Seven to join Lawrence Athletic Hall of Fame

APPLETON, Wis. -- Seven former Lawrence University greats will be inducted into the college's Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame in October.

Four women and three men make up the class that spans five decades. The class begins with basketball and track star Dick Schultz from the class of 1967, football standout Al Zagzebski '78 and football star Jeff Kinziger '96 round out the group of three men. The four women are all from the 2000s, basketball standout Beth Pollnow '02, soccer and track and field star Sarah Slivinski '03, cross country and track standout Valerie Curtis '03 and softball star Becca Reason '06.

The group will be inducted in a ceremony at the Warch Campus Center on Oct. 5. They join a group that includes 130 former athletes, coaches and staff and two teams, 1967 and 1981 football squads. 

Dick Schultz, class of 1967

Dick Schultz was a standout on both the court and the track for the Vikings and set records that still stand today. Schultz was an All-Midwest Conference basketball player and a league champion in track and field.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., the 5-foot-11 Schultz finished second in career scoring for the Lawrence basketball team as he compiled 1,088 points in three seasons (freshmen weren't eligible back then).

Schultz, who shot 46.3 percent from the floor and averaged 4.7 rebounds per game, finished second with a 16.5-point career scoring average. That scoring average still ranks fourth on Lawrence's career list. Schultz had his best scoring season in 1965-66 when he finished with 413 points and averaged 18.8 points per game.

Schultz, who earned all-conference honors for the 1966-67 season, put together the greatest scoring game in Lawrence history. Schultz scored a school-record 45 points in a 120-86 victory over Grinnell College at Alexander Gymnasium on March 11, 1967. Schultz topped the previous record of 41 points set by fellow Hall of Famer Joel Ungrodt '63, and his mark stood until 2005. He also set records for field goals made (21) and attempted (34) in a game, and those records still stand.

Schultz starred in the jumps and sprints for the Lawrence track team and picked up a pair of Midwest Conference titles despite missing the 1966 season due to injury.

Schultz won the long jump with a school-record distance of 23 feet, 1.5 inches at the 1965 Midwest Conference Championships at Willard Field in Galesburg, Ill. He also grabbed second in the 100-yard dash and took fourth in the 220 at the 1965 championships. Schultz teamed with Rick Miller '64, Chuck Porter '67 and Ron Messmann '69 to win the league title in the mile relay at the 1967 Midwest Conference Championships at Whiting Field. Their time of 3:23.8 set Lawrence and Whiting Field records. Schultz also took second in the long jump and third in the triple jump at the same meet.

Schultz earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and education from Lawrence and has a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Arizona. Schultz, who served in the United States Army, spent more than four decades working as a rehabilitation counselor, as the director of education centers for the Department of Defense and in higher education.

Schultz and his wife, Kate, live in Las Cruces, N.M. They have have one child, Nicola, and three grandchildren.

Al Zagzebski, class of 1978

Al Zagzebski was a defensive linchpin for Lawrence football and earned three All-Midwest Conference honors.

A Neenah, Wis., native, Zagzebski was a three-time first-team All-Midwest Conference selection at defensive tackle. Zagzebski earned all-conference honors in 1974, 1975 and 1976, and during that three-year stretch, Lawrence put together a record of 22-5 and captured the 1975 Midwest Conference championship.

Zagzebski, who was orginally set to attend Yale University before deciding to stay closer to home, was set to play on the offensive line for the Vikings, but legendary coach Ron Roberts switched him to defense. That proved to be a stellar coaching move because Zagzebski averaged nearly 10 tackles per game in 1974 as Lawrence put together a 7-2 record and finished second in the conference.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Zagzebski picked up 59 tackles the following season as the Lawrence defense led the Vikings to their first league championship since 1967. The Vikings went 8-1, posted one shutout and had three games in which the opponents were held to less than 10 points. The Vikings allowed just 11 points per game, and Zagzebski picked up another all-conference accolade.

Zagzebski earned his third consecutive all-conference selection in 1976 after averaging nine tackles per game, collecting nine sacks, forcing four fumbles and recovering three fumbles. The Lawrence defense posted two shutouts and allowed only 12.8 points per game. The Vikings had another great season as Lawrence went 7-2 and finished second in the conference's East Division.

