FOREST CITY – The most dominating pitcher in Warrior softball history, a football and basketball star from the 50s who went on to an illustrious career in the Air Force, and a team of perfection become the newest members of the Waldorf Athletic Hall of Fame today.
Waldorf athletic director Denny Jerome is pleased to announce the induction of Dr. Marisa Kaye Jensen, Colonel Caroll G. Carson, Jr., and the 1962 Warrior football team as the 87th, 88th and 89th members of the Waldorf Athletic Hall of Fame.
A 4-sport star from Forest City High School who enrolled at Waldorf University during the school's first year as a four-year institution, Jensen re-wrote the history books as a pitcher for the Warrior softball team, and wrote her name throughout the NAIA record-books, as well.
After a prep career that saw her record 112 wins, 12 no-hitters and 7 perfect games, Jensen led Waldorf to three conference championships and to the Region VII Tournament all four years she played.
Former Forest City HS coach Paul Jensen said: "Marisa, like so many other Forest City players, loved the game, and played with a passion above what a coach may expect. We were confident success would continue for her at the collegiate level."
A 4-time NAIA All-American and a 2-time NAIA Academic All-American, Jensen was No. 2 in the NAIA in earned run average with a 0.64 ERA for the 2006 season. Compiling a 16-3 record with 1 save, she was No. 5 in the NAIA averaging 13.88 strikeouts per game, and her 13 earned runs allowed is 5th-lowest all time in NAIA softball history.
In 2007, Jensen led the NAIA in strikeouts per game at 16.36 per contest, and in opponent batting average at .134. Racking up a 15-4 record with 2 saves, she struck out 18 batters in a game for the second time in her collegiate career, a single-game total that is 9th all-time in NAIA history.
Former Waldorf softball coach, Denny Gilbertson stated: "I thought she had a chance to be a very good collegiate pitcher, but had no idea she would emerge as a player who became very, very special! Marisa combined great velocity with exceptional movement. She was a work-horse who gladly took the ball in the opening game of every double-header for four seasons. We knew exactly what we would get from her each and every time she stepped into the circle. Regardless of who we were facing on any given day, Marisa gave us a consistent performance and an excellent chance to be successful."
A 2007 Magna Cum Laude graduate from Waldorf, Jensen went on to attend Des Moines University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and now currently lives in Des Moines and works for Aegis Therapies in Indianola, Iowa.
Carson, Jr., is a decorated veteran with more than 20 years of service to this country in the Air Force who also was a two-sport star and team leader during his time at then-Waldorf Junior College.
A 4-sport star for the Indians, he graduated from Forest City High School in 1955 and was the school's Salutatorian.
As a freshman on the Warrior football team, Carson played halfback, then moved to quarterback as a sophomore.
Also playing basketball for two seasons, he was a starting guard who lead the Warriors to the District 4 Championship and to an 80-68, first-round win over Wahoo, Neb., at the National Junior College District 11 Tournament in 1956.
Active on campus as the Waldorf student-body president his sophomore year, and a member of choir, Carson also won the Lions Club Sportsmanship Award in 1957 and the Waldorf College's Male Athlete of the Year award.
Following a stellar career as a complete student-athlete with the Warriors, Carson attended the United States Air Force Academy where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1961, and a commission as a second lieutenant.
After finishing his degree at the Air Force Academy, he went to pilot training at Reese Air Force Base in Texas, earning his wings in August of 1962.
During his time serving his country, Carson logged more than 4,100 flying hours and was honored with the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Combat Readiness Medal, to name just a few.
Carson, Jr., served at Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan, where he also earned his Master's degree in Aero Engineering from the University of Michigan, at McClellan Air Force Base in California, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, and at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
Promoted to Colonel in 1979, Carson retired from the Air Force in August of 1985 and returned to service at Waldorf in 1988, spending 12 years as a professor in the Mathematics Department before retiring, once again.
Honored as the Phi Theta Kappa Professor of the Year in 1992 and 1996, Carson earned the Regents Outstanding Faculty Award in 1995, was named Professor Emeritus at Waldorf in November of 2001, and won the Waldorf College Alumni Distinguished Service Award in October of 2002.
Colonel Carson and his wife Janell have three children – Christina Becker, Eric Carson and Greg Carson – and continue to call Forest City home where Caroll continues to remain active in his church, with the VFW and with the rural fire district, and is an active horseman who shows, competes, volunteers to give rides, and does parades with his team of percherons.
And becoming the fifth Warrior team inducted into the Hall of Fame, the 1962 football team entered the season with just five returning letterman, but came together for a perfect 8-0 season, claimed a conference championship, and climbed to No. 6 in the National Junior College rankings.
Led by First-Team All-American quarterback Tom Urevig, who was named the national junior college "Back of the Year," and honorable mention All-American Harold "Gabby" Pierce, the Warriors played their way into contention for a bid to the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the national championship game of junior-college football.
Urevig, inducted into the Waldorf Athletic Hall-of-Fame in 1998, completed 45-of-81 passes and threw for 12 touchdowns on the year, while also rushing for seven more scores for the Warriors.
Pierce, inducted into the Waldorf Athletic Hall-of-Fame in 1997, caught eight of Urevig's scoring passes.
The team was coach by Waldorf Athletic Hall-of-Famer Robert Bungum (1997), and C.V. Johnson assisted Bungum, who was in his 10th season leading the Waldorf team in 1962.
The Warriors scored a season-opening 13-0 win over a Top-10 ranked Virginia Junior College Miners team, then rallied for a 32-20 win on the road over the Norfolk Blackhawks in week two.
Waldorf added a 31-20 win over the Estherville Wolves, celebrated Homecoming with a 19-6 victory over the Worthington Bluejays, then earned recognition in the national Top 10 with a 13-0 win over the Ellsworth Panthers which vaulting the Warriors to No. 9 in the country.
The Warriors added to their perfect run with a 26-13 victory over the No. 11-ranked Mason City Trojans, picked up victory No. 7 over the four-year program of Pillsbury College, 19-6, then capped the perfect season with a 26-12 win over the Fort Dodge Panthers.