Sport

Basketball, Track

Years Played

1953-56

Year Inducted

1999

Gamache was an outstanding performer in two sports.  He was a two-year starter on the basketball court and a standout high jumper in track and field.

He scored 829 points over a 68-game career on the basketball court, averaging 12.2 points per game over that span. He started both his junior and senior campaigns at forward, pulling down 569 career rebounds and averaging 8.4 rebounds per game, both school records at that time. He is still listed in the school record book for his 24 rebounds pulled down in a single game against North Dakota as a junior. He led the Bison in scoring as a senior with a 16.1 points per game average.

The Bison recorded 14-8, 17-7, and 11-10 records over his three years, winning the conference crown as a sophomore, finishing second as a junior, and third as a senior. He was fifth in the league in scoring his senior year and was named All-North Central Conference and Fargo Forum all-state. Gamache excelled in track, where he was a three-year letterman and won the state collegiate high jump title.

A native of Watford City, N.D., he was a two-time all-state performer in basketball, winning the state title his junior year and finishing third as a senior. He was the state high jump champion as a senior in the spring.

He served in the U.S. Air Force following college. He continued playing basketball and was named MVP of the Air Defense Command Tournament as his all-star team won the U.S. championship. That team went on to finish third in the Worldwide Air Force Tournament.

He has been a training supervisor, service representative, and staff engineer with Caterpillar Tractor Company over 14 years; director of parts and service of a Caterpillar dealership in Des Moines, Iowa, for 12 years; a project engineer responsible for a prototype trencher for a year; a branch manager for an aerial truck equipment firm for five years; and has owned his own aerial equipment firm in Fortville, Ind., for the past eight years.

Interestingly enough, his wife Joanne (Marquart) is a 1955 NDSU graduate and they were married on June 11, 1956, the same day that he graduated from college with a degree in civil engineering from NDSU. He and his wife have three grown children.