NMU To Enshrine Five In Sports Hall of Fame

NMU To Enshrine Five In Sports Hall of Fame

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct five new members on Saturday, April 18 in the Great Lakes Room of the NMU University Center. The event will be held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet, which honors Wildcat student-athletes for their achievements during the year.

The dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the program to follow at 7 p.m.

The five inductees are: Heather (Koenig) Drukker, volleyball; Jennifer (Lahr) Friedrich, cross country and track & field; Darryl Plandowski, hockey; Sue (Skala) Veselik, swimming and diving; and Ricky Volcy, men's basketball.

Drukker competed at NMU was a three-time letter winner at NMU and was a member of the Wildcats' 1993 NCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship team while earning three letters at NMU. She was a first team All-American in 1992 and 1993 and was also named all-conference, all-region and NCAA Elite 8 All-Tournament. She graduated with her bachelor's in Management in 1995.

Friedrich competed for the Wildcats from 2001-05 for both the cross country and track & field programs earning eight letters. She was an All-American after finishing third in the mile at the 2005 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship. While qualifying for the same event, she clocked the fastest time in the mile that year at 4:47.05 and still holds the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record for the indoor mile. She also earned All-American status in cross country in 2003. She competed in seven NCAA Championships as a Wildcat in cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field. She served as captain for the cross country program for three years and for the track & field program for two. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2005.

Plandowski was a member of NMU's 1991 NCAA Division I Hockey Championship squad and scored the game-wining goal of that 8-7 triple overtime National Championship game versus Boston University. That goal was part of a hat trick he recorded in the contest where he also shadowed BU's All-American Tony Amonte. He was team captain during his senior season and was a four-time letter winner. He appeared in 166 games for NMU and had 53 goals, 78 assists and 131 points. He earned his bachelor's degree in speech communication in 2001.

Veselik competed for the NMU swimming and diving team from 1984-87 earning four letters. She was a member of the 200 freestyle realty team that won the 1987 NCAA Division II Championship. Veselik was a four-time NCAA Division II All-American and was co-captain of the 1987 team. She graduated with her bachelor's in  marketing in 1987.

Volcy is the third all-time leading scorer in NMU men's basketball history having played for the Wildcats from 2003-07. He earned four letters and was named MVP at NMU for three of his four seasons. During his senior season, he was selected a first team All-American by the NCAA and NABC, was named GLIAC Player of the Year and was selected to play in the NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star Game.

The event is open to the public but tickets must be purchased in advance through the Superior Dome Ticket office or online at www.nmu.edu/tickets.