ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, have announced the 2019 Adrian Bulldogs Athletic Hall of Fame class. The seven new inductees--four individuals and three men's hockey teams--will be formally honored during Homecoming Weekend, which is Friday through Sunday, September 20-22.
Celebrating its golden anniversary of honoring Bulldog greats for 50 years, the Hall was established in 1969 to recognize former athletes and coaches who have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at Adrian College either by their performance on athletic teams during their undergraduate years, by their strong leadership in their profession, or their meritorious efforts on behalf of the athletic program at the College.
This year's honorees include the following four individuals and three teams (plus a brief sketch of their accomplishments):
James Nowaske ’83 (football)--Four-year starter at defensive end for the Bulldogs from 1979 to 1982 when they compiled a 30-5-1 overall record for an .847 winning percentage...the 1980 squad went undefeated at 9-0 and 5-0 in the MIAA to capture the conference championship...also a member of that team's induction to the AC Hall of Fame in 2000...earned All-MIAA three times, including first team honors in his junior and senior seasons...capped his senior campaign with a slew of accolades: third-team CoSIDA All-America, AC defensive lineman of the year, team defensive most valuable player and team captain...the 1982 Bulldogs allowed just 129.0 passing yards per game and 231.1 yard average of total offense...signed as a free agent with the NFL's Cleveland Browns.
Lisa Scheid Wallbaum ’91 (field hockey, softball)--Excelled in two sports at the all-conference level and also lettered one season in women's swimming...member of the AC softball team from 1988-91 and field hockey squad in 1989-91, while competing in swimming in 1990...was field hockey team most valuable player in 1990 during her second-straight year of receiving first-team All-MIAA...helped Adrian to MIAA softball championships in 1990 and 1991 when the Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA Tournament for their first two national appearances...a two-time CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-District pick, including making the 1991 Academic All-America Third Team...second-team All-MIAA in 1989, then made the first unit in '91...member of College's Hall of Fame softball 1990 and '91 teams.
Jeffry Nokovich ’07 (baseball, basketball)--Four-time All-MIAA standout, including three first-team certificates, as the first dominant pitcher in Bulldog baseball history...voted the league's 2006 most valuable pitcher after posting a 7-3 MIAA-mark only with a 1.83 earned-run average and 92 strikeouts in 68.2 innings...career record holder in strikeouts (297), strikeouts per 9 innings (10.79), lowest opponent batting average (.213)...all-time MIAA leader with 232 strikeouts and 1.60 ERA....also a three-year basketball team captain who made All-MIAA three times...twice voted the Bulldogs defensive player of the year and was a three-time recipient of the George Burke Award for pride, hustle and desire...led MIAA in steals and assists in 2006.
Kristyne Leigh Sheets Kisov ’09 (softball)--Started in every game of her Bulldogs career...garnered NFCA All-Central Region First Team at-large selection twice and was three-time All-MIAA...had her best season in her 2007 sophomore year after transferring from Monroe County Community College, sweeping most of the team awards, batting .510 for a school record that still stands, stealing a MIAA-second-best 21 bases and setting a school record with a .536 on-base percentage to earn first-team all-conference...in 2008, she slugged a career-best .540 and set the school record with 38 runs scored...named the AC 2009 Outstanding Senior Female Athlete after leading the 'Dogs with a batting average of .407 and 14 doubles...still owns all-time batting average (.431) and on-base percentage (.477) records.
NCAA men's hockey team of 2008-09--In their second year of existence, the Bulldogs raced through the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association schedule with a 20-0 mark en route to finishing 27-1-1 overall for the best record (.948) in the nation at any NCAA level and led all Divisions with a 26-game unbeaten streak...defeated eventual national champion Neumann by a 10-1 score on Nov. 2...tied a school record set by the inaugural team just the season before with 70 power-play goals...produced six MCHA all-conference standouts, including the 2009 Player of the Year (Shawn Skelly) and Coach of the Year (Ron Fogarty), as well as a MCHA-record 16 academic all-conference performers...Bulldogs led the nation in scoring offense at 6.52 goals per game and power-play pct. (35.9).
NCAA men's hockey team of 2009-10--Juniors Mike Dahlinger, a forward, and Chris Stansik, a defenseman, both were named to the AHCA/CCM All-America Second Team...boasted 19 all-conference (6, including MCHA POY Dahlinger) and 13 academic all-conference standouts...swept the MCHA regular-season and tournament titles for the third year in a row...made its first NCAA Tournament appearance...sported records of 24-4 overall and 20-0 in league play...won first 10 games and ended the regular season on a 12-game win streak...set school records for assists per game (11.89), shots per game (43.61) and outscored the opposition 188 to 66...Dahlinger led Division III with 54 points and 41 assists while Stansik led national blueliners with 38 total points.
NCAA men's hockey team of 2010-11--All three squads were coached by Fogarty, who left at the end of the 2013-14 season to take the head coaching job at Division I Princeton University...senior forward Skelly became the first first-team AHCA/CCM All-American in program history...five skaters and a goalie were tabbed All-MCHA: Dahlinger, Senior, Forward; Eric Miller, Senior, Forward; Skelly; Jeremy Klaver, Senior, Defense; Quinn Waller, Senior, Defense; Brad Fogal, Senior, Goalie...15 academic all-conference honorees...records of 25-4-1 overall and 18-1-1 in the MCHA, including conference regular-season and tournament sweeps and a national runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament.
Beginning during Hall of Fame Week, AdrianBulldogs.com will roll out a feature story on each inductee's accomplishments in the field of play and in life after graduation.
The hall of fame induction dinner is just one of the many exciting events that will occur on campus during Homecoming weekend, which will include intercollegiate competition in various sports. The induction ceremony in Ritchie Dining Hall will start with dinner on Friday, Sep. 20 at 6 p.m., preceded by the popular Walk of Fame (5:15 p.m.) from the Caine Student Center to the Adrian Tobias Center and reception (5:30 p.m.).
On Saturday, Women's Soccer will take on Michigan-Dearborn (11 a.m.), Football hosts Wisconsin Lutheran (3 p.m.) and Men's Soccer entertains Case Western (7:30 p.m.)--all at Docking Stadium. Men's Soccer also hosts Wittenberg at 3 p.m. Sunday.
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