The North Dakota State College of Science Athletic department is announcing eight new members into the letterwinners Hall of Fame: Brad Betson, Patrick Copenhaver, Joel Landkammer, Paul Marquart, Ed Toohey, both the 1962 and 1992 Football Teams, and the 1988 Volleyball Team. Inductees will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 29 in the Flickertail Dining Room in the Student Center on the Wahpeton campus.
Brad Betson, a 1992-94 football player from Bartonville, Ill., had a great career as quarterback for the Wildcats. He was a two-time All-Conference, Honorable Mention All-American and led NDSCS to its first bowl game in which he had a significant play to seal the victory. Betson also rewrote the record book in quarterback stats as a freshman and broke all of his personal records as a sophomore. He is employed by Master Coating Technologies as the Vice President of Sales in Washington, Ill. Betson has two children, Megan and Eddie.
Patrick Copenhaver, a two-sport athlete in football and wrestling, contributed to Wildcat Athletics from 1976-78. He had the most pins in wrestling, 5th place in MJCAA, most pins in least amount of time in the Region Tournament, 2nd Team in 1977 and 1978, MVP, gold medal in Pan American Games, 1st Team All-Conference in football (defensive tackle) and was named Who's Who in National Junior College. Copenhaver farms and ranches near Carrington, N.D. He has four children, Tara, Lee, Kelsey and Josette.
Joel Landkammer, another football/wrestler combination athlete, came to NDSCS in 1992 from Springfield, Minn. He too was a big factor in the Wildcat's first appearance in a bowl game. Playing strong safety, Landkammer was named two-time All-Conference in football and was a National Qualifier in wrestling. He resides in Big Lake, Minn. where he is employed by Fehn Companies, Inc. as a Project Manager. Landkammer and wife Julie have four children, Riley, Cooper, Hudson and Roz.
Paul Marquart, a 1975-77 wrestler from Dilworth, Minn., had a great career as a Wildcat. He had a career total 49-10 win/loss record, won the NDCAC Conference, Region XIII Championships and participated in two National Junior College wrestling tournaments. Marquart has served as a Minnesota State Representative for 11 years. He met his bride-to-be, Colleen (Gibbons) at NDSCS; they have two children, Lindsey and Ashley.
Ed Toohey, of Casper, Wyo., served as the Wildcat Basketball coach from 1987-1993. During his reign as head coach, his teams won four straight Region XIII Championships. During a span of 10 years, Coach Toohey's teams played in the District Championship game to go to Nationals eight times. He is employed by Coldwell Banker Franchise as a Broker/Owner. Toohey and wife Linda have three children, Michelle, Stacy and Joe.
The 1962 Football Team won the NDCAC Conference Championship with a 6-1 win/loss record while participating against only four-year colleges. The team was coached by Earl "Skip" Bute. Six Wildcats were selected to the All-NDCAC team.
The 1992 Football Team recovered from a rough start to their season with the leadership and talent of the sophomores united with the tenacity and ability of the freshmen. These attributes and the guidance of Coach Richman took them to the first bowl game in school history, the RC Cola Bowl. The 1992 Football team produced seven All-Conference, 11 Honorable Mention All-Conference and four pre-season All-American selections. 18 team members continued their careers at the next level and three had professional contracts.
The 1988 Volleyball Team, coached by Mary Ann Grage, had a spectacular regular season record of 39-1-2, propelling them to NDSCS' first National Volleyball Tournament appearance in which there was only one division. The team won five tournaments, including State and Regional. The 1988 Volleyball team produced four All-State, four All-Region, one All-American, a Bronze Award winner for Excellence in Athletics and Academics and finished the season 19th in the nation.