June 30, 2010
Allendale, Mich. - Tim Selgo, Director of Athletics at Grand Valley State, announced that six individuals will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010. New members will include: Curt Anes (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood), football (1999-2002); Ed Crisman (Grand Rapids, Mich.), basketball (1966-69); Chara Fehsenfeld (Grand Blanc, Mich.), volleyball (1999-2002); Jennifer Mackson (Pinconning, Mich.), softball (2001-04); Dewey Newsome (Grand Rapids, Mich.) swimming & diving coach (1984-2007); and Melissa Sneller (Zeeland, Mich.), women's golf (2001-05).
The 2010 Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the Hall of Fame banquet on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Kirkhof Center and then honored during halftime of the Grand Valley State-Northern Michigan Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 9. Reservations for the 2010 Hall of Fame dinner can be made by calling (616) 331-8800.
This year's class will join the 102 members previously inducted into the Hall of Fame. The first GVSU Athletics Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1986. Plaques honoring all inductees are on display at the Grand Valley State Fieldhouse arena.
"We are inducting another outstanding class into our Hall of Fame," said GVSU athletics director Tim Selgo. "These six individuals were outstanding representatives of Grand Valley State."
The following are thumbnail sketches of each 2010 inductees.
Curt Anes turned in an incredible four-year career for the Lakers on the gridiron, leading the Grand Valley State football program to new heights with him under center. Anes concluded his career atop every offensive single-season and career passing and total offense category and led the Lakers to the school's first-ever team National Championship (2002). He completed 753-of-1,203 passes for 10,768 yards and 115 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,351 yards and 17 TDs on 348 carries. Anes was the first player in DII history to pass for more than 10,000 yards and rush for over 1,200 yards in a career. In addition, he also turned in two of the greatest back-to-back single-season campaigns in DII football history. He completed 201-of-288 (69.8%) passes for 3,273 yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior in 2001. His 219.3 pass efficiency rating as a junior is the second-best single-season mark in college football history regardless of division. As a senior, Anes passed for 3,692 yards and 47 TDs, while leading the Lakers to the National Championship. Anes, who was a concensus first-team all-american as a junior and senior, earned the 2002 Harlon Hill Award as the Division II Player of the year.
Grand Valley State men's basketball standout Ed Crisman, who was a part of the Lakers' first three men's basketball teams, was a key contributor to the building of the GVSU men's basketball tradition. Ed was the Lakers' first 1,000-point scorer and finished his career with 1,112 points, a total that still ranks 27th all-time in GVSU annals. Ed converted 45.1 percent of his field goals and 65.1 percent of his free throws during a career in which he averaged 17.7 points per game. Crisman averaged a career-high 20.3 points during the 1966-67 season and is one of seven players to average over 20.0 points per game for a season. Ed hit 48.7 percent of his field goals and 77.8 percent of his free throws during his senior season when he averaged 19.4 points per game.
The Grand Valley State women's volleyball program was among the most successful in DII during the last decade and former standout Chara Fehsenfeld was at the cornerstone of the Lakers' success. Fehsenfeld led the Lakers to a combined record of 119-19 during her career with three GLIAC titles, three NCAA Tournament appearances, two trips to the NCAA DII Final Four and a berth in the elite eight. Chara was an all-around performer for GVSU, evidenced by her career totals in kills with 1,140, digs with 1,498 and blocks with 150. In addition, Fehsenfeld chipped in 170 assists and 119 service aces during her four-year career. Known as one of the hardest workers on the court, Chara was also a standout in classroom. A four-time Academic All-GLIAC selection, Fehsenfeld was a two-time (2000 and 2001) Academic All-America honoree. Chara was a two-time All-GLIAC performer and was named to the AVCA All-Midwest Region team twice. Fehsenfeld, who played in 138 matches for the Lakers, ranks third in career digs (1,498) and fourth in career digs per game (3.14).
Jennifer Mackson is the most decorated softball player in the history of the Grand Valley State program. Mackson led the GVSU to four NCAA Tournaments, three GLIAC Championships, the 2002 DII Softball World Series and the 2002 NCAA DII National Championship game. Mackson was 103-16 during her career with 16 saves and averaged over 25 wins per season. Jen is the career record holder at GVSU in wins (103), ERA (0.67), complete games (102), shutouts (67), innings pitched (861.0), strikeouts (1,015) and opponent batting average (.155). Mackson was 30-6 as a sophomore with a 0.62 ERA and 317 strikeouts. Mackson guided GVSU to the 2002 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship and the National Championship game. Mackson was 28-3 as a junior with a 0.60 ERA, followed by a 25-4 mark as a senior. Mackson led GVSU to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional title game in each of her final two campaigns. Jen was a four-time All-GLIAC honoree and was selected as the GLIAC Player of the Year three times. In addition, Mackson was a three-time NFCA Great Lakes Region honoree, a 2002 NFCA First-Team All-American, a 2003 NFCA Second-Team All-American and a 2003 Academic All-American.
Swimming & Diving Coach
Dewey Newsome began his career at Grand Valley State as the Director of Aquatics in 1984, however, he quickly became the University's first-ever head swimming & diving coach. Dewey mentored 110 student-athletes that earned Academic All-GLIAC honors and the men's and women's squads combined to earn 36 team academic awards from the College Swim Coaches Association. In addition, 12 Lakers earned 28 Scholar All-American honors. Dewey coached 51 student-athletes that claimed GLIAC titles and 30 student-athletes that earned over 140 All-America honors during his career. Newsome's 2004-05 men's team captured GVSU's first-ever GLIAC swimming & diving team title. The Laker men finished among the top three in the final GLIAC standings 19 times during his career, while the Laker women placed among the top three 14 times. Newsome, who was named GLIAC Coach of the Year seven times during his career, tutored six student-athletes who have been inducted into the GVSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Melissa Sneller was a four-year standout for the Lakers on the golf course and is the first-ever women's golfer to be inducted into the Grand Valley State Athletic Hall of Fame. A two-time First-Team National Golf Coaches Association All-American, Sneller recorded 31 top 10 finishes, 22 top five finishes and earned medalist honors nine times during her storied career. Sneller was always performed at the highest level on the biggest stage, evidenced by her winning two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crowns, an NCAA East Regional crown and the 2005 NCAA Division II Individual National Championship with a four-round score of 292. Sneller captured top honors in each of the final three collegiate tournaments in which she played (GLIAC Championships, NCAA East Regional, NCAA Championships). Sneller was twice named the GLIAC Women's Golfer of the Year. In addition to her individual exploits, Sneller led the GVSU women's team new heights. GVSU captured three GLIAC team titles, won an NCAA East Regional crown and led the Lakers to a second-place team finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships.