LEWISTON - Four NAIA All-American athletes as well as three national title teams and a runner-up have been selected as the 2021 inductees into the Lewis-Clark State College athletic Hall of Fame, LC State officials announced Friday.
NAIA national champion runners Sam Atkin and Tausha Kuzmic (Patterson) join Kyle Greene, the NAIA baseball Player of the Year in 2008, and two-time NAIA All-American women’s basketball player Amanda Campbell (Curtis) as the four individuals selected to be a part of the sixth class inducted into the Hall of Fame. Those athletes join the 1991 and 2008 Warrior baseball teams, which both won Avista NAIA World Series titles, along with the 1983 team, which finished second in the Series. The only other program to win a national title in LC State history outside of baseball is the 1998 women’s rodeo team, which rounds out the eight inductees.
The induction will take place on April 24, 2021 at the Clearwater River Casino and Lodge Event Center. There will be a no-host social starting at 5 p.m. with dinner and the ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event will go on sale in early 2021. The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Warrior Athletic Association.
Inductions into the LC State Hall of Fame take place every two years with the purpose of honoring former Warrior coaches, athletes, and supporters, who “by virtue of their outstanding accomplishments, service, or performance, they are of such significant stature that they are considered to be among the most highly regarded to be associated with Warrior athletic programs.”
Atkin is the most decorated runner ever at the college, earning NAIA All-American honors in cross country as well as both indoor and outdoor track. He’s the only male athlete in school history to win national indoor or outdoor track titles.
Atkin came to LC State from Lincolnshire, England and competed for the Warriors during 2011-16. In cross country, he finished second at the national meet in 2013 to earn All-American honors and still holds the school record for the fastest Warrior time in any cross country meet with a 23 minute, 25 second run over 8 kilometers. He was named the Frontier Conference’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week seven times during his career and twice won the NAIA National Runner of the Week honor.
In track, Atkin won two NAIA indoor and outdoor titles. He won the 3,000 meter indoor title in both 2013 and ’16, and was second in 2015. He also was a member of the distance medley relay team that took third indoors in 2016. At the NAIA outdoor meets, he won the 5,000 meters in both 2014 and ’16, and placed third in 2013. He also was third in 10,000 meters in 2016.
Atkin, who has been an assistant track and cross country coach at LC State since 2017, holds the school record for 3,000 meters (both indoor and outdoor) as well as the outdoor marks for the 1,500, 5,000, and 10,000 meters. He’s also part of the record-holding indoor distant medley relay team.
Tausha Kuzmic (Patterson)
Kuzmic, who is from Nampa, Idaho, won the Idaho State Class A-1 Division 2 cross country title her senior year at Vallivue High in 2000 and led her team to the state title.
At LC State, Kuzmic made her mark in track when she became the first LC athlete to ever win an NAIA national title when she won the women’s marathon in 2005. She finished the race in 2 hours, 57 minutes and 56 seconds, which still stands as a school record. What made the feat so remarkable was that it was the first time she had ever competed in a 26.2-mile marathon. The course was five laps and she took the lead almost instantly. She then held about a 3-minute advantage over the second half of the race. She later tried out for the 2006 United States Olympic team.
Kuzmic earned two NAIA All-American cross country honors when she placed 17th at the national meet as a sophomore and then was 16th her senior year. She holds the seventh fastest cross country time in school history and still has the school record for the fastest time by a freshman.
Kuzmic lives in Florida where she is a nurse.
Greene, who grew up in Lewiston, was named the 2008 NAIA Player of the Year for baseball, marking the second straight year a Warrior won the title. He is just one of three Warrior players to win the award, joining Jim O’Dell (1983) and Beau Mills (2007), both previous LC State Hall of Fame inductees.
Greene, who mainly was a third baseman, played two seasons at the college and capped his career by hitting .360 with 11 RBI in the 2008 Avista NAIA World Series, leading the team to the title. He was selected to the all-tournament team as well.
