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DWU welcoming four into athletic HOF this weekend

Emily (Janssen) Petoske is excited to reunite with her Dakota Wesleyan University family this weekend.

Petoske, an Emery native, is one of four people being inducted into the DWU Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday. The ceremony, which honors 15 senior Tiger athletes and the four inductees, begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. Along with Petoske, Jack Mitchell (football), Mike Slaughter (men’s basketball) and Dr. Lucio Margallo (contributor) make up this year’s inductee class.

“It’s definitely an honor to join the inductees who have gone in before, especially the girls who I played with,” said Petoske, who lives in Sioux Falls.

The banquet is, for the most part, invitation only, but open seating may be available. For more information, contact the DWU athletic office at 605-995-2112.

Petoske was a four-year starter for the DWU women’s basketball team and played a big role in the Tigers’ best season in school history. The 2001-02 Tigers finished fourth in the nation with a 32-6 record under head coach Kevin Lein.

Petoske earned all-conference second-team honors as a sophomore in 2000 and was a first-team selection as a junior and senior in 2001 and 2002. She finished with 1,536 career points and holds the school record for points (44) and field goals (20) in a game.

“One of the best parts was creating the sisterhood and friendships with my teammates,” she said.

Here is more information on the three other 2014 DWU Athletic Hall of Fame inductees:

• Dr. Lucio Margallo, of Mitchell, has been one of the Tigers’ team physicians since 1985, when he moved to Mitchell. He works closely with the athletic training program and attends many of DWU’s home athletic events. All of his work with Tiger athletics is on a volunteer basis. He is a doctor of medicine at the Delaney Clinic and Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

• Jack Mitchell, a native of Cambridge, Ohio, was a graduate of DWU in 1950. He was a three-year starter on the Tigers’ offensive line and was a part of the 1945 team that went 4-0 and was named state champion. DWU went 12-13 in his career and started in every game in the three seasons he played for the Tigers. He coached and taught in Plankinton for four years before moving back to Ohio. He is retired and lives in South Carolina.

• Mike Slaughter, a Columbus, Ohio, native, was a standout center for the DWU men’s basketball team. The 1986 graduate earned all-SDIC honorable mention honors as a junior and first-team honors as a freshman. He scored 1,361 career points, averaging 12.4 points per game throughout his four years. Slaughter, who lives in Sioux Falls, was a part of the 1984 SDIC co-championship team and the 1985 tri-championship team.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.