2006 Inductees: Kristin Belle, Dan Shepherd, Barry Zanto
Northern has a tradition of excellence both in the classroom and on the playing field, a tradition that goes back to the very beginning of the school and that has continued throughout its 76 year history. The Northern Alumni Association will recognize the students and coaches who built that tradition by inducting three outstanding individuals into the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming Week October 13-15, 2006. Kristin Belle Lawrence of Sidney, Montana and Dan Shepherd and Barry Zanto of Havre, Montana, will be presented commemorative awards in ceremonies during halftime of the Lights basketball game in the gymnasium on the Northern campus Friday, October 13th during the Homecoming Alumni Games.
Kristin Belle Lawrence was a Skylight from 1991-1995 on teams with a win-loss record of 113-15, winning four Frontier Conference Championships, two District Championships and the 1993 Women's NAIA National Championship. She earned All-Conference 1st Team honors and 2nd team honors twice, all-district team honors, and four Conference Player of the Week selections. She earned second team All-American honors her sophomore year and three consecutive All-Conference honors. Lawrence, a Kodak All-American, The Skylights won both the Bahamas Tournament and the Colorado Springs Tournaments in which she was selected MVP. A Skylight's MVP and team captain, Lawrence is the 5th all-time leading scorer. During her career, the Skylights finished 6th at the national tourney in '92 before claiming the championship in '93. Lawrence played professional basketball in Tasmania, Australia in 1998.
Dan Shepherd, KOJM/KPQX radio broadcaster, and Barry Zanto have been the "Voice of
the Lights and Skylights" for the last 30 years. They not only broadcast the University
games, but the whole gamut of local sports contests and are also known as the voice
of Blue Pony Sports having broadcast thousands of games for Class AA, A B and C high
school and college sports, playoffs and championships. They will receive the Hall
of Fame Meritorious Service Award for their contributions to Northern Athletics and
all Montana sports.
Shepherd, a native of Chester, Montana was hired by KOJM in 1975 and volunteered for broadcast a football game in Malta. Appointed Sports Director in 1976, he asked his friend Barry Zanto to assist him with the stats in 1977. His community service includes Havre Youth Baseball, Boy Scouts, Past Vice President of the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce where he formed and was the first chairman of the Havre Athletic Committee, Past President of Havre Hill County Crimestoppers, and for about 10 years, with Barry Zanto, the duo were the auctioneers for the Northern Alumni Scholarship Social and Auction. He was recognized at the United Press International Sports Journalist of the Year in 1980 and was awarded the E.B. Craney Broadcasting Award recognizing excellence in Montana Broadcasting in 1989, 1992 and 1993 for Radio News Enterprise and the 2006 award for Sports Enterprise in June. Shepherd is currently an Account Executive with New Media Broadcasters.
Barry Zanto, a Geraldine, Montana native, is a 1970 NMC graduate and was a teacher and administrator with Havre Public Schools until his retirement in 2005. In 1967, he won the college championship doubles bowling championship with his partner, John Olson, competing against the College of Great Falls, Montana State University, the University of Montana, and Western Montana College. He began working for KOJM-AM, now KPQX, with Dan Shepherd as a statistician in 1977 and is the other member of the "Voice of the Lights and Skylights" duo that has earned statewide recognition and respect for their professional broadcasts of the MSU-Northern, Blue Pony, and north-central area sport events. He was the athletic director at Havre Middle School for 25 years and coached basketball for ten years, football for 29 years and track for 35 years. Zanto was the runner-up for Young Teacher of the Year for the Havre Jaycees in 1972. He has served on local Board of Directors for the Havre Bowling Association, Havre Youth Baseball Association, Men's Golf Association, Northern Lights Athletic and Scholarship Foundation, and the NMC Alumni Association. Zanto is a member of the Lions Club and is an Adoptive Parent for Skylight and Light basketball programs and now works part-time for Herberger's in Havre