SIOUX FALLS – Six individuals with ties to the University of Sioux Falls will be inducted into the USF Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 22 during ceremonies at the McDonald's Center on the USF campus. In addition to the inductees, the 2002-03 USF Women's Basketball Team, which advanced to the NAIA Final Four, will be recognized for team accomplishment. The six inductees in the Class of 2017 raises the USF Hall of Fame list to 47.
Inductees will include Chad Cavender (2006-07, football), Monterrey, Calif.; Mike Dvoracek (2003-06, Football), Harrisburg, S.D.; Steve Hackel (1983-87, men's track and field) of Midlothian, Ill.; Stephanie Bowers Hiatt (1993-96, volleyball), Sioux Falls, S.D.; Antony Overbaugh (1987-91, men's basketball), Danville, Calif.; and Nicole Puettmann Reuter (1997-2000, women's track and field), Casper, Wyo. The USF Women's Basketball team will be represented by former head coach Katie Dailey of Sioux Falls and members of the team.
The Hall of Fame dinner ceremony will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the induction program at 6:45 p.m. The "Voice of the Cougars" Tom Frederick will serve as master of ceremonies. USF President Brett Bradfield will welcome attendees and inductees. In addition, USF Director of Athletics Josh Snyder will update attendees on USF Athletics and present inductees with a gift.
The inductees and the women's basketball team will also be recognized at halftime of the USF-Minnesota Crookston game on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Bob Young Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
For those attending, induction dinner/game ticket package will be available for $40. Individuals choosing to attend only the game can purchase football game tickets for $15 for general admission and $20 for reserved. Others wishing to attend only the banquet, may purchase a ticket for $30. A discount rate is available at $100 for four banquet tickets.
Hall of Fame Inductees – Bios
Stephanie Bowers Hiatt, Volleyball, 1993-96
Originally of Bradenton, Fla., Hiatt was a dominant middle hitter and four-year starter for USF. From 1993-96, she finished her career second on USF's career kills list with 1,141 and ranked second at USF in career blocks with 517. She had two of the top-five kills per season marks at USF with 387 in 1996 and 356 in 1995. When she left USF, her kills average per game of 3.21 in 1995 was third all-time and her 1996 mark of 2.93 ranked fourth in school history. Hiatt set a school mark with 174 blocks in 1996. Hiatt also left school ranking second in digs for a season with 656 in 1994. She was named to two all-conference teams while at USF. Before coming to campus at USF, she prepped at Bradenton Christian HS in Bradenton, Fla. An all-state and all-conference honoree, Hiatt was named to the Junior Olympic team by USFA, and Player of the Year by Bradenton Herald as a senior. She earned a degree in elementary education in 1997 from USF. Stephanie and husband Jon, Vice President for Principal Gifts and University Relations at USF, have three children,Tyler, Caleb and Lucas, and live in Sioux Falls.
Chad Cavender, Football, 2006-07
Named GPAC Player of the Year in 2006, Cavender, who transferred to USF from Shasta College, is one of four USF players to earn NAIA National Player of the Year honors when he was named in 2007. While he spent just two years at USF, he had a major impact. Cavender, who helped the Cougars to a 27-1 record in 2006-07, led USF to the 2006 national NAIA title with a 14-0 record. Again in 2007, Cavender was quarterback for the Cougars in a 13-1 season, which ended in a 17-9 loss to Carroll College. In USF's record book, he ranks fifth all-time with 64 passing TDs and fourth all-time in passing yards with 7,089. During his two years with the Cougar Football Team, he completed 496-of-737 passes for a school-record 67.3 percent (just two seasons). He also ranked fifth all-time in total yards with 820 plays for 7,143 yards or 8.71 per play (second all-time). Cavender has two of the top- four passing seasons all-time at USF with 3,674 in 2006 (2nd) and 3,409 in 2007 (4th). He had 38 passing TDs in 2006, which ranks third for a season all-time and his 26 in 2007 ranks seventh all-time. He and his wife, Amy, live in Monterrey, Calif.
Mike Dvoracek, Football, 2003-06
A standout for the USF Football Team from 2003-06, Dvoracek helped the team to a combined 48-4 record with just one regular season loss. He was a starting running back as USF won the NAIA national title in 2006 with a 14-0 record. Dvoracek, a native of Wagner, S.D., was part of 2003 team that was 12-1 with the 2004 team going 11-1 and the 2005 squad advancing to the national semifinals in an 11-2 season. In his career, he set a school record of 866 carries for 4,658 rushing yards, a total which ranks second in school history to USF Athletics Hall of Fame inductee (2015), David Ruter. He was named to three NAIA All-American teams, including first team in 2005 and 2006. Dvoracek, who earned a criminal justice degree from USF in 2009, was named all-conference three times and ranks second all-time with 384 points. As a sophomore, he had 276 carries for 1,526 yards and 15 TDs with 11 receptions for 41 yards. During his junior season of 2005, he ranked fourth in nation in TDs with 23 and was fourth nationally in yards with 1,603 yards. In that season, he also had 32 receptions for 400 yards and two TDs. As a senior in 2006, Dvoracek played a key role in the national title run with 274 carries for 1,374 yards and 18 TDs while adding 31 receptions for 291 yards and three TDs. He and his son, Jax, live in Harrisburg.
