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St. Norbert College Names Four to 2012 Hall of Fame Class

From Sports Information Director, June 20, 2011 |
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - The St. Norbert College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics 2012 Hall of Fame Class has been announced. Four individuals are in this year's class.

Inductees include soccer player Will Carstens, football and field athlete Fran Schmitz, and ice hockey players Roby Gropp and Tom Maryschak.

Carstens, a 1996 graduate, is St. Norbert's first men's soccer player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Carstens was a three-time first-team All-Midwest Conference selection from 1993 to 1995. At the end of his career he was St. Norbert's career scoring leader with 31 goals and 26 assists for 88 points, despite playing only one year as a forward.

Schmitz, a 1972 graduate, was a standout defensive lineman for the Green Knights and was also a record-setting thrower for the track and field squad. Schmitz was a ninth-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in the 1972 NFL Draft and was subsequently released during training camp. Schmitz's outdoor shot put school record of 52 feet 3 inches set in 1971 still stands.

Gropp, a 1998 graduate, is St. Norbert's career saves leader with 2,296 and was the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year in 1997. Gropp was named St. Norbert's most valuable player three times, one of two players in program history to have accomplished that feat. Gropp finished his career with 53 wins, a save percentage of .909 and goals against average of 2.66.

Maryschak, also a 1998 graduate, was the Green Knights' first defenseman to be selected as an All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association as a first-team honoree in 1998. A three-year graduate of the college, he was a first-team All-NCHA choice in 1997 and 1998 and was Academic All-NCHA in 1998. Maryschak scored 68 career points in 87 games.

The Class of 2012 brings the total enshrined in the St. Norbert Athletics Hall of Fame at 129 persons. The Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on the evening of Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. in the Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert campus. For banquet tickets or other Hall of Fame information, call (920) 403-3031.

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