LaPointe, Webers, Gobert in NMU hall
MARQUETTE — Five individuals and an elite Wildcats’ women’s basketball team were inducted into the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame on Friday evening.
The 2018 inductees are Richard “Dick” Allen, Tim Jones, John LaPointe, Heather (Mizer) Sarnowski, Kim (Storm) Ylitalo and the 1997-98 women’s basketball team.
The induction was held at the Great Lakes Room of the University Center.
Here are brief bios of each inductee:
Richard “Dick” Allen –A part of the 1956 Northern football team, Allen was starting running back for this undefeated squad. Two years later, Allen was named a Little All-American (now known as NCAA Division II) after leading the team in rushing with 386 yards and scoring with 36 points. Allen also was a four-year letter winner in track and field at NMU. He went on to become superintendent of Iron Mountain schools.
Tim Jones –Earning three letters in wrestling from 1983-85, Jones’ best year came in 1984 when he earned the NCAA Division II region championship while becoming the NCAA D-2 national runner-up and an All-American at 167 pounds. He followed with an ’85 season when he was named team MVP.
John LaPointe –A captain of the NMU football team, LaPointe lettered from 1961-63. In 1963, he capped off his Wildcat career as a Little Honorable Mention All-American for a 4-4-1 team. He went on to teach and coach in several school districts, including Manistique and Stephenson.
Heather (Mizer) Sarnowski –Sarnowski’s name is littered all around the NMU volleyball record book, including the top-two assist seasons in program history in 1997 and 1998. In her three seasons, Sarnowski had 3,434 assists, sixth most at NMU and with an average of 13.36 per set, tops in NMU history. She was also named an NCAA Division II All-American in ’97. She is the daughter-in-law of Ralph and Janet Sarnowski of Escanaba.
Kim (Storm) Ylitalo –A four-time All-American swimmer, Storm first made her mark with a number of Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women records in 1982. A year later, she was a multiple NCAA Division II national qualifier. By the end of her career, Storm was an All-American in the butterfly and freestyle and medley relays. She died in 2013 and is survived by husband Dan Ylitalo.
1997-98 women’s basketball team –With a 27-3 record, the 1997-98 Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals after double-digit victories in each of the first three tournament rounds. NMU also outscored its opponents 2,471-1,890 as it won the GLIAC Tournament championship.
Kristen (Manske) Johnson was named GLIAC Player of the Year, Johnson and Mandee Dafoe were First Team All-GLIAC, Carrie Dykstra was Second Team All-GLIAC and Manske and Jennifer Johnson were GLIAC All-Defensive Team.
With Mike Geary as head coach and Michelle Guyant-Holloway as assistant coach, other team members were Stephanie Edgerton, Jill (Gobert) Van Damme, Sasha Leverentz (Palmer), Shari (Rehmann) Kurncz, Christina Nesbert, Janell (Schupp) Lord, Karla (Strand) McCutcheon, Jill (Tunney) Keefer, and sisters Brianne (Weber) Helmila and Ginger (Weber) Moore. of Gladstone.