51st Hall of Fame Class inducted
(L-R: Steve Amundson, Donald Hayes, Jeff Nygaard and Sherri Steinhauer)
Amundson, Hayes, Nygaard, Steinhauer honored
The 51st class into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame was inducted at the club’s annual banquet on June 5, 2013. The class features an LPGA star, an Olympic volleyball player, a former Badger and NFL wide receiver and a multi-sport athlete who lead his team to a memorable WIAA basketball title.
Recently retired LPGA veteran Sherri Steinhauer, three-time Olympic volleyball player Jeff Nygaard, Badgers and Carolina Panthers receiver Donald Hayes, and LaFollette and Western Michigan basketball star Steve Amundson will be enshrined at the Madison Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.
- Sherri Steinhauer played 26 years on the LPGA tour and continues to compete on The Legends Tour. The 1981 Madison Memorial High School grad won eight LPGA Tour events including three Women’s British Opens and two majors. Sherri ended her career 21st on the LPGA career all-time money list. She was an All-American at the University of Texas where she won five collegiate events and was named team MVP twice. She won two straight WIAA State High School Championships and three straight Wisconsin State Junior championships during her high school years.
- Jeff Nygaard, a 1990 Madison LaFollette High School grad, led the Lancers to two state volleyball championships. After high school, he attended UCLA where he was part of two NCAA championship teams. He also was the first collegiate men's player to be named National Player of the Year in two consecutive seasons. He participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics beach volleyball competition in Athens, Greece. In 1996 and 2000 he was a member of the Men's Olympic National Indoor Team.
- Donald Hayes starred in football and basketball at Madison East High School, graduating in 1994. He was named first team All State in both sports his senior year. He focused on football after that and was a four-time letter winner for the Wisconsin Badgers. With the Badgers, he caught 106 passes for 1,575 yards and four touchdowns. He played five years in the NFL, four with the Carolina Panthers. He caught 144 passes for 1,988 yards and nine touchdowns in his career.
- Steve Amundson played football, basketball and baseball for Madison LaFollette High School in the early 1980s. He was the City and Big Eight conference player of the year in basketball in 1983. Amundson led LaFollette to the 1982 WIAA Class A boys basketball title. He hit two free throws with four seconds left to beat top ranked Stevens Point 62-61. He also was an All City quarterback for the Lancers. Amundson went to Western Michigan where he was a four-year letter winner and scored more than 900 points.
These great athletes join the more than 200 athletes already in the Madison Sports Hall of Fame.
The Madison Sports Hall of Fame was started in 1963 to recognize and honor great athletes and sports figures from Madison. The club hosts weekly meetings from August through June and holds the induction ceremony every June. Go to http://madisonsportshalloffame.org/ to view the list of inductees and find other information about the Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club.
2013 Special Achievement winners
The Zimbrick Honda Madison Sportsman of the Year Award is Jester Weah. The Madison Memorial football and basketball star was named Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) 1st team All State, All Big Eight Conference 1st team and Player of the Year, Wisconsin State Journal (WSJ) 1st team All Area. Named All Big Eight 1st team in basketball.
The Strand Associates Madison Sportswoman of the Year Award winner is Ivy Martin. The University of Wisconsin freshman and Madison East graduate won the 50y freestyle race at the Big Ten Conference swim meet. She set meet, school and Big Ten records in the race.
The Flad Development and Investment Area Sportsperson of the Year Award is Nick Fuller. The Sun Prairie senior was named Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association 1st team All State. He led the Cardinals to the Big Eight Conference basketball championship. He was named the Wisconsin State Journal All Area Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He became the Big Eight’s all-time leading scorer.
The Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club’s Friend of Sport Award went to Glenn Rindfleish. For 30 years he has run the Madison Westside Track Club. The club provides track and field opportunities for Madison children between the ages of seven and 14.
The Mendota Gridiron Club's Pat O'Dea award recipient is Matt Lepay, Wisconsin Badger football and basketball broadcaster. The University of Wisconsin athletic department determines the award winner.
The Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club’s Special Achievement Award Winners:
- Tony Butler, Sun Prairie High School senior. Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association 1st team All State infielder and academic All State, 1st team All Big Eight, WSJ 1st team All Area and winning pitcher in WIAA State title game.
- Nate Hoffman, Sun Prairie High School graduate. Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association 1st team All State pitcher and District 5 Player of the Year, 1st team All Big Eight pitcher, WSJ 1st team All Area and Player of the Year.
- James Conner, Monona Grove senior. WFCA 1st team All State defensive back, Associated Press honorable mention All State, Badger South Conference 1st team All Conference offense and defense, Badger South Conference Player of the Year, WSJ All Area large school Player of the Year and grandson of Hall of Fame inductee James Conner.
- Nick Menninga, Madison Memorial senior. Won four events at WIAA State Swimming and Diving meet. He won 50y freestyle, 100y freestyle, 200y IM and 200y medley relay. Team won third straight state championship.
- Josh Williams, Edgewood College junior and Madison West grad. Became first Edgewood College athlete to qualify for NCAA Division 3 championship in cross country and track & field.
- Madison West cross country team and coach Tim Kaufman. Regents won the WIAA Division 1 championship.
The Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club presented the Tom Butler Scholarship to Jesse Clark, a UW Madison journalism student.
Jonah Weisse, a Madison Memorial senior cross country and track athlete, will receive the Otto Breitenbach Scholarship. The award goes to a Madison high school senior who will compete in sports at a Division III college or university.
Weekly Lunch Meetings every Tuesday
Check out the exceptional list of guest speakers for the Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club's Tuesday meetings. The club meets on Tuesdays at the Elks Club Lodge on Jenifer Street. Meetings start at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public and new members are always welcome. Upcoming speakers are featured on the right of this page.
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Media members and guests are welcome. The luncheon costs $10 and begins at 11:30 a.m. Check out the list of upcoming speakers on the right column of this site.
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More than 500 people attended the 2013 Madison Sports Hall of Fame Banquet to honor four great Madisonians.
Each year the Madison Hall of Fame Club organizes a trip to a Milwaukee Brewers game.