Laurentian welcomed two athletes and one team to its prestigious Hall of Fame on Friday night in what was an emotional and enjoyable night for all who attended. Basketball players Ted Dongelmans and his wife Stephanie (Harrison) and the 1997-1998 Lady Vees basketball team made up this year’s class of inductees.
Dongelmans (1996-2000) helped guide the Voyageurs to the CIAU Championships in three out of his four seasons and he helped the team win the OUA title in 97-98 and again in 99-00. Dongelmans was an OUA All-Star in each of his four seasons at Laurentian, a three-time consecutive OUA East Player of the Year from 97-98 through 99-00 and Laurentian’s Male Athlete of the Year in both 1998 and 2000. Dongelmans was also an All-Canadian three years straight; second team in 97-98 and first team in 98-99 and 99-00.
Harrison (1995-2000) guided the Lady Vees to the CIAU Championships in four out of her five seasons and helped the Lady Vees win the OUA title in 97-98 and 99-00. Her hard work never went unrecognized as Harrison was a four-time OUA All-Star from 1996-2000, a two-time OUA East Player of the Year in 98-99 and 99-00, Laurentian’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 2000, and the Voyageur Award winner in 2000. Harrison led the nation in field goal percentage and was top four in the country in points per game in each of her final two years and was honoured as an All-Canadian three times in her Laurentian career; second team in 97-98 and first team in 98-99 and 99-00.
Led by rookie coach John Campbell, the 1997-98 Lady Vees finished the regular season with a 19-1 record. The team claimed Laurentian’s 13th OUA championship title at home in the Ben Avery Gym after defeating Western in double overtime, 75-71. The Lady Vees moved on to the CIAU Championships and took home the bronze medal in a nail-biter of a game as they scored the winning basket with only 1.1 seconds left on the clock against the University of Regina. Following the bronze-medal game, captain and OUA East second team All-Star, Joy McNichol, was named the game MVP and named to the CIAU Tournament All-Star team.
The 1997-1998 Lady Vees basketball roster included head coach John Campbell, assistant coach Linda Carriere and players Tracy Anderson, Amber Brown (Petryshen), Jenn Chorney, Shauna Conway, Chantal Dagostino (Gregoire), Stephanie DeSutter, Stephanie Dongelmans (Harrison), Joy McNichol, Shelley Swords (Dewar), Tanya Tatti, Nicole Walker and Karen Vos.
"Congratulations to the inductees of the 2012 Laurentian Alumni Voyageur Hall of Fame," a press release from the school stated. "This year’s induction class is another great example of the Pride and Tradition that Laurentian is synonymous for."