Three men were inducted on July 13th during the Area Sports Roundup to our Sports Hall of Fame. They include: Mike Marquardt, Keith Stifter, and Nathan Swift. Congratulations to all three! If you have anyone to nominate please send in your nominations to Sports Director Joel Niemeyer. Here’s a little bit about this years Honorees:
Meet the 2013 Inductees: (listed alphabetically)
Mike Marquardt, Hutchinson: One of the best baseball players Hutchinson has ever produced. In High School was a 3 year All Conference and All Region Player, plus was named All State and Lions All Star in 1986. Career Batting average well over .400, holds tiger record for most home runs in a season with 15, Played in every inning of every game, except for one inning in 3 years. Played Legion ball and dominated, leading them to a 2nd place State Finish in 1985. Went on to star for the Hutchinson Huskies Amateur Baseball Team. Has played 20 years and holds Huskie Career records for most Home runs with 157, Career Hits, Runs Scored and RBI. Has Career Batting Average hanging around .400. Led Huskies to 5 state Tournaments, while playing in every single state tournament for 20 years running (drafted by another team), named All Tournament in State in 2000, and named North Star Central Division MVP 2 times. In recent years, went to Dassel Cokato and helped lead them to state tournament appearances…and then returned to play for the Huskies again. Marquardt also does volunteer assistant coaching for Hutchinson High School. Other honors include Hutchinson Leader Player of the Decade in the 1980’s, and is on State Tournament Planning Board.
Keith Stifter, Silver Lake: Standout athlete for the Lakeites in the 70’s. Competed in 4 sports-football, basketball, track and baseball. In Basketball, is a 1,000 point scorer in an era of no three pointers, was named all conference 3 times, Conference MVP Twice. In Football is notched 11 interceptions his senior season, and was named all conference that year. In Track he set 4 school records in the high jump, 440 dash, 440 relay and 880 relay. Was named Athlete of the Year his Sophomore and Senior Seasons. Went on Collegiately to play Football at Dakota State in South Dakota where he competed for 4 years and as a senior was their team captain. Currently very active in GSL athletics, member of Panther Boosters, volunteer coach for basketball, softball, baseball and Football, also weight trainer for Gophers DE Willie Van De Steeg and Gophers Trackster Jesse Posusta.
Nathan Swift, Hutchinson: An Electrifying football player that will not only go down as one of the best Hutchinson football players of all-time, but also one of the best Nebraska Cornhuskers of all time. He led Hutchinson High School to 2 straight appearances in the Metrodome in the State Tournament, including one trip to the Prep Bowl. Was a 4-time All-State player, including being named all-state at two positions his senior year (KR, RB). His senior year he was named the Associated Press Minnesota State Player of the Year, and Star Tribune’s Metro player of the year. Finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in Hutchinson football history. Also had multiple letters in Basketball, Track, and Baseball. Went on to the University of Nebraska where he broke records for the Huskers. He graduated as the schools all time leader in receptions with 166 catches and ranked second in receiving yards at 2,476, just three yards behind former Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers. Swift’s 63 catches and 941 receiving yards in 2008 were also both second on the single-season lists, and his 22 career touchdown catches were also second on the Nebraska chart. His 10 touchdown receptions as a senior ranked second on the season list. He had a brief NFL career getting time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos.