The North Dakota State College of Science Athletic Department is inducting four individuals and one team into the Letterwinners Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored on Saturday, October 7 during the Hall of Fame Banquet. Information and registration for the event can be found online at ndscsalumni.com/homecoming. This year’s honorees are Orlando Patrick, Scott Roehm, Andre Smith, Willie Wilson and the 1977 Wildcat Football team.
Orlando Patrick attended NDSCS in 1992-93 and graduated from the Construction program. He was a forward on the 1992-93 men’s basketball team. The team had a record of 23-8 and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament. Patrick was MVP of the NDSCS men’s basketball team, was named to the NDJC All-State Team and was a Junior College All-American. He went on to play basketball at Western Illinois University, where he was MVP and team captain. He received Player of the Month in the Mid-Continent Conference honors twice and was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Mid-Continent Conference. Patrick graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Business. He had tryouts with two National Basketball Association teams and went on to play professional basketball in the Dominican Republic.
Scott Roehm is a 1994 NDSCS Liberal Arts graduate and was kicker for the 1992-93 Wildcats Football Team. The 1992 team was the RC Cola Bowl Champions. Roehm was First Team All-Region in 1992 and again in 1993, as well as Pre-Season All-American in 1993. He transferred to Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., where he was an honorable mention in the 1994 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). He earned First-Team All-Conference honors in 1995. Roehm received his master’s degree in Education from Bethel University in 2007.
Andre Smith graduated in 2005 from the NDSCS Liberal Arts program. He was a power forward for the 2003-05 Wildcat Men’s Basketball Teams. The 2003-04 team record was 28-4, with the team losing in overtime in the District Championships. The 2004-05 team advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament with a 28-7 record, finishing as consolation champions in the tournament. In the 2004-05 season, Smith was selected for the Mon-Dak All Conference Men’s 1st Team. He transferred to NDSU where he was a member of the NDSU Men’s Basketball Team that defeated #15 ranked Wisconsin and #9 ranked Marquette. For nine years, Smith played basketball overseas, where he received numerous awards and honors.
Willie Wilson graduated from the NDSCS Liberal Arts program in 1997. He was a wide receiver on the 1996-97 Wildcat football team and was named an All-Conference wide receiver in 1996. The 1996 team went 9-0 before losing their final game in the RC Cola Bowl, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. Wilson transferred to Winona State and was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection for the WSU football program. He received his bachelor’s degree in Education from Winona State. He played briefly for the Lacrosse River Rats Indoor Football League and had personal workouts with two National Football League teams in the fall of 1999.
The 1977 Wildcat Football team, coached by Al Grage, finished the season with a 6-2 record. While the season did not end with a championship, it stands out as one of the best from the four-year North Dakota College Athletic Conference (NDCAC) era. The team lost two games by a total of 10 points: a 3-6 defensive struggle against Dickinson State and a 14-21 game against Valley City State. The team defeated Jamestown in the last game of the season with a score of 35-28 in double overtime. During the season, NDSCS scored 234 points to their opponents’ 93, and was ranked in the top 20 for NJCAA College football in 1977. All Conference 1st team selections were: Dennis Broderick, Brad Barth, Tom Rynning and Tom Shorma. Kurt Grage, Dan Groetsch, Brad Salquist and Mike Stumpf were named All Conference Honorable Mention. All Region 13 selections were: Tom Rynning, Tom Shorma and Dennis Broderick.
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