Sep 11th, 2007 @ 12:55 pm | Author:
Valley City State University is proud to announce the 2007 inductees into the Viking Hall of Fame, who will be honored as part of the VCSU Homecoming festivities. On Friday, September 21 at 7:00 pm, Viking Athletics will host a Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction ceremony at the Valley City Eagles. Tickets are $10. For more information or to order, call 701-845-7161. The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the Homecoming football game vs. Dakota State University taking place Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 pm at Lokken Stadium.

The 2007 Inductees include:

Don Bauer '63 – After a distinguished 31-year career as a teacher, coach, activities director, and principal in the Ashley and Valley City Public school systems, Bauer served as VCSU's Athletic Director from 1995-2004. During his nine years at VCSU, Bauer led major initiatives to reconstruct the track at Lokken Stadium, install chair seating at Lokken Stadium, remodel the Osmon basketball arena with a new wood floor and new lighting, make improvements to the weight room, remodel locker room facilities at Graichen Gym and the Osmon Physical Education Building, and revitalize the VCSU Century Club Booster Board. In 2000, Bauer was honored as a recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service. During his tenure he was also selected by peers as the DAC-10 Athletic Director of the Year.

Bill Beranek '79 – A four-year letter winner in both football and baseball, Beranek was a starting defensive lineman for three conference championship football teams and a stellar catcher for the 1978 conference championship baseball team. As a baseball player, he was selected twice to the NAIA All-District 12 team (1977-78) and three times to the NDCAC All-Conference (1977-79). In 1979, Bill was honored as the NDCAC Most Valuable Graduating Senior in baseball. During his college career, the Viking football team had an outstanding record of 32-4-1, and he was a member of the 1976 and 1977 football teams, which were previously inducted into the Viking Hall of Fame.

Shelley Cockerill '95 – A four year letter winner in volleyball and softball, Cockerill matches the other 2007 inductees as a standout student-athlete in two sports. As a softball player, Cockerill was selected to the NAIA All-District 12 team in 1994, to the NAIA All-Sectional team in 1995, and to four NDCAC All-Conference teams (1992-95). Her volleyball career records place her among the elite players in Viking history. Cockerill was selected to the NAIA All-District 12 team in 1993, the NAIA All-Region team in 1994, and the NDCAC All-Conference teams during each of her four seasons (1991-94). She was named the NDCAC Most Valuable Player and the Most Valuable Graduating Senior during the 1994 season. Because of her success in the classroom and as an athlete, Cockerill was also honored as a NAIA Academic All-American four times during her career at VCSU.

Bobby Hoffner '84 – A four year letter winner in cross country and track, Hoffner was a standout performer in both sports. Hoffner distinguished himself in cross country by earning All-American status in 1982. He was a four time NAIA All-District 12 cross country runner, qualified for the national meet three times, and finished among the top three runners in each of his four NDCAC championship cross country meets. As a track athlete, Hoffner qualified for two national meets. During his career, the Viking cross country teams won two NDCAC championships, one NAIA District 12 championship, and finished runner-up twice in the District 12 championship meets. He was a standout member of the 1981 cross country team which was previously inducted into the Viking Hall of Fame.

The 1993 Volleyball Team – The Viking volleyball team shared a conference championship with the University of Mary, both teams finishing conference play at 8-2. The Vikings won two NAIA Sub-district playoff contests before dropping a season ending match to Dakota Wesleyan in the Sub-district championship. The team finished the season with a 19-16 record. Head coach Diane Burr was assisted by Jennifer Conlon (Assistant Coach), Phil Chickillo (Student Coach), Lori Wang (Student Coach), and Amy Brown (Student Coach). The players included: Kerri Brook, Alicia Dew, Sharla Huston, Carrie Strangeland, Sara Piper, Carrie Ramsey, Jodi Renner, Tracy Baily, Charity Hanson, Jackie Bisson, Kelly Winkels, Shelley Cockerill, Randene Prawdzik, Jackie Peterson, and Andrea Gaines.