Sports Hall welcomes Pronghorns
It was a Blue and Gold night recently at the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fames’ annual induction ceremony and banquet.
A pair of former Pronghorn basketball players were inducted into the hall as athletes, while another alumnus earned induction for his contributions to the sport of curling.
Inducted into the hall were Dori (Rodzinyak) Johnson (BA ’87), Danny Balderson (BA/BEd ’01) and Don Chandler (BASC ’73).
Johnson was a star point guard with the Pronghorns women’s basketball team from 1982 through 1987. In five Canada West seasons she garnered four all-star nods and was named team most valuable player from 1982 through 1985.
Johnson would return to the U of L in 1991-92 and take over the head-coaching role of the Pronghorns. A year later, she would guide the Horns to their first Canada West title and a fourth place finish at the national championship tournament.
Balderson is the most decorated player in the history of the men’s basketball program. Over a five-year career that began in 1993-94, Balderson won a national rookie of the year honour, was a two-time Canada West player of the year, two-time, first-team All-Canadian and CIS player of the year. Balderson would conclude his career as the U of L’s all-time leading scorer with 2,000 points and have his No. 31 jersey retired.
Chandler was elected into the builders’ category for his long association with curling in southern Alberta. Over a 30-year span, Chandler has contributed to the growth and development of the Lethbridge Curling Club, serving in various capacities.