A group of five former student-athlete standouts is scheduled for induction into Morningside College’s M Club Hall of Fame Saturday, Sept. 21.
The honorees, who will be recognized at a 10 a.m. ceremony at the campus’ Olsen Student Center Yockey Room as part of Homecoming 2019 festivities, are as follows …
Jason Siemon 1993 – Men’s Basketball – A standout center-forward who led the then Chiefs in rebounding in three of his four seasons with the team and graduated as the third leading all-time scorer in program history with 1,430 career points, Siemon also ranks among Morningside’s all-time leaders with 761 rebounds and 129 blocked shots. He earned numerous postseason accolades including All-North Central Conference (NCC) honors as a senior and honorable mention All-NCC recognition as a sophomore and junior. He took his skills to the British Basketball League for a professional career which was burgeoning from the start, as he still ranks among the top 20 in scoring and holds one of the best five marks in rebounds and steals.
Kate Lokken, 2004 – Women’s Basketball – One of the top scorers, rebounders, and three-point and free throw shooters in Morningside history, Lokken scored 1614 points and grabbed 719 rebounds during her career to graduate as the third leading scorer and ninth leading rebounder in program history. She averaged 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game over her career. Lokken made 303 of 813 career 3-point field goal attempts for 37.3 percent and converted 207 of 240 career free throw attempts for a school-record 86.3 percent.
Matt Walker, 2000 – Football – A three-year starter at free safety, Walker earned first-team All-North Central Conference (NCC) honors as a junior and senior after he topped the team in tackles during the 1998 and 1999 campaigns. A third-team Football Gazette All-American as a senior, he graduated as Morningside’s record holder with 215 career solo tackles. The solo total and 401 overall career tackles still rank among the best in Morningside history.
Maggie Kukuk – Wylie, 2009 – Women’s Soccer – The only four-time first-team all-GPAC performer in the history of the Mustangs’ women’s soccer program. Kukuk was also a two-time NAIA honorable mention All-American and two-time NAIA All-Region III performer. She is the all-time leading scorer in program history with 170 career points as well as the Mustangs’ all-time career leader with 44 assists and 26 game-winning goals.
Monte Larson, 2012 – Men’s Cross Country/Track and Field – A combined 12-time indoor and outdoor All-American in track and field as well as an all-Great Plains cross country standout, Larsen made a significant impact for the Mustangs, claiming a combined three NAIA event national track and field championships during his sparkling collegiate campaign.
The M Club will also fete its 2019 Alumni Coach of the Year selection. This year’s award goes to North Iowa Area Community College men’s basketball coach Mark Mohl. A 1988 Morningside graduate, Mohl, who still ranks among the top 15 for the Mustangs in career scoring, has transitioned into a successful coaching career. He’s beginning his 11th season as coach of the North Iowa Area Community College men’s basketball program in Mason City. His record stands at 185-150 which includes a 25-5 mark in 2018-19. The Trojans have been amongst the highest-scoring teams in the league in his tenure.