NDSCS announces Letterwinners Hall of Fame Inductees


The North Dakota State College of Science Athletic department is announcing five new members into the Letterwinners Hall of Fame: Willie Austin, Leo Greseth, Lloyd Huyck, Duane Thimjon and Jeff Zitzow. Inductees will be honored on October 3, 2015 during the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at 6:30 p.m. on the Wahpeton campus.

Willie Austin, a member of the 1970 and 1971 NDSCS Men’s Basketball teams, graduated from NDSCS in 1972 with a degree in Liberal Arts. While at NDSCS, he was 1st Team All Conference and 1st Team All-Region XIII both years he was on the Basketball team. Austin was also an Honorable Mention All-American and the eighth leading scorer in the nation. He is the second leading scorer in NDSCS history with the second highest point total in a game and second highest scoring average. While at NDSCS, Austin volunteered at the Wahpeton Indian School, speaking with students about abstaining from drugs and alcohol and the importance of staying in school. He owns his own consulting firm, Austin Consulting, Inc., and Austin’s Auto Connection, an independent auto brokerage. Austin resides in Seattle, Wash., and has eight children.

Leo Greseth was a standout in the NDSCS track program, throwing the Shot Put and Discus. He took 5th place in the National Indoor in 1996 and 4th place in the National Outdoor in 1996. In 1997, Greseth placed 2nd in the National Indoor and 4th in the National Outdoor. During the 1997 Indoor season, he was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Greseth graduated from NDSCS in 1997 from the Electrical Technology program. He currently works in farming in the Lidgerwood, N.D., area. Greseth and his wife, Tara, have two children, Dale and Lily.

Lloyd Huyck graduated in 1988 from the NDSCS Liberal Arts – Education curriculum and was an exceptional wrestler. He wrestled in the 177 lb. weight class and was a National Champion and All-American 1st Team. Huyck also ran for the NDSCS Track team. His events included the 100, 200 and 400-meter sprints as well as the 1600-meter relay team. Huyck owns and operates a construction company (Lloyd’s Construction) and is an active leader with the Boy Scouts. He and his wife, Paula Clarke-Huyek, reside in St. Cloud, Minn., and have three children, Cinnamon, Jhenna and Ethan.

Duane Thimjon was a standout baseball player for the NDSCS Wildcats. He was a pitcher and also played 1st base. Thimjon was a co-captain of the baseball team and consistently hit above 300. He graduated from NDSCS in 1959 from the Business Administration program. Thimjon is currently retired from farming, but helps his sons when needed at Thimjon Farms. He and his wife, Carol, live in Wahpeton, N.D. Carol is also a graduate of NDSCS. She graduated from the Secretarial program. Thimjon and Carol have two sons, Troy and Jay.

Jeff Zitzow competed in both football and wrestling. He was the center for the NDSCS Football team and wrestled heavyweight for the NDSCS Wrestling team. Zitzow was named Captain of the Football team in 1993, All-Region Honorable Mention in 1992 and All-Region in 1993. He also qualified for Nationals in 1993 for wrestling. Zitzow’s final match in the NJCAA Wrestling Tournament was the last match ever wrestled for NDSCS. He graduated from NDSCS in 1994 from the Electrical Technology program. Zitzow currently owns and operates Zitzow Electric, an electrical contracting business owned and operated by the Zitzow family for over 40 years. He and his wife, Wendy, reside in Vergas, Minn., and have one son, Derek.

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