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T-Bird Hall of Fame

March 13, 2014

Former athletes honored at United Tribes
THUNDERBIRD HALL of FAME

BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College inducted one team and nine individuals into the “Thunderbird Hall of Fame” during a banquet February 17 at the college.
           An audience of 275 friends and fans turned-out to honor the outstanding former players and athletic leaders who contributed their skill and talent to the United Tribes Thunderbirds basketball program.
            Heading the list was the 1984-85 men’s basketball team that led ‘Tribes’ to sanctioned, collegiate athletic play in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
           Athletic leaders honored were: the college’s first athletic director, Dave Archambault Sr.; the Thunderbirds most successful coach, Kevin Finley; the college’s first activities and athletics coordinator, the late John Thunder Hawk Sr.; and the athletic program’s longest serving leader and cultural mentor, Wallace “Butch” Thunder Hawk Jr.
           Thunderbird players inducted were: sharp-shooting back-court players Val Finley and Perry White Owl, high scoring guard Barry Webster, and Lady Thunderbird standouts Kristin Bearstail and Jenna Skunk Cap.
            Also recognized were Thunderbird players previously inducted: Alan Spoonhunter, a two-time All American; the late Tanner Albers, the school’s all-time leading scorer; and the late Jason Logg, one of the top 3-point shooters in NJCAA history.
           The inductees were also recognized between the Thunderbird women and men’s basketball games on that day. Banners were unveiled for each inductee hanging near the ceiling of the James Henry Community Gymnasium, where the former stand-outs displayed their skills.
           A United Tribes Athletic Dept. committee made the Hall of Fame selections and the induction event was expertly coordinated by Hunter Berg, United Tribes athletic director. Guest speakers included Al Bortke, former U-Mary athletic director and coach and David M. Gipp, UTTC interim chancellor and former president. The master of ceremonies was Phil Baird, UTTC interim president.
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Banners unveiled, Thunderbird Hall of Fame inductees were greeted and honored in the gym where they played.

United Tribes News photos<>DENNIS J. NEUMANN

1984-85 Thunderbirds: From left, Kevin Finley (representing Val Finley), True Clown Jr., Curtis Black, Ken Walks, Terry Jeanotte, Dave “Sam” White Face, Coach Dave Archambault Sr. and Charlie White Eagle. Other members of the squad were Terry Wolf Necklace/Dogskin,  Van Buffalo, the late Austin Richards, Perry White Owl, Chuck Defender, Oris Bear Stops, Mike Lawrence, Terry Hodgkiss, Manager “Nav” Tapio, and Assistant  Coach-John Thunder Hawk Sr.


Al Bortke


David M. Gipp


“Nav” Tapio and Dave Archambault Sr.


Phil Baird


Barry Webster


Kristin Bearstail


Jenna Skunk Cap


Butch Thunder Hawk


Dave Archambault Sr.
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Read about each of the United Tribes Thunderbird Hall of Fame inductees and see more photos of the event on the Athletics page of the college’s website: http://www.uttc.edu/athletics/
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