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2005 Hall of Fame Inductees

Craig Cheeseman, ‘92
Craig Cheeseman is a 1987 graduate of Hanson High School and a 1992 graduate of DWU. He is the only athlete in school history to receive 15 letter awards, participating in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was a three-year starting quarterback for the Tiger football team, winning offensive most valuable player honors in 1990 as well as being selected honorable mention all-conference. He was a two-year starter in basketball and was elected co-captain of the team his senior year, winning the team’s most valuable player honors twice during his career.

In 1991 he garnered NAIA District 12 honorable mention in baseball. His track competition was capped by winning South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference all-conference honors in 1990 and 1992, placing in the triple jump both years and the long jump in 1992. Cheeseman not only excelled with his athletic ability but also as a team leader. He was instrumental in leading the Tigers to six conference championships spanning three sports. Cheeseman also spent a three-year period (1995-98) as the DWU head baseball coach and assistant football coach.

Jeanene McKelvey Sampson, ‘96
Jeanene McKelvey Sampson graduated in 1996 after arriving on the DWU campus in 1992 as a graduate of Elk Point High School. She was a four-year starter in volleyball, setting eight school records on her way to becoming a four-time SDIC all-conference selection. She was also named to the NAIA All-District 12 team in 1993 and 1994, as well as the 1995 All-Region squad. Sampson helped lead her team to conference championships in 1992 and 1993. The 1993 team holds the school record of 114 wins for individual games. She is the only DWU volleyball player to have over 2,500 kills, finishing with a total of 2,602.

Sampson is ranked in the top six in nine NAIA volleyball all-time season and career categories. In NAIA all-time career charts she is first in service aces (446), third in total blocks (904) and fourth in kills (2,602). She is also ranked in six NAIA all-time season categories – second in kills (977), service aces (183) and matches with double figure digs (45); third in matches with double figure blocks (10); fourth in kills per game (6.34); and sixth in matches with double figure kills (45). Sampson was a four-year starter in basketball, becoming a two-time all-conference selection.

Her 1,291 points rank eighth on the all-time scoring list and her 11.4 points per game rank her ninth on that chart. She also was instrumental in helping the Tigers win two SDIC championships in basketball. Sampson also participated in track as a four-year performer in the high jump.

Mike McKay, ‘63
Mike McKay began his Dakota Wesleyan University athletic career in the fall of 1960, after transferring from Slippery Rock College in Slippery Rock, Pa. He was a high school graduate of North Allegeny High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. He participated in three sports but was primarily recognized for his many skills on the football field.

During his football career he played six different positions. His leadership ability was apparent as he led the Tiger football team at quarterback and was twice selected team captain. He was twice selected an SDIC all-conference performer and in 1962 was named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.

McKay’s athletic and leadership abilities were also prevalent on the track; he was a member of four DWU conference championship relay teams. His 1960 championship 800-meter relay team not only set a school record that lasted for 11 years, but is still 10th best in school history. After college McKay had a free agent tryout with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL.

Wes Morgan, ‘92
Wes Morgan enrolled at Dakota Wesleyan University in the fall of 1987 after an outstanding basketball career at Mitchell High School. He also had an excellent basketball career at DWU that helped pave the way for his brother and sisters, who would eventually become the greatest basketball family in school history.

Morgan was a four-year starter for the Tiger’s basketball team and by the time he completed his senior year he had scored 1,429 points, 15th best in school history. He was a two-time all-conference first team selection and a second team selection on another occasion. During his tenure as a basketball standout, Morgan helped guide the Tigers to a SDIC championship in 1990 with a 10-0 record.

This was only the fifth occasion that a DWU basketball team finished the conference schedule undefeated, and the first since 1979. Morgan has continued his ties to Dakota Wesleyan University as the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team for the past 12 years.

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