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Courtesy: USF Athletics

USF To Induct Five Into HOF Class of 2013

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 10/01/2013
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The University of Sioux Falls will induct five members into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 11. The Class of 2013 includes: Steve Baas (baseball), Sammie Hasegawa (Coach & Faculty Emeritus), Patti Ibis (women’s basketball), Kurtiss Riggs (football) and Courtney (Farrell) Wynthein (women’s basketball).

The induction ceremony is part of USF’s 2013 Homecoming, to take place Oct. 11-13 at various locations on the Sioux Falls campus and at the USF Sports Complex. The 2013 USF Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet/Dinner kicks off Homecoming activities and will be held Friday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the McDonald Center on the Sioux Falls campus. Banquet tickets are $25 per person, $200 for a table and can be purchased online or by contacting the USF Athletic office at 605-331-6791. The Hall of Famers will also receive a special halftime recognition during the USF-Winona State football game at Bob Young Field (1 p.m. kickoff).

"We're excited about resurrecting the USF Athletics Hall of Fame and that our first induction class since 2000 is such an elite group," said USF Director of Athletics Kevin Hesser. "We really look forward to the unique opportunity to celebrate the Homecoming weekend conjunction with honoring our best of the best with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.”

Here are bio sketches for the USF Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013:

Steve Baas
Baseball (1980-81)
Iowa City, Iowa
Southwestern CC ‘79
Sioux Falls ‘81

Steve BaasA two-year ace for the Sioux Falls Cougars, Baas led the NAIA in both earned run average (0.92) and innings pitched (98) in 1980. Baas was also very active in SFC intramurals and officiated adult basketball games for the Sioux Falls YMCA. Upon graduation, he spent 26 years as a coach at Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines (Iowa), including 26 years as assistant baseball coach and six as head volleyball coach. Baas also coached baseball and volleyball for a combined seven seasons at Waukee High School. In addition, he has been employed by Fed-Ex for the last 27.5 years. He is a current member of the Iowa High School Baseball and Volleyball Coaches Association and active with the Lutheran Church of Hope.

Why Baas attended SFC: “My first contact after Southwestern Community College was with baseball coach Kevin McDonald from Sioux Falls College. I think any student/athlete remembers the first coach during the recruiting process. After visiting and meeting people, I thought SFC would be a good fit.”

Sammie Hasegawa
Professor (1955-91)
Head Golf Coach
Assistant Football Coach
Assistant Basketball Coach
Lawndale, Calif.
Ottawa University ‘45
Kansas State ‘48

Sammie Hasegawa taught Economics and Business Administration at Sioux Falls College from 1955 until his retirement in 1991. He was awarded Faculty Emeritus status in 1991.  As a professor in the business department, Hasegawa mentored and educated young men and women for nearly four decades. In addition to his teaching duties, Hasegawa served as the Braves’ men’s golf coach for several years, winning the Tri-State Conference title in 1967. He was named the Tri-State Conference Golf of the Year in 1967. Hasegawa was also an assistant coach for football and basketball for many years and remains an ardent supporter of USF athletics. He is the father of four children (Sammy Hasegawa, Stephen, Carol, Claudia) and his grandson Stephen is a 1973 graduate of Sioux Falls College.

Patti Ibis
Women’s Basketball (1986-90)
Los Angeles, Calif.
USF ‘90
USD ‘93

Patti Ibis was a four-year starter for the Sioux Falls women’s basketball team and ranks third all-time on the school’s career scoring charts with 1,731 points. Ibis broke the school's career scoring record during her 1990 senior campaign—a record she held the until 1996. She is currently the Director of Rehabilitation at Infinity Rehabilitation in Scottsdale, Ariz.  

Why Patti Ibis Chose USF:  “The smaller class sizes and specific courses at USF allowed me to get more individualized attention and helped me focus on maintaining the level of academic success I would eventually need to attend graduate school and pursue a career in Physical Therapy.  By being a member of the women's basketball team, I was able to develop leadership skills and realize the importance of teamwork.  These characteristics have enabled me to be to be successful and take on leadership roles throughout my career.”

