Jim Archibald (H 1982-85)
Archibald, a native of Craig, Sask., was a four-year letterwinner on the men's hockey team from 1981-1985. Archibald, a forward, played in 154 career games and amassed 75 goals and 69 assists for 144 points. Archibald is UND's all-time leader in career penalties (247) and career penalty minutes (540), as well as single season penalties (81) and penalty minutes (197). His 12 career game-winning goals are tied for third all-time at UND and he is tied for 26th on UND's all-time scoring list. In Archibald's four seasons at UND, the Fighting Sioux went 111-53-6 overall and 70-38-5 in WCHA games. During his freshman season of 1981-82, UND went 35-12-0 - including a WCHA-best 19-7-0 record - and captured the WCHA title and the school's fourth national title. UND beat Wisconsin 5-2 in the NCAA title game in Providence, R.I. Archibald tallied 10-16-26 as a freshman and led the team with 96 PIM. As a sophomore, Archibald scored 7-14-21 in 33 games with 91 PIM as the Fighting Sioux went 21-13-2 overall and 16-9-2 (2nd place) in the WCHA. As a junior Archibald helped lead the Fighting Sioux to another second-place NCAA finish and a berth in the national semi-final. He scored 21-15-36 in 44 games and led the team with 156 PIM. Archibald truly broke through in his senior season, during which he served as co-captain. He led the team in goals (37), assists (24), points (61), power play goals (15) and PIM (197). UND went 24-16-2 overall and 19-14-2 in the WCHA, good for a fourth-place conference finish. His 37 goals that season still rank eighth-best on UND's single season charts and his 15 PPG are tied for fourth. Archibald was named UND's Male Athlete of the Year, the hockey team's Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-WCHA Team. Archibald, who was a seventh round pick (139th overall) of the Minnesota North Stars in 1981, went on to play parts of three seasons in the National Hockey League with Minnesota from 1985-88. He also spent time with Springfield of the AHL and Kalamazoo of the IHL.
Ralph Nienas (FB; Tr 1948-51)
, a native of Thompson, N.D., came to UND in the fall of 1947 after serving in the United States Navy in 1945 and 1946. At UND, Nienas was an accomplished football player and track athlete. He lettered three years in football as a two-way guard and twice earned All-North Central Conference honors. In track, he was a standout 440-yard dash man and a winner of the North Dakota Intercollegiate 440-yard crown. Nienas was known as one of North Dakota's top all-around athletes during his years at UND, and he also earned a reputation as a good student and well-liked and personal, hard-working participant. He has many memories, including the game that UND played against nationally ranked Kentucky and games against the Bison. Nienas graduated from UND in 1952 with a degree in accounting from the School of Business.
Mary Beth Dunlevy Tuttle (Sw 1983-86)
Tuttle is a native of East Grand Forks, Minn. She came to UND in the fall of 1982 and graduated in 1986 with a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in marketing. She later earned a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. While at UND, Tuttle was one of the most decorated swimmers ever at UND. She was a 15-time North Central Conference champion and a 16-time swimming All-American, and she was the North Central Conference Women's Swimmer of the Year in 1984. She is one of only three women's swimmers in school history ever to win five NCC event titles in one year. In 1986, she won the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 50 fly and 100 fly. In her best event, the 100 butterfly, Tuttle was a three-time All-American. She placed at second at nationals in 1984 with a time of :58.07 and then in 1985 won the NCAA Division II record in the event with a national record time of :57.12. In 1986, Tuttle finished second in the 100 fly in a time of :56.57. She was also a member of UND's 1985 NCAA Division II national champion 200 free relay team that set a national record at the time. That team still holds the school record for fastest 200 free relay time (1:35.58). She was a member of the 200 free relay team all four years at UND, and that team earned All-American honors all four of her years. Tuttle also earned All-American honors in the 100 freestyle in both 1985 and 1986, placing seventh both years in that event. She credits her UND education for instilling in her the importance of family and friends along with a strong work ethic. After UND, Tuttle continued her swimming career and became a Norwegian national swimming champion in 1988 and a two-time Masters National Swimming champion in 1993.
