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Inside Athletics - History & Excellence

1991 Inductees
(Inducted Oct. 18, 1991)



(Men's Basketball)

The mainstay of the "Big Three" basketball dynasty in the late 1950s, Chuck Curtis is the Lutes' all-time scoring leader, accumulating 2,173 points. His career scoring average of 19.7 is second on the Pacific Lutheran career list. He led Pacific Lutheran College to the NAIA national tournament four years in a row, culminated by a runner-up finish in 1958-59 and third place performance in 1956-57. He was named to the NAIA all-tournament team in both 1957 and 1959. Curtis also earned NAIA All-America honors in 1957 and 1959, received AP Little All-America recognition in 1957, 1958 and 1959 and UPI All-America accord in 1959. Besides setting the career scoring record, Curtis also established the single-game scoring record of 44 points against Whitworth College in 1958. His name appears four times on PLU's top 10 list for individual single-game scoring highs. In his final three seasons, Curtis averaged 14.2 rebounds per game. Curtis was drafted in 1959 by the Detroit Pistons and eventually landed with the New York Tapers, where he was the number two scorer and top rebounder.

(Men's Basketball)

At five-feet-nine, Roger Iverson belied the theory that college basketball is only for the tall. As a Lute guard, Iverson was a four-time All-EvCo selection and was twice a member of the NAIA All-Tournament team. He scored 1,820 points (still second best on the all-time school scoring list) and averaged 15.6 points per game during his outstanding four-year career at Pacific Lutheran College. Iverson's best season came as a senior when he scored 540 points, fourth on the single-season scoring list, and averaged 18.6 points per game. In the 1959 national tournament, Iverson's tireless play earned him the event's "Mr. Hustle" award. He was named in 1971 to the All-Time NAIA All-Tournament Team, the only player from the Northwest, and the only player under six feet tall, to be so honored. Iverson, a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, earned NAIA All-America honors in 1958 (third team) and 1959 (second team) and also was an AP Little All-America honorable mention pick as a senior.

(Cross Country, Nordic Skiing and Track & Field)

During her Pacific Lutheran career, Dianne Johnson earned All-America status in cross country, nordic skiing and track. In cross country, she was a three-year national participant, inspirational winner, captain, and conference and district champion. She placed fourth at the 1981 national cross country meet. Johnson's times still rank in PLU's top 10 in two categories -- best performance and conference meet performance. She is ranked in the top 20 list for best times by Pacific Lutheran runners at the NAIA national meet. A three-year letter winner in skiing, Johnson placed fourth in the cross country event at the 1982 National Collegiate Ski Association meet. In track, she claimed inspirational and captain awards, twice earned all-conference status, was a regional champion in two events, and competed twice at nationals. She was fourth in the 10,000 and fifth in the 5,000 at the 1982 national meet. Also a scholar, Johnson was the recipient of the 1982 George Fisher Scholar-Athlete and PLU's Woman of the Year in Sports awards.


(Football, Basketball)

A tremendous football player, Earl Platt was one of Pacific Lutheran College's first Little All-Americans, earning the honor in 1940. A member of the outstanding Gladiators teams in the years preceding World War II, Platt was an all-star both offensively and defensively, playing end for the Lutes. He went on to play in the Coast Pro League after World War II. Besides being a great football player, Platt was also an all-conference player for the Lute basketball squad and was a member of the team that won PLC's first Winco League championship. Platt's third sport was baseball, where he was a starting first baseman.




Though he never played football in high school, Sig Sigurdson in 1940 became one of Pacific Lutheran College's first Little All-Americans. Sigurdson starred on the great PLC teams of the late 1930s and early 1940s. He was the first Lute gridder to sign a pro football contract, playing for the Baltimore Colts and also for Seattle-Tacoma in the Coast Pro League. He was a four-year starter at end, both offensively and defensively. An athlete of great versatility, Sigurdson was, in addition, a four-year starter in basketball, and also played baseball, golf and tennis for the Lutes.


(Men's Basketball)

Jim Van Beek was one of the stars during the glory days of Pacific Lutheran College men's basketball. During Van Beek's career, the Lutes won 37 straight games against Evergreen Conference rivals and represented District I at the NAIA national tournament four straight years. Van Beek was a three-time All-EvCo pick and a 1959 NAIA All-Tournament selection. In the 1959 championship game against Tenessee State, Van Beek led the Lutes with a team-high 24 points. He was PLC's leading field goal percentage shooter and averaged 12.7 points per contest during the 1956-57 season. Van Beek averaged a career-best 16.8 points per game as a senior and finished his four seasons at Pacific Lutheran with 1,207 points, averaging 11.1 per contest.

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