The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen nine individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2010 inductees include Erik Allen ’92 (Basketball), Pete Anderson ’92 (Golf), Leigh Stocker Berger ’92 (Volleyball), Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93 (Tennis), Erik Hendrikson ’94 (Football and Hockey), Duke Paluch ’84 (Tennis), Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95 (Soccer), Angela White Vick ’92 (Track and Field), and Evie Cieslar Erdman ’72 (Benefactor). This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 6:00 pm this Saturday, October 9, following the Hall of Fame football game against Hamline at 1:00 p.m.
Individuals eligible for induction into the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame are athletes, coaches, and benefactors. Selection of athletes is based on athletic achievements while a student at Gustavus. Eight of the nine members of the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010 will be inducted for their accomplishments as athletes, while one, Evie Cieslar Erdman, will be inducted as a benefactor.
Erik Allen, a native of Le Sueur, Minnesota, was a three-time All-Conference center on the basketball team who graduated in 1992 as the program’s seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,528 points. He captained the 1991-92 squad that won the MIAC regular season and playoff titles and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Allen finished his career ranked fifth all-time in field goals made with 624 and eighth in rebounds with 600.
Pete Anderson, a native of Novato, Calif., was a two-time All-American for the golf team. In the spring of 1991, Anderson finished second individually at the NCAA Championships and helped the Gusties to a second place team finish. He still holds the school record for lowest individual round at 65, which he shot at the Mankato State Invitational in the Spring of 1992.
Leigh Stocker Berger, a native of Omaha, Nebr., was a two-time all-conference performer as an outside hitter on the volleyball team. She holds the school records for career average in kills per set (3.47), attack percentage in a season (.360 in 1992) and kills in a game (33) and ranks second all-time at Gustavus in career kills (1,644).
Heidi Rostberg Carlson, a native of Hutchinson, Minnesota, was a two-time All-American for the women’s tennis team in both singles and doubles and was a key member of the 1990 NCAA Championship team. In her senior season (1993), Carlson advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship before finishing third. During her four-year career, she helped the Gusties advance to the NCAA Championship match three times (1990, 1991, and 1993).
Erik Hendrikson, a native of Burnsville, Minnesota, was a four-year starter on both the football and hockey teams and was captain of both teams his senior season. He was a three-time all-conference honoree in football and a two-time selection in hockey, while also earning First Team All-America honors in hockey in 1994. Hendrikson finished his career ranked second all-time in solo tackles with 119 as well as second in total tackles with 266.
Duke Paluch, a native of Rapid City, South Dakota, was a two-time All-American on the dominant Gustavus men’s tennis teams of the early 1980s. He played #2 doubles on the 1981 squad that finished third at the NCAA Championship and then played #1 singles and #1 doubles on the 1984 team that placed second at the NCAA Championship.
Paige Tierney Sullivan, a native of Anchorage, Alaska is the most prolific scorer in the history of the women’s soccer program with 56 goals and 19 assists for 131 points. In her junior and senior seasons, she led the team and conference in scoring as the Gusties posted a perfect 20-0-0 record in MIAC play. In her senior season, Sullivan scored 24 goals and registered 10 assists for 58 points in 17 games earning NSCAA Third Team All-America honors.
Angela White Vick, a native of Mounds View, Minnesota, was the first two-time All-American in the history of the women’s track and field program. One of the premier discus throwers in Division III in the early 1990s, Vick won the MIAC title in 1989 and finished third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1989 and 1992. She set the school record at 152 feet 2 inches that stood for 17 years before being broken in 2009.
Evie Cieslar Erdman, a native of Rochester, Minn., has been a prominent figure in the long and successful history of the Gustavus gymnastics program having competed as a student-athlete in the early 1970s, and then served as a coach, choreographer, regional and national meet director, instructor at summer camps, judge, recruiter, and fundraiser over the past 40 years. She was inducted into the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame as a gymnastics official in 2008.
The selection of the inductees to the Gustavus Hall of Fame is made by the Gustavus Hall of Fame Board which is an 11-member group consisting of current athletic administrators, and former coaches and alumni.