LEWISTON, Idaho – Six new members were inducted into the Lewis-Clark State College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening at a banquet and ceremony presented by the Warrior Athletic Association at the Lewiston Elks Lodge.
Those honored were the women's basketball standout Rosie Howell, nee Albert, former athletic director and coach Richard (Dick) Hannan, baseball greats Chad Miltenberger and Jim O'Dell, longtime volunteer statistician Denny Grubb, and the 1984 national championship baseball team.
All individual inductees were in attendance, and 13 members of the 1984 baseball team were present as well (pictured below).
The evening’s speakers included legendary Warrior baseball coach Ed Cheff, who was inducted into the LCSC Hall of Fame in 2011. Cheff presented the inductions of both Miltenberger and Hannan.
Howell played for the LCSC women's basketball team from 1994-1998 and her name still riddles the Warrior record books. The 5-foot-10 forward ranks high in a number of career statistical categories including first in points (2,276) and first in 3-point shooting percentage (42.7). One of her best seasons came in 1996-1997 when she shot 49.2 percent from the outside, a percentage that led the nation and still stands as the program record.
Hannan served as head basketball coach and athletic director from 1974-1989, and played a critical role in the success and development of LCSC athletics. He worked arduously to give LCSC a chance to host the NAIA World Series and his efforts brought the Series to Lewiston and helped keep it there for eight straight tournaments (1984-1991). He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame for meritorious service in 1991.
Miltenberger played for the Warriors in 1983 and 1984 and was a major reason for the program's rise as a national powerhouse. In 1983, the catcher hit .482, a batting average that stands second in program history and stood as the single-season record for 22 years. He also hit .419 the following year, and his career batting average of .449 stands as tops in program history among players who played more than one year.
O'Dell, who played for the Warriors in 1982 and 1983, turned in one of the best—if not the best—season in Warrior history. In 1983, the first baseman hit .424 and collected all-time program highs in hits (117) and RBI’s (136), and also established the lowest strikeout ratio, striking out just seven times in 276 at bats. His 30 home runs that year stood as the program record for 27 years until Beau Mills hit 37 in 2007.
Grubb, who became the Hall's first member selected under the category of "Special Contributor," began serving LCSC in 1977 and has practically never stopped. In his 36 years of keeping stats, he has covered approximately 2,300 Warrior home athletic events. He has also served as the official scorer and statistician for 463 NAIA World Series games during tournaments in Lewiston; Des Moines, Iowa; and Sioux City, Iowa.
The Warrior baseball team of 1984 not only reached uncharted waters, but did so in impressive fashion. LCSC, which was hosting the NAIA World Series in Lewiston for the first time, fell to Emporia State 6-5 in the opening round, but rebounded to win six straight loser-out games, and by a lopsided average score of 12-5. The Warriors went 51-13 that season en route to clinching the program’s first of 16 national titles.
The 2013 Hall of Fame inductees were selected by the WAA Hall of Fame Council. The Council is composed of members representing LCSC's former coaches, present coaches, former student athletes, present student athletes, faculty or staff outside of athletics, athletic staff, the media, and the WAA.
Induction ceremonies will occur on a biennial basis with the third class being named in 2015.