- Four to be inducted into DWU Athletic Hall of Fame March 7, 2014
MITCHELL, S.D. – Four new members will be inducted into the Dakota Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame at the university’s 2014 spring banquet, athletic director Curt Hart announced this week. The banquet will once again take place the same night as the university’s Senior Recognition Banquet, which will take place prior to the hall of fame ceremony.
This year’s ceremony starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan campus. Senior athletes from all 15 sports will be honored, and then the four newest members of the hall of fame will be inducted. This year’s class includes three athletes and one contributor. The athletes include Jack Mitchell (football, class of 1950); Emily Janssen Petoske (women’s basketball, class of 2002) and Mike Slaughter (men’s basketball, class of 1986) and this year’s contributor is Dr. Lucio Margallo.
Doors for the banquet open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. The senior athletes will all be recognized and several special awards will be handed out prior to the induction of the four newest members of the hall of fame. The banquet is, for the most part, invitation only, but there may be some open seating available for the general public. For more information, contact the DWU athletic office at 605-995-2112.
Below is a list of this year’s DWU Athletic Hall of Fame class, along with a brief description of their accolades and contributions to DWU athletics.
2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Class
Dr. Lucio Margallo is being recognized for his contributions to Dakota Wesleyan athletics as one of the Tigers’ team physicians throughout the years. Dr. Margallo came to Mitchell in 1985 and has been working with the DWU athletic teams ever since. He works closely with the athletic training program and the athletic training students, and attends home football and basketball games, as well as volleyball, wrestling and baseball, among other sports. All of his work with Tiger athletics is on a volunteer basis.
Jack Mitchell, a 1950 DWU graduate, was a three-year starter on the Tigers’ offensive line. The Cambridge, Ohio, native was part of the 1945 team that went 4-0 and was named the state champion, and as a freshman that year he was named to the ‘mythical all-state team.’ Dakota Wesleyan went 12-13 in his career, and he started every game the three seasons he played before moving back home to Ohio to start a family.
Emily Janssen Petoske graduated in 2002 after four seasons with the DWU women’s basketball team. She was a four-year starter, and played a large role in starting a dynasty for the Tiger women, including the best season in DWU women’s basketball history in 2001-02. The Emery, S.D., native earned all-conference second team honors as a sophomore in 2000, and was named to the league’s first team as a junior and senior in 2001 and 2002. She also earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2002. She scored 1,536 career points and still holds the school record for points (44) and field goals (20) in a game.
Mike Slaughter, a 1986 Dakota Wesleyan graduate, was a four-year member of the Tiger men’s basketball team. The center from Columbus, Ohio, earned All-SDIC Honorable Mention as a junior and first team honors as a freshman. He scored 1,361 career points, and averaged 12.4 points throughout his four years. He was part of the 1984 SDIC co-championship team, and helped the Tigers win 15 or more games in each of his first three seasons.