Zagzebski earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and went on to receive a master's degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. Now retired and living in Madison, Wis., Zagzebski spent his career as a social worker around the state, inciuding Green Bay, Madison and Sturgeon Bay.

Jeff Kinziger, class of 1996

Jeff Kinziger ran one of the most potent offenses in the nation in the 1990s and earned Midwest Conference Most Valuable Player honors in the process.

A native of Lena, Wis., Kinziger was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Lawrence football team and earned All-Midwest Conference honors twice. Kinziger was named the 1995 Midwest Conference North Division Most Valuable Player after the Vikings led the all of NCAA Division III in rushing and finished fourth in total offense. Kinziger, who also earned all-conference honors in 1994, was a threat both as a runner and a thrower.

After beginning his career as a starter at defensive back as a freshman, Kinziger won the starting quarterback job in 1993 and never let go. Running the slot bone offense, Kinziger carried the ball 471 times for 1,852 yards and 19 touchdowns. He ranked third in career touchdowns and sixth in rushing yards when he graduated. Kinziger completed 189-of-380 passes (49.7 percent) for 2,866 yards and 29 touchdowns.  

A team captain and Most Valuable Player, Kinziger set multiple school records. He owned the season records for passing yards per attempt (9.4 in 1994) and yards per completion (17.1 in 1994). Kinziger also set the Lawrence season record for total offense per play of 6.6 yards in 1994.

Led by Kinziger and fellow Hall of Famer Brad Olson '98, Lawrence set school team records for rushing yards (3,096 in 1995), yards per rushing attempt (5.9 in 1994), rushing yards per game (344 in 1995) and rushing touchdowns (31 in 1995). Lawrence also set season total offense records for yards (4,315 in 1995), yards per play (6.7 in 1994), yards per game (479.4 in 1995) and plays per game (82.1 in 1995).

The Vikings, who led the Midwest Conference in total offense all three years (1993, '94 and '95) with Kinziger at the helm, led Division III in rushing offense and finished fourth in total offense in 1995. That was on the heels of being fifth in total offense and seventh in rushing offense in 1994.

Kinziger also won two letters in basketball for the Vikings as a freshman and sophomore. 

Kinziger earned a degree in history at Lawrence and collected Certified Financial Planner® certification from the College for Financial Planning in 2006. Kinziger is a Director for Robert W. Baird and Co. in Green Bay, Wis. Kinziger and his wife, Krista, have three sons, Jake, Johnny and Zach.

Beth Pollnow, class of 2002

Beth Pollnow Fietzer was the floor leader and a defensive force while guiding the Lawrence women's basketball team to the top of the Midwest Conference.

A native of Mukwonago, Wis., Pollnow directed the Vikings' offense as the team's point guard and was one of the league's top defenders as well. Pollnow earned three All-Midwest Conference honors while leading the Vikings to the 1999 Midwest Conference title and Midwest Conference Tournament appearances in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

Pollnow ranked 13th in Lawrence history when she graduated with 745 points and averaged 8.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She also drained 113 three-pointers, and that ranked third in school history. Pollnow's bigger impact came as a superlative distributor of the basketball as she remains Lawrence's career leader with 395 assists, an average of 4.5 per game. Pollnow also was an expert pickpocket as she collected a school-record 294 steals for an average of 3.3 per contest.

Pollnow was a first-team all-conference selection in 2002 and earned second-team honors in 1999 and 2000. Lawrence put together a 48-45 overall record during Pollnow's career, including a sparkling 42-22 mark in conference play.

Pollnow holds the game record for assists with 12 vs. St. Norbert College on Feb. 17, 1999, and posted a record 10 steals in a game twice, against Knox College on Jan. 18, 2002, and vs. Beloit College on Jan. 9, 1999. Her 111 assists in the 2000-01 season still ranks second in the Lawrence record book, and her 93 steals in 2000-01 also remains second on the Lawrence season list.

