Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

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Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees


Inductees to the Mayville State University Athletic Hall of Fame fall into the following categories: athlete, team,Mayville State coach, Mayville State athletic staff, or honorary member. In order to qualify for induction, athletes must have graduated from or left school at Mayville State at least ten years prior to induction, and have earned two letters in one sport or one letter in two or more sports. The Mayville State University Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee chooses inductees from a pool of nominations submitted throughout the year.

rodney_anderson_2013.jpgRodney Anderson

 

Rodney Anderson played football and baseball and wrestled for the Comets from 1962 to 1966. He was all-conference in football in 1964 and 1965, and was named the most valuable player of the 1965 team, which has also been inducted into the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an outfielder and excellent power hitter for the Mayville State baseball team in 1963, 1964, and 1965. Rodney was a member of the 1963 baseball team that made national tournament appearances in 1963 and 1964. As a wrestler, Rodney finished second in the conference tournaments in 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1965. He competed in the 175-lb., 191-lb., and heavyweight classes. He was team captain for two years and qualified for national competition twice in the 175-lb. weight class. Rodney graduated with a B.S.Ed. in 1966, earning a major in physical education and a minor in social studies. Anderson retired in 2005, after a working in a variety of occupations that included teaching, farming, and ranching.

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Dr. Allan Larson grew up in Portland, N.D. and became a Mayville State Comet as a young boy. As a college student at Mayville State, he lettered in football in 1951, 1952, 1953, and 1954. He also earned letters in basketball in 1951-52, 1952-53, and 1953-54. During his senior year, in 1954-55, Allan was captain of the football team and was selected to the North Dakota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference all-conference football team. In addition, he was senior class president and treasurer of the Letterman’s Club. Larson graduated from Mayville State in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He earned a major in physical education and minors in business education and social studies. After a long career as a high school teacher, private businessman, and university teacher and administrator, Dr. Larson retired in 1997 as the Director of External Relations and Chief Development Officer at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

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Ron Ness

 

Ron Ness was a four-year starter on the Mayville State football team, in 1958, 1962, 1963, and 1964. After serving a stint in the U.S. military, from 1959 to 1962, Ness returned to Mayville State where he earned all-conference honors in football in 1962, 1963, and 1964. He was the most valuable player in 1963, and a tri-captain in 1964. Ron spent many years coaching football and hockey in Red Lake Falls and Moorhead, Minn., and was co-chair of the Moorhead and Area 4 Minnesota Special Olympics from 1970 to 1995. He served as a board member for the Special Olympics in the state of Minnesota from 1982 to 1990. Ron graduated with a B.S.Ed. from Mayville State in 1965, earning majors in physical education and elementary education. He currently works in the crop insurance industry, a vocation in which he’s been involved since the late 1970s. 

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Michael Sly

 

Michael Sly competed in cross country, track, and football, earning a total of 10 letters while at Mayville State, from 1963 to 1967. He was an integral member of the 1963 cross country team which won the conference championship, and placed second in the region (short of first place by a single point). As a freshman track participant, Mike posted times in the 220 and 440 yard dash at the conference meet that qualified him for national competition, where he finished in sixth place in the 400 meter dash. He always excelled in the 220 and 440, and holds the Mayville State record in the 440/400 dash. Mike joined the football team in the fall of 1965, using his speed and running ability to become a very valuable receiver for the 1965 and 1966 teams. He continued to compete in cross country team whenever possible. Sly graduated from Mayville State in 1967, and was drafted into the army, serving in Vietnam. Upon completing his tour of duty, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota and earned a degree in architecture. Tragically, Mike and his wife were killed in an auto accident in 1974.

cedric_weatherspoon.jpgCedric Weatherspoon

 

Cedric Weatherspoon attended Mayville State University from 1988 to 1992, and played basketball under his former high school coach, Dave Noles. He was an agile, but aggressive, quick post player who could score, defend, and pass from the post position. Weatherspoon was a starter for 3 ½ years, and he earned All-Conference honors three years and All-District honors two years. He was an NAIA All-American who was named the North Dakota College Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1992. At one point, Cedric was Mayville State’s all-time leading scorer, held the record for most points scored in one game (44 points), and was second in scoring the most points in a single season. Weatherspoon led his team in rebounding for three years. He was team captain from 1990 to 1992, and lettered for four years. In his last game at Mayville State (versus Valley City State), Cedric recorded a perfect game, shooting 14 for 14 from the field. Weatherspoon was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992, earning a major in social science and minor in psychology.