Wonders named to NMU Sports Hall of Fame; joins wife in the hall
By MATT “SWEETS” McCARTHY
MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Athletics Department has announced the newest inductees to the NMU Sports Hall of Fame.
On of this year’s inductees is an Iron Mountain native, Class of 1991 graduate and current teacher at Iron Mountain High School. Matt Wonders will join a group of four other individuals, as well as the 1981-82 Wildcats Women’s Swim and Dive Team in this year’s class.
“I am very honored to be inducted. Playing at NMU was a very important part of my life and an absolute amazing experience,” said Wonders. “I was able to compete, travel, meet amazing people and form lifetime friendships and get a degree out of it. Enjoyed every single minute of being a Wildcat!”
Wonders’ wife, Julie (Heldt) Wonders was inducted in the NMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. “I get to join my Hall Of Fame wife, pretty cool,” Wonders added.
Due to COVID-19, there will not be an in-person induction ceremony this year, but this year’s inductees will be included in the 2021 homecoming celebration and induction.
The inductees are:
Men’s Ice Hockey | Class of 1992
Mark Beaufait was a member of the 1991 NCAA Championship team and member of the 1989, 1991, 1992 WCHA tournament champion teams. He scored 157 points at NMU with 62 goals and 95 assists ranking him in the top 10 in multiple NMU scoring categories. Beaufait was also a member of the 1994 US Olympic Hockey Team.
Volleyball | Class of 1993
Dawn Donaldson earned her bachelor of social work in August 1993. A four-year letterwinner for Wildcat Volleyball, she earned All-American honors as a middle blocker in 1992 after being named to the GLIAC First Team and the Great Lakes Regional Team. She still ranks in the top 10 at NMU in career blocks.
Marissa (Dellangelo) LePage
Women’s Basketball | Class of 2003
Marissa LePage (Dellangelo) earned her bachelor of science in May 2003 majoring in biology. A four-year letterwinner for Wildcat women’s basketball, she led her team to the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons. She ranks fifth in NMU women’s basketball career scoring and single season scoring. She also holds the NMU women’s basketball record for career and season three-pointers. In her senior season, she was the GLIAC Player of the Year and named to the Great Lakes Regional First Team.
Men’s Hockey | Class of 2007
Mike Santorelli was a three-year letterwinner for the Hockey Wildcats before moving on to play nine years in the American Hockey League and National Hockey League. In 2005, he was named to the CCHA All-Rookie team and in 2007 was named to the CCHA First Team and was a second team All-American.
Men’s Basketball | Class of 1995
Matt Wonders earned his bachelor of science in December 1995 majoring in physical education / secondary education and earned his masters of arts in education in December 2002 majoring in educational administration /supervision. Wonders started every game in all four years as a four-year Wildcat men’s basketball letterwinner. He earned All-GLIAC honors in 1994 and 1995.
1981-82 Women’s Swim and Dive Team
The 1981-82 women’s swim and dive team were the runners up at the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Division II Championships winning five events, setting four AIAW DII records, and having 11 student-athletes named AIAW DII All-Americans. Head Coach Joan Peto Hopkins was named AIAW DII National Coach of the Year. Four student-athletes advanced to the AIAW DI National Championships with all four finishing as AIAW DI All-Americans.
The Mining Journal sports staff contributed to this story.