St. Scholastica Inducts 2nd Athletic HOF Class

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St. Scholastica Inducts 2nd Athletic HOF Class

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- St. Scholastica inducted on Friday night its second-ever class into the school's athletic Hall of Fame, with five individuals and a women's basketball team getting the call.

The second annual induction class includes men's hockey player Bill Courchaine, women's basketball player Janice Monsaas, men's basketball player Tim Radosevich, women's cross country runner Desiree Budd, former college president Father Francis Shea, and the 1987-88 women's basketball team.

Courchaine was the goaltender for a men's hockey team that won two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championships, in 1975 and 1977, and he was named the tournament's MVP in 1977.

He was a three-time NAIA All-American and ranks third in St. Scholastica program history in both career saves and shutouts.

Monsaas, meanwhile, is a Duluth Central graduate who was the starting center on the National Little College Athletic Assocaition (NLCAA) national championship women's basketball team.

She is still the program's all-time leader with 812 career rebounds, and she ranks fourth on the school's all-time career scoring list with 1,310 points.

Monsaas is now known as Janice Sayovitz, and she is currently serving as an assistant coach for the St. Scholastica women's basketball team.

Radosevich was also a force for Saints basketball in the late 1980s into the early 1990s, becoming the first men's player to be named All-American.

He served two years as captain for the Saints, and he still holds the program record with 1,666 career points to go along with 635 rebounds, which ranks third all-time.

Budd becomes the first athlete to be inducted into the St. Scholastica athletic Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility, that after becoming a three-time NAIA All-American and qualifying for the NAIA national championship meet in four consecutive years.

The four-year team captain was runner-up at the 2001 NAIA national meet and placed fourth in 2002. She also was the women's winner of the 2006 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

The first college president to be inducted, Father Shea was the man who started the men's hockey program in 1972 as part of an effort to drive higher male enrollement.

He predicted in 1972 the program would produce an All-American in its first four seasons. Not only did that happen, but the team also won the NAIA national championship in 1975.

Shea, who was the school's first male president, left the school before that national title season and then passed away in 1977.

The 1987-88 women's basketball team is the second team to be inducted in the St. Scholastica athletic Hall of Fame, following the 1974-75 national champion men's hockey team.

The basketball team also won a national title, that coming with a 72-65 victory over Concordia in the NLCAA championship game. The team finished with a (25-6) overall record, matching the highest wins total in program history.