Black Hills State University will induct five individuals and two teams into the 2007 Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame during the annual Swarm Day activities.

BHSU will recognize First PREMIER Bankcard/First PREMIER Bank as this year’s contributor. Don Blewett, Chris Haines, Gary Bereiter, and Jeff Stevens will be inducted as athletes, and Mike Berg will be inducted as a coach. The 1935 football team and the 1996-97 women’s basketball team will also be honored.

Don Blewett, Class of ’59, received a sports scholarship to compete in football in 1952. His accomplishments at BHSU include:

  • Lettered in four different sports – 2 years in baseball, 3 years in football, 3 years in basketball, and 1 year in track
  • Holds the record for the longest kick-off return of 100 yards against Sioux Falls in 1956
  • Track and field coach and cross country coach at Douglas High School for over 30 years

Chris Haines, Class of '85, proved to be an outstanding athlete in volleyball and softball during her years at BHSU. Her achievements include:

  • 35-14 team record her junior year
  • First Team All-Conference (junior year)
  • First Team All-Conference (senior year)
  • 4-0 senior year in the SDIC (conference champs)
  • 86 sets her senior year (95% accuracy)
  • 411 spikes her senior year (78% accuracy)
  • 279 serves her senior year (93% accuracy)
  • 69-23 team record her junior and senior year
  • First Team All-Conference in volleyball and softball

Gary Bereiter, Class of ’73, retired in June 2007 after teaching and coaching at Zion Benton High School in Zion, Ill., for 33 years.

Gary’s athletic accomplishments at BHSU include:

  • All-SDIC Pitcher (1970)
  • All-SDIC First Baseman (1973)
  • Honorable Mention District 12 in baseball (1973)
  • Career win/loss pitching record of 15-4
  • Pitching a no-hitter against Western Montana (1970)
  • Career batting average of .294 with 15 doubles, 16 homeruns, and 60 RBIs
  • Hitting 10 homeruns (1973)
  • All-SDIC Tight End (1972)
  • Honorable Mention District 12 in football (1972)
  • Catching 34 passes for 367 yards (1972)
  • Kicking 66 career extra points
  • Kicking a school record 48-yard field goal vs. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (1971)

Jeff Stevens, Class of '97, earned his place in the record books while playing for the Yellow Jacket’s men’s basketball team. His records include:

  • Scoring the most points in a single game – 46 points
  • Most rebounds in a single game – 23 (tied for first place)
  • Most rebounds in a single season – 310
  • Most rebounds in career – 840
  • Scored 1,982 points in career (second most in history)
  • Ranked #13 in nation in individual scoring (senior year, 22.03 ppg)
  • Ranked #14 in nation in individual rebounding
    (senior year, 9.67 rpg)

Mike Berg, Class of ’72, is being inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame for his outstanding coaching career. He currently teaches physical education and social studies at Central High School in Grand Forks, N.D. He was the head football coach for 28 years and the assistant track coach for eight years.

During his years as head football coach he led his team to 15 seasons in the playoffs, three state championship games, and one state title. Berg’s accomplishments include:

  • Coached Brooks Bollinger, currently with the New York Jets
  • 102 of his players have gone on to play college ball
  • Overall coaching record of 137-125
  • Three times NDHSCA Coach of the Year

First PREMIER Bankcard/First PREMIER Bank is being recognized for their generous support of BHSU athletics. They have pledged $120,000 over the next five years for athletic scholarships at BHSU.

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1935 Football Team
The 1935 football team, directed by Coach Paul Rose, held an enviable record. Not only was the squad undefeated in conference play, but it was one of seven undefeated and untied teams in the nation. Team members included, front row: Wilber Thomas, Albert Gorman, Joe Biegler, Bert Dent, Lackie Johnson, George Calvert, and Rex Willard; middle row: Lowell Markus, Conrad Killian, Keith Swanson, Lloyd Peterson, Alfred Thomas, Loren Kemp, and Cecil Todd; back row: Dwight Felton, Dale Baston, Art Waale, Woodrow Sampson, Ellsworth Ollom, Elmer Pontius, Art Lenhart, Jake Billam, and Theodore Suitor; not pictured: Bud Clem, Lloyd Petersen, Jess Hendrickson, Donny Young, Tommy Neff, Leif Edman, Jay Gorham, Paul Maxwell, Harold Bauer, Wilferd Atterbury, and Frank Williams.

1996-97 Women's Basketball Team
The 1996-97 women’s basketball team will be honored at the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame banquet this year for their outstanding season. The team, led by head coach Robin Schamber, who received SDIC coach of the year, won second place in the national championship. Team members include: front row: Farrah Patik, Cori (Ringwood) Engelhardt, Beckie (Bunting) Kaczynski, Traci (Schenk) Dana, Kim (Rochlitz) Niemann, and Cindy (Winjum) Riss; middle row: JoEllen (Hofer) Salmen, Melinda Oster, Marcy Myers, Katie Dailey (assistant coach), Coach Robin Schamber, Della Authier (student assistant), Jennifer Pedersen, and Kristi (Dykes) Delahoyde; back row: Michele Artery, Misa Carlson, Steph Kelley, Sara (Wells) Klein, Steph (Anderson) Jibben, and Tracy (Winjum) Meyers.