Five to join Augustana Athletic Hall of Fame

SIOUX FALLS - Five athletes representing different sports will be inducted into the Augustana Athletic Hall of Fame during Viking Days 2009.

The 2009 inductees are John Bergdale, class of 1982 (football); Connie Hayne Korf, class of 1983 (softball); Stan Krebs, class of 1975 (basketball); Don Lubbert, class of 1977 (wrestling); and Richard “Butch” Ross, class of 1990 (tennis).

The Hall of Fame Banquet begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 16, at the Holiday Inn City Centre in downtown Sioux Falls. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children and are available at

John BergdaleIn 1980, John Bergdale was the leading receiver in the North Central Conference with 29 catches. He repeated in 1981 with 37 receptions. His 58 catches in 1981 was third best among NCAA Division II receivers. For his career, Bergdale amassed 1,525 receiving yards and was selected to the All-NCC team in 1981.Bergdale is the owner/operator of Hamilton Touchless, Inc., in Sioux City, Iowa. He and his wife, Sandra, are the parents of three children.

 Connie HayneConnie Hayne’s pitching was instrumental in Augustana’s capturing North Central Conference championships in 1982 and 1983. She was chosen to the All-NCC first team in 1982 and 1983, and was a key to Augustana’s first appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament (1983). She was named Augustana’s and the NCC’s MVP in 1983. Connie is a special education teacher at Highland Park High School in St. Paul, Minn. She and her husband, Monte, are the parents of four children.

 Stan KrebsStan Krebs was named to the All-North Central Conference first team in 1975 and was an All-NCC Tournament selection in 1974. A knee injury shortened Krebs’ playing time but he averaged 14.5 points per game while shooting 60 percent from the field in leading the Vikings through a 15-game winning streak in 1974-75. He averaged nine points a game in 1973-74. Stan is semi-retired after working 27 years for Harland Clarke. He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of two children and live in Mahtomedi, Minn.

Don LubbertDon Lubbert compiled a career record of 81-29 and was a two-time runner-up in the North Central Conference Tournament. He earned All-America recognition his senior year by finishing fifth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. He qualified for nationals his freshman year and won two matches. With a 13-1 dual record in 1974-75 he was named Augustana’s outstanding wrestler. Don is the owner of Lubberts Masonary, Inc. He and his wife, Connie, have two children and live in Waterloo, Iowa.

Butch RossButch Ross won North Central Conference No. 1 singles championships in 1989 and 1990. He teamed with Kyle Jordre to win the No. 1 doubles crown in 1990 and they were the runners-up in 1989. Ross posted a 23-0 record in 1990 and advanced to the 64-man NCAA Division II Championships, where he lost in the first round to a player from California State Hayward. Butch and his wife, Dawn, are the parents of four children and live in Sioux Falls. Butch is employed by CitiGroup.

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