Hall of Fame inducts six new members for their outstanding achievements
Karen Beller - Softball, 1987-88
Karen Beller ’89 helped lead the Lutes
to the NAIA national title in 1988. She played for two years and
was an important asset to the team. In 1987, she was named to the
All-District team as a catcher. At the 1988 tournament, Beller was
10-for-17 with seven RBI and earned tournament MVP honors. She hit
two homers and scored or drove in 14 of PLU’s 25 runs. In
addition to her accomplishments at the tournament, Beller also earned
first team All-American in 1988 after hitting .452, with six doubles,
five triples, six homers and 36 RBI.
Pam Knapp Black - Crew, 1980-84
Pam Knapp Black ’84 rowed for the PLU
crew team for four years. In 1983, she attended the pre-elite development
camp. In 1986, she joined the U.S. National Rowing Team, which placed
second in the Women’s Pair Goodwill Games in Moscow and took
ninth place at the Rowing World Championships in Nottingham, England.
She competed in the U.S. Sports Festival Women’s
Four in 1987 and in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 1988, where
her team took second place in Women’s Pair.
Craig Kupp - Football, 1987-89
Craig Kupp ’90 was a fifth round NFL
draft pick after his career at PLU. After transferring from Montana
Tech, he was a three-year letter winner. Throughout his career,
Kupp completed 300-of-499 for 3,921 yards, 41 TDs and 11 interceptions.
In 1989, he earned second team Little All-Northwest and averaged
291.7 yards per game total offense. During his last year of football,
Kupp completed 185-of-286 for 2,398 yards, 25 TDs and only three
Karin Gilmer Kupp - Soccer, 1987-90
KarIn Gilmer Kupp ’91 ranked No. 7 in
all time career assists with 27. She was named Most Inspirational
Player in 1990. Kupp was a NAIA two-time second team All-American
(1989-90), first team District 1 (1989-90), first team West Region
(1989-90), All-American Scholar athlete (1989), National Champions
(1988-89), National Runner-up (1990) and made a National Tournament
Team appearance (1988-90). She also earned first team West Region
(1989), second team West Region (1990) and Scholar Athlete (1989,
1990) from the National Coaches Association. In 1989-90, Kupp made
first team Northwest Conference.
Dave Lashua - Basketball, 1977-81
Dave Lashua ’81 ranks No. 9 on the PLU
career-scoring list with 1,430 points, an average of 13.6 points
per game. He scored a single-game high of 33 points. Lashua averaged
9.7 rebounds in his career, a total of 1,015 rebounds. He made the
team’s highest number of rebounds and points in 1978-79, 1979-80
and 1980-81. During his final three years at PLU, Lashua earned
All-Northwest Conference and All-District honors. He was also voted
team MVP of the Aid Association to Lutherans Basketball Tournament.
Jeff Rohr - Football, 1980-83
Jeff Rohr is a PLU all-time career rushing
leader with 2,800 yards, and a four-year letter winner. In 1981,
he was named second team All-NWC and honorable mention Little All-Northwest.
In 1982, he added first team All-NWC, All-District, Little All-Northwest,
honorable mention NAIA and AP Little All-American to his accolades.
Rohr finished up his career in 1983 leading the Lutes in rushing,
scoring and punting and being first team All-American running back.
He was also awarded first team All-NWC, All-District, Little All-Northwest.
Leadership & Service: They’re
five decades apart, but in the same place in support of PLU
All photos from PLU photo archive
From left, Craig Kupp '90, Dave Lashua '81, Karen Beller '89.