Nobody was challenging Doug Beaudoin to a friendly game of anything back in 1971. Unless, of course, said challenger was up for a butt whooping.
"I could beat just about anybody at anything," Beaudoin said. "Skiing, golf, pingpong. Whatever you wanted to play, I would beat you."
Beaudoin, a three-sport star for Jamestown High School between 1970-72, will be one of 13 athletes inducted into the Jamestown High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 28, during homecoming festivities at the high school. The 2018 inductees will be added to the inaugural list of 20 JHS sports stars enshrined in 2017, giving the newborn HoF 33 members in its first two years of existence.
Beaudoin, a 1972 JHS graduate, was named North Dakota High School Athlete of the Year in '71 after leading the Blue Jays to an 8-1 record in football, a 22-5 mark in basketball and placing second in the Class A state long jump competition. Beaudoin would become a four-year starter at safety in the NCAA's Big Ten Conference for Minnesota, and in 1976 he was drafted by the New England Patriots in the ninth round of a then 17-round NFL Draft-the same draft in which New England selected future NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Mike Haynes fifth overall.
"We played him as a rover linebacker," said Larry Ukestad, Beaudoin's Blue Jay football coach and current JHS Athletic HoF committee member. "He did a lot of things from that position that probably a lot of kids his age couldn't do. He definitely set the tone for a lot of things."
Beaudoin led EDC running backs in '71 averaging 108.5 yards per game. The next closest conference back-Wahpeton's Kirby Kuklenski-averaged 67.7 per contest. Beaudoin also paced the conference in points scored (90) with 15 touchdowns, and also led EDC punters averaging 37.7 yards over 18 kicks.
Jamestown broke a string of seven consecutive losses to Fargo Shanley in '71, but lost 25-19 to Wahpeton to share the EDC crown and miss out on North Dakota's East vs. West state championship playoff. The prior spring, Beaudoin led the Jerry Meyer-coached Blue Jay basketball team to the Class A state tournament for the first time in 10 years, falling to Minot in buzzer-beating fashion, 65-64, in the championship game.
Beaudoin attended JHS for just his junior and senior seasons, being selected all-state in both football and basketball both years, after moving to Jamestown from Dickinson, N.D., with his family.
"Those two Jamestown teams were the best two teams I've ever played on," said Beaudoin of the '71 Blue Jay basketball and football teams. "Those two years were just fantastic, and a third thing is I met my wife there and we are still together. Just really, really good experiences."
Beaudoin and his wife of 40 years, Renee (Remillong) Beaudoin, will be in attendance for Friday's JHS HoF ceremony and homecoming (see schedule below), traveling in from their home in Tampa Bay, Fla., where the Beaudoins put down roots after Doug's three-year stint with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League came to an end in 1985.
Beaudoin played seven seasons in the NFL, five for New England and making stops in Miami and San Diego in '80 and '81, respectively. Beaudoin recorded four interceptions during his NFL run, but was hampered throughout his professional career by an injury suffered during his senior track season at Jamestown High.
"I'll never forget it," Beaudoin said. "We were running the 440 relay in Valley City and it was about 30 degrees and sleeting. I took the baton for the home stretch, probably ran about 30 yards, and my hamstring snapped. I was probably never the same after that."
The born athlete said his time in the 40-yard dash fell from approximately 4.40 to 4.60, and hamstring issues would cloud weeks of strong play on the gridiron even as Beaudoin ascended to the sport's highest level. His New England teammate in the secondary, Mike Haynes, brought up Beaudoin's injury-prone legs while the two shared a moment in Canton, Ohio, in 1987.
Haynes was getting his call to the NFL Hall of Fame.
"We were sitting there and I was congratulating him on his Hall of Fame career, and he said, "You know what, Doug? If not for your hamstrings, you'd probably be sitting here too," Beaudoin recalled.
The former NFLer said he's glad to be coming home to Jamestown this week.
"It was kind of a late decision, but Renee hadn't been back in a long time and my dad still lives in Bismarck," Beaudoin said. "We'll drive in Friday morning for the luncheon. We're looking forward to seeing everyone."
2018 JHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductees
Paul Anderson ('80)
Anderson helped lead JHS boys basketball to a string of three EDC championships and a record of 70-9 between 1978-80. He was voted first team all-state in '79 and '80, selected to the Converse All-American Team in ('80), and led the Blue Jays to a state championship ('78), a second-place finish ('79) and a fifth-place finish ('80) at the Class A state tournament. He'd go on to earn All-Ivy League and honorable mention All-American honors for Dartmouth College basketball.
Phil Boerger ('07)
Boerger was selected first team all-state ('07) and second team all-state ('04) as a goalkeeper for Blue Jay boys soccer. He was awarded the state's Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year honors in the sport, while playing for the U-15 U.S. National Team ('04) and the U-17 U.S. National Team ('07). He was a Parade Magazine High School All-American, a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Regional Team ('03-'06) and was selected to the Adidas ESP top 120 High School Players in the U.S. list, making the all-star team in 2007.
