WAYNE – In late September Wayne State College announced the names and team who will be inducted into the 2017 WSC Athletic Hall of Fame Class.
The Wayne State College vs. Southwest Minnesota State University football game is scheduled for Saturday, October 7 at 1 p.m. At halftime there will be three athletes, one team and a contributor recognized for their achievements while at Wayne State.
Athletes include Ashely Arlen, Tim Hurley and Troy Pribnow, the contributor Curt Frye and the 2006 women’s cross country team.
The honorees will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame during a banquet Saturday evening in the Frey Conference Suite of the Kanter Student Center. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a banquet/induction ceremony at 6:15 p.m.
Ashley Arlen (Athlete): Ashley Arlen played three seasons at Wayne State (2009-12) and turned the Wildcat women’s basketball program into a Central Region and national contender. In her three years at WSC, she had an 84-12 record, 59-7 mark in the NSIC and never lost a home game in Rice Auditorium (46-0) while leading WSC to three NCAA Tournament appearances, one Central Region title, two NSIC regular season and two NSIC tournament championships.
As a senior, Arlen was the Women’s Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year after leading the NSIC in scoring at 18.1 points per game and 9.4 rebounds (2nd-NSIC) a contest. She led WSC to its first-ever #1 national ranking, a 32-3 record and first-ever trip to the NCAA Elite Eight.
In 2010-11 as a junior, she became Wayne State’s first-ever All-American after leading WSC in scoring (16.4) and rebounding (8.6). Arlen was NSIC Player of the Year, WBCA First Team All-American and Daktronics Second Team All-American after leading WSC to a 26-4 record and 21-1 NSIC mark, the best record ever by a women’s basketball team in league play.
In her three-year career, Arlen scored 1,724 points (3rd all-time) and grabbed 821 rebounds (6th all-time). She was a three-time All-NSIC selection and two-time NSIC Player of the Year, All-Central Region three times and twice named Region Player of the Year and two-time All-American that included National Player of the Year as a senior.
Arlen just completed her fifth season playing professional basketball in Europe including the last two years with Nottingham Wildcats of the Women’s British Basketball League. This season, she was WBBL Most Valuable Player after leading the league in scoring (25.3 ppg) to go with 11.3 rebounds per contest, shooting 63 percent from the field while helping her team win the regular season title (14-4) while advancing to the league tournament championship game.
Arlen has also played overseas in Romania, Spain and Germany.
Tim Hurley (Athlete): Tim Hurley never played football until he came to Wayne State. A 6-2, 210-pound defensive end walk-on from Omaha Rummel High School, Hurley turned into one of Wayne State’s all-time sacks leaders while earning All-District and All-Conference honors and finished his career as an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.
Hurley was a three-year letter winner at Wayne State (1977–79) and finished his WSC career tied for second in career sacks with 30. In 1977, Hurley ranked third on team in tackles (87) and had nine sacks and five fumble recoveries. He was NAIA All-District 11, Second Team All-CSIC and Second Team All-Nebraska by Omaha World Herald in 1978 after recording team high 11 sacks with 73 tackles (third on the team) with three recoveries.
As a senior in 1979, had 10 sacks in just nine games and ranked fifth on team with 78 tackles. Had two fumble recoveries and was named AIA All-District 11, Second Team All-CSIC and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American.
Tim and his wife Laura currently reside in Grand Island where he works as an account executive with FDC Publishing of the Midwest.
Troy Pribnow (Athlete): Troy Pribnow played football for five seasons at Wayne State from 2004-08. The Scribner-Snyder graduate became Wayne State’s first All-American since Brad Ottis (1993) as a senior in 2008, named to five different All-American teams after leading the NSIC in sacks (14), tackles for loss (22), forced fumbles (5) and fumble recoveries (4). As a senior, Pribnow ranked third in NCAA Division II in sacks and eighth in tackles for loss, helping WSC to 9-3 record and only NCAA Division II playoff berth in school history and tie for NSIC South Division title.
Pribnow’s 2008 All-American honors included First Team AFCA, Second Team Daktronics, Associated Press Little All-American Team, D2Football.com and Lineman of the Year from Don Hansen’s Football Gazette.
As a junior, had 12 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss, 69 tackles and three fumble recoveries to earn First Team All-NSIC honors, helping WSC to a 7-5 record and trip to Mineral Water Bowl.
Troy Pribnow finished career as First Team All-NSIC selection as a junior and senior and All-American as a senior. His 29 career sacks rank fourth all-time at WSC while his 14 sacks as a senior tied for the second most in school history. Pribnow’s 12 sacks during junior season are sixth on all-time list at Wayne State College.
Troy currently resides in Lincoln and serves as operations manager of Midwest Farmers Coop in Palmyra.
2006 Women’s Cross Country (Team): The 2006 Wayne State College women’s cross country team won the Northern Sun Conference Championship in St. Paul, Minnesota, beating the University of Mary 36-49 in the seven-team competition. It is the first and so far only cross country conference championship for Wayne State women’s cross country.
WSC had five of the top 12 runners in the race – all freshmen. Megan Zavorka (2nd), Melissa Schmit (3rd), Sarah Thomsen (8th), Molly Gibson (11th) and Megan Knudson (12th).
Two weeks later, the team finished 10th in the NCAA North Central Regional Championship hosted by WSC at the Wayne Country Club.
Curt Frye (contributor): Curt Frye began his career at Wayne State College in 1985, serving as associate dean of students, dean of students, and in 1993, vice president and dean of students. He served as interim president from 2003 to 2004 and in 2010. In 2011, Frye was appointed the 12th president of Wayne State College and served until retiring in 2015.
Frye and his wife, Dianne, are avid supporters of Wayne State College and Wayne State athletics and are trustees of the Wayne State Foundation. In 2004, they established the Curt and Dianne Frye Annual Athletic Scholarship. Curt and Dianne have also been long-time members of Cat Club and have supported several athletic improvement projects, including renovations to the track, stadium and football field. They have also given to the Wayne State Foundation’s Greatest Needs Fund and supported the renovations to the Willow Bowl and Conn Library.
A native of Elk City, Neb., Curt holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont and a master’s degree in education from Chadron State College. Prior to coming to WSC, he was a teacher and coach at Cody-Kilgore and a guidance counselor in Neligh and Wayne.
Frye has served the community of Wayne for many years as a member of Kiwanis and president of Wayne Area Economic Development Board, and is a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Curt and Dianne live in Wayne and have two children and two grandchildren.