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  1. Coaching position endowed
  2. Westemeyer wins Academic All-America honor
  3. Delp blogging for NCAA
  4. Fall 2008 Recap
  5. Viking Hall of Fame inductees

Eric Juergens, Augustana wrestling coach

Coaching position endowed
At a time when some colleges are considering dropping wrestling as a varsity sport, Terry '62 and Sandy Tweddel '65 Shockley have stepped forward with a generous endowment gift to ensure Augustana's tradition-rich wrestling program continues.

The endowed coaching position, named the Terry and Sandy Shockley Head Wrestling Coach, is Augustana's first. In fact, no other school in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and only a few schools in Division III have an endowed coaching position in any sport. Eric Juergens, who won NCCA titles for the University of Iowa wrestling program in 2000 and 2001, is the Vikings' head coach.

According to Shockley, "We have been truly blessed in our marriage and broadcasting careers to be in a position to extend our appreciation and loyalty to Augustana. Our sport needs advocates. Now, at Augustana we can ‘press on' under the leadership of Eric Juergens for the sport of wrestling and continue to be one of the outstanding athletic teams in the history of Augustana athletics."
In noting the Shockleys' steadfast support of the college's wrestling program, President Steve Bahls pointed out that "generations of Augustana wrestlers will benefit from their decision to endow a first-class wrestling program."

Shockley himself enjoyed a tremendous career as a Viking wrestler. In 1962, after winning the NCAA Mideast Regional, he became a national qualifier at 137 pounds in the NCAA University Division. A year earlier, as a junior, he placed second at the NAIA National Tournament at 130 pounds. He was a four-year letterwinner with three College Conference of Illinois individual titles. He compiled a career record of 69-9 and had 29 pins.

"Coaches play a tremendous role in shaping young men and women," Shockley says. "My coaches gave me more than I can ever return. Sandy and I feel this endowment is a way of ensuring that others will benefit from a competitive wrestling program and a coach who embraces the ideals of college athletics." [Back to Top]


Westemeyer wins Academic All-America honor

Blaine WestemeyerCongratulations go to Blaine Westemeyer '10 who was named to the ESPN-The Magazine Academic All-America football team this past fall. Westemeyer, a three-year starterat offensive tackle for the Vikings, was a first-team pick as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The 6'5", 280-pound Westemeyer is the 126th student athlete in Augustana history to win the prestigious honor. Currently, Augustana ranks sixth among all colleges and universities in the number of Academic All-Americans since CoSIDA began sponsoring the program in 1952.

Westemeyer, who comes to Augustana from Overland Park, Kan., has a 3.94 GPA in biochemistry. On the field, he was the ringleader of the Vikings offensive line that led the way for an offense that averaged 204.6 yards per game rushing and finished the season ranked first in the CCIW and 35th in NCAA Division III.

In related news, six other Vikings were named to the ESPN-The Magazine's academic all-district team. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of their team's games. They are:

  • Angela Baumgartner '10 (volleyball, first team); biology major with a GPA of 3.95
  • Eric Smith '09 (football, first team); business management and marketing major with a GPA of 3.62
  • Andy Klink '10 (football, second team); international business and Spanish with a GPA of 3.46
  • Eric Meyer '10 (football, second team); international business and Spanish major with a GPA of 3.57
  • Jake Parke '10 (football, second team); biology and pre-medicine major with a GPA of 3.42
  • Darla Smith '10 (soccer, third team); elementary education major with a GPA of 3.54

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Delp blogging for NCAA

In the summer of 2007, Augustana's Jordan Delp wrote a journal of the men's basketball team's 15-day tour of China for The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus newspapers. When the NCAA came calling for a student writer for its website this season, Delp seemed the perfect candidate.

The blog provides sports fans with an inside look at the student-athlete experience. "We wanted to get a cross-section of all of college basketball, and reached out to a handful of teams in each division and gender to get what we hope is a great representation," says Eric Mirlis, managing editor of NCAA.com.

Delp, a senior majoring in finance and marketing, says he's excited about the opportunity, and thinks it's a great chance for Augustana's program to gain some exposure. "I've always enjoyed writing, so I think this just gives me one more opportunity to strengthen that skill," says Delp, "and I get to talk about basketball while I do it-it should be cool." Delp's entries can be found on the NCAA blog.

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Fall 2008 Recap

Left to Right: Matt Bowman, Ashley Higuchi, Tim Podulka

Team highlights by Dave Wrath '80, associate director of athletics/media and alumni relations, and Adam Strand, assistant sports information director. Photos by Steve Woltmann. For complete stats and schedules, visit the athletics page.

