MMC Lancer Club Party and Hall of Fame Induction to be Held June 23 inYankton
June 19, 2017
Mount Marty College (MMC) alumni and friends are invited to gather for the college’s annual Lancer Club Party on Friday evening, June 23, to celebrate Lancer Athletics and support scholarships for MMC student-athletes. The Lancer Club Party will kick-off MMC’s All-School Alumni Reunion weekend, June 23-25, and a celebration of the school’s 80th year of providing education in Yankton.
New to the Lancer Club Party this year, the 2017 MMC Lancer Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during the event, and throughout the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to meet new Lancer Athletic Director Chris Kassin.
Tickets are available for the Lancer Club Party, a casual event to be held at the Old Mill Bar and Event Center (106 Capitol Street, Yankton). The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with social hour (bar service and appetizers), followed by the opening of a silent auction at 6. The MMC Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Program will begin at 6:30. From 8 to 11 p.m., local band Street Corner Kings will provide live entertainment. The silent auction closes at 10.
The 2017 Lancer Athletics Hall of Fame inductees that will be honored at the Lancer Club Party include Jake Hoffman, Class of 2002; Trey Krier, Class of 2010; Tevan (Wenbourne) Newman, Class of 2008; and the 1976-77 Lancer Men’s Basketball Team.
One of the all-time great distance runners in Lancer history, Hoffman was a record holder in six events at the time of his MMC graduation — and he still holds the Lancer career records in the steeplechase, the 10,000-meter run and the marathon. He was also the anchor leg on the school record-breaking distance medley relay. Hoffman was an All-American in the marathon in 2001, finishing sixth in the national meet, and was the first Lancer to be a four-time national qualifier in the event. He has top 10 Lancer career times in at least four other track events. He is currently the freight planner for K&B Transportation in Sioux City, IA, and he and his wife Natasha have an 18-month-old son, Rollo James.
A four-year letter winner in both baseball and basketball, Krier holds distinction as one of the most successful baseball players in Lancer history. In 2009-10, he was among the national leaders in five statistical categories during his senior season — a season that brought the Lancers’ their first outright GPAC championship and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament. A GPAC leader, Krier was also instrumental in the Lancers’ runner-up finishes in the GPAC baseball tournament in 2007 and 2009. After pitching a perfect game in April of his senior season, he was named the national NAIA Player of the Week, the first Lancer to receive such an honor. Today, he is a math teacher and head girls’ basketball coach at Yankton High School. He and his wife Jenny, have two boys, 3-year-old Coyer and 1-year-old Keaton.
Newman was the first MMC Lancer to be named 1st Team All-Conference in the Great Plains Athletic Conference three times. She was also honored as the GPAC Defensive Player of the Year each of those years, the first athlete to ever accomplish the feat in the history of GPAC basketball. Newman is listed in the Lancer basketball career charts in seven statistical categories. The Lancers were nationally ranked all four years during her MMC career (the first time that had been accomplished), reaching a rating of #8 in the nation, an all-time high for Lancer women’s basketball at the time. Newman led the Lancers to the 2nd round at the NAIA National Tournament, also the best finish of the women’s team in Lancer history at the time. Married to Tyler Newman, she is currently a 5th grade teacher at the Aberdeen School District, her hometown, and coaches high school basketball and volleyball.
The 1976-77 MMC Lancers men’s basketball team was the first Lancer team in any sport to qualify and play in the NAIA National Tournament. An underdog team, the men had no home arena, no conference to play in, and won only three games the year before. Led by head coach Frank Evans, the team earned a ticket to the national tournament after winning an independent tournament (despite entering that tourney seeded last), then going on to beat two other conference champions to win the NAIA District 12 Championship, thus qualifying for the national tournament. The team finished the season with a 23-9 record and set 19 new records.
Members of the 1976-77 team to be honored with Hall of Fame induction include Mike Bies, Bill Dawson, Dan Dickes, Bob Doty, Tim Eixenberger, Byron Jones, Greg Kiger, Monte Lowe, Chet O’Neill, Richard Shipp, Ted Wallendorf, coaches Dennis Philips and Frank Evans, and special contributors Dave Schroeder and Todd Collins.
Individual tickets may be purchased for $30 each, or a table of six may be secured for $150. Sponsorships are available for $250. For tickets or to support the Lancer Club Party with a sponsorship, please contact Cindy Sohler in MMC Athletics at 605-668-1241 or email@example.com. Current sponsors for the event include First National Bank, Gerstner Oil Co., KYNT-AM, MT & RC Smith Insurance, First Dakota National Bank and Slowey Management Company. Conkling Distributing is also an event sponsor, providing complimentary Bud Light for those attendees 21 and older.
All proceeds from the Lancer Club Party support scholarships for student-athletes at MMC. Visit mtmc.edu/party for more information.