2008-09 VCSU Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Sep 17th, 2008 @ 11:42 am | Author: VCSU Sports Information
Four Teams and Two Individuals to be inducted into VCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

As part of the homecoming weekend VCSU will induct its newest Athletics Hall of Fame members. The induction will be at the banquet Friday, October 3 at the Eagles Club and the group will be recognized at the Homecoming parade as well as at halftime of the football game. Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are $10 and can be purchased at the WE Osmon Fieldhouse or reserve them by calling 701-845-7160.

The 1958-59 Men's Basketball Team. Celebrating their 50th anniversary the 1958-59 Men's Basketball Team is being inducted into the VCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The third of four consecutive NDCAC Championship teams they achieved a 17-3 overall record, with a 15-1 record in the conference. In his twelfth year as head coach W.E Osmon was assisted by Vincent Olson. All conference team members included VCSU Hall of Famers Jerry Pederson, Jim McPherson and 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee Gerry Kringlie.

Gerry Kringlie - A Tower City product and member of the Men's Basketball team from 1956-'59 was called 'an artist with the long sets' in newspapers. Guard, Gerry Kringlie attained double figures in many games and was seen as a hero in the spotlight from the long range. He was selected as 1st Team All Conference for 57-58 and 58-59. 'Kringlie was the best long shot in the conference. He was outstanding of defense and was a good feeder for team members,' said newspaper reports. He returned to Valley City State and served as head coach of the Vikings Men's Basketball Team from 1973-1977. His career as a Viking coach ended with a record of 46-49. He coached his team to two straight NDCAC championships in 74-75 and 75-76.

1963 Football Team - Celebrating their 45th Anniversary the 1963 Football team will be inducted. That year's Vikings won the NDCAC while achieving an undefeated season conference season going 5-0-1. Under the direction of Head Coach Dick Koppenhaver, the Vikings had an overall record of 6-1-1. The Vikings battled Mayville to a scoreless tie while 2,000 fans anxiously watched the heated battle. The shutout of Mayville was one of five posted by the defense. The 1963 Vikings led the conference in scoring and in defense and Coach Koppenhaver was named ND Sports Writers and Sportscasters coach-of-the-year. Seven squad members made the All-Conference team.

1964 Football Team - The next season's NDCAC conference championship team is also being inducted. In the fall of 1964, the VCSC Vikings defended the NDCAC crown for Coach Koppenhaver. The Vikings had an overall record of 7-1 and in conference play shared the title with Mayville, both having conference records of 5-1. During 1964, the VCSC Vikings produced 6 All conference players and 4 athletes were listed as Honorable Mention.

The 1965-66 Men's Basketball Team is being inducted after accomplishing a record of 12-9 overall and a 10-2 NDCAC record. This Hall of Fame team was also coached by the legendary W.E. Osmon. The Valley City State Vikings returned 9 lettermen as they prepared to defend the NAIA District 12 title and their share of the NDCAC co-championship. The '65-'66 Vikings still hold the record for free throw percentage at .732. The Vikings Coming came up short in the NDCAC final against Dickinson finishing in second. 'The Vikings had the best discipline of any basketball team I have ever watched in carrying out the game plan laid out by their coach, Bill Osmon,' stated newspaper reports.

Henry Holte - A 6'3'center from Halstad, Minnesota, Holte was a key component the 64-65 and 65-66 Hall of Fame teams and took scoring honors in many contests. He was selected to the NAIA All-American Honorable Mention team averaging 17.9 points per game while hauling down 11.4 rebounds per contest. Holte was selected as a member of NDCAC 1st Team All Conference for both 64-65 and 65-66.