Men's Cross Country

Under the direction of veteran Head Coach Paul Olsen, Augustana made its 24th appearance in school history at the NCAA Division III national championship. The Vikings placed 21st in the national meet held at Hanover (Ind.) College. Chris Zook '10 was the top Augustana finisher at 50th place with a time of 25:13.30 over the 8,000-meter course. Matt Bowman '11 was 89th in 25:32.99, and Andy Kubiak '09 took 143rd in 25:50.69. Earlier in the season, the Vikings placed second in the CCIW championship meet behind North Central, which won the meet for the 35th straight time.

Women's Cross Country

Augustana's No. 1 runner all season long-Ellen Adams '10-turned in an outstanding effort at the CCIW championship. She placed an impressive fourth in the 6,000-meter race. Adams, who was 23rd in the CCIW a year ago as a sophomore, turned in a time of 22:50 this year. Augustana placed fifth in the team race with 118 points. Adams wrapped up her season with a 19th place individual finish with a time of 22:39.9 at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island. Head Coach Fred Whiteside's Vikings finished 16th in the team standings.

Football

Quarterback Tim Podulka '09 threw for three touch-downs in the season finale 34-13 CCIW victory over Millikin. The Vikings finished with a 7-3 overall mark and a 5-2 record in the CCIW, good enough for second place. Jake Parke '10 led the team with 72 points on 12 touch-downs (10 rushing and two receiving). His 46 pass receptions is the second highest single-season total in school history, trailing only Paul Ander '69, who caught 50 passes in 1968. The Vikings led the CCIW in rushing offense with 1,458 yards in seven league games for an average of 208.3 per game. Eleven Vikings were chosen for the CCIW all-conference team.

Volleyball

Three of Head Coach Janelle Hester's players were selected for the CCIW all-conference team. Setter Jaime Spolum '09 was named to the second team while middle hitter Angela Baumgartner '10 and out-side hitter Courtney Jungnickel '11 were tabbed for honorable mention. With 4,257 career assists, Spolum broke the school record of 4,050 career assists held by Kiersten Madden '02. Baumgartner led the team in blocks with 94, and Jungnickel led the team in kills and service aces. The Vikings posted a 23-12 overall record and placed second in the CCIW tournament.

Left to Right: Ellen Adams, Scott Wallner, Courtney Jungnickel, Emily Doemland

Men's Soccer

Midfielder Scott Wallner '10 and forward Dan Hogan '09 each scored five goals to lead the offense. Wallner and midfielder Matt Meyer '09 tied for the team lead in points, each with 12. Wallner was also named as a first-team selection to the CCIW all-conference squad for his efforts. Goalkeeper Mike Dolan '09 played in all 17 games, making 62 saves and allowing 25 goals. He played a key role in all of his team's five shutouts. The team wrapped up its 2008 campaign with an overall record of 6-9-2. The Vikings were seventh in the CCIW, finishing at 1-5-1.

Women's Soccer

Augustana outscored opponents 61-14 in compiling a 15-4-0 mark this season. The 15 victories tie the school record for most wins in a single season. Jessica Dodds '12 led the Vikings with 11 goals and 24 total points, and earned second team CCIW honors. Ashley Higuchi '12 and Lauren Polock '10 each finished with 19 points. Polock also was named to the CCIW's second team. Katie Oakes '10 scored 12 points and Anna Carey '10 led the Vikings defense. Both received first team CCIW honors. Goalkeeper Kayla Radloff '12 recorded 50 saves and allowed only 13 goals. The Vikings finished 5-2 in conference play.

Women's Tennis

The Vikings wrapped up their fall schedule with a 7-8 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the CCIW. At the conference championship, Augustana took fifth place. During the season, Tricia Sapio '11 played primarily No. 4 singles and finished 12-7 overall. Playing No. 3 singles, Emily Doemland '10 was second on the team with nine wins. Jenna Richardson '10 led the Vikings in doubles wins with 12 and earned CCIW all-conference honors (second team). She also scored a singles mark of 7-11 competing in the No. 1 slot in each match. The players return to action this spring, highlighted by the team's annual trip to Hilton Head Island, S.C., in early March.

Women's Golf

In compiling the squad's top average of 82.5 per round, Rachel Gahn '10 led the Vikings in scoring at all six tournaments this fall and earned four finishes in the top five. She shot a two-day total of 167 at the CCIW championship, good enough for seventh place. Brittany Carr '12 ended her first season with the team's second best scoring average at 89.1 per round. Carr placed 16th in her first experience at the CCIW championship. As a team, Augustana took fourth place at the conference tournament.

