Winona State University will induct six alumni into its Athletic Hall of Fame during the 2011 Homecoming celebration. This year’s inductees are Betsy Morgan-Shannon, Aaron Braund, Merridith Duellman Joly, Arley Ihrke, Arlan Klinder and David Moracco.
The WSU Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1985 to recognize those who have shown distinctive, unique or exceptional ability while on campus and since graduation. In order to be named to the Hall of Fame, a player must be a WSU graduate and a letter winner, or a former coach or faculty member. There must be a lapse of at least 10 years since the athlete or coach last participated at WSU.
A reception and banquet will be held at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively, Friday, Oct. 21, in Talbot Gymnasium. The reception is free and open to the public, however RSVP is required. Dinner tickets cost $20 and a cash bar is available. RSVP at www.alumni.winona.edu or by calling the alumni office at 507-457-5027.
Alumnae soccer player Betsy Morgan-Shannon of Villa Park, Ill., helped lay the foundation that built Winona State soccer into a power program. Morgan-Shannon holds every meaningful offensive record at Winona State, including career goals scored (54), assists (40) and points (148). The 24 goals she scored during the 1997 season is also a school record. She was a member of NSIC regular season champion teams in 1998 and 1999 and led the Warriors to a conference tournament title in 1999. Morgan-Shannon was a four-time all-conference honoree and was named to the All-Central Region team in 1997.
One of the premier hitters of the modern era, baseball alumnus Aaron Braund of Prairie Du Sac, Wis., holds Winona State records for career hits (230) and RBI (192). He is also second on the school charts with 43 home runs. Braund, who finished his career with a .370 batting average, was an All-American and NSIC Player of the Year in 1998. He was a three-time all-NSIC performer and a member of NSIC regular season championship teams in 1995 and 1998. Winona State won the NSIC Tournament in 1998 and placed second in the NCAA Regional Tournament that year.
Merridith Duellman Joly of Hugo, Minn., was a two time All-American for the WSU women's golf team, earning the honor after both the 1993 and 1994 seasons. She earned all-conference honors in each of her four seasons with the Warriors and helped the team to top-6 finishes in both 1993 and 1994 at the NCAA Division II Championship.
Arley Ihrke of Houston, Minn., was a member of some of the greatest Winona State football teams of the 1960s. He helped the Warriors win a conference championship in 1956 and, after a stint in the U.S. Army, returned to lead the team to another title in 1962. He was an all-conference performer at defensive tackle in 1963 and was selected to the Winona State all-century football team.
Arlan Klinder of Cameron, Wis., was an ironman on the baseball field, playing in every game of his four-year career at Winona State. Klinder finished his career with a .327 batting average, including a team-leading .380 in 1962. He was a key member of three consecutive conference championship teams from 1961-63, with all three of those teams advancing to the national tournament. After graduation, Klinder earned a tryout with the Minnesota Twins. Klinder was also a member of the WSU basketball team, serving as co-captain for the 1962-63 season.
David Moracco of Mounds View, Minn., was a key cog to three NIC Conference team wrestling championships. He was an All-American as a freshman, sophomore and senior, as well as an individual conference champion in each of those seasons. Wrestling from 1959 to 1963, Moracco posted a 49-17-1 record and his .739 winning percentage is seventh in school history.