WAYNE – As Wayne State College students, faculty and staff gear up for the fall semester, plans are already in place for 2019 Homecoming.
Over a six-day period, homecoming festivities will take place on the Wayne State College campus along with the homecoming parade through downtown. “Let the Good Times ROAR” is this year’s theme and will last from Monday, September 30 – Saturday, October 5.
This year’s Wildcat Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees will be awarded to three athletes, one coach, one team and one contributor. The banquet is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 and all will be recognized during halftime of the Wayne State vs. Minnesota Crookston football game with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.
Inductees include Scott Bidroski ’07 of Gordon, (baseball); Carly Fehringer ’14 of Wayne, (track and field); Matt Schneider ’10 of West Point, (track and field/cross country); Krista Wood of Brookings, S.D. (softball coach); and the 2010 Women’s Softball Team.
The Ley Family (David and Kaki Ley, Roy Ley, and Matt Ley and Sandy Brown with children Mason and Josie) and their family-owned State Nebraska Bank & Trust of Wayne, will be inducted as a contributor into the Hall of Fame. The Ley family members have been longtime supporters of Wayne State College and proud members of the Wayne community. SNB was founded in 1892 and is the only bank locally owned in Wayne, being in the family for five generations.
Bidroski was a standout baseball player for WSC from 2004 – 2007 where he was a four-year starter at third base and shortstop. While at Wayne State, his career record was 163-63-1. Bidroski currently ranks as the all-time leader in RBIs (192), at-bats (757), and assists, while ranking second in career hits (267) and total bases (412) as well as fifth in career home runs (27), doubles (50) and runs scored (183).
Fehringer, a Wayne High graduate, was also a standout thrower for the Wildcat track and field team from 2011 – 2014. She was a national qualifier in seven out of the eight seasons (indoor/outdoor) and finished as a four-time All-American, a 12-time NCAA national qualifier and a three-time NSIC champion.
Schneider competed in cross country as well as track & field at WSC from 2005-2007 and 2009. He was a seven-time NSIC conference champion indoors and three-time NSIC outdoor champion. While at WSC, the men’s team won five NSIC conference championships (2005 CC/2006 indoor and outdoor T/F and 2007 indoor and outdoor T/F).
Coach Wood spent eight seasons as the head softball coach at WSC (2007-14). She inherited a program that was 10-34 and turned the ‘Cats into a NSIC and Central Region contender, leading the Wildcats to a 270-154 overall record and 133-60 in league games.
The 2010 Wildcat softball team posted a 43-14 record setting a school record in wins and placing second in the NSIC with a 21-5 league mark. WSC won the NSIC Tourney for the first time in school history and went onto host the NCAA Central Regional (another first) and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional before falling to Metro State in Colorado.
The most recent WSC Athletic Hall of Fame Class in 2018 was awarded to Nicole Brungardt, Silas Fluellen, Kaiti Williams, Keith Goetz as well as the 2011-12 women’s basketball team.