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BVU announces Hall of Fame Class

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Aurelia coach and teacher Jim Demers is a new member of the BVU Hall of Fame. Photo submitted
STORM LAKE -- Buena Vista University has announced its Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2008.

The Class includes Wayne Paige SL'58, Jim Higley SL'88, Jim Demers SL'91, and Melanie (Uhl) Rasmussen SL'98. The inductees will be honored at halftime of the BVU football game versus UW-Platteville on September 6, 2008 and will also be recognized at a banquet in Dows Conference Center later that evening.

Paige was a member of the Beaver baseball team from 1955-58 and was part of the 1957 Iowa Conference Championship team. He was a career .261 hitter, while compiling a 14-9 career mark on the mound. In 184 innings of work, he tallied 215 strikeouts and only 87 walks, en route to a career 2.05 ERA. Upon graduating from Buena Vista, Paige was self-employed for many years in farm Real Estate Sales and other farm-related products. He currently serves as Chairman for the Planning and Zoning in his hometown of Dike, Iowa, where he lives with his wife Marlene. The couple has four children: Jack, Christie, Paul, and Thomas.

Higley was a four-year letterwinner as a member of the Beaver football team from 1984-87 and served as a team captain as both a junior and senior. He was a starter at strong safety all four years, and also held down various kick return duties. He was a four-time All-Conference selection, including a Unanimous First Team Defensive Back selection as a junior and senior, and also earned All-American accolades as a senior. Higley currently serves as the National Director of Business Development for the Interstates Companies of Sioux Center, Iowa. He and his wife, Courtney, have three children: Matthew, Brittney, and MacKinsey.

Demers was a multi-sport athlete at Buena Vista, earning four letters in both football and basketball. He was a First Team All-Conference selection in football in 1990 and was also named the Beavers Offensive MVP. On the court, he played in 98 career games, finishing his career with 277 assists and 108 steals. He was named the team's "Mr. Defense" for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. His 41 points scored against Grinnell College in 1990 is the third-most all-time by a Beaver in a single game. Demers is currently a teacher and coach in the Aurelia Community School District, where he has served since 1999. He and his wife, Patti SL'90, have four children: Austin, Jasmine, Michael, and Danika.

Rasmussen was a stand-out athlete on the track and field team for Buena Vista from 1996-98. She was a three-time Iowa Conference Champion in the outdoor long jump, while winning the outdoor 200 meter dash in 1997 & 1998, as well as the outdoor 100 meter dash in 1998. She was also an indoor conference champion in the long jump, 55 meter dash, and the 200 meter dash. In addition, Rasmussen, was a nine-time All-American in Division III and was named the 1998 Iowa Conference Most Valuable Female Athlete, as well as the NCAA Division III Central Region Female Athlete of the Year. She finished her career, holding six IIAC records and nine BVU records. She currently serves as the Community Employment Coordinator at Cass Incorporated in Atlantic, Iowa, where she is responsible for employment and support of individuals with disabilities. Melanie and her husband, Josh SL '97, have two children: Haley and Colton.

Those wishing to attend the Hall of Fame banquet are encouraged to contact the Buena Vista athletics department. The cost of each meal is $15 and reservations are required by Friday, August 29th. Checks can be made out to the Buena Vista Hall of Fame and sent to: BVU Athletics Office, 610 W. 4th St., Storm Lake, IA 50588. More information can be obtained by calling (712) 749-2253.

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