DICKINSON, ND- The Blue Hawk Booster Club is pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2015 Booster Awards for Honorary Letterman Award, Loyalty Award and Outstanding Achievement Award.
Honorary Letterman Award: Jon Stevenson
Jon was born and raised in Miles City, MT. He grew up and played football and wrestled for the Custer County Cowboys. He married Marlys Kolka and the couple made their home in Baker, MT for 20 years, where Jon became the second generation to operate Stevenson Funeral Home. They raised their two boys, Nicholas and Brandon, to be avid Baker Spartan fans and enjoyed watching them compete throughout high school. In the fall of 2000, Jon and Marlys purchased the Mischel Olson Chapel in Dickinson. Before Marlys and Brandon moved to Dickinson, Jon lived with Pete Stanton and developed a passion for Blue Hawk athletics. The next two years were busy with Brandon’s Trinity football and Midget wrestling, but Jon always made time for the Blue Hawks. He served on the Blue Hawk Booster board for a number of years and was instrumental in establishing our current pre-game tailgate event. Jon was very proud of the Baker athletes that have come to play for DSU and did his best to welcome them and their families into the Blue Hawk family.
Loyalty Award: John Gengler
John was born April 25, 1939 in Dickinson, the son of John F. and Esther (Hopfauf) Gengler. He grew up with 13 siblings, attended St. Joseph grade school and graduated in 1957 from the Abbey School. John continued his education in 1959 at Abbey Jr. College and in 1962 at Dickinson State College, earning his B.S. and B.A. in teaching. He began his teaching career in South Heart Public School from 1962 – 1964. He then went to Public Relations at the Assumption College (Abbey), working there until 1970. John’s next career move was serving as principal at Richardton High School until 2000. He then retired and continues to call Richardton his home. John was also very involved with the DSU Alumni and was a longtime Booster Club member, as well as a Richardton Raiders faithful fan. He was an avid Blue Hawk supporter and also was the voice of the Blue Hawks in various Football and Basketball games while doing the PA. John has also received the Golden Hawk Award.
Outstanding Achievement Award: Dan Stanton
Dan went to Baker High School to school from 1982 to 1986. Graduated in 1986 from Baker. Was an all-state player in football in 1984 and 1985 and one of the top rushers in Baker High School history. He was an all-state track and field athlete as well in 1985-1986 and was all-conference in basketball.
Stanton attended Dickinson State from 1986-1991 where he played linebacker and punted for the Blue Hawks as a freshman in 1986. Played in the first playoff game ever hosted by DSU. Red-shirted in 1987 before playing from 1988-90. Was an all-conference linebacker for the Blue Hawks in 1990. Was on the first Blue Hawk football team to win a national playoff game in 1989. Also participated in track and field. Graduated from Dickinson State in 1991 with double major in Social Studies and Physical Education.
Dan accepted a job at Custer County District High School in Miles City in 1991. Spent his entire 24 years in Miles City. He coached Football, Track and Field, Basketball, and little league baseball. Dan was the head coach in three different sports at Custer County HS; Football, Track and Field, and Basketball .
He compiled 84-30 overall record as head football coach. Made playoffs 10 of 12 years as head coach. Two State Championships in 2008 and 2010. His only losing record as head coach was year he was diagnosed with brain tumor and missed most of the season to recover from surgery. Coached 7 more seasons after the surgery. In the historic 2008 season he lead the Cowboys to a 12-1 record and state title. Only loss to was to brother Jim’s Billings Central team but came back to defeat them in state title game. 2010 was a repeat as the Cowboys again lost to Billings Central in regular season and again came back to defeat them in the State title game 8-0 in a snow storm.
Dan was named Teacher of the year at CCDHS for the 2014 school year. He was very passionate about teaching history. Dan was also a very proud supporter of Blue Hawk Athletics. Dan passed away on September 13, 2015.