Northeast Athletics announces 2024 Hall of Fame Class

Northeast Athletics announces 2024 Hall of Fame Class
February 20th, 2024 | Northeast Athletics

NORFOLK, Neb. – The Northeast Athletic Department will again welcome a group of extraordinary representatives of Northeast Community College back to Northeast as three former student-athletes and one contributor will be honored at the Northeast Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Lifelong Learning Center on the campus of Northeast Community College in Norfolk.

The following inductees are:

Dawnn (Bernt) Tucker – Women’s Basketball

One of the top scorers in the history of women’s basketball at Northeast, Dawnn (Bernt) Tucker was a two-time All-American during the 1984 and 1985 seasons. The Stromsburg, Nebraska native is currently fifth in all-time scoring with 1,084 points and third in rebounding with 563 rebounds. During the 1984-85 season, she averaged 23.4 points per game and as a freshman she tallied 21.9 points per game. She earned Region IX All-Region and All-Tournament Team honors each year she played. She continued her career at Wayne State College where she sits in the top-10 in multiple categories.

Joe Peitzmeier – Men’s Basketball

Joe Peitzmeier, a native of Bloomfield, Nebraska and a graduate of Plattsmouth High School, guided the Hawks to a No. 1 ranking as the men’s basketball team won the 1975-76 NLCAA National Championship with a 27-2 record that was played at the Norfolk City Auditorium. Peitzmeier was named an NLCAA All-American for his efforts on the court. He was also named to the NLCAA All-American Team, NLCAA National All-Tournament Team and the Omaha World-Herald First Team. Coach Chuck Stevenson also honored Peitzmeier by naming him Most Valuable Player and Most Inspirational Player. He has made a profound impact on education throughout Northeast Nebraska after finishing his basketball career at Wayne State College. Peitzmeier helped create the Pathways 2 Tomorrow (P2T) consortium with Northeast and Wayne State, while also serving as the executive director. He was the former superintendent at Oakland-Craig Public Schools and is the current superintendent at Scribner-Snyder Community Schools.

Paul W. Robson Jr. – Men’s Golf

Former Northeast men’s golfer Paul W. Robson Jr., a native of Watertown, South Dakota etched his name into the men’s golf record books after a stellar career for the Hawks. Robson was named a 1995 NJCAA All-American after competing in the NJCAA National Golf Tournament at the Alta Mesa Country Club in Mesa, Ariz. He was the individual medalist at the 1995 Region IX Men’s Golf Tournament where he posted a 223 in the three-day tournament to earn a berth to the national tournament. He was the first Region IX medalist since 1990. At the national tournament, Robson finished in 15th-place, one of the top finishes in school history. He posted rounds of 79, 77, 72 and 70 on the par-72 course to end with a 298 total. He also took third in the long drive contest at the national tournament. Robson was also a Winter Royalty candidate in 1995.

Jerry Holmberg – Contributor

Jerry Holmberg, a native of rural Burt County, Nebraska has served Northeast Community College in a multitude of roles. Holmberg began his career at the College in 1978 serving as the Director of Placement/Counselor through 2000. He also had additional responsibilities during his tenure that included Student Activities Coordinator, Concessions Stand Coordinator, Interim Dean of Student Services and Recruiting Assistant. He was appointed Athletic Director in Sept. 2000 and retired in June 2006. During his time as the Athletic Director, Holmberg created the Northeast Athletics Hall of Fame, with the first induction occurring in 2000. Holmberg was also honored with the 2020 Distinguished Service Award for helping write the history of the College in a book titled, “Success Started Here.”

Northeast Athletic Director Jerrett Mills can’t wait to welcome all four inductees to Northeast next month.

“The inductees in the 2024 Northeast Athletics Hall of Fame have experienced many individual accolades and have left a foundation of success on which current programs now stand,” Mills said. “They are still leaving their mark on this department even after their departures as student-athletes and contributors. We are incredibly excited to honor them in March.”

An induction ceremony with a social hour will take place for the inductees and their families. Joe Peitzmeier will be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Southwestern Community College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.

Anyone interested in attending the induction ceremony should contact Jerrett Mills at jmills2@northeast.edu.

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