David Vonesh (BB 1987-91)
Vonesh began school at UND in the fall of 1986 and graduated in 1992. During his time as a member of the Fighting Sioux men's basketball team, he distinguished himself as one of the best players in North Dakota history. For his career, Vonesh earned three All-NCC honors and three all-region honors, and he was the North Central Conference Most Valuable Player and an All-American as both a junior and a senior. When he finished playing in 1991, Vonesh had scored 2,052 points and grabbed 1,207 rebounds. At the time his points total was the most ever by a North Dakota player. Vonesh's career rebound total still ranks first on the career list. His first two seasons, 1986-87 and 1987-88, Vonesh played on Coach Dave Gunther's last two Fighting Sioux teams that went a cumulative 33-23. After missing the 1988-89 season with a stress fracture of the foot, Vonesh returned in 1989-90 and joined Coach Rich Glas's second team. The Sioux would go 28-7 that season and advance to the first of two straight NCAA Division II Elite Eights. UND won an NCC title that year by finishing 14-4, marking the first time in league history that a team had gone from finishing in last place (3-15 in 1988-89) to finishing in first place. At the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass., the Sioux took third place, losing only to eventual national champion Kentucky Wesleyan.
In Vonesh's senior year, UND went 29-4 and won the NCC with a 17-1 record, a mark that still stands as the best league record ever. After winning the North Central Region title at Grand Forks, Vonesh's career ended with a national quarterfinal loss to Virginia Union.
1930 Football Team
To recognize the University of North Dakota's tradition of athletic excellence, this year the UND Letterwinners Association announced that it would induct complete teams into the UND Athletic Hall of Fame for the very first time. Among the teams inducted over the course of this year will be two football teams, two hockey teams and two men's basketball teams. The football teams going into UND's Athletic Hall of Fame tonight are the 1930 team and the 1966 team.
The 1930 team, often referred to as UND's "White House" team, was 9-1 under Head Coach C.A. "Jack" West. UND won its first six games that year, the first five by shutout, before getting beat, 33-6, in its seventh game by the United States Military Academy.
UND won the third of four consecutive North Central Conference titles in 1930 and visited the White House on Nov. 5, 1930 on a trip to Washington, D.C. The team had its picture taken with President Herbert Hoover. One of the key players on the 1930 team was Glenn "Red" Jarrett, who earned New York News first team All-America honors and honorable mention from the Associated Press. Jarrett still holds a UND record of scoring at least one touchdown in 17 consecutive games.
1966 Football Team
the 1930 team in the Hall of Fame is the 1966 football team. That team was 8-2 overall, tied for the conference championship and defeated Parsons, 42-24, in the Pecan Bowl. Linebacker Roger Bonk earned first team A.P. Little All-American honors and quarterback Corey Colehour received honorable mention.
Seven players earned all-conference honors in 1966 and five players from the 1966 team signed professional football contracts, including Colehour (Atlanta Falcons), Roger Bonk (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), Jim Hester (New Orleans Saints), Erroll Mann (Denver Broncos) and Peter Porinsh (Pittsburgh Steelers).
The 1966 team still holds numerous top 10 rankings in UND's career and season individual record lists and is still the most prolific passing team in UND history (255.3 passing yards per game).
1947-1948 Hockey Team
In their first year of Division I hockey, the University of North Dakota posted a 11-5-0 record. The first win of the season was an 8-0 victory over the Grand Forks Amerks on December 12, 1947. The game was played in the Winter Sports Building, "The Barn," as it was affectionately called. The Barn would be home to Sioux hockey until 1972.
On January 10, 1948, UND crashed into big-time college hockey when it stunned the Michigan Wolverines 6-5 in Ann Arbor (Michigan went on to win the first ever NCAA Division I hockey tournament). Strong defense and a pair of goals each from John Noah, Gordon (Ginny) Christian and Jim Medved keyed the big win. Noah scored the winning goal at 19:14 of the third period. Bob Murray stopped 34 Michigan shots in the UND nets. The Sioux would go on to defeat Michigan Tech, Minnesota, and Colorado College for the first time during the season.
Bill Sullivan and Gordon Christian led the Sioux with 24 points each. Sullivan scored 18 goals and added six assists while Christian netted 12 goals and 12 assists. Just one point off the pace was Jim Medved who had 23 points (14 goals and nine assists). Other top goal scorers included: Milton (Prince) Johnson with 14 goals and John Noah with 13 goals. Bob Murray played 14 games in goal while Al Forman backstopped the Sioux in a pair of games.