During the 2008 season, Greene had one of the more productive single seasons in school history. He led the team in batting average (.428), home runs (19), RBI (94) and doubles (30), which set a school record. He had a slugging percentage of .838. One of his best games was when he tied an NAIA record by hitting two grand slams against Dixie State in Utah, which earned him national Player of the Week honors.
Greene was selected in the 2008 MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 11th round with the 348th pick overall. He advanced all the way to Triple-A in his first season in the minors.
Greene’s name dots the LC record book. Along with the doubles mark, his 94 RBI ranks fourth on the program’s single-season list, the .838 slugging percentage is fifth, the .428 average ranks 13th, and the 19 home runs ranks 11th.
Greene is an engineer paramedic for the Lewiston Fire Department.
Amanda Campbell (Curtis)
Campbell was a starting point guard at the college during 1995-99 and is perhaps the most electrifying and versatile player in program history. She came to LC State from Portland and earned NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honors as a junior and then was a First-Team All-American her senior season. She earned a tryout with the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association and later coached ninth grade boys’ basketball at Jenifer Junior High in Lewiston while completing her social work degree at the college.
Campbell arrival at LC also came at the beginning of a long successful tradition in the program. Her freshman year mark the first time LC women qualified for the NAIA national tournament and she made four trips to nationals, reaching as high as the National Quarterfinal her sophomore and junior seasons.
Campbell finished her career with 1,554 points, which stands sixth on the program’s all-time list. She is the all-time leader in free throws made at 482 and steals with 1,359. She is also fifth in assists at 510 and ninth in average points per game at 12.3. Despite being only 5-foot-5, Campbell also ranks seventh in total rebounds at 715.
On the single-season record list, she is second (104) and tied for fourth (96) in steals and third in free throws made (143).
Campbell now resides in Vancouver, Wash. and works as a SUD case manager.
2008 LCSC Warrior Baseball Team
Greene was part of the 2008 national championship team that finished 58-7 for a .892 winning percentage, fourth best in program history. The team, however, had to battle back through the loser’s bracket at the national tournament to win three straight games and the title. LC started the 10-team tournament in dominant style by defeating Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 19-0 and Oklahoma City 9-5 in a 12-inning thriller. The Warriors, however, fell to top seed Lee University (Tenn.) 5-2. LC then defeated Spring Arbor (Mich.) 9-4 and beat Lee twice, 7-6 and 8-3, the latter in the championship game.
During the regular season, the team set a program record by posting shutouts in five consecutive games. The team also set a record for most sacrifice flies in a season with 82, and tied a record by sending 21 batters to the plate and collecting 16 hits in a single inning in a game against British Columbia.
For the season, the club hit .347 and held opponents to a .231 average. LC outscored the opposition 601-232 and the pitching staff combined for a 2.92 earned run average with 549 strikeouts compared to 74 walks.
Green was a First-Team All-American selection, while catcher Brian Ward and pitcher Matt Fitts were Second-Team selections, and pitcher Justin Mace was an Honorable Mention pick. Joining those four on the Series squad were Ryan Anderson, Josh Ashenbrenner, Nic Benton, Kevin Camacho, Michael Guerrero, Sean Halton, Blaine Hardy, Tyler Knigge, Ikaika Lester, Chris Lum, Paul Martin, Nick Masters, Bernard Pena, Micky Pingree, Mike Rivera, Matt Stabelfeld, Chris Valencia, Dustin Willis, Ryan Woods and Brent Wyatt. Ed Cheff was the head coach and was assisted by Gus Knickrehm, Seth McCauley, Roberto Saenz, and Matt Vogel.
1991 LCSC Warrior Baseball Team
The 1991 squad posted a 48-7 record and also won the Series title in what at the time appeared to be the final Series game played at Harris Field. After a successful run during 1984-91, the Series moved around the country before returning to Lewiston in 2000.
