MSU-Northern Alumni Association
Cowan Hall 307
A native of Great Falls and graduate of CM Russell High School, Joe Aline lettered all four years at NMC and compiled an outstanding career record of 109 wins - 22 loses. Joe qualified for NAIA national tournament honors by placing eighth in 1982 and fifth in 1984. He was the first two-time All-American and first Academic All-American at Northern. He serves as assistant wrestling coach at Great Falls High and was unable to personally accept the award because he was with the Bisons at the State Wrestling Tournament in Billings. His brother, Terry, who was also an outstanding wrestler at Northern, accepted on his behalf.
Dr. David Greenwood established Northern's wrestling program in 1970 and produced eight NAIA All-Americans during his tenure, leading his teams to Frontier Conference championships in 1976 and 1984. He also coached Northern's only undefeated dual meet season at 10-0 in 1984. He retired from the college faculty in 1989 as a professor of health, physical education and recreation.
Cut Bank native, Steve Johnstone was a walk-on player his freshman year at Northern and then went on to letter in basketball, baseball and golf. He was voted first-team All-Conference as a junior and was named to "Who's Who" in college athletes his senior year. As a senior and team captain, he averaged over 22 points per game and remains among the leading seasonal scorers in Northern's record books.
Havre High School graduate Bob O'Donnell captained the Northern basketball team during the 1947-48 and 48-49 seasons and made All-American both years at a time when NMC was a two-year school competing against four-year schools.
Larry Schwenke's 13 varsity letters have distinguished him as the most active athlete in Northern's history, a record that will probably remain unbroken since football, baseball, track and golf are no longer varsity sports at the University. He was All-Conference in football from 1965 to 1968, and was named to "Outstanding College Athletes of America" in 1969.