Three All-Americans are included in the 2013 class of five destined for the Augustana Athletic Hall of Fame.
Lindsay Voss Wilber (volleyball), Jon Vik (football), and Paula U’Ren (softball) achieved All-America status during their Viking careers. They join baseball standout Neil Matthiesen, and Bill Reitter, who excelled in football and baseball.
Augustana’s 1993 softball team, the NCAA Division II Final Four runner-up, will be recognized. The Vikings’ 59-14 record stands as the second most wins in the program’s history.
Induction activities begin at 6 p.m. October 18, with a social hour at the Holiday Inn City Centre Starlite Room. Dinner will be served at 7. For reservations contact Beth Bornhoft at (605) 274-5420, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, Matt Musiel, head cross country and track & field coach at North Star High School in Lincoln, Neb., will receive the Ole Odney Award; Les Carson, former Augustana faculty member, the Lefty Olson Award, and Kent and Judy Morstad of Sioux Falls the Milt & Clara Harvey Award.
Lindsay Voss, a powerful outside hitter from Lakefield, Minn., was chosen to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America team three times. She also earned All-North Central Conference recognition three times. Augustana won the NCC title in 2000 with a 15-3 record and Voss paced the league in digs. In 1999, Voss led the league in kills per game and service aces per game. She was cited four times during her career as NCC player of the week. Currently she is second on Augustana’s career charts for kills, third for attacks, fifth for digs, and eighth for service aces. Her play was a key to Augustana’s appearance in the 2000 NCAA Division II title match.
Right guard Jon Vik’s play helped Augustana to its first appearance in the NCAA Division II football playoffs. The Vikings finished the 1988 season with an 8-4 record and shared runner-up honors in the North Central Conference regular season standings. Vik, 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, was one of three Vikings named to the all-conference first team. The 1988 squad set a school record for most points in a season with 351. The team also established school records for total offense (4,359 yards), rushing yards (1,974), and first downs (239). At the conclusion of the season, Vik was chosen to the NCAA Division II All-America first team by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette.
Paula U’Ren caught some of the best pitchers in Augustana’s storied softball program. The Vikings compiled a 207-45 record with U’Ren in the lineup as she was among the top 10 nationally in batting average, home runs, and RBI. She was named to All-North Central Conference, All-Central Region, and All-America teams three times each. During the 1995 season she ripped opposing pitchers for 16 home runs, drove in 67 runs, and hit a team-leading .494. Also in 1995, U’ren had a fielding percentage of .994 and was walked 26 times. She was voted the Outstanding Player in the NCC in 1995, hit .528 in league play, and twice was named conference player of the week.
Outfielder Neil Matthiesen was named to the All-North Central Conference baseball team in 1993 and 1994. On the Vikings’ career charts he is tied for first in triples (12), fourth in highest batting average (.392), and fourth in highest slugging percentage (.633). In 1994, the Vikings set a school record for wins (27), won eight of their first nine games, and were runners-up in the NCC Southern Division. Matthiesen set season records for hits (60), RBI (47), and triples in a game (2). He was named to the All-Central Region second team and was chosen NCC player of the week for May 2, 1994. He missed 13 games in 1993 after suffering a broken bone in his right wrist, but hit .405.
Nicknamed “Big Daddy,” Bill Reitter was a two-sport standout for the Vikings. The 1976 baseball team set season records for most hits and runs, and Reitter set the pace in home runs with five. At 6-foot-1, 245 pounds, “Big Daddy” played offensive tackle on the 1975 football team, finishing the regular season with an overall record of 7-3 and 5-2 in the North Central Conference. Reitter received honorable mention recognition on the all-conference team. “Big Daddy” was part of an offensive line head coach Ralph Starenko ranked as his “best ever.” The Vikings scored 213 points and amassed 3,789 yards total offense.