Connie Gebhardt Courtney (Multi 1977)
Courtney is a 1974 graduate of Monango (N.D.) High School. Four years later (1978) she received her bachelor's degree from UND with a major in physical education and minor in coaching. While at UND, this all-around athlete earned 10 letters in four sports: basketball (1974-78); track (1975-77); field hockey (1976-77); and softball (1978), and in 1978 was honored with the Grace O. Rhonemus Award as UND's most valuable senior athlete. In basketball she played on a Sioux team that in 1975-76 was 18-9, conference champions and finished second in the Minn-Kota Conference tournament. That year was the first for the UND women's basketball team to qualify for the Region XI AIAW tournament. The 1976-77 and 1977-78 Sioux teams finished second in the Minn-Kota Conference tournament, and in 1978, Courtney was voted the team's most valuable player. In track she sprinted and participated in the 100 and 220-yard dash, the 440-yard relay and the 880-yard medley relay. In 1975, the 880-yard medley relay team place sixth at the regional meet in Wichita, Kan. In 1976, the women's track team was both indoor and outdoor Minn-Kota Conference Champions, and place second in the state meet. Courtney was the 220-yard dash state champion. In 1977 she was a member of the mile relay championship team at both the indoor and outdoor state meet. In 1977 Courtney scored 13 goals and was captain of the field hockey team, which finished 19-15-1. In 1978 she also played softball, hitting seven homeruns, three triples and being named all-conference.
Dave Levos (Tr 1982-85; BB 1981-82)
Levos's list of honors show he was a three-time NCAA Division II All-American weight man in both the discus and shot put in 1983, 1984 and 1985. He won national titles in the shot put in 1985 and discus in 1986. A five-time All-American for finishing in the top six at the NCAA Division II meet, he also won eight conference track titles. He was a four-time NCC shot put champion and triple winner of the league in the discus under Coach Mike Grandall. He proved to be the most dominant individual in the NCC in his events throughout his career. In his freshman year, Levos competed in outdoor track only, but placed first in the discus and shot put in all three meets in which he competed. As a sophomore, out of 18 competitions in the shot put or discus (indoor and outdoor combined), Levos place first 13 times. As a junior, out of 26 competitions in the shot put or discuss (indoor and outdoor combined), Levos placed first 19 times. As a senior, Levos was first in the shot put in all six UND indoor meets and was first in the shot put in the 1985 national indoor meet. He didn't compete in the 1985 outdoor season, instead competing in 1986. Also in 1986, Levos's national title in the discus enabled him to compete in the Division I national championships where he finished 10th.
Todd Schaefer (Go 1980-83)
Schaefer is a Grand Forks product out of Red River High School, where he graduated in 1979 excelling in both hockey and golf. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from UND in the spring of 1984. At the University he played golf for four seasons under the guidance of Head Coach Louie Bogan, as the Sioux picked up four NCC championship buntings. Schaefer was one of UND's top golfers as a freshman, and in his final three years was chosen to play in three NCAA Division II national golf tournaments. He earned NCAA Division II honorable mention All-American honors in 1982 and second team All-American honors in 1984. In his senior year, Schaefer won medallist honors at three of the four fall tournaments in which UND competed and had a low round of 70. In the spring, he was the medallist in the 14-team University of Minnesota Showcase tournament, and at the national tournament, Schaefer was the individual leader after the first day of play. He was a three-time NCC medallist and won eight North Dakota State two-ball championships. Schaefer also won the North Dakota State open tourney twice.
Todd Thomas (FB 1977-80)
A native of Cedarburg, Wis., and a graduate of UND in 1981 with a degree in chemical engineering, this four-year letterwinner starred on the 1979 NCC championship squad. He was twice named to the All-NCC first team at offensive tackle, and in 1980 he was cited as a first team All-American NCAA Division II tackle. Thomas received academic All-American honors as a senior and graduated with a 3.3 grade point average. He holds distinction of being the only chemical engineer to graduate from UND in four years while also playing football. Thomas was a fifth-round draft pick by the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs in 1981. At that time, he was the highest NFL draft choice ever from UND, and he held that distinction until 1998. In his professional career, Thomas saw action with the New Jersey Generals in 1983, Philadelphia Eagles in 1984 and the Arizona Wranglers in 1985. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 1999 and died in March of 2000. A memorial scholarship has been formed in Thomas's honor and will be given each year to UND's most valuable offensive lineman.
David Williamson (FB 1968-69)
Williamson came to UND from Hudson, Wis., and excelled both on and off the football field and in the classroom, graduating in 1970 with a major in English. He says his only claim to fame came on Nov. 1, 1969. That's when the diminutive running back, who was listed on the UND roster at 5-9 and 165 pounds, set a school single-game rushing mark of 257 yards on 40 carries in a 48-19 UND win over Morningside. The 257-yard total was also a North Central Conference record. The record stood at UND until 1997, when it was broken by Philip Moore. In Williamson's big games, he scored three touchdowns on runs of one and 23 yards and on a 49-yard pass. He caught two passes for 66 yards, giving him 323 all-purpose yards in a game. At that time, the 40 carries was also a school record, breaking the mark of 33 carries Williamson has set a week earlier at Augustana. He lettered at UND in 1968 and 1969, and was named to the Sioux most valuable offensive player. He was an honorable mention All-NCC selection.