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.
McKelvey Sampson, ‘96
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.
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.
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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