Huskies to be enshrined in Hall of Fame

By James Nokes

NIU alumnus Adam Dach, Kevin Ekberg, Joe Plaskas and Niki VanHooreweghe, will join the 1989-90 NIU women’s basketball team in the 24th class to be enshrined in the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame. Festivities take place tonight at the Holmes Student Center’s Duke Ellington Ballroom and will coincide with the 99th NIU Homecoming celebrations.


Sport: Football (1987-91)

Also known as “The ultimate wishbone fullback.”

CAREER STATS: No. 4 on NIU all-time rushing list with 3,483 yards. Led NIU in rushing in 1988 and rushing, total offense and all-purpose yards in 1991.

FACT: High-powered triple-option attack led NCAA in rushing with 344.6 yards per game in 1990.

HONORS: Two-time Honorable Mention Football News All-American and Doak Walker National Running Back Award candidate in 1990-91. Voted to NIU All-Time Huskie Stadium Team in 1995 and All-Century Team in 1999.


Sport: Gymnastics (1981-84)

A whirling dervish tumbler turned gymnast.

CAREER STATS: NCAA national gymnastics champion, two-time National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches All-American (1981-82, 1983-84) and three-time NCAA Championships qualifier (1982-84).

FACT: 1984 NCAA floor exercise champion.

HONORS: Lettered three times and competed on NIU gymnastic unit that qualified for 1982-83 NCAA Championships team competition. Placed first in power tumbling at 1982 United States Trials. Produced 21 career first-place finishes, 19 in floor exercise and two in vaulting.


Sports: Football (1956-59), Baseball (1957, 1959-61)

The Bo Jackson of NIU, he was a two-sport all-league pick with eight NIU varsity letters.

CAREER STATS: Led team in rushing with 511 yards in 1958 and 698 in 1959. Led NIU in scoring with 36 points in 1958 and passing with 154 yards in 1956. Led the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in batting with a .455 average.

HONORS: Made All-IIAC at pitcher and outfielder, and finished runner-up for league MVP honors in 1961. In football, named to NAIA Little All-America squad as an honorable mention and made First-Team All-IIAC.


Sport: Softball (1992-95)

An All-America on the field and in the classroom.

CAREER STATS: Lifetime .301 batting average and .985 fielding percentage.

FACT: Four straight years in NIU Academic Excellence Program. Made the dean’s list six straight semesters as an elementary education major.

HONORS: From 1993-95 made First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District.

First-Team All-Mid-Continent Conference Academic, First-Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest Region and Third-Team NFCA All-America in 1993.

1989-90 NIU Women’s Basketball Team

Ushered in the golden era for head coach Jane Albright’s program.

CAREER STATS: Won 12 of first 14 games and finished with a 16-5 record. North Star Conference regular-season and postseason champion. First NIU team to qualify for the NCAA Division I Tournament and advanced to the second round.

FACT: Led the NCAA in scoring at 94.5 points per game in 1989-90.

HONORS: Finished regular season No. 17 in the AP poll, and No. 21 in the USA Today poll. Beat DePaul 97-85 to capture the 1989 North Star Championship.

The 1989-90 team dominates various NIU career leader categories. Several members are spread throughout the scoring, rebounding, assist and blocked-shot lists.