Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

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 The 1960-61 Basketball Team

 

After dropping an early decision to Bismarck Junior College, the Comets gained momentum and copped eleven of twelve conference starts to end the conference season with a 14-2 record, which was good enough to give the Comets their first title since 1956. A highlight of the season was the opening of the new Lewy Lee Fieldhouse at Mayville State, where the Comets defeated contending Valley City State to clinch the crown. In the NAIA playoffs, the Comets defeated Yankton College (69-66) at Yankton, S.D., but they were defeated by Northern State of Aberdeen, S.D. (74-58), ending their chance to compete in the national tournament. Overall record for the team was 18 wins and six losses. The team was coached by Al Meyer. Members of the team were Gil Herbel, Ray Herbel, Gene Anderson, Don Ostenson, Larry Wold, Douglas Eiken, Dale Keena, Douglas Halcrow, Vern Spitzer, Ross Julson, Don McIntyre, Vern Wegge, Duane Morris, and Graydon Rostberg. Don McIntyre and Grady Rostberg, the two seniors on the squad, were elected co-captains.

 

Richard Fugleberg

 

Richard Fugleberg was an outstanding offensive lineman for high quality football teams at Mayville State from 1962 to 1965. These teams lost only five games in four years and earned several conference awards. A four-year letter-winner, “Fugie” wiped out many larger linemen in order for the Comets to score. His teammates are the first to laud his importance and accomplishments as someone who literally “bled Comet blue,” a portrayal that holds true today. In appreciation for the personal service the faculty and staff of Mayville State showed him as a student who was helping on the family farm after his father died in his senior year, Richard has been a loyal and active supporter of the university. As a member of numerous Mayville State boards and committees over the years, Richard has worked to keep the legacy of personal service alive and well at Mayville State. Fugleberg graduated with a B.S.Ed. in 1967, earning majors in business and physical education.

 

Ross Johnson

 

Ross Johnson was one of the best defensive ends ever to play football at Mayville State, earning honorable mention all-conference honors in 1973 and being named to the all-conference team in 1974. In 1976, Johnson was named all-conference and all-district as a middle linebacker. He also played basketball for the Comets in 1972 and 1973, and lettered in track in 1973. In 1975 and 1976, Ross went to the national wrestling championship as an assistant to head coach Dr. Martin Johnson. He worked as a lift operator and professional ski patrol at Steamboat Springs, Colo. for 33 years, and was named a finalist for Ski Patroller of the Year in the state of Colorado in 1993. Ross graduated from Mayville State in 1977 with a B.S.Ed., earning majors in mathematics and physical education.

 

Travis Lindgren

 

Travis Lindgren was an outstanding basketball player for the Comets from 1999 through 2003, receiving national and local honors throughout his career. At 30 ppg, he was named the national leading scorer in 2002-03. Also in his senior year, Travis was named an NAIA Player of the Week and NAIA Academic All-American, and he earned first team all-American honors. He was 14th in the nation for free throws that year, making 263 of an attempted 321. Travis was the fifth-leading scorer in the NAIA, with 25.31 ppg in 2001-02. He was an honorable mention NAIA All-American in the 2001-02 and 2000-01 seasons. In the DAC 10 (Dakota Athletic Conference), Travis was named MVP and Most Valuable Senior in 2002-03. He was the scoring leader for two years, and with 871 points, he was the single season leading scorer in 2002-03. Lindgren set an MSU scoring record with 2,385 career points, and he notched the second-highest record in individual points scored in a game at 53. He graduated with a B.S.Ed. in 2003, earning a major in elementary education and minor in coaching.

 

Lindsey (Eliason) McMenamy

 

Lindsey McMenamy played basketball for the Comets from 1999-2000 through 2002-2003. She finished her career at Mayville State as the university’s second all-time leading scorer, with 1,382 points, and she was among the top three in assists, steals, rebounds, free throws, and three-pointers. McMenamy was named an honorable mention NAIA All-American in 2002 and 2003. In addition, she was named DAC 10 (Dakota Athletic Conference) Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, and also received all-conference first team and player of the week honors in 2002. She was the only player in the DAC 10 to be among the league leaders in every category. A team captain in her senior year, Lindsey was Mayville State’s MVP and was named to the DAC 10 all-conference first team. She received the NAIA Scholar Athlete Award that year. McMenamy worked hard on and off the court, and earned many academic accolades to complement her athletic accomplishments. She graduated with summa cum laude honors in 2003, earning a major in business administration and minors in project management and computer information systems.