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Grand Forks Red River announces latest Athletics Hall of Fame additions

Red River started its hall of fame in 2017.

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GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks Red River has announced its most recent additions to the school's Athletics Hall of Fame.

Below is a short biography of each addition, provided by Red River.

Bill Janssen (1967-1968) was a member of Red River’s first ever graduating class in 1968 and a three-sport letterwinner, participating in football, wrestling, and track and field. On the mat, Janssen was a solid wrestler for the Riders and helped the school’s first ever wrestling team to a 35-13 win over Grand Forks Central. In track, Janssen was Red River’s first ever state placer in the javelin, placing 5th in the 1968 state meet. On the gridiron, in Red River’s inaugural season, he was a captain for the Roughriders and was a dominant figure on the defensive side of the ball. It was a season of growth for the Riders, but the season ended the right way with a 21-6 win over Grand Forks Central. Upon graduation, Janssen received a football scholarship at the University of Nebraska, where he had a storied career for the Cornhuskers. After breaking his arm as a sophomore, Janssen earned a starting position for the 1971 Husker squad that went on to win the National Title. A 1972 team captain, Janssen was a second-team All-Big Eight pick when he made 48 tackles and had eight tackles for loss. He was prominently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated after beating Alabama in 1972. Janssen was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1973 NFL Draft and played in the World Football League before retiring from football.

Brad Lies (1990-1993) was a three-sport standout in football, basketball, and track and field during his time at Red River. Utilizing his speed in all three sports, he was a significant contributor to the basketball team, named an All-Conference athlete in football, and earned numerous All-Conference and All-State awards in track and field. Lies was a key member of three consecutive East Region Championship track teams, the 1991 State Runner-Up team, and the 1992 State Championship team. Individually, he won four EDC titles and one state title, in addition to his contributions on relay teams, which included three EDC titles and two state titles. His performances litter the RRHS Track and Field record books, where he still holds the 400m school record today (49.15). After high school, Brad was a four-year letter winner at the University of North Dakota in track and field and returned to his alma mater to coach football (1998-99), boys track (1999), and girls track (2000). Since the fall of 2000, Lies has coached cross country and track and field at Bismarck Century. With a multitude of state titles and athlete/coach awards, the Patriots have become a state power in both sports under his guidance.

Chad Williamson (1986-1989) participated in football and track and field, lettering three times in each sport. Williamson was a physical force on the gridiron, earning All-EDC and All-State honors in 1988 as a tight end. He is tied for 6th all time in touchdown receptions in a season and also 6th in career touchdown receptions. He won EDC titles in the discus (1987), shot put (1988), and was the ND Shot Put State Champion in 1989. To this day, he still ranks among the best throwers in school history. To culminate his impressive high school career, he was named the Grand Forks Herald Male Athlete of the Year in 1988-89.

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Chris Barta (1984-1987) earned eight varsity letters in football (2), hockey (3), and track and field (3) during his years at Red River. Additionally, he was voted a team captain in all three sports during his senior year. Barta was named All-Conference in all three sports and was a key member of the State championship hockey team in 1987. In track and field, he was the 1987 EDC high jump champion and currently ranks #3 in school history with a 6’6 clearance. He was named the Greater Grand Forks Male Athlete of the Year in 1987. Following high school, Barta was a member of four North Central Conference Track championship teams and three National Club Hockey Championship teams at NDSU.

Chris Hoversten (1977-1980) was an eight-time letterwinner across multiple sports for the Riders, earning letters in football (2), basketball (3) and track and field (3). During his career, he was named the RRHS Junior and Senior Athlete of the Year, the KNOX Senior Athlete of the Year, and was voted a captain in all three sports. He was also the recipient of the Melvin Haloway Award for athletics, academics, and personal conduct. Hoversten earned All-Conference accolades in both football and track and was a member of two state qualifying basketball teams. He was named to the All City football team during his junior and senior campaigns. He was a major contributor to two Region Championship track teams in 1979 and 1980 and was the 1980 ND State Champion in the 400m. Upon graduation, Hoversten held school records in the 200m and 400m, performances that still rank among the best in school history. During high school, Hoversten placed fourth in the U.S. National Junior Superstars competition, a nationwide competition measuring overall athleticism. Following graduation, he went on to compete in track and field at the University of North Dakota and was a letterwinner for the Fighting Sioux. In 1983, Hoversten was also a state champion fastpitch softball player. He returned to Red River to coach junior high football from 1982-1983 and coached track for the Riders from 1982-1984.

