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Annie (Block) Zenner
Annie (Block) Zenner '01
1998-2001

Andrea (Block) Zenner

2019 Inductee
A four-time All-NSIC selection and the 2000 NSIC Pitcher of the Year, Andrea (Block) Zenner racked up impressive stats during her BSU softball career. She pitched 27 complete games (1st) and totaled 14 wins (3rd) with 122 strikeouts (10th) and led the NSIC in ERA (0.79), innings pitched (68.1), strikeouts (42), wins (7), appearances (12), complete games (9) and shutouts (4) in league play in 1998. Offensively her 493 career at-bats rank fifth all-time and her 93 runs scored stand as a program record, while she is sixth in hits (142), walks (40) and doubles (22). She is also third all-time with 23 stolen bases and her 319 career assists in the field place her second all-time. Zenner owns three of BSU’s top 10 single-season win totals (14/1998, 11/1999 and 9/2000) and holds four of the top ten single-season strikeout totals (155/2001, 148/2000, 122/1998 and 115/1999).

Len Rothlisberger '72
Len Rothlisberger '72
1968-1972

Len Rothlisberger

2019 Inductee
A three-year captain, Len Rothlisberger helped lead the Bemidji State Men’s Swimming and Diving team to four consecutive Northern Intercollegiate Conference titles spanning 1969-1972 and was a member of a team that finished ninth at the NAIA meet as a freshman. As an individual, Rothlisberger won the NIC 50 free championship. A member of NIC championship 400 medley (3:44.7) and 400 free style relay (3:22.7) teams in 1971-72, Rothlisberger had his name entered into the BSU Swimming record book as a contributor to both relays. Rothlisberger earned NAIA All-America accolades in 1969 and 1971 was an All-American Honorable Mention in 1970 and capped his swimming career as an NIC selection and earned NAIA All-American Honorable Mention accolades in 1972. Rothlisberger also competed in track and field as a student-athlete. He specialized in the javelin and placed fourth at the NIC meet as a freshman before devoting his energy to swimming.

Karen (Morrisey) Stellrecht '97
Karen (Morrisey) Stellrecht '97
1993-1997

Karen (Morrissey) Stellrecht

2019 Inductee
Karen (Morrissey) Stellrecht participated in both basketball and softball at Bemidji State. Stellrecht led the basketball team in rebounds for three consecutive seasons and led the team in scoring both her junior and senior years. She scored 992 points in the 1996-97 season, which remains at the top of the BSU women’s basketball single-season scoring list. Stellrecht is BSU’s all-time leading rebounder (952) and scorer (1,728). Stellrecht was also a three-year letter winner for the BSU Softball team and ranks second in batting with a .335 average in three seasons. She is fourth on the program’s all-time runs scored list (70), fifth in RBI (52) and her 13 career triples is a program record. As a pitcher, she is also among BSU’s top 10 strikeout leaders with 80 career batters fanned.

Rich Swartz '85
Rich Swartz '85
1981-1985

Rich Schwartz

2019 Inductee
A four-year letter winner for the Bemidji State Football team from 1981-85, Schwartz was a three-time All-NIC selection (1983, 1984 and 1985) and was a Second Team NAIA All-America pick in 1985. The 1984 and 1985 team captain finished his career with 293 tackles, 32 passes defended, eight fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and 20 interceptions. One of the best defensive backs in small college football during his era, he was second in the nation with seven interceptions in 1983 and led the nation with eight interceptions in 1984. He remains BSU’s all-time interceptions leader, is first in career interception return yards (209), is atop BSU’s career passes defensed list (52), ranks ninth all-time in tackles and eighth in solo tackles (134). In addition, he sits fifth in single-season interception return yards (106). He was selected as BSU’s Defensive MVP in 1984 and the team MVP following the 1985 season.

Family of the late Denis Lemiux
Family of the late Denis Lemiux
1968-1972

Denis “Denny” Lemieux

2019 Inductee
A four-year letter winner, Dennis Lemieux played in 91 games for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team from 1968-71. He posted 129 points on 59 goals and 70 assists for an average of 1.47 points per game and remains 22nd on BSU’s all-time scoring list. In 1970-71, he led the team in scoring (52 points) and goals scored (32) and remains tied for 10th on BSU’s single-season goal-scoring list. Lemieux is one of just two players in Beaver Hockey history to register six goals in a single game. Following the 1970-71 season, he was selected as the ICHA Most Valuable Player and was voted as a team captain in 1971-72. Lemieux earned All-America honors at the conclusion of the 1971 season and is one of BSU Hockey’s 50 Legends for 50 Years.

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