Hockey in 1947-48 was fast-paced with not as much emphasis on defense as in later seasons. UND averaged only 6.8 penalty minutes per game. On the scoring side, the Sioux averaged 6.4 goals per game while giving up 4.3 goals per game. The penalty leader that season was Joe Silovich with 18 penalties for 39 minutes in 16 games. Silovich also played the French horn in the Grand Forks Symphony and had a golden retriever "Bruiser" who followed him all over campus, even into classrooms.
All of the players were from North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. There were two sets of brothers on the team: Daniel and Paul McKinnon from Williams, Minn., and Milton (Prince) and Russell (Buzz) Johnson from Webster, S.D.
UND had two hat tricks in the inaugural Division I season, the first by Medved on February 10, 1948, against the Wichita Beechcraft Flyers in a 13-5 win and the second by Sullivan (eight goals) against North Dakota State in the final game of the year on February 27, 1948, in a 17-6 Sioux win. The record of eight goals in a game by Sullivan still stands today.
Don Norman was the coach for the first and second Division I seasons, posting an 11-5-0 record in 1947-48 (with a salary of $50.00 per month which was increased to $100.00 per month in February 1948) and a 9-12-1 record in 1948-49.
1958-1959 Hockey Team
In 1958-59, the UND hockey team became the first team in University history to win a national championship, and the Fighting Sioux delivered with a NCAA Division I National Championship. Bob May was the coach and the captain was Bill Steenson. Steenson's assistant captains were Julian Brunetta and Joe Poole. May would coach at UND for just two years and win a national championship and place second in the two seasons.
The Sioux posted a 20-10-1 overall record. UND had no conference affiliation with the breakup of the WIHL in March of 1958. The WCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association), of which UND was a founding member would form in 1959.
In 1957-58, the Sioux were runner-up at the national tournament, losing 6-2 to Denver. But the following season was going to be different. After going 5-4-1 through January 2, North Dakota began a turnaround that would take them to a championship. The Sioux went 15-6-0 in the final 21 games of the season. Included in the run were sweeps against Minnesota-Duluth, Colorado College and Minnesota. During the season, the Sioux also won three out of four games against defending national champion Denver. Of note during the season, the Sioux had their game against Michigan (in Ann Arbor), a 6-1 North Dakota win, shortened because of a brawl. Wolverine defenseman Barrie Hayton was called for a cross checking penalty with 5:20 remaining in the third period, and as he skated to the penalty box, Hayton used his stick to swing at UND manager Ted Kotyk. At that point, the benches cleared and the game was stopped.
On March 12-14, 1959, UND won its first national championship by virtue of two action-packed 4-3 overtime thrillers at RPI in Troy, N.Y. Defenseman Guy LaFrance's 30-foot blast at 4:22 of sudden death overtime eliminated St. Lawrence in the semi-final game. Reg Morelli tallied a pair of goals, and Art Miller and Ed Thomlinson had one each in the St. Lawrence game. Morelli duplicated LaFrance's OT heroics when he scored at 4:18 of the first overtime period in the championship game against Michigan State (whom the Sioux were playing for the fifth time that season, with UND holding a 3-2-0 edge), giving the Sioux a 4-3 win. The Spartans led 1-0 after one period, but the Sioux went up 3-1 in the second on goals by Ralph Lyndon, Jerry Walford and Stan Paschke. The Spartans tied the game late in the third period with a goal at 16:20 by Jack Roberts, setting the stage for Morelli's dramatic shot over the sprawling Spartan goalie Joe Selinger, who recorded 26 saves. George Gratton stopped 21 MSU shots. Morelli was the tourney MVP with Ed Thomlinson also earning all-tournament team honors. Joe Poole and Ralph Lindon were named to the second team.
Bill Steenson, a defenseman from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, earned his third All-America honor. Art Miller led the Sioux with 45 points (24 goals and 21 assists). Reg Morelli had 32 points (17 goals and 15 assists) and Ed Thomlinson had 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists). Bob Peabody and George Gratton shared the goaltending duties with Peabody posting a shutout against Michigan Tech on February 7.
The Fighting Sioux had three hat tricks during the season, Reg Morelli vs. Michigan State (12-6-58), Les Merrifield vs. Colorado College (2-9-59), and Art Miller vs. Minnesota (2-20-59).