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Northwood Announces 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Northwood Announces 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

MIDLAND, MICH. – The Northwood University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the members of the 15th class of the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Andy Cripe (Contributor), Ron Hunter (Basketball/Football), Johannes Sterobo (Men's Soccer), Chris Rusher (Men's Track & Field), Madison (Pines) Goodspeed (Women's Soccer/Track & Field) and Pam Wilson (Women's Basketball) join 76 other inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

The 15th annual Hall of Fame ceremony will take place November 6 in the Hach Student Life Center, following the Northwood football game at 1 p.m.  The reception for the event will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 6 p.m.

Admission to the reception and dinner will be $35.   Net proceeds from the event will fund a Northwood Athletic Hall of Fame scholarship in the name of the inductees.  People interested in attending the event should contact the Northwood Alumni office at alumni@northwood.edu. Tickets may be purchased on-line at https://connect.northwood.edu/athletic-hall-of-fame

The inductees were selected based on their athletic prowess, contributions to the athletic programs, success and character as well as their positive representation of Northwood University.

 

ANDY CRIPE

Contributor

1996-Present

Andy Cripe has had as big of an impact with Northwood University student-athletes as anyone in the history of the athletic department over a span of more than 25 years. He arrived at Northwood in January of 1996 as the head athletic trainer, a position he would hold for 19 years.  The longest-serving head athletic trainer in Northwood history, Cripe had a sterling reputation for his dedication and his passion for athletics. He continues to be a big part of Northwood Athletics in his role of Dean of Students, a role he took over in January of 2015. Above all, Cripe has been a tireless worker and supporter of Northwood students and athletes over his entire career.

RON HUNTER

Football/Men's Basketball

1998-2001

Ron Hunter stands as the greatest wide receiver in school history, holding records for career receptions (151), yards (3,478) and touchdown receptions (34). He currently has 1,476 more receiving yards than any other player in school history. Hunter's greatest individual game came in one of the most memorable wins in program history, finishing with 264 yards receiving and three touchdowns in a 79-49 Axe Bowl victory over Saginaw Valley. He finished his football career earning All-GLIAC honors all four years of his career, leading the Timberwolves to two GLIAC Championships (1999 and 2000) and the first NCAA Playoff appearance (2000) in program history. In his two seasons on the Northwood men's basketball team, Hunter averaged 10.7 points per game and was a key part of the first NCAA Tournament team in program history in 1998-99. At 21-7, that team posted the best record in school history.

JOHANNES STEROBO

Men's Soccer

2012-15

Johannes Sterobo was a standout in the classroom and as a goalkeeper for the men's soccer team at Northwood University. He owns nearly every goalkeeping record at Northwood, including career wins (45), save percentage (.765), goals against average (0.96) and shutouts (28). Sterobo also has the top-two season in totals in school history, winning 14 games in 2014 and 17 games in 2015. Both the 2014 and the 2015 team won GLIAC Championships and reached the NCAA Tournament. The 2015 team reached the regional final and ended the year ranked 10th nationally. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, Sterobo was named the Capital One Division II Academic All-American of the Year in 2015. He is the only athlete in Northwood history to earn Academic All-American of the Year honors

CHRIS RUSHER

Men's Track & Field

1982-85

Chris Rusher earned the highest honor possible for a Track & Field athlete at the 1985 NAIA Outdoor Championships, taking home the National Championship in the shot put. On his final throw of the competition, Rusher had a toss of 17.29 meters to win the event by .02 meters. That win helped Northwood earn a ninth place finish overall as a team. Rusher had finished second in the indoor shot put at the NAIA Indoor Championships earlier that year with a toss of 16.61 meters. Rusher showed he belonged on the national level in 1984 in the shot put, finishing fifth at the Indoor Championship (16.5 meters) and sixth at the outdoor championships (16.71 meters). Rusher was a key part of the 1985 Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field teams that both took home GLIAC Championships.

MADISON (PINES) GOODSPEED

Women's Soccer/Track & Field

2010-14

Madison Pines was a true standout in many ways for Northwood University. She holds seven school records for the women's track & field program in middle distance events. The 2013 GLIAC Champion in the 1500 meters, Pines qualified for the NCAA Championships six times in her career. She won the prestigious "Elite 89" award twice at the NCAA Championships, given to the student-athlete at the competition with the highest individual grade point average. Pines was also a four-year starter for the women's soccer team at left back and a captain of the 2014 team.  She joined the 2012 cross-country team for one race - the NCAA Regional meet. With just three days of preparation, Pines narrowly missed All-Region honors by finishing 26th out of 158 runners, helping Northwood to its highest team finish in program history (seventh). She was the valedictorian of the class of 2013, graduating in three years.

PAM WILSON

Women's Basketball

2007-11

Pam Wilson is one of the best and most versatile players in Northwood women's basketball history. She earned the highest individual honor of any women's basketball player following her senior year, becoming the only player at Northwood to earn First Team All-America honors from the WBCA. Wilson was also named the Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year in 2011. A two-time First Team All-GLIAC honoree, Wilson was a key part of some of the finest teams in school history. Northwood won the GLIAC North Division title in the 2007-08 season, earned the first trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history in the 2000-09 season, and claimed the first GLIAC Tournament win at Northwood in the 2010-11 season. Wilson ranks 10th in school history with 1,315 points and 11th with 567 rebounds. Wilson, who played four different positions in her career, ranks in the top-10 in 13 statistical categories at Northwood.