Ibis listed several favorite memories from her time at Sioux Falls: “Our first game (my sophomore year) at the then newly constructed Stewart Center. My freshman year, we practiced in the old Pierce gymnasium on campus and played most of our home games at the Sioux Falls Arena.  I was happy that we finally had a "home gym" of our own. I also remember the game in 1990 against Westmar College when I broke the scoring record.  All of my team members signed the basketball and presented it to me. I still have it.

Kurtiss Riggs
Football (1993-1996)
Green River, Wyo.
USF  ‘97
SMSU ‘01

Kurtiss RiggsNew NAIA Hall of Famer Kurtiss Riggs amassed a record of 25-1 in two seasons as the Cougars’ starting quarterback. He still holds several NAIA records, including the most touchdown passes in a season (55), most consecutive attempts without an interception (290) and lowest interception percentage (.75%). His career and season marks also remain the standard at USF. Riggs holds school records in single-season passing yards (3,993), completions (265), touchdown passes (55) and single-game records in passing yards (457), completions (30) and touchdowns (8).

The Green River, Wyo., native was a two-time All-SDIC 1st team quarterback and Don Hansen’s National Gazette NAIA All-American who also received the 1995 SDIC Player of the Year and 1996 NAIA 1st Team All-American honors.

He saved his best for the last game of his collegiate career—the 1996 NAIA Championship game. Riggs passed for 455 yards and five touchdowns to lead USF to its first national championship, a 47-25 victory against Western Washington.

Riggs thrilled USF fans and haunted opposing coaches and current Colorado Mesa University head football coach Russ Martin is better qualified than most to assess his place in NAIA football history. In a letter of recommendation on behalf of Riggs, he called Kurtiss “exactly the kind of person that the Hall of Fame was created for.” The former Black Hills State coach added that he “had the great pleasure (and displeasure) of coaching against him and have never seen another QB at any level operate with as much efficiency as Kurtiss; you can look at his statistical background and see there is no comparison available.” 

Riggs teaches Advanced Placement Psychology at Roosevelt High School and is also owner of Riggs Premier Football. He has served as the head coach for the Sioux Falls Storm since 2003. With Riggs at the helm, the Storm has compiled a record of 140-28 and has won seven national titles (2005-2008, 2011-2013). He is a three-time IFL Coach of the Year. Riggs is married to Leisa and they are the proud parents of Peyton (13) and Afton Riggs (10).

Why Riggs Chose USF: “The opportunity to play multiple sports (football, basketball, baseball and track). I was impressed with coaches, in particular, Coach Young and Coach VandeStreek.”

Cited his teammates as his best memory from his time at USF. “Unique bond of a team that was limited with facilities, lack of full time coaches, no stadium for home games, and a lack of program funding. All things aside, only brought team closer together. 1995-1996 was a true family.”  

Courtney (Farrell) Wynthein
Women’s basketball, softball (2002-06)
Sioux Falls, S.D.
USF ‘06

Courtney FarrellFour-time NAIA All-American Courtney Farrell debuted in the Purple and White in the fall of 2002, with USF coming off a 16-17 season. The Cougars marched back with a 23-10 record thanks in large part to Farrell, who broke the school’s single season scoring record (599) en route to Great Plains Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, First Team All-GPAC and NAIA Third Team All-American honors. An NAIA second teamer as a sophomore, Farrell averaged 17.0 points per game and led the nation in field goal percentage (61.7%). She earned third-team All-American honors during a junior campaign that included a Cougars’ upset of defending national champion Hastings College—a win made possible by Farrell’s three-point play as time expired. Farrell saved the best for her last season, earning her fourth-straight All-GPAC first team certificate and NAIA All-American honors. She set three USF records that still stand: all-time scoring (2,433), all-time rebounding (1,168) and field goal percentage (61.8%) and led the nation in double-doubles. Farrell was also a four-time all conference pick at first base for the USF softball team who as a senior helped lead the Cougars to their first-ever NAIA national tournament appearance.

An FCA Honor Athlete, Purple Feather Award Winner and USF Female Athlete of the Year, Farrell returned to USF for a master’s degree in reading and works as a first grade teacher in the Sioux Falls School District.

Why Farrell Wynthein Chose USF: “It was close to family, has an excellent education program and welcoming coaches. The teamwork and leadership learned through sports and USF’s education department more than prepares you for the teaching profession. I also learned the importance of God in your life from life on USF’s campus.

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