Pollnow burst on the scene as a rookie in the 1998-99 season and averaged 9.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. She helped Lawrence to the league championship with 17 points and four assists in the Vikings' 61-53 victory over Illinois College in the MWC title game. It gave Lawrence its only berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament as the Vikings finished with a 17-8 record. 

Pollnow led Lawrence to an 11-5 mark in the conference in 1999-2000 and another spot in the league tournament. After the Vikings retooled during the 2000-01 campaign, Pollnow directed the Vikings to another 11-5 conference record and a spot in the MWC Tournament while averaging 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals as a senior.

Pollnow, who served as an assistant to Hall of Fame coach Amy Proctor for three seasons (2002-05), graduated with a degree in economics from Lawrence. Pollnow works as Inside Sales and Logistics Manager at TMC North America in Appleton. She and her husband, Chris, have two children, Allison and Caitlin.

Sarah Slivinski, class of 2003

Sarah Slivinski Hanson's versatility, relentless drive and talent led her to success with the Lawrence soccer team and individual accolades in track and field.

A native of Eagle River, Wis., Slivinski set multiple Lawrence track and field records, qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships and was a Midwest Conference champion. She was a key component to the powerhouse Lawrence women's soccer teams of the early 2000s and helped the Vikings to a pair of Midwest Conference championships and two NCAA Division III Tournament berths.

Slivinski was the Swiss army knife of Lawrence track as she competed in a myriad of events. A three-time Midwest Conference champion, Slivinski earned all-conference honors 17 times and was a 36-time conference placewinner.

Slivinski set four individual track records and ran on a pair of record-setting relays. Slivinski set the school record of 4,345 points in the heptathlon at the 2003 NCAA Division III Championships. She finished 10th at the national meet and was just 20 points away from All-America status. Slivinski also set the indoor record in the pentathlon with 2,996 points in 2003. Slivinski also grabbed the school record indoors in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.94 seconds at the 2003 Midwest Conference Championships. Slivinski set the 400 hurdles record of 1:05.52 in 2003 and earned a provisional qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships.

Slivinski teamed with Kate Okenatez, Sally Schonfeld and Shelley Ebert to set the sprint medley relay record of 4:16.47 indoors at the 2000 MWC Championships. She teamed with Ebert, Jess Moser and Kim Boeckers outdoors to set the 4x400 relay record of 4:03.28 in 2003. All six of those records still stand today.

A team captain, Slivinski helped three relay teams win conference titles. Slivinski was part of the team that won the sprint medley relay at the league's indoor championships in 2002 with a time of 4:20.57. She was part of a pair of winning relay teams during the 2003 season. At the MWC indoor meet, Slivinski's sprint medley team defended its title with a time of 4:16.80. She then was part of the 4x400 relay team that won the title in 4:05.09 at the conference outdoor championships.

Slivinski competed regularly in the long jump, high jump, triple jump, javelin, 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles and on the relays. It was not unusual for Slivinski to compete in the maxiumum number of events at a meet. She put together a spectacular performance at the 2003 MWC outdoor championships as she placed in seven events -- first in the 4x400 relay, third in the javelin, third in the high jump, third in the 400 hurdles, fourth in the long jump, fourth in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the triple jump.

A midfielder on the soccer team, Slivinski was tireless in the field and was known for her ability to outwork any opponent. She finished with modest totals of eight goals and six assists for 22 points during her career but was a key starter on some great Lawrence teams.

After narrowly missing the MWC title during Slivinski's rookie season in 1999, Lawrence won the 2000 conference championship with a 2-1 triple-overtime victory over Grinnell College in the title game and played in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time. The Vikings put together a 13-6-1 record in 2001 and beat St. Norbert College 1-0 for the conference title. Lawrence went on to the NCAA Division III Tournament and posted a 2-1 victory over Aurora University in the first round and became the first MWC school to win a NCAA Tournament game.

The Vikings played in the four-team MWC Tournament in all four of Slivinski's seasons and compiled an overall record of 39-30-4.

An anthopology and classics major, Slivinski earned the maximum of nine Academic All-Midwest Conference honors by winning three apiece in soccer, indoor track and outdoor track. She is a lead teacher, consultant and recruiter for ACE Educational Services.