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Vikings Hall of Fame inductees

Augustana headliners from years past were honored at the 13th annual Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame induction ceremony during Homecoming weekend. The 2008 class of nine inductees, including one entire team, are profiled below:

In 1990, Julie Konchan '90 Dobnikar became the first and only swimmer in Augustana history to claim an individual national title when she won the 50 freestyle at the NCAA Division III meet. During her Viking career, she was an 11-time NCAA Division III All-American. In recent years, Dobnikar has become involved in competitive bodybuilding. She was the Midwest Body Building overall women's champion in 2003 and placed first in the Mid-Illinois master's division a year later. A second-grade teacher for 15 years, Dobnikar and her husband, Roger, have two children.

Championship titles at both the 1988 and 1989 NCAA Division III national cross country meets highlight the career of Dave Terronez '90. A versatile performer, Terronez also earned All- American honors in four track and field events. He remains on Augustana's top-10 list in the 800, 1500, 5,000 and 10,000 events. Today Terronez teaches and coaches cross country and track and field at Rock Island High School. He and his wife, Jen, are the parents of two daughters.

As a sophomore, Katy Hulin '91 Hasson pulled down a school-record 292 rebounds, and in her senior season, she set the mark for single-season field goal percentage at .579. Both records are still intact as is her career rebounding total of 927. The Vikings won the CCIW title three times with Hasson in the starting lineup. "I was very blessed to play on some talented Augie teams," she said. "I share this recognition with my teammates." In 2008, the Illinois Principals Association named Hasson the Blackhawk Region Middle School Principal of the Year. She and her husband, Tom, have a daughter.

In 1992, Trent Morrell '92 won an NCAA Division III national title in the 5,000 in track and was an All-American in cross country. He was a CCIW place-winner in track six times while competing for the Vikings; at the 1991 conference meet, he finished fourth in the 800, fourth in the 1500 and fifth in the 5000 in a remarkable display of speed and endurance. An instructor in geosciences at Laramie County (Wyo.) Community College, Morrell and his wife, Alison, have two children.

As a senior, Kirk Anderson '93 scored a school record 734 points, averaging 24.5 per game. With Anderson as the ringleader, Augustana captured the CCIW title in basketball with a 12-2 mark and finished the regular season with a 19-6 overall record in 1992-93. In the NCAA Division III tournament, Anderson scored 166 points in six games before the Vikings lost to Ohio Northern in the title game. Today Anderson is the operations controller of Philadelphia Cream Cheese with Kraft Foods. He and his wife, Cathy Stran '93, have three daughters.

In the early 1990s, Sandu Rebenciuc '94 won seven NCAA Division III national championships-two indoor track titles at 1500 meters, four outdoor crowns in that event and one in cross country. The native of Bucharest, Romania, was named an All-American 14 times. He was a seven-time CCIW champion in track and a two-time winner in cross country. To this day, Rebenciuc holds seven Augustana records. Rebenciuc, a member of the U.S. Army, and his wife, Marijane, have a daughter.

Meribeth Schwartz '95 Kozlowski got off to a fast start in 1991 by winning the CCIW title in the 400, placing third in the 200 and anchoring the 1600 relay team to victory. Before graduating, Kozlowski earned seven conference titles-four individual and three relay teams-and scored eight NCAA Division III All-American certificates. Although primarily a sprinter, Kozlowski was in the top five for the 1991 cross country team that won the CCIW title. She now teaches high school English and coaches her school's girls' track and field team. Kozlowski and her husband, Jason, have three children.

In 1993 and 1994, Kim Wallace '95 Becker led her team to CCIW victories in track and field and was named Most Outstanding Performer in both title meets. In the 1994 NCAA Division III national meet, Becker became the first women's track and field individual champion in Augustana history when she won the heptathlon. After graduating, she trained as a pole vaulter and placed third in the 1998 AAU national meet and qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials. Today Becker is a physical therapy assistant, and she and her husband, John, have two children.

1983 Vikings Football Team: This phenomenal group of football players captured Augustana's first national team title with a perfect 12-0 record. Head Coach Bob Reade, who eventually guided his teams to four straight NCAA Division III titles, was chosen national Coach of the Year in 1983. Tackle Kurt Kapischke '85, linebacker Pete Kasap '84, running back Craig Allison '88 and defensive back Doug McCoy '83 earned All-America honors.

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