Press Box

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members Saturday, April 16, 2011 in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. A social hour beginning at 6 p.m. will kick off the evening which will be followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The Sports Hall of Fame ceremony is being held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.

Inductees include Chris Cook, Andrea Gommans, Krista Pray-Hobbins and Pete Vordenberg. Cook and Vordenberg were both NCAA National Champions in Nordic skiing while at NMU. Gommans was a National Champion and three-time All-American on the volleyball team and Pray-Hobbins was one of the first great women’s basketball players for NMU.

Chris Cook was a Nordic skiing NCAA National Champion in 2003 as he won the 20k classic. Cook was an NCAA All-American in 2000, 2001 and 2003. He finished first in the sprint and was second in the 15k at the U.S. National Championships. Cook was on the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team where he finished 21st in the sprint event in Torino, Italy. Cook currently lives in Rhinelander, Wis.

Andrea Gommans lettered four times in volleyball for NMU from 1990-93. She was a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American and a three-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team Selection as well as the 1990 GLIAC Freshman of the Year. Gommans holds NMU’s record for career kills (1,664), career blocks (761) and blocks in a season (229). She played 145 career matches and was a member of the 1993 NCAA Championship team that was inducted in the NMU Hall of Fame in 1999, the NCAA runner-up team in 1992, the NCAA quarterfinal team in 1991 and three GLIAC championship teams. Gommans and her husband Holger Wagner live in Nariobi, Kenya. Holger is also a graduate of NMU.

Krista Pray-Hobbins lettered four years on the women’s basketball team from 1980-83. Pray-Hobbins is NMU’s all-time leading rebounder with 953 for her career and is seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,260 points. She also holds the record for best field goal percentage in her career at 58.3 percent. She was the team Most Valuable Player in 1982. Three other records that Pray-Hobbins holds are field goal percentage in a season (64 percent), rebounds in a game (21) and field goal percentage in a game (100 percent on 8-for-8 shooting). Pray-Hobbins lives in Livonia, Mich.

Pete Vordenberg was the 1993 NCAA National Champion in Nordic skiing in the 20k freestyle. Vordenberg was a three-time NCAA All-American in both the classic and freestyle. He competed for the U.S. Olympic team in the 1992 and 94 games and was named the head coach of the U.S. ski team in 2006. He currently is head development coach of the U.S. Cross Country program.

Vordenberg is a writer in cross country skiing magazines and has written a book called Momentum: Chasing the Olympic Dream. He lives in Park City, Utah with his wife Barb. Barb also skied for NMU.

Tickets are available for the evening at $20 for adults and $15 for students at the NMU Superior Dome Ticket Office or by calling 906-227-1032.

The banquet is sponsored in part by Superior Oasis and Downtown EyeCare.

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Calvin Larson
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