Slivinski and her husband, Bjorn Hanson '00, have three children, Lyla, Aksel and Torsten, and live in Centennial, Colo.

Valerie Curtis, class of 2003

Valerie Curtis Cross used an unsurpassed work ethic to become one of the most decorated distance runners in Lawrence history.

Curtis anchored the best Lawrence women's cross country teams in school history, was a national qualifier and consistently piled up points on the track. The native of Shullsburg, Wis., was a three-time All-Midwest Conference performer in cross country, a qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships and a Midwest Conference track champion.

Curtis earned all-conference honors during her final three cross country seasons, placing 13th in the league in 2000, third in 2001 and third in 2002. Lawrence captured a pair of Midwest Conference championships during Curtis' career as the Vikings took the crown in 1999 and 2001. A two-time meet champion during her career, Curtis took home titles at the 2001 Northland Baptist Invitational and the 2002 Lawrence Invitational.

A team captain, Curtis capped her career by qualifying for the 2002 NCAA Division III Championships. Running in the toughest region in the country, Curtis took eighth place at the NCAA Midwest Regional with the fastest 6,000-meter time in Lawrence history at 22:01.33. She went on to finish 73rd at the NCAA Division III Championships in Northfield, Minn.

On the track, Curtis was not only a top performer, she was relentless. It wasn't uncommon for Curtis to compete in as many as three distance events in a single meet.

Curtis grabbed the title in the 5,000 meters at the 2001 Midwest Conference Championships during the outdoor season with a time of 18:49.08. She would also take second in the 10,000 meters and fifth in the 3,000 at the same championships. A track team captain, Curtis would pile up 12 all-conference honors with top-three finishes at the league championships.

The winner of numerous individual races during her career, Curtis also posted eight second-place finishes at the Midwest Conference Championships. She took three seconds at the league's 2002 outdoor championships in the 5,000, 10,000 and 3,000 steeplechase. Curtis, who was a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships in the steeplechase, also grabbed the title in the 10,000 meters at the Wisconsin Private College Championships in 2002.

A physics major, Curtis was a nine-time honoree on the Academic All-Midwest Conference team. She won the award the maximum of three times apiece in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Curtis, who also earned College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District 5 honors, went on to earn her doctorate in biomedical engineering from Cornell University in 2010.

Curtis is a product specialist in the Medical Products Division at W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc. Curtis and her husband, Josh Cross '01, have a daughter, Zola, and live in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Becca Reason, class of 2006

Becca Reason Primus triggered the Lawrence softball team from the top of the order and collected eight post-season awards during her career.

A native of Minnetonka, Minn., Reason was a four-time All-Midwest Conference and four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region selection. Reason is one of two players, fellow Hall of Famer Jenny Burris is the other, in Lawrence softball history to be a four-time all-region selection.

A career .353 hitter, Reason ranked 10th in career batting average when she graduated and hit a career-best .393 in 2003. Reason piled up 153 hits in her career, and that ranks second in Lawrence history. Reason, who finished with 38 career runs batted in, compiled a .410 on-base percentage.

Batting in the lead-off spot in the order, she scored 97 runs, which was third in school history when she graduated. Reason was a force on the basepaths and swiped 78 bases, which ranks second on the school's career list. Reason owned three of the top seven season stolen base totals in Lawrence history when she graduated. She also has the game record with four stolen bases, which she did vs. Lakeland College in 2005.

The center fielder during her first two seasons, Reason played shortstop as a junior and senior. She led the team to four consecutive Midwest Conference Tournament appearances, and that puts Reason in a select group of Lawrence players to have reached four league tourneys. The Vikings won the MWC North Division in 2003 and 2005 and compiled a 68-60-1 record during Reason's four seasons.

Reason also played two seasons of basketball for the Vikings from 2002-04. She appeared in 46 games and made 13 starts on her way to averaging 4.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Reason helped the Vikings to a 24-22 record and an appearance in the 2003 Midwest Conference Tournament.

Reason earned a degree in chemistry at Lawrence and is a project scientist at Braun Intertec Corporation. She and her husband, Derick, live in Chaska, Minn., and have a daughter, Jillian.