Inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame were (from left to right): Jeff Stevens, Class of ’97, who was inducted as an athlete; Jim Voyles, Department Manager for First PREMIER Bankcard/First PREMIER Bank, which was honored with this year’s contributor award; Anita Blewett, representing Don Blewett, Class of ’59, who was inducted as an athlete; Gary Bereiter, Class of ’73, who was inducted as an athlete; Mike Berg, Class of ’72, who was inducted as a coach; Jay Gorham, a member of the 1935 football team that was inducted as a team; and Chris Haines, Class of ’85, who was inducted as an athlete.
Black Hills State University inducted five individuals, one sponsor, and two teams into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during Swarm Week 2007.
Individuals inducted as athletes were: Gary Bereiter, Class of ’73; Don Blewett, Class of ’59; and Jeff Stevens, Class of ’97. Mike Berg, Class of ’72, was inducted as a coach, and First PREMIER Bankcard/First PREMIER Bank was recognized for their generous support of BHSU athletics.
For the second year BHSU also inducted two teams into the Hall of Fame. This year the 1935 football team and the 1996-97 women’s basketball team were honored.
Members of the 1935 team included: Coach Paul Rose, Wilber Thomas, Albert Gorman, Joe Biegler, Bert Dent, Lackie Johnson, George Calvert, Rex Willard, Lowell Markus, Conrad Killian, Keith Swanson, Lloyd Peterson, Alfred Thomas, Loren Kemp, Cecil Todd, Dwight Felton, Dale Baston, Art Waale, Woodrow Sampson, Ellsworth Ollom, Elmer Pontius, Art Lenhart, Jake Billam, Theodore Suitor, Bud Clem, Lloyd Petersen, Jess Hendrickson, Donny Young, Tommy Neff, Leif Edman, Jay Gorham, Paul Maxwell, Harold Bauer, Wilferd Atterbury, and Frank Williams.
Members of the 1996-97 women’s basketball team included: Head Coach Robin Schamber, Farrah Patik, Cori (Ringwood) Engelhardt, Beckie (Bunting) Kaczynski, Traci (Schenk) Dana, Kim (Rochlitz) Niemann, Cindy (Winjum) Riss, JoEllen (Hofer) Salmen, Melinda Oster, Marcy Myers, Assistant Coach Katie Dailey, Student Assistant Della Authier, Jennifer Pedersen, Kristi (Dykes) Delahoyde, Michele Artery, Misa Carlson, Steph Kelley, Sara (Wells) Klein, Steph (Anderson) Jibben, and Tracy (Winjum) Meyers.