored.

Darrell Hardcastle, Class of ’79, competed for the Yellow Jackets in baseball from 1975-79 and football in 1974, 1977-78. His achievements include:

  • .433 batting average in 1975
  • .378 batting average in 1977 (6th in the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference [SDIC])
  • .439 batting average in 1979
  • Fourth in batting average in SDIC play in 1979 with a .438
  • All-SDIC in 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1979 as an outfielder
  • All-District in 1975 , 1977, 1978, and 1979
  • 7th in nation in stolen bases (27 steals out of 29 attempts) in 1978

Lance Marr, Class of ’94, competed for the Yellow Jacket football team as a wide receiver from 1991-1994. Lance’s name appears multiple times in the record books. He holds BHSU career records for receptions and passing yardage and single-season records for receptions and reception yardage. His other accomplishments include:

  • BHSU record for receptions in one game – 19
  • BHSU record for touchdown receptions in one game – 4 (tied)
  • Second-Team All-American in 1993 and 1994
  • Academic All-American in 1993 and 1994
  • Third in the NAIA with 102 receptions, 16 touchdowns and 10.2  yards per catch in 1994

Kelly Merager, Class of ’96, passed his way into the record books as he competed for the Yellow Jacket football team from 1991-1994. Kelly broke the national record with eight touchdown passes in a game vs. Huron College in 1994. He holds BHSU career records for passes attempted, passes completed, passing yardage, touchdown passes, and total offense; and single-season records for passes attempted, passes completed, and touchdown passes. His other accomplishments include:

  • BHSU record for passes completed in one game – 38 (twice)
  • Second-Team All-American in 1994
  • Honorable Mention All-American in 1993
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Division II Offensive Player of the Week in 1994
  • Offensive Most Valuable Player in the SDIC in 1992

Roger Riley, Class of ’80, was an outstanding pitcher for the Yellow Jacket baseball team during the mid-70s. Roger was named First-Team All-SDIC in 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1978 as a pitcher. His other accomplishments include:

  • 7 wins and 0 losses in 1974
  • 1.73 Earned Run Average (ERA) in 1974
  • All-District in 1974 and 1978
  • 7 wins and 4 losses in 1976
  • .88 ERA in 1976
  • 8 wins and 1 loss in 1978
  • SDIC ERA leader in 1978 with 1.38

JoEllen (Hofer) Salmen, Class of ’99, competed for the Yellow Jackets womens basketball team from 1996-98. JoEllen holds numerous records for the Yellow Jackets. Some of her achievements at BHSU include:

  • NAIA First-Team All-American junior and senior year
  • First-Team All-SDIC junior and senior year
  • BHSU record for single-season steal average – 2.8 (tied)
  • BHSU record for single-game steals – 9 (tied)
  • First-Team All-Tournament at the NAIA national tournament in 1997
  • SDIC Most Valuable Player in 1996-97 season
  • 929 career points

The 1946-47 men’s basketball team won the championship of both the SDIC and the newly formed Montana-Dakota Conference. Oliver “Ollie” Olson led what many believe to be the most successful team since the “Big Five” in 1927-28. The Yellow Jackets posted a 13-7 overall record. Team members include: standing, left to right, Coach Ollie Olson, Jack McCarthy, Dale Hardy, Ralph “Ed” McLaughlin, Maurice Fitzgerald, Junior Worth, Glenn Burgess, Bob Fleming and student manager J. Donald Bloedel. Seated, left to right, Arthur Lee Albert, Judd Tarrant, Al Thomas, Stanley Ainsworth, Marvin Evans and Marvin Cathey.

The 1979 women’s volleyball team led by head coach Lea Totton, won the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) South Dakota state volleyball championship. The title was the first in the team’s history. The Yellow Jackets posted an impressive 26-8 overall record. Team members include: standing, left to right, Michele(Conger) Schmidt, Lori (Dobyns) Cesar, Maxine Westall, Cindy (Schutt) Painter, Kathy (Porch) Jobgen, Tracey Dalton, Beth (Hopper) Mead, Susie (Seppala) Carr, and head coach Lea Totton. Kneeling, left to right are, Dawn (Taylor) Schwindt, Theresa Ford, Tami (Shirran) Follette, Kathy Harju, Michele (Cliff) Batz, Denise Welsch, Candance Bernard, and Janice (Hanson) Curry.

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