GRAND RAPIDS — The Greenway High School and Itasca Community College volleyball programs received a big honor recently when three former Raider/Viking players were inducted into the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) Hall of Fame.
The three former players are Garbriella Feldt, Taylor Orhn and Megan Sobtzak.
In addition, two former Vikings – Denia Brown Polzin and Hanna Olson Zuehlke – also were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Following are brief summaries of each inductee:
Gabriella Feldt was a volleyball standout for Itasca between 2012 and 2014. In 2013, the Greenway High School product was tabbed as an NJCAA First Team All-America selection. She also earned accolades at the state and Region levels, claiming First Team All-State and First Team All-Division honors. She also was named to the All-Region Tournament team in 2013.
Taylor Orhn also was an NJCAA Volleyball All-American at Itasca Community College, earning Honorable Mention honors following the 2014 season. She was a standout at the Region and state levels, claiming All-Region honors and MCAC All-State First Team status in the 2014 campaign. Orhn lives in Coleraine, Minn., where she serves as a nursing assistant.
Megan Sobtzak, an ICC Viking between 2010-2012, earned All-America honors in both the NJCAA (First Team) and AVCA (Second Team), following her 2012 season. The Coleraine native swept MCAC First Team All-Division and All-State awards, as well as making the NJCAA All-Region XIII team.
Denia Brown Polzin competed for Itasca Community College in 2015 and 2016, leading the Viking volleyball squad. Polzin was recognized in 2015 as an NJCAA All-American, following a highly-successful season in which she earned NJCAA All-Region XIII, MCAC All-State and First Team, Northern Division honors. Polzin resides in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
A two-sport athlete, Hanna Olson Zuehlke suited up for Itasca in both softball and volleyball. Currently an elementary teacher in Cass Lake, Minn., Zuehlke was a 2015 NJCAA All-America in softball for the Vikings. She put together an impressive 2015 NJCAA Region XIII Softball Tournament effort, capturing Region MVP honors. Within the MCAC, she also was First Team All-State and All-Northern Division.
Named from Hibbing Community College were:
Breanna Chamernick competed in volleyball for the Cardinals in 2008 and 2009. In that time, she set the HCC record in serve receive percentage (95.72%) and career digs (1,519). In both seasons with Hibbing, Chamernick was named the NJCAA National Player-of-the-Year, while earning First-Team All-America honors. She also earned 2009 Academic All-America honors following her sophomore season.
Nina Lutmer also took to the hardwood for Hibbing Community College, competing in the 2006 and 2007 volleyball seasons. Her sophomore season saw Lutmer earn NJCAA Honorable Mention All-America accolades, and Academic All-America status as well. Lutmer still holds Cardinal career set assists marks in single-season helpers (1,204) and career set assists (2,235).
Kristin Riesgraf, a member of the Hibbing 2005 and 2006 volleyball teams, earning 2006 NJCAA First Team All-America honors. Riesgraf owns a handful of top marks in both single-season and career statistical categories, including single-season kills (484) and career kills (913).
Kelsey Wirtanen suited up for Hibbing in the 2009 and 2010 volleyball campaigns. Wirtanen earned both NJCAA First Team All America and Academic All-America status following the Cardinal 2010 season as a sophomore.
Additionally, Joel T. Krekelberg, a former Minnesota West men’s basketball athlete between 1973 and 1975, has been known throughout Worthington for his contributions as the certified athletic trainer for Blue Jay and Lady Jay squads. Krekelberg continues to bring a wealth of experiences to the Minnesota West campus, serving as a key contributor at the NJCAA Wrestling National Tournament, and serving with the NFL Houston Oilers between 1978-85. MnWest Men’s Athletic Coordinator Bob Purcell stated: “Joel is that person who is everything that the NJCAA, Region XIII, MCAC, MN West CTC, and athletics wants to teach and represent in its athletes, coaches, and administrators. He is selfless in giving his time and experience in performing his duties as an athletic trainer.”
Krekelberg also has earned the Joe T. Dugger ATC Award (2017) and the Fred Zamberletti Award in 2018.