The Department of Athletics at Humboldt State University has announced the Hall of Fame Class of 2020 and 2021.
The date of the HSU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony will be announced later this year. Due to the pandemic, the ceremony might be virtual but will take place in February or March 2021.
Class of 2020
Laura Champ (volleyball, 1991-94): Champ was the Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC) Player of the Year in 1994. She was a three-time First Team All-NCAC honoree in 1992, 1993 and 1994. In the HSU volleyball record books, she finished second in single-season kills (425), fourth in single-season kill percentage (.310) and ninth all-time in career kills (963). The Lumberjacks finished in the top five in the NCAC during Champ’s career in the Green & Gold.
Heather Johnston (women’s soccer, 1993-96): Johnston was a member of the Humboldt State Lumberjacks’ women’s soccer team from 1993 to 1996. During her career at HSU, Johnston was an All-Region pick in 1996, and a two-time First Team All-NCAC honoree in 1995 and 1996. She also was the team captain of the first ever HSU intercollegiate women’s soccer team in 1995. Johnston was the primary individual for developing the women’s soccer team into a program that would become intercollegiate after four years as a highly successful club team. During her senior season, the Lumberjacks finished 11-4-5 and defeated UC Davis 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA West Region championships.
Scott Peters (men’s cross country and track/field, 1976-79): During the 1976 and 1977 seasons, Peters was an All-American in cross country as he finished 20th in the nation in 1976 and 12th in the nation in 1977. He was an All-American in track and field in 1977 and 1978. Peters finished fourth in the nation in 1977 and third in 1978 in the 5000-meters. Peters has the tenth fastest time in school history in the 5,000-meters. The Lumberjack cross country teams finished second in the nation in 1976 and 1977 and in 1977 were Far Western Conference champions.
Lisa Petty (women’s basketball, 2009-13): During her collegiate career in the Green and Gold, Petty was a three-time All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) First Team selection from 2011 to 2013. She was the first player in school history to finish in the top ten in both three-point field goals made (third, 162) and rebounding (ninth, 586). Petty is also in the top ten in HSU history in steals, field goals and free throws while she is the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,331 points. Her 530 points during the 2011-12 season is the third best all-time in school history in a single season.
Lyndon Rowells (football, 2010-11): Rowells was a two-time All-Region selection in 2010 and 2011. He was the 2010 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of the Year as well as a two-time First Team All-GNAC honoree in 2010 and 2011. The Lumberjack running back holds HSU’s third and fourth best single-season rushing seasons with 1,417 yards in 2011 and 1,308 yards in 2010. His 2,725 rushing yards during his career is fourth on HSU’s all-time career list and is the most of any two-year player. Rowells is first all-time in touchdowns scored in a game with five. During the 2011 season, Rowells played a key role in the Lumberjacks capturing the GNAC Championship.
Chrissy Stalf (softball, 2010-13): During her four-year career at HSU, Stalf earned numerous accolades including being a two-time All-American in 2011 and 2013. She led the nation with her 28 home runs in 2013. Stalf also was a four-time All-Region selection and a Three-time First Team All-CCAA honoree in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She was the CCAA Player of the Year in 2011 and 2013 and was a Second Team All-CCAA selection in 2010. Stalf was the Lumberjacks’ first baseman and finished first in HSU history with 57 career home runs while being fifth in runs scored (181), seventh in hits (279), ninth in runs batted in (175), fourth in walks (112) and fourth in batting average (.392). During the 2013 season, Stalf finished as HSU’s all-time leader in runs scored in a single season with 71 and in home runs with 28. Stalf and her teammates captured the CCAA and West Region title in 2013 while finishing fifth in the nation.
Class of 2021
1976 Men’s Cross Country team: Humboldt State’s men’s cross country team was coached by legendary coach Jim Hunt. On the 1976 team were Ken Hammer, Scott Peters, Gordon Innes, Chris Speere, Jerry Tucker, Mike Killeen and Bruce Caputo. The Lumberjacks placed second at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Hammer placed 15th while Peters finished in 20th place, earning both Lumberjacks All-American honors.
Nicholas Bawden (men’s track and field, 2007-08): Bawden was a two-time All-American in the javelin as he placed fifth in both 2007 and 2008. He also captured the CCAA title in the javelin in 2007 and 2008. Bawden is the school record holder with a javelin throw of 219’9 set in 2008.
Bridget Berg (women’s cross country/track and field, 2009-12): Berg was a two-time All-American as she finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Division II National Championships in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, she finished in 24th place while in 2012 she placed 17th. She earned All-Region honors during 2011 and 2012 in cross country as she finished sixth and second, respectively, at the regional championships. Berg was the CCAA Women’s Cross Country Champion and CCAA Runner of the Year in 2012. IN 2011, she earned All-CCAA honors by placing sixth at the conference championship. She is currently second all-time on HSU’s career list in the 10,000-meters (36:00.08) and seventh in the 5,000-meters (17:27.21).
Dan Collen (Director of Athletics, 2002-16): Collen was Humboldt State’s Director of Athletics from 2002 to 2016. During that time, the Lumberjack scholarship allocations climbed from $194,484 a year to $908,087 a year. Under his leadership, Humboldt State’s football and women’s rowing programs made their first appearances ever in the NCAA National Championships. Women’s rowing captured the national title in 2012 and 2014 while softball was national championships in 2008. Facility enhancements were a focus under his leadership, such as the on-campus softball field, Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, the KA Building that houses Lumberjack Arena, renovation of Redwood Bowl and the College Creek Soccer Field.
Katie Harris (rowing, 2010-13): Harris was a four-year team captain as named by legendary Lumberjack rowing coach Robin Meiggs. Harris earned All-American honors in 2013 and All-Conference accolades in 2012. Harris was the coxswain on Humboldt State’s first ever National Championship in 2012. The Lumberjacks captured the 2012 NCRC title as Harris was the coxswain on the varsity eight+. HSU placed third in the nation during the 2011 season.
Staci Self (women’s soccer, 2003-06): Self earned First Team All-Region honors during the 2006 season as she finished second in the nation in saves percentage (.904). The 2006 First Team All-CCAA honoree also was a 2005 First Team All-GNAC selection. During the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Self was named to the All-GNAC Honorable Mention Teams. She holds the Lumberjack career record with 25 shutouts and is first all-time with a 0.49 single season goals against average while she is second with seven shutouts in both 2003 and 2006. The four-year starter was a three-year team captain and led the Lumberjacks to third place (twice) and fourth place (twice) finishes in the conference during her career at HSU. Currently, Self is in her eighth year as a member of the United States Handball National Team.
Anetra Torres (softball, 1992-95): Torres was a two-time All-American and two-time All-Region honoree in 1994 and 1995. The Lumberjack outfielder is the school record holder with 61 sacrifices. She is in the top ten in single season lists in runs (60, 1994, ninth) and sacrifices (23, 1995, second). The Lumberjacks captured back-to-back regional titles in 1994 and 1995 and finished third and second in the nation, respectively.
Zack Weinberger (football, 1999-2003): Weinberger was a 2003 All-Region honoree while earning First Team All-GNAC honors. He was a member of the 2001 Second Team All-GNAC. The defensive lineman recorded a career high 7.5 sacks during the 2001 season.