2000 Inductees: Sam Nelson, Rick Shulund, Barb Filipowicz VanderMars, Larry D. Winters
Since it's inception in 1994, thirty outstanding coaches and athletes have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining them this year were Sam Nelson of Bozeman, Montana, Rick Shulund of Chinook, Montana, Barb Filipowicz VanderMars of Clancy, Montana, and Larry D. Winters of Bloomington, Indiana.
Sam Nelson, a multi-year letter winner in football, played both offense and defense during his four years at Northern, serving as co-captain in 1967 and 1968. He was the starting offensive center and defensive middle linebacker, earning MVP, all-conference and all-division honors for three years. A dual sport athlete for Northern, Nelson played baseball for four years also. After graduating from Northern in 1970, he taught Physical Education, Industrial Arts, and Driver's Education and coached football, basketball and track for 28 years in Bozeman, Montana, retiring in 1997. He now owns an antique business and builds custom furniture.
Havre native Rick Shulund, a 1967 Northern graduate, is the only Northern Light's football player to earn All-MCC honors four years in a row. Playing both offense and defense, Shulund was a team co-captain for the two consecutive division fides for NMC. Known as a team leader, he returned to NMC to assist with the 1971-72 squad. Shulund has taught in Terry, Valier, and Harlem and coached football, wrestling, and track during his years in education. Having worked a number of years in construction, he now spends his time farming He has been active in youth baseball, wrestling and basketball programs as well as serving as a 4H leader.
Barb Filipowicz VanderMars
Barb Filipowicz VanderMars, a 1982 Northern graduate, is a Great Falls native. She was a team leader for the Great Falls Bison's back to back State Championships. The most highly recruited high school basketball player in the state, she was a key recruit for the fledgling Skylight's women's basketball program enabling it to immediately contend for the Frontier Conference Championships. The best rebounder in Skylight basketball history, she earned Honorable Mention All-American honors and still holds three rebounding records for most rebounds in a single season at 332 rebounds, most rebounds in a game at 22, and the highest rebounding average per game of 11.6. She is second in career rebounds with 859. The Skylight's won their first conference basketball title during her sophomore year. She averaged double figures in both scoring and rebounding for two consecutive seasons her freshman and sophomore years. She is considered the first building block in the development of the women's basketball program that has earned (I I conference championships in 12) years. VanderMars is living in Clancy, Montana, and is a claims adjuster for Cigna Worker's Compensation. She is involved in youth basketball and coaches her daughter's team.
Larry D. Winters
Larry D. Winters of Bloomington, Indiana, was a 1982 graduate of Northern. As a team leader, he was able to dominate the conference with his all-around ability. He is in the top 20 in scoring for Northern basketball players and was noted for his ability to elevate his level of play and help his teammates do the same. Winters earned many honors during his career at Northern, including first team all-conference, NAIA All District 12 team selection, and an All-American Honorable Mention. A scholar and an athlete, Larry has earned his Master's Degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University with a 4.0 GPA. He was a respected and valued member of the community and contributed his time and talent coaching in the community and school youth programs in Havre. Larry is currently teaching Adaptive Physical Education, Personal Fitness, Basic Physical Education and Weight Training at Bloomington High School South. He has worked as a sports coordinator for Westside Community Center for eleven years, developing programs for both youth and adults. Larry coached boy's basketball since 1983, but became the varsity girl's head coach in 1999. He has also been the advisor of the Black Culture Club since 1991.