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Panthers to induct five into Hall of Fame

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will induct five former student-athletes into the Bud K. Haidet Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Nick Gretz, Antou Jallow, Josha (Krueger) Kruvand, Jerry Stern and Maria Viall will be officially welcomed to the Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Milwaukee Athletic Club. The event begins at 10 a.m., prior to the UWM men's basketball game that evening against Wright State.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame event are available through the UWM ticket office for $20.

Meet the honorees:

Nick Gretz was the 2007 Horizon League Track and Field Athlete of the Year, capping his stellar career with the Panthers. He was a three-time league champion in the indoor shot put and a two-team league winner in both the outdoor shot put and outdoor discus. He also won the 2005 indoor weight throw championship, giving him four league titles in that season alone. That season's run of titles earned him League Men's Indoor and Outdoor Field Performer of the Meet at the league championships.

Gretz helped the Milwaukee men's track and field program start its amazing run of league titles, leading the Panthers to all eight possible team crowns in his four seasons. In 2004, he helped the team to largest margins of victory for Milwaukee at the league meets (+109 indoor, +120 outdoor).

He still holds school records in the outdoor shot put and discus and remains in the top five for the hammer throw, weight throw and indoor shot put. He also held the Horizon League record for the outdoor shot put until last season.

Antou Jallow is one of the best men's soccer players to ever wear the Black and Gold. He led the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in all four of his seasons, winning Horizon League Player of the Year honors twice (2002, 2004) while earning First-Team All-League honors three times. He was also an NSCAA All-American and an ESPN Academic All-American.

He set school records with 53 points and 24 goals in 2002 and then finished his career as UWM's and the Horizon League's all-time leading goal scorer with 60 goals. He tallied a league-best 18 goals as a senior and ended his career with 133 career points, good for second all-time in school history.

Jallow was drafted by San Jose in the MLS SuperDraft and played professionally with Gefle IF of the Swedish Premiership.

From 1994 to '97, Josha (Krueger) Kruvand became the only women's soccer player in school history to play every minute of every game over four seasons. She was a key defender in Milwaukee's rise to the top of the Horizon League/Midwestern Collegiate Conference, a spot they haven't given up since Kruvand's graduation.

Kruvand was a three-time First Team All-MCC honoree (1995, 1996, 1997) who also claimed all-region recognition in those same three seasons. Plus, as a freshman in 1994, Kruvand was an MCC All-Newcomer and All-MCC Second-Team honoree.

With the Illinois native anchoring UWM's defense, the 1997 squad of Kruvand's senior season set records for fewest goals allowed in a season (12) and goals against average (0.60).

Kruvand had her number 22 retired by the program in 2001.

Jerry Stern played a major role in the longstanding tradition of UWM track and field that started under coach John Tierney. Stern, a standout in the pole vault, was part of three track and field teams that won Wisconsin State University Conference championship, including the 1952 team for which he was a captain.

Stern graduated from UWM in 1952 and then earned his masters from UWM in 1957. He served as President of the UWM Alumni Lettermen's Club and Vice President of the National Varsity Club. A U.S. Navy veteran, Stern was a teacher and coach at Milwaukee Pulaski and Brookfield East High School before becoming principal at Brookfield East from 1978-1985.

Maria Viall finished her career as Milwaukee's Division I leader in both scoring and rebounding, collecting 1,867 points (16.2 per game) and 971 rebounds (8.4 per game). Viall was a two-time Horizon League Player of the Year honoree (2002 and 2004) and collected First-Team All-League honors three times.

Viall was the Panthers' leading scorer in three of her four seasons and led the team in rebounding in all four of her years. She still holds single-season school records for blocks, total rebounds and rebound average and also finished her career as the Panthers' leader in field goals, free throws and blocks. During her career, Viall also set records for field goals made in a season, career field goals made, field goal percentage in both a season and career and double-doubles.


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