Faribault Sports Incorporated president and former KDHL employee Tom Hartman stops by our studios to talk about this Friday's 26th annual banquet.

This year's inductees include:

Bethany Boelter: 2005 Bethlehem Academy graduate

Excelled as a setter on the 2003 State Class A champion and 2002 and 2004 Class A runner-up teams. From Boelter's sophomore through her senior season the Cardinals were 92-7.

Boelter garnered numerous all-conference honors and was named the the state all-tournament team in 2002 and 2004. Boelter was all-state honorable mention as a sophomore and all-state Class A her junior and senior years.

She played basketball through her sophomore season and golf in grades nine through 12, earning team MVP her senior season when the golf team reached the team section meet.

Boelter was valedictorian of her class and played college volleyball at North Dakota State and Minnesota State University Mankato.

Jake Budde: 2005 Bethlehem Academy graduate

Budde played varsity football sophomore through senior seasons, basketball freshman through senior seasons, and had five golf letters.

In football, Budde was named team MVP his senior season and earned all-conference honors. In basketball he was all-conference junior and senior seasons and named team MVP as a senior when his Cardinals took home the Gopher Conference Championship. In golf his teams participated in the state tournament his junior and senior years and his senior season he was named the team MVP.

Budde played basketball two seasons at St. Johns University in Collegeville before deciding to concentrate on his studies to complete his accounting degree.

Joe Christensen: Faribault High School 1991 graduate

Christensen competed in hockey and baseball and was captain of his hockey team senior season.

Christensen played third base for the Falcons and senior season the team made it to the final four of the section. Teammates included fellow Hall of Fame inductees Shane Gunderson, Mike Glynn and Ned Louis.

Christensen is a writer for the Star Tribune and worked in California covering the San Diego Padres and LA Dodgers before moving to Baltimore to cover the Baltimore Orioles for three years. He covered the Minnesota Twins for eight seasons. He is now covering the University of Minnesota football team.

Christensen was named the 2003 Maryland Sportswriter of the Year and 2014 Minnesota Sportswriter of the Year.

Erica Kriechbaum: Bethlehem Academy 2005 graduate

Kriechbaum joined Boelter in the success of the Cardinal volleyball teams and was a tremendous athlete.

Kriechbaum lettered in four sports and was captain of the volleyball, basketball and fast pitch softball teams.

She was a joy to watch behind the plate in softball and was an incredible back-row player of the volleyball squad. Her tenacity was also evident on the hardwood in basketball and she earned all-conference honors in golf her senior season.

Kriechbaum went on to play volleyball at St. Catherine University in St. Paul and was team captain her final two seasons.

Brenda Peters Brisley: Faribault High School 2003 graduate

Peters Brisley was part of the incredible 13 straight Big Nine Conference Championship run by the Faribault Falcons in girls swimming and diving.

She swam for six seasons with the Falcons and earned letters each season. Peters Brisley also participated in track in her seventh-grade through junior seasons.

Peters Brisley went to St. Cloud State University and continued to swim, where she earned Rookie of the Year honors and was a three-time NCAA Division II All-American and one-time honorable mention. Peters Brisley held six NCAA Division II national records when she finished her collegiate career.

Tom Schmidt: Faribault High School 2002 graduate

Schmidt participated in cross country, swimming and track. Schmidt earned 13 varsity letters and 38 all-conference awards. He had 11 high school records and was a state record holder. He also was a four-time state champion and four-time All-American at the University of Minnesota.

He lettered in cross country and indoor and outdoor track for the Gophers.

Brady Wilson: Faribault High School 2004 graduate

Wilson participated in football and wrestling and was all-conference in both.

During his senior season, Wilson was a state champion wrestler with a 41-0 record.

Wilson participated in high school nationals and finished second.

After graduation he had a stellar career for the Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks.

He finished with a career record of 144-24.

Wilson was fifth, fourth, third and second at nationals.

Wilson is now an assistant coach at St. Cloud State University.

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