Northwood announces latest hall of fame class

Northwood announces latest hall of fame class

Northwood University announced the members of the 15th class to be inducted into the Northwood Athletic Hall of Fame recently. 

Andy Cripe (contributor), Ron Hunter (basketball/football), Johannes Sterobo (men’s soccer), Chris Rusher (men’s track and field), Madison Pines (women’s soccer/track and field), and Pam Wilson (women’s basketball) will join 76 other inductees in the hall of fame. The induction ceremony will be held on Nov. 6 at the Hach Center, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program at 6 p.m.

Cripe arrived at NU in 1996 and became the school’s head athletics trainer, a position he would hold for 19 years, the longest tenure of any head trainer in school history. He later became the school’s Dean of Students in 2015 and still holds that position.

Hunter is the greatest wide receiver in NU football history, holding school records for career receptions, career receiving yardage, and career receiving touchdowns. He earned All-GLIAC honors four times and helped the Timberwolves win two conference championships and earn the first NCAA playoff berth in program history. In basketball, he averaged almost 11 points per game over two seasons and was a key player on NU’s first-ever NCAA Tournament team in 1998-99.

Sterobo owns nearly every goalkeeping record in school history and also had the top two seasons by an NU keeper, winning 14 games in 2014 and 17 games in 2015, helping the Timberwolves win GLIAC championships and earn NCAA Tournament berths both years. A two-time Academic All-American, he was the Division II Academic All-American of the Year in 2015, becoming the only Northwood athlete ever to earn that distinction.

Rusher earned a national title in the shot put at the 1985 NAIA Outdoor Championships with a throw of 17.29 meters, helping Northwood to finish ninth overall as a team. He also took second in the event at the NAIA Indoor Championships in 1985, fifth at the indoor championships in 1984, and sixth at the outdoor championships in 1984, while leading the Timberwolves to GLIAC championships during both the 1985 indoor and outdoor seasons.


Pines holds seven school records in middle distance events in track and field, was the 2013 GLIAC champion in the 1,500-meter run, qualified for the NCAA Championships six times, and twice earned the prestigious Elite 89 award, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest individual grade-point average at the NCAA Championships. She was also a four-year starter for NU’s women’s soccer team, and in 2012 she joined NU’s cross country team for one meet, narrowly missing All-Region honors by finishing 26th out of 158 runners at regionals despite having only three days of preparation.

Wilson is the only NU basketball player to have earned First Team All-America honors, doing so in 2011, the same year that she was named Midwest Region Player of the Year. A two-time First Team All-GLIAC honoree, she was a key member of teams which won the GLIAC North Division title in 2007-08 and earned the first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2008-09. She ranks in the top 10 in program history in 13 different statistical categories.

Tickets for the induction ceremony and dinner are $35 and can be purchased online at http://connect.northwood.edu/athletic-hall-of-fame or by contacting the Northwood alumni office at alumni@northwood.edu

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