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Six Inducted into UMD Athletic Hall of Fame
A quartet of All-Americans -- Jeff Guidinger (basketball), Ron Johnson (golf), Derek Plante (hockey), and the late Corey Veech (football) -- three-time all-conference selection Ann (Patet) Henry (softball), and former heavyweight boxing contender Scott LeDoux (football) were inducted into the University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Hall of Fame this past October. The addition of this distinguished group brought the Athletic Hall of Fame membership to 94.
Ron Johnson, who grew up in Duluth and attended Denfeld High School, was a four-year letterwinner in both golf and hockey (left wing). In the spring of 1962, he joined teammate Tom Maas as UMD’s first golf All-Americans after placing fourth individually at the NAIA Championships. On the ice, he skated a regular shift in 73 career games and was credited with 39 goals and 31 assists for 80 points -- good for the No. 4 spot on the Bulldogs’ all-time scoring list at time.
Derek Plante was a driving offensive force for the Bulldogs for four winters, culminating with a senior year in which he racked up an NCAA-leading 92 points -- still the second highest single-season total in team history -- for a school-record 2.49 points per game average. For his efforts,the Cloquet, Minn. product was chosen as a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist, a first team All-American, the USA Hockey Male Athlete of the Year, and the WCHA Player of the Year. Plante, who played three years of baseball with the Bulldogs as a reserve second baseman (1990-92), went on to enjoy an eight-year stint in the National Hockey League,
Corey Veech, who was killed in a automobile accident in September 1990 at the age of 26, capped off a remarkable senior season with selections to the Associated Press Little All-American and Football News All-American second teams. The Hermantown, Minn. native started three years in the Bulldog offensive backfield and concluded his career owning no less than 15 school records.
Ann (Patet) Henry arrived on the UMD campus from South St. Paul in 1985, and over the next four years distinguished herself as one of the most prolific hitters in Bulldog softball history. The three-time All-NIC third baseman (1986, 1987 and 1989) was a member of three conference championship teams and helped UMD advance all the way to the finals of the 1988 NAIA National Championship
Scott LeDoux, a native of Crosby, Minn., lettered three years with the football Bulldogs, including in 1968 when he started on both the offensive and defensive lines, before pursuing a career in professional boxing. LeDoux posted a record of 33-13 with four draws in 50 pro bouts and fought for the world heavyweight championship on two occasions -- in 1978 (USBA vs. Mike Weaver) and 1980 (WBC vs. Larry Holmes).
The University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1991 and enshrined its charter class exactly 61 years to the day after the first Bulldog varsity athletic event took place (a football game at Northland College on Sept. 20, 1930). Individuals who have played an integral part in the development and maintenance of the rich Bulldog athletic tradition are recognized with plaques in the UMD Sports and Health Center complex.
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