DaShaun Carter (1990-1993) earned six varsity letters in football (2), basketball (2) and track and field (2). In both football and basketball, Carter played a major role in the success of his teams. Carter was a part of three consecutive East Region Championship track teams, the 1991 State Runner-Up team, and the 1992 State Championship team. In 1992, Carter entered North Dakota track lore by winning the triple jump in the event’s inaugural appearance at the state meet. He was a captain of the track team and consistent scorer in the jumping events and still ranks among the best in school history. After high school, Carter utilized his outstanding athletic ability as a performer in the 1996 Olympic Opening Ceremony, as well within the sport of cheerleading, where he was a NCA National Champion and the Head Coach for the University of Kansas Spirit Squad. He will always be remembered for his incredible athleticism and welcoming smile.

Dawn Zimney (1980-1982) earned nine varsity letters across the sports of volleyball, basketball, and track and field. During her time as an athlete, she was part of the first girls basketball team to get to the state tournament (1981) and took 3rd place in state with a javelin throw that would hold a school record for several years. In volleyball she was a captain, team MVP, and selected to the All Conference Team. Dawn was instrumental in revolutionizing girls sports at Red River and was considered one of the best all around female athletes in her era. After high school, Dawn went on to play basketball at the University of North Dakota from 1982-1985. Dawn later returned to Red River as an assistant coach from 1987-1992. In her coaching career, they had four postseason trips which included the 1988 state championship team.

Greg Herndon (1977-1980) was a three-year letterwinner in both football and track and field. In football , he was a three-year varsity starter, making significant contributions on both sides of the ball as a nose guard and running back. Herndon is among the top-ten athletes in school history for touchdowns scored in a season and in a career and was also named to the All City Team.

Herndon was a formidable thrower and six-time state placewinner during his three high school track seasons, including two individual State Indoor titles in the shot put, 2 individual State outdoor titles and two runner-up finishes in the shot put and discus throw. He was especially dominant at the Regional level, winning both the shot put and discus events for three consecutive years. He was named the sophomore and senior athlete of the year at RRHS. After high school, Herndon went on to compete at North Dakota State College of Science in both football and track and field.

Terri Horpedahl (1984-2007) coached the Roughrider volleyball program for 10 seasons from 1984 to 1994. During that time the team earned three EDC championships, two state championships, which included an undefeated season in 1991 where her team went 33-0. In that time, 24 of her players were recognized as all-conference, 18 for all-state, and 1 as Miss Volleyball. Terri was named EDC Coach of the year in 1986, 1991, 1992, & 1993 and was State Coach of the Year twice (1991 & 1992). Terri also started the Junior Olympic Volleyball Program in Grand Forks, which continues to provide competitive opportunities for youth athletes. After retirement from coaching, Terri returned to Red River High School and served as the Activities Director from 1996 to 2007 where she pioneered the Renaissance program and was known for her unmatched school spirit.

Terry Dunphy (1971-1996) contributed to the Roughriders as a football coach, teacher, and activities director over a 25-year period. He was an assistant coach for the Roughriders from 1971-1979. During that time his teams were consistently competitive and in the opening game of the 1971 season, he coached in the first ever game played on Cushman Field. He served as the activities director from 1974-1996 and contributed in countless ways to Roughrider athletics throughout his 23-year term. He was a key piece in the construction of the new concession stand at Cushman Field and was also instrumental in reviving the Red River Booster Club. He also was a major contributor to youth sports in Grand Forks which included helping start the Fastbreak basketball program and men's fast pitch softball. Overall, Terry was instrumental in establishing the positive culture at Red River that is still present today.

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Kathy Wischer (1989-1992) was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball. During her junior and senior seasons, she was voted team MVP and Best Offensive Player while also being named to the All-Region and All-State Tournament teams. In 1992, she was a member of the undefeated state championship team (33-0) and was named Miss Volleyball. She also set the school record in serve reception and aces and was selected as the United States Marine Corp Distinguished Athlete of the Year. After high school, she went on the play for the University of North Dakota from 1992 to 1994 and then finished her collegiate career at the University of Mary from 1995-1996. During her time at Mary, she was named to the NDCAC All-Conference teams in 1995 & 1996.

Kory Zimney (1984-1988) earned ten varsity letters in cross country (4), basketball (3), and track and field (3). He was an All-Conference cross country athlete in 1987. In basketball, he was a starter and significant contributor. In track and field, he was the 1988 ND State Champion in the 800m and 4x800m and also helped lead the Riders to a State Runner-Up finish as a team that season. His performances in the middle distance events have stood the test of time, ranking among the best ever at RRHS. Following high school, Zimney competed at the University of North Dakota and was a North Central Conference Champion in the 800m and a Drake Relays 4x800M champion (1992).

Scott Larson (1988-1991) earned nine varsity letters at Red River, three each in football, basketball, and track and field. On the gridiron, Larson was twice named All-City and All-Conference, voted the Co-MVP of the 1990 team, and was selected to the 1991 ND Shrine Bowl. On the hardwood, Larson was a three-year starter and was captain of the 1991 team. He was also selected to and played in the 1991 Lion’s All Star Basketball Game. In track, Larson specialized in the javelin throw, placing first at the 1990 State Meet and Runner-Up in 1991, a season in which the Riders won the East Region team title and placed second at State. He was a two-year team captain, the EDC Javelin Champion in 1991, as well as a state placewinner in the discus. His top javelin throw of 198’6 with the old rules javelin is the best performance in school history. He was named the RRHS sophomore, junior, and senior athlete of the year, as well as the 1991 KNOX Male Athlete of the Year and the U.S. Marine Corp Distinguished Athlete of the Year. Larson went on to a successful four-year track career at UND, setting a javelin school record that stood for 14 years from 1992-2006.

Craig Larson (1983-1988) was a five-year varsity athlete in both basketball and track and field. On the hardwood, Larson was selected All Conference as a junior and senior and, as a senior in 1988, he was named to the All-State team and was a Mr. Basketball finalist after leading Red River to a third-place state finish. In track and field, Larson made his mark in the jumps and sprints, earning two individual East Region titles, a runner up finish in the high jump at the 1986 state meet, and setting freshman (6’2) and sophomore (6’6) class records that still stand today. As a senior, he was a vital piece of the 1988 State Runner-Up team by placing 3rd in the high jump and contributing on school record-setting 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Tim Loven (1979-1982) participated in football, hockey and track and field and was named the Junior and Senior Athlete of the Year for RRHS. Loven was an All-State and All-Conference quarterback, leading the Riders to the state playoffs. He was also selected to play in the 1982 ND Shrine Bowl. On the ice, Loven was a four-year varsity regular, earning All-Conference honors and becoming only the second Red River Hockey player to be drafted when the Toronto Maple Leafs selected him in 1982 NHL Draft. Loven played four years for the University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey team (1982-1986) and progressed to the Milwaukee Admirals (IHL) in 1986. After his playing days were over, Loven continued to contribute to the sport by spending many years as a youth hockey coach.

Steffanie Steinke Lindgren (1984-1988) was a four-year standout in track and field. During her career, she won three individual state titles in the short sprints, setting a 100m State Meet record that stood for 16 years. That performance also set a Red River school record which stood until Ashley Rone broke it in 2015. She also was a key member of four separate state championship relay teams and finished as a state placewinner on four other occasions during her storied career. After high school, Steinke competed at Moorhead State University, where she earned All-American honors in 1989.

Rick Ulvin (1967-1978) was a standout prep athlete at Roseau High School, winning two MN State Hockey titles and earning a scholarship at UND. Upon graduation and a successful collegiate career, he was hired to teach and coach at the newly established Red River High School in the fall of 1967. Ulvin was tasked with starting the Red River hockey program from scratch and set out to create a culture of competitiveness and respect for the fledgling program. In over a decade of coaching, Ulvin achieved that feat, leading the Riders to two state titles and five runner-up finishes. His tenure included the infamous eight-overtime classic vs. GFC in the 1977 State Championship. Ulvin was named ND Coach of the Year twice during his career. During his time at RR, he was also an assistant football coach and girls golf coach, leading the girls to a runner-up finish in 1976.

Mike LaMoine (1981-1985) was a two-sport standout for the Riders in both football and hockey. In football, he was a significant contributor as a defensive end, tight end, and kicker for the Roughriders and helped lead them to a 7-3 record and state playoff appearance in 1984. On the ice, LaMoine was a four-year varsity regular, earning All-EDC and All-State honors in 1985. He was a captain for the 1984 and 1985 teams and helped the Riders win EDC team titles in 1983 and 1985. LaMoine played four years at the University of North Dakota, winning a National Championship with the Fighting Sioux in 1987. In that same year, he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings and participated in the Olympic Festival on the gold medal winning team. After his playing days were over, LaMoine gave back to RRHS, serving as an assistant hockey coach from 1990-1996 and interim head coach in 2020. During his single season as head coach for the Riders, he was named the ND Boys Coach of the Year and led them to a State Championship.

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