Press Box

MARQUETTE, Mich. - Five new members will be inducted into the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with Homecoming 2008. The induction dinner and ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 3 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the induction program at 8:15 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the Superior Dome Ticket Office or by calling 906-227-1032.

This year’s inductees are:

Hong Shao '93

A four-year letter winner on NMU's swim team, 1989-93, Shao received numerous NMU, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA honors. The All-America swimmer set NCAA II national records in the 100 breaststroke and 400 medley relay and was a five-time NCAA national champion. Shao set four GLIAC and four NMU records, two of which still stand: 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay. One thing that distinguishes her national championship titles is that in 1993 she was the oldest national champion to date, at the age of 30. Hong currently lives in California.

Lori Juntila Rupert '81

An Ishpeming Township native,Rupert lettered in women's basketball four years, 1978-81. She was a walk-on her freshman year, became a starter midway through the season and started every game following. In addition to being the first 1,000-point scorer in NMU history, she is currently 10th overall in career scoring with 1,342 points. She held the career scoring mark for 10 years. Rupert was captain and most valuable player her junior year at Northern and led the team in scoring as a junior and senior. Rupert resides in Tulsa, Okla. with her husband, Tim.

Timothy Kerwin

Tim was a member of the men's swimming and diving team, 1975-79, when NMU was an NCAA Division II powerhouse. He was a four-year letter winner and earned team MVP honors all four years. He was a multiple-time GLIAC champion. At the end of his NMU swimming career, Kerwin had amassed a record 27 NCAA and All-America honors. He currently resides in Milwaukee.

Derrick Munos '86

Derrick Munos was a four-year letter winner on NMU's wrestling team, 1983-86. He was a two-time All-American and earned team MVP honors in 1986, also serving as team captain. After graduating from Northern, Derrick returned to his hometown of Aurora, Illinois, and began a career teaching wood shop and technology at the middle school level. He continued his involvement in wrestling through coaching. Derrick dedicated his life to teaching children about integrity; that race, religion or size of a bank account have nothing to do with character or how people should be treated.  He passed away in 1999 after a four-year battle with breast cancer.

Bill Schafhauser

A four-year letter winner on NMU's 1980-84 hockey team, Schafhauser was a second-team All-American in 1983, the first Wildcat defenseman to gain All-America honors. He also was a three-time team captain. His senior year, Schafhauser was named second-team All-CCHA and NMU's MVP, Best Defenseman and Senior Award honoree. He was a sixth-round choice of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks in 1981 and had a 12-year professional hockey career, spending three years in the Philadelphia Flyers system and a number of years in Europe.  Schafhauser and his wife, Tamara, live in Woodbury, Minn., with their two sons.

George Works Jr.

A four-year letter winner on the NMU football team, 1978-80-81-82, Works was a Kodak All-America first-team running back and an A.P. All-America second-team pick in 1982. He also earned team MVP honors that year. During his Northern career, Works set a number of NMU records, many of which remain today, including career points and touchdowns, and points in one season. He also holds NMU's record for most touchdowns in one game, five, which he did three times. Works spent a number of years playing professionally in the former United States Football League and Canadian Football League. He currently lives in Charlotte, N.C., where he works in the printing industry.

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David Faiella
Sports Information Director