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Five to join Hall of Fame

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 09/10/2012 17:03:46
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Five former standout South Dakota State University student-athletes have been chosen for induction into the prestigious Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame next month.

The five inductees, who will bring the number of Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame members to 64, are:
* Joel Brandt, cross country/track and field;
* Brad Reynolds, swimming;
* Karla Stevenson, basketball/softball;
* Adam Timmerman, football;
* Don Trapp, wrestling.

Brandt continued the Jackrabbits' excellence in distance running, winning five individual North Central Conference titles and earning All-America honors on two occasions. The Clear Lake native began a string of distance titles by winning the 5,000-meter title at the 1980 NCC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, later earning All-America honors with an 18th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships. He claimed the NCC individual cross country title in the fall of 1980, followed by the 5,000-meter title indoors in 1981. In the spring of 1981, Brandt earned Outstanding Performer honors at the NCC Outdoor Track and Field Championships by winning both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs.  He closed out his collegiate career with a third-place finish in the 5K at the NCAA Division II Championships.

In all, Brandt was a member of seven conference championship teams. The Jackrabbits won four cross country team titles (1977-80), two outdoor track and field championships (1979, 1981) and one indoor track and field title (1981).

Reynolds dominated the butterfly events as a member of the Jackrabbit men's swimming and diving team from 1977-80. He swept the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events at the North Central Conference Championships all four years and added a title in the 200 individual medley in 1978. He also swam on three conference-championship relay teams: the 400 freestyle relay in 1978 and 1979 and the 400 medley relay in 1979. After helping lead the Jackrabbits to the NCC team title in 1979, Reynolds finished as runner-up in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Division II Championships.

Reynolds set numerous school records, with his mark of 1 minute, 54.80 seconds in the 200 butterfly standing for more than 30 years before being broken in 2011.

Stevenson made her mark on the basketball court, setting the Jackrabbit women's basketball career scoring record with 1,562 points from 1984-87 - a mark that currently ranks seventh. A two-time all-North Central Conference selection, the Hayti native averaged 17.7 points per game as a junior during the 1985-86 season and 22.3 points per game as a senior. She continues to hold Jackrabbit single-game marks of 39 points set against Augustana in 1987 and 10 steals versus Sioux Falls in 1985. She also shares the SDSU single-game record with 17 field goals in a game, a mark she reached twice in the span of three weeks during the 1986-87 season.

In addition, Stevenson played softball at SDSU during the 1984 and 1987 seasons. She led the team with 23 runs batted in during the 1987 campaign.

Timmerman anchored a strong Jackrabbit offensive line, earning first-team all-North Central Conference honors three consecutive years (1992-94) and was a consensus All-America selection during the 1993 and 1994 campaigns. A four-year starter, Timmerman was honored with the Jim Langer Trophy as the NCAA Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1994, when he also was named Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in the NCC. He also was selected as the Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in the 1995 Snow Bowl.

A native of Cherokee, Iowa, Timmerman was selected in the seventh round of the 1995 National Football League Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He went on to play 12 seasons with the Packers and St. Louis Rams, playing in four Super Bowls and winning a title with each team. Timmerman was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1999 and 2001 seasons.

Trapp won a pair of North Central Conference wrestling titles and became the second Jackrabbit wrestler to win an individual national championship. The Milbank native claimed the NCC title at 160 pounds in 1969 and added a conference title in 1970 after moving up to the 177-pound weight class. Trapp won the 177-pound title at the 1970 College Division National Championships and earned a berth in the NCAA Division I Championships, finishing his season with a 22-3 record. Honored as the South Dakota Men's College Athlete of the Year in 1970, Trapp also was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Induction ceremonies will be held Saturday, Oct. 13. The inductees also will be recognized at halftime of the Jackrabbit football game against Western Illinois that evening.

Also being honored by Jackrabbit Athletics on Oct. 13 is Arlington High School volleyball coach Anita Boeck (pronounced beck), who has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Ralph Ginn Award for Coaching Excellence.

A 1988 graduate of South Dakota State, Boeck has led Arlington to more than 500 victories in her 20-plus years of coaching. The Cardinals won the Class B state tournament title in 2010, while earning runner-up finishes five times, including in 2011. In 2009, Boeck was honored as Co-National High School Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

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