Seven former Pipers, holding between them 16 all-MIAC honors and seven all-American awards, will be inducted into the Hamline University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday morning.
The induction ceremony will take place late Saturday morning before the Pipers' opening football game. At halftime of the game against Martin Luther each inductee will be introduced to the crowd.
The class of inductees has also set numerous Hamline school records, competed in several national meets and tournaments, and collected nearly every award handed out at Hamline during their time at the University.
To see the complete bio of each 2009 inductee, please click on their name below.
Bret Felknor '83: Felknor was a four-year letter winner while playing defensive end and tackle on the Hamline football team. He also earned a letter while throwing shot put and discus for the track and field team. Felknor tallied 248 tackles and 13 sacks in 32 games as a Piper.
In his senior season he piled up numerous honors, including earning the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press MVP Award and being named All-MIAC. Felknor’s accomplishments also led to him being named an NCAA All-American that season.
Dan Gerding '88: Gerding, who prepped at Waconia High School, was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter for the Piper basketball team. He captained the team for two years, was named the team MVP three times, and earned All-MIAC honors twice.
Gerding ranks second all-time at Hamline in rebounds with 658. He is fifth in blocked shots with 52 and is tenth all-time in free throws made with 175.
Andy Jacobson '93: Jacobson was a four-year letter winner and two-time all-conference player on the Piper football team as a free safety. He was also an honors graduate with a degree in chemistry.
After earning all-MIAC honors in 1991 and 1992, Jacobson was named the Steve Lindgren Award winner for outstanding senior male athlete and the Jerry Smith Award winner for outstanding senior football player. He was twice honored with the Star Tribune defensive player of the week.
Dana Johnson '69: Johnson, a Forest Lake High School graduate, lettered in football and baseball and was a member of the 1966 MIAC football championship team. In football, Johnson’s versatility as an athlete was evident as he played wherever needed, but he settled in at tight end his senior year amd was named to the all-MIAC football team.
It was in baseball, he batted .417 for his career at Hamline and led the conference for two years in home runs. For his achievements Johnson was named all-MIAC as an outfielder for two years and he co-captained the Pipers his senior year.
Mark John Mathews '85: Mathews became a four-year letter winner in both cross country and track at Hamline and was a three-time all-American and five-time all-MIAC runner.
Two of Mathews’ all-conference and all-American finishes came in cross country. In 1983 the team finished fourth nationally with Mark finishing 19th. The next year he finished sixth at nationals. His time still stands as a top three Piper all-time national race finish. In track, Mathews earned all-American honors at the 10,000-meter distance by finishing seventh at the NCAA meet. He set a school record of 30:28.34 in 10,000-meters, a record that stood for 20 years.
Summer Ameter Minnich '98: Summer Ameter Minnich was a four-year all-around competitor and letter winner, as well as three-time all-American, in gymnastics for the Pipers. She also led Hamline to three top-four national team finishes.
Minnich was an all-American at nationals in each of her first three years before an injury prevented her from competing in the meet during her senior season. She finished eighth in the all-around in 1995, fourth on the uneven parallel bars in 1996 and third in the floor exercise in 1997. Nationally, Hamline finished second as a team in 1996, fourth in 1997 and third in 1998.
Courtney Wildung '93: Courtney Wildung was a four-year letter winner, a two-time all-MIAC performer and was voted the team’s MVP her junior and senior years as a basketball player. Wildung earned Hamline’s Outstanding Junior Woman’s Athlete Award, and in her senior year she was awarded the Pat Patterson Award.
Wildung holds the school records for rebounds in a game (22), in a season (308) and in a career (1,168). The 308 rebounds in a season also tops the MIAC record book. Wildung is also the second-leading scorer in Hamline history with 1,476 career points.