The North Dakota State College of Science Athletic department is announcing seven new members into the Letterwinners Hall of Fame: Melissa Godlewski, Thomas Kinchen, Jr., Twila Leingang, Diane Ricker, David Sherbrooke and both the 1969 and 1989 Men's Basketball teams. Inductees will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 in the Flickertail Dining Room in the Student Center on the Wahpeton campus.
Melissa Godlewski, a 1980-82 basketball and track athlete, was a Computer Programming student from Adrian, N.D., who saw plenty of success while playing for the Wildcats. The 1980-81 Wildcat Basketball team was the NDJC Champions and set eight new team records. Godlewski, a team co-captain, contributed with most rebounds and steals, setting a freshman record. She was also a member of the 1982 Regional Championship Track team that went to Nationals where she participated in the High Jump, earning Honorable Mention All-American status, and Heptathlon. Godlewski lives in Gurnee, Ill., with her husband, Raymond, and their two children, Raymond Jr. and Amy.
Thomas Kinchen, Jr., a 1992-93 football and track athlete from Minot, N.D., helped the '92 Wildcat Football team to a Graphic Bowl game win. In 1992 he was also a 1st Team All-Conference winner and led the Conference in receiving. As a Wildcat sprinter, Kinchen ran a 10.8 in the 100 meter. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Thomas III, Teagan and Ty. Kinchen is currently employed as a computer technician in Minot.
Twila Leingang, a 1987-89 two-sport athlete in volleyball and track, came to NDSCS from Bismarck, N.D. She was a member of the 1988 NDJC State Volleyball team that went on to win the Regional Tournament appearance for an NDSCS Volleyball team, ending with a 37-4-2 record. Leingang also participated on the 1987-88 and 1988-89 Regional Track Championship teams and competed at Nationals placing second in the Javelin in '88 and first in '89. She was awarded All-American status both years. Leingang and her husband, Troy, have three children, Trever, Ty and Taylor. She is a medical claim analyst working for Aetna in Mandan, N.D.
Diane Ricker, a 1979-1981 track athlete, came to NDSCS from Henning, Minn. She was a member of the NDJC State Championship team in 1980 and an NDSCS indoor and outdoor record holder in the shot put. In 1980, Ricker went to Nationals to compete in the shot put, placing second and earning 1st Team Junior College All-American status. Academic honors include Who's Who in National Junior Colleges and the Deans List both years. She and her husband, Allen, have three children, Megan, Blain and Casey. Ricker is the Manager of IS for Lincoln Mutual Life & Casualty Insurance Company and Lives in Hickson, N.D.
David Sherbrooke, a 1985-86 two-sport athlete in football and boxing from Pelican Rapids, Minn., was a standout defensive linebacker/defensive end and a Golden Gloves Boxer. In 1987, he won the National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championship and was invited to the 1988 Olympic Trials. Sherbrooke owns a successful erosion control and landscaping business in Lake Park, Minn., and has a son named Jake.
The 1969-1970 Men's Basketball team compiled a 22-8 record and in 1970 was only the second basketball team to attend the National Tournament. They got to Nationals by winning three games in the Sub-Region Tournament and then two games in the Region XIII in Hibbing, Minn. At Nationals they won their first game, but lost the next two for a final 12th place in the nation. Don Engen was the Head Coach and Darrel Anderson was the Assistant Coach. This team would generate five NDSCS Hall of Fame Members.
The 1989-1990 Men's Basketball team posted a record of 23 wins and six losses on its way to the Region XIII Championship title. In the District Championship they lost a thriller in overtime to Western, Neb. This would be the first of four Region Championships for Coach Ed Toohey. The Head Coach was Ed Toohey and the Assistant Coach was Greg Stemen.