1997 Inductees: Arnie Keck, Andrea Anderson, Sue Gorton, Butch Marshall
Arnie Keck taught and coached at Northern from 1963 through 1968, holding the positions of athletic director, athletic trainer, PE instructor, swimming coach, baseball coach, and assistant football coach. Keck's swim program produced several Conference Championships and NAIA All American swimmers, including Little Sullivan Award winner Chad Chadwick in 1967. Keck was named District Coach of the Year in 1965. His service to athletics didn't stop at NMC however. He helped coach and organize swim meets and practices for the Havre Lions Swim Team where he and Harvey Welch coached many state champions. Many of these athletes also went on to receive swimming scholarships at larger schools. In 1968 he accepted a position as assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of North Dakota-Grand Forks. He worked as a physical therapist in Oregon from 1974 to 1978, taught anatomy at the University of California at Davis from 1978 to 1981 when he returned to the UND faculty. Currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Anatomy at UND, Keck retired in December, 1996.
Andrea Anderson graduated from Northern in 1987 with a degree in Business Technology. She has worked for Northwestern Mutual Life and Baird Securities in Bozeman, MT, for the past ten years and is consistently ranked in the top 10 Montana agents and top 1000 agents nationwide for NML. She received that National Sales Award and the National Quality Award from the National Association of Life Underwriters. Anderson is a member of the local United Way board, is president of the Gallatin County Republican Women and vice president of the National Wild Turkey Federation, an organization dedicated to reintroducing wild turkeys into Gallatin County. She and husband Arron Wass have one son, Andrew, born in April of 1995.
Anderson holds three Skylight individual career records: most rebounds (909), most field goals (612) and the highest points per game average of 15.2 for four years. She also holds four individual field goals, and highest scoring average. Coach Loren Baker credits Anderson with helping make Northern a national power and leading her teams to four conference championships, earning all-conference and all-district honors.
A multi-sport athlete, Sue Gorton was an All-Conference volleyball and basketball player for the Northern Skylights and received All-District honors in basketball her senior year. A business major with a 3.25 grade point average, Gorton also received All-Conference Academic honors. As Skylight captain, she led her team to both Frontier Conference and district titles. In nominating Gorton, teammate Katie Heath stated "I believe the winning tradition Skylight athletics has built is a direct result of student athletes like Sue."
Gorton has been in retail management with Herberger's Department Stores in Kalispell for the past ten years. As an employee of a pacesetter company for United Way, she participates in the annual campaign and has served on the Citizen's Review Panel. Sue enjoys playing volleyball, basketball and skiing in the Flathead Valley.
Butch Marshall attended NMC on an athletic scholarship and played basketball for the Lights from 1974 to 1978. He also participated in track during that time and is the only male NMC athlete to compete at the NAIA track and field championships his sophomore and junior years.
He graduated from NMC in 1979 with an elementary education degree and later earned his master's degree from NMC in 1989. During his first teaching position at White Sulphur Springs he coached junior high boys basketball, "C" squad, and track and was assistant coach for girls varsity basketball. He has served as sixth grade teacher and administrative assistant at KG Elementary School since 1981 and has coached and assisted with varsity girls and boys basketball, junior high boys and girls basketball, and track. He was a member of the Montana Officials Association from 1987 to 1993, officiating several district and divisional tournaments for class A and C schools. Marshall is active in the Kremlin and Gildford communities as a member of the KG Booster Club and coach and umpire for youth baseball teams. He and wife, Cindy, have been married for 20 years and they have two sons, Adam and Eric.