LC started Series play with a 9-4 win over Lubbock Christian and beat Oral Roberts 13-8. LC then clubbed South Carolina-Aiken 19-6, North Florida 11-3, and Hawaii Pacific 11-4, to move into the championship game, where it shut out Oral Roberts 7-0 behind a five-hitter by Jose Misa, who struck out eight and walked three. In all, the Warriors outscored the opposition 70-25 in going 6-0 in the tourney, which featured several rain delays. The championship game win was also LC’s 35th straight at Harris Field as the ’91 squad went undefeated at home.
The team set the season program record for on-base percentage at .472 and had two of the stranger games in LC history. The Warriors beat Gonzaga 3-0 despite collecting just two hits in the game, the lowest amount of hits during a win in program history, and then gave up 17 runs against Washington State but still won the game 21-17. That is also a program record for most runs allowed in a victory.
Misa was a First-Team All-American selection, while Jeff McCall was named an NAIA Academic All-American. Mark Dow was the first Warrior to earn NAIA Player of the Week honors.
Member of the ’91 Series team were Todd Anderson, Dean Banks, Marvin Benard, Brandy Bengoechea, Greg Blackman, Dow, Larrpy Ephan, John Herrera, Mike Hoelker, Tom Irwin, Kekoa Kaluhiokalani, Sid Maldonado, Ron Martinelli, McCall, Misa, Don Montgomery, Dave Peterson, Andy Purcell, Shawn Sanderfer, Greg Umfleet, Ken Woods, and Travis Woods. Cheff was the head coach of the squad and was assisted by Chad Miltenberger, Chip Damato and Chuck Higson.
1983 LCSC Warrior Baseball Team
Despite the program winning its first national title a year later, the 1983 baseball squad is considered by some to be the best team in program history. The Warriors went 69-7 that season for a .908 winning percentage, which set records for most wins and best winning percentage in a season. O’Dell (inducted 2013), pitcher Rich Medina (inducted 2017), and Gary Balmer, were NAIA First-Team All-Americans and O’Dell was the Player of the Year. O’Dell, a first baseman, hit .424 and collected program records for hits (117) and RBI (136), and struck out just seven times in 276 at-bats. His 30 home runs stood as a program record for 27 years. Scott Hormel was selected as an NAIA Academic All-American.
Playing in the World Series in Lubbock, Texas, LC opened by defeating St. Francis (Ill.) 16-2 and then defeated Union (Tenn.) 22-6. The Warriors then edged host Lubbock Christian 18-17 and beat Kansas Newman 16-2. Lubbock Christian, however, came back to beat the Warriors 4-3 and 12-9 to claim the title.
Members of the 1983 Series team were Balmer, Kevin Byers, Dan Danielson, Dan Dow, Tom Edens, Christ Hairell, Hormel, Ron Jones, Dave Martinez, Medina, John Medoza, Miltenberger, O’Dell, Allan Peterson, Bob Phaup, Fred Quintero, Ed Salazar, Scott Stender, Brian Thomas, and Jeff Vlah. Cheff was the head coach and was assisted by Corky Fazio, Mike Hanson and Dave Dudunake.
1998 LCSC Women's Rodeo Team
The women’s 1998 rodeo team captured the national team title at the College National Finals Rodeo in Rapid City, S.D. What made the feat so remarkable was that LC did it with only four team members and trailed by 80 points to defending champion Weber State entering the final day. The Warriors, competing against NCAA schools as well, put up big numbers during the final round and finished with 495 points, 10 better than the Wildcats.
On the final day, LC State’s Jamie Richard finished second in barrel racing, while Angie Champneys was second in breakaway roping. Katy Anderson took fourth in the all-around rankings. Tanya Louis also took part at nationals.
"Pull me off the rafters," said Karen Fuller, who was the team’s co-coach with her husband, Mike, after winning the title. "We were second coming in (to the final day), and we kicked their butts.”
With the addition of the 2021 class, LC will have inducted 27 individuals and 12 teams into the Hall of Fame since it started in 2011.