Bryan Erstad ('99)
Erstad, a star in football, hockey and track, is the 1999 Class A state champion in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He was the runner-up for the state's athlete of the year award in both track & field and hockey, where he was an all-state center and captain for the Blue Jays. Erstad was the 1998 North Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year in football, earning all-WDA honors at running back and linebacker.
Sean Fredericks ('93)
Fredericks was an all-state linebacker, captain and MVP for Blue Jay football in 1992, recording 167 tackles and being selected to the N.D. Shrine Bowl. From 1995-97 he was a starting linebacker for North Dakota State, earning first team All-American honors and North Central Conference MVP linebacker honors in 1997 for the Bison. The three-year Blue Jay boys basketball starter was voted into the NDSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Jenny Gackle ('99)
Gackle was selected all-state in both girls soccer and volleyball three times for JHS between 1996-99. She was named North Dakota Miss Volleyball in 1999 and was selected second team All-American at NJCAA Eastern Wyoming College. Gackle would go on to earn second team All-American and Dakota Athletic Conference MVP honors at Dickinson State University in 2002.
Dave Greenwood ('70)
Greenwood was an all-conference offensive and defensive tackle for the Blue Jays in 1969. A three-year letterwinner in both football and basketball, he earned NDCAC all-conference and NAIA All-American honorable mention honors during a four-year career at Minot State University. Greenwood was inducted into the Minot State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.
Clay Kendall ('74)
Kendall's wrestling career garnered a South Dakota State AAU championship (42-1 record) in 1971 and North Dakota high school state championships in 1973 (31-1) and '74 (31-0). He finished his Blue Jay career with a win-loss mark of 127-8-1. Kendall wrestled for both Clarion State (Pa.) and Valley City State. His football career for the Jays included EDC honorable mention all-conference honors and a Jerry Knobel Award in '74.
Lauren (Mickelson) Sukut ('02)
Sukut capped her senior season in the pool for JHS with a state championship in the 100-yard freestyle, first team all-state accolades, and was the state's Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year. Prior to that she paddled to state championships in the 50 free and 500 free (2000-01), the 500 free and the 400 free relay (1999-00) and the 100 free and 200 free (1998-99). The 2001-02 EDC Athlete of the Year and three-time first team all-state recipient went on to become a four-year MVP and six-time All-American and North Dakota.
Judy (Mogck) Hager ('81)
Hager's outstanding track & field career for JHS included individual state championships in the Class A girls 100 meters ('78) and 400 meters ('81), besting the 400 in state-record time. She'd also helped the Blue Jays to state titles in the 400 relay ('80, '81), the 800 relay ('80) and the 880 relay ('79). A member of the Moorhead State Athletic Hall of Fame, Hager helped the 1985 Moorhead State 4x800 women's relay team capture the NAIA national championship.
Ted Wahl ('84)
Wahl was an all-EDC and all-state standout for Blue Jay football between 1981-84, while also helping Blue Jay boys basketball win a Class A state championship in 1982 and earning all-EDC basketball honors in '83. He was an all-North Central Conference quarterback for South Dakota State from 1984-88, and played for the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders between 1990-91 before playing in the Italian National Football League in 1990.
Dan White ('04)
White was a two-time state champion wrestler for the Blue Jays in 2001 and 2003 with a career record of 149-12. He was selected to the Stillwater Oklahoma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003 and was a Wrestling USA Magazine All-American with a total career record of 381-35. White was an all-state defensive back for the Blue Jays and played football for four years at Jamestown College. An all-conference pitcher and outfielder for the Blue Jays, White was a 2004 Hall of Fame member for Jamestown College Baseball.
Ron Zehren ('79-'00)
Zehren, Jamestown High School's head wrestling coach from 1979-2000, coached 96 state place winners, 28 finalists and seven state champions. His dual meet record guiding the Blue Jays stands at 214-69-5. Zehren directed Blue Jay wrestling to five region titles and a second-place state tournament finish in 1998. Zehren was voted East Region Coach of the Year in 1998 and North Dakota High School Coaches Association Coach of The Year in both 1995 and 1998.
2018 JHS Homecoming
Schedule of events
Friday, Sept. 28
--Luncheon at Knights of Columbus Hall, 11 a.m. social, 11:30 a.m. luncheon. Open to the public. $12 adults and $6 children. Introduction and presentation for each HoF inductee.
--Homecoming pep rally / coronation / HoF ceremony, 1:20 p.m., JHS Jerry Meyer Arena. Open to the public.
--Homecoming parade, 3:45 p.m., First Avenue.
--Homecoming football game: Jamestown vs. Valley City, 7 p.m., Ernie Gates Field. HoF inductees will be honored at halftime.