Steve Hackel, Track and Field, 1968-71
One of school's all-time greats in the jumps, Hackel still holds four records at USF, including the indoor high jump mark of 6'9 as well as the outdoor high jump mark of 6-9 3/8. He owns the outdoor mark of 23-9 ½ in the long jump and the school's outdoor triple jump mark of 46'10 which was set in 1971. Named an NAIA All-American in the high jump in 1971, he set a District 12 record in that event and won a conference title. He competed at the NAIA nationals in 1971 and later at the USSR/USA meet as well as the Melrose Games. Hackel earned a degree in health, physical education from USF in 1971. He and his wife, Pat, have a son and live in Midlothian, Ill.
Antony Overbaugh, Basketball, 1987-91
A native of Yankton, S.D, Overbaugh became one of the best-ever in USF Men's Basketball history. He starred at USF from 1987-91, registering 1,809 points, a mark which ranks third all-time. He finished with 746 rebounds, which ranks eighth all-time at USF. At Yankton High School, he was named first team all-state in 1987. At USF, he was named first team All-SDIC and All-District in 1991 when he averaged 22.9 ppg and 7.0 rebounds as a senior. Overbaugh also averaged 16.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg as a sophomore and 16.9 ppg and 7.1 rpg as a junior. During his career, he played in 113 games, hitting 687-of-1,370 field goals for 50.1 percent. He was 36-of-85 from three-point range for 42.3 percent and 327-of-425 at the foul stripe for 7.9 percent. He also had 175 career assists and his 641 points is the sixth best single season point total. Overbaugh earned a degree in mathematics in 1991. Antony and his wife, Stacie, have two children and live in Danville, Calif.
2002-03 USF Women's Basketball Team reaches NAIA Final Four
Nicole Puettmann Reutner, Women's Track and Field, 1997-2000
One of USF top sprinters in history, Reutner, set USF's 60 meter indoor mark of 7.89 in 2000, which was just broke in 2017. While at USF, she set outdoor marks in 100 (12.34) and 200 meters (25.34), both in 2000. When she left USF, she owned four of the top-five 100-meter dash times, including the top three marks. In addition, Reutner also recorded top three times in the 200 meters, while setting the 55-meter indoor dash mark of 7.40. When she graduated, Reutner four of the top five times in the 55 meters. She ran on the record-setting 4x100 relay (49.10, 1999) and 4x200 relay (1:47.29, 1998). As a part of the 4x100 relay, she was a member of teams from 1996-2000 that had the six best times in school history up to that point. Reutner won 11 SDIC conference titles individually or as a member of the 4x100 relay. She was on the 4x100 relay in 1998, 1999 and 2000 (outdoor), 100 meters in 1999 and 2000 (outdoor), and, 200 meters at 2000 outdoor meet. Additionally, she won indoor titles in 55 meters in 1998, 1999; 200 meters in 1998, 1999 and 2000. A five-time national qualifier, she set two records (55, 200) and was part of the recording-setting 800-meter relay to lead USF to the South Dakota Iowa Athletic Conference (SDIAC) crown with 114 points in 1999. Reutner earned a degree in health and physical education/history from USF in 2000 and lives in Casper, Wyo., with her Blake.
Directed by head coach Katie Dailey, the USF Women's Basketball Team put together a 23-10 (11-6 GPAC) record and advanced to the NAIA DII National Semifinals in Sioux City, Iowa in 2002-03. It is the farthest any women's team has advanced in national tournament play. The Cougars, which had an 11-1 home record, were led by five players scoring in double digits, including USF Hall of Famers Courtney (Farrell) Wynthein (18.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg); Lindsey (Schneiderman) Smith (13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Stephanie (Austin) Myers (10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg). In addition, Krista Orsack, who hit 80 three-pointers, contributed 12.0 ppg and Jill (Austin) Flint supplied 11.8 ppg and 6.9 rebounds. As a team, USF averaged 83.8 points, hitting 45.2 percent from the field and 32.9 from three-point range. They held a 7.5 rebound advantage per game over opponents. After ending the regular season with 10 wins in 12 games, the Cougars opened the NAIA national tournament with an 83-82 win over Southern Oregon, rallying from a 24-point deficit as Smith scored 27 points and Wynthein, 17, to advance to the "Sweet 16." The Cougars advanced to the "Elite 8" as Smith scored 20 points while Wynthein and Flint had double doubles in rolling to a 93-70 win over Cedarville, 93-70. To reach the "Final Four," USF had 19 points from Stephanie Myers and a double double from Wynthein (15 points, 11 rebounds) to defeat Holy Family, 81-67. USF's national tournament run ended in the semifinals in a 71-56 loss to Dakota Wesleyan at the Sioux City (Iowa) Auditorium.
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