Dickinson State Athletics announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class
Five individuals and one team will be inducted into the Dickinson State athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 13. The induction ceremony will take place at the Astoria Hotel starting with a 5:00 PM social and 6:00 PM dinner.
Funda Aliskan-Sinani attended Dickinson State from 1996 to 2000. By the time her career ended, she would become one of the most dominant players in the history of NAIA volleyball. Aliskan earned honors as both an All-American and academic All-American in 1999. She was twice selected as the DSU female athlete of the year. She led the Blue Hawks to the national tournament in 1998 and 1999. Her illustrious career would include her induction into the volleyball NAIA Hall of Fame in 2009.
Brett Nedens attended Dickinson State from 1996 to 2000. Brett was a three time All-American in wrestling after he finished 3rd in 1998 and 1999, and finished as the national runner up in 2000. During that year he helped lead the Blue Hawks to their highest finish ever at the national level. He was named the outstanding wrestler in the conference and the Blue Hawks most valuable wrestler in 2000.
Tara McAvena-McDonald attended Dickinson State from 2001 to 2005. During the time at Dickinson State, Tara was named All-American 5 times. In 2003, Tara was the conference champion in the 800 and All-American in the outdoor 800. In 2004, Tara became the first female at Dickinson State to win an individual national title on the track when she won the indoor 800 meters. She would also be an All-American in the outdoor in the 800 and 4x400 relay.
Adam Eckert was a dual sport athlete at Dickinson State from 2001 to 2005. As a football player, Eckert was All-Conference four times. He was one of the top wide receivers in the conference and the nation. He earned All-American status in 2004 and the Hawks were conference champions his junior and senior year. In track Eckert was a four time All-American in the relays and was a part of 3 national championship teams as both an athlete and a coach. Adam later spent 3 years playing CFL football with Montreal and Winnipeg.
Kevin McElvaney was a dual sport athlete at Dickinson State from 2002 to 2007. In football he was all conference and All-American in the 2005 season. He was a part of four conference championship teams at DSU. In track, McElvaney was a four time All-American in the pole vault and multi-events. McElvaney was named the conference athlete of the year in 2007. He was a part of 2 national Championship and two national Runner up track teams. He was named the DSU outstanding male athlete in 2007.
The 2000 Dickinson State Wrestling team will be inducted into the HOF. The 2000 team finished the season with Eight All-Americans, the highest number ever for one team at DSU. The team also had the highest national finish ever at the time, finishing fourth at the national tournament.