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A photo of Carroll linebacker Brandon Day landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2007. The 2007 Carroll football team will be inducted into the Carroll College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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HELENA — Six individuals and two teams will be inducted into the Carroll College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. The induction brunch takes place at the Lower Campus Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

They are: 

Andy Brown (2001-05), a 6-foot-6 forward out of Helena High, ranks No. 18 on Carroll’s career scoring list with 1,184 points. His senior year, he averaged 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds, and was selected first-team All-Conference, Frontier Conference MVP, and 2005 NAIA second-team All-American.

In 2003, Brown set the school’s season record with a 70.3 field goal percentage. As a junior he averaged 11.5 ppg and 4.9 ppg and was selected honorable mention All-Conference.

The Saints qualified for the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City in 2002-04-05, achieving Carroll’s only national semifinals appearance in Brown’s final season. In a 67-57 win over Saint Xavier in the quarterfinals, Brown netted a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

“On the court, it’s obvious why Andy was our conference MVP; he’s got the biggest heart … fighting for loose balls, getting big rebounds and taking care of the ball,” Carroll coach Gary Turcott said after the game.

Cassidy (Merrick) Sanders (2002-05) helped lead the fledgling Saints women's soccer program into the NAIA Top 25 rankings while etching her name in Carroll’s record books.

In her freshman year, Carroll qualified for its first regional tournament before making the regional finals the next year. In 2005, the Saints posted their highest national ranking (19) and qualified for their first NAIA national tourney.

A Helena High product, Merrick earned three All-Region selections and was a two-time NAIA honorable mention All-American. Merrick left the school with season and career assists records of 15 and 44, both of which still stand. She also tallied 14 goals, which ranks 16th on the school's all-time list.

Tom McCormick (1989-93) was a four-year starter, three-time all-conference player and a dominant force on two Frontier Conference championship football teams.

A 5-11, 170-pound defensive back, McCormick posted season highs of 57 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles (three times), seven interceptions and 13 pass breakups. For his career, the Fallon, Nevada, native amassed 176 solo tackles, 70 assists, 234 total tackles, 19 interceptions, 38 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. McCormick’s four picks in one game still stands as the school record.

The Saints captured Frontier titles in 1989-90. McCormick was second-team all-conference in 1990 and first-team all-Frontier his final two seasons.

Jason Grovom (1995-97) was a two-time all-conference quarterback for the Saints, earning second-team honors as a sophomore and first-team all-Frontier his senior year.

As a junior, the Capital High product helped Carroll to the NAIA semifinals. Against Rocky Mountain College his senior year, he ran for 235 yards and five touchdowns (with a long of 53 yards), tying the school record for most TDs in a game, shared by five others.

Grovom finished with a season-high of 1,550 yards passing and career totals of 3,524 yards, 214 completions and 18 touchdowns. He also posted season rushing bests of 1,162 yards and 15 TDs, with career totals of 3,032 yards and 38 TDs.

In 1997, Grovom set team total offense records of 441 yards (325 passing, 116 rushing) in a game, and a 264 yards average for a season. He finished with lifetime marks of 6,556 yards total offense, then No. 2 in school history, and a combined 54 touchdowns.

Emili Woody (2002-06) helped lead the Carroll women's basketball team to the program’s first three NAIA championship qualifications, including a round of 16 appearance. A 5-10 forward/wing guard, Woody set the school’s season (358) and career (1,039) rebounding records, along with the career steals (301) mark.

The Summerville, Oregon, native was a three-time first-team All-Frontier selectee and was chosen third-team NAIA All-American her final two seasons (2005-06). In her junior year (2004-05), Woody posted 14.6 ppg and 10.3 rpg while leading the nation with 18 double-doubles.

As a junior, Woody helped Carroll to the Frontier regular-season and conference tournament championships. At the 2005 NAIA Championships in Kansas City, Carroll beat Mobile (Ala.) in the first round before losing to Vanguard (Calif.) to finish 29-7.

Tiffany (Hopfauf) Hofer (1993-96), was a four-time All-Conference volleyball player for the Saints, making first team her final three seasons. Her senior year, she was the 1996 Frontier co-MVP while earning NAIA honorable mention All-America status.

A 5-10 standout from Hardin High, Hopfauf helped lead Carroll volleyball to four league championships.

As a junior, she topped the Saints in kills (339), kills per game (3.05), serve receive (565 attempts, 94 percent), digs (339) and digs per game (3.05). Carroll went on to place fourth at the 1995 Northwest Regional tournament. Her final season, Hophauf paced the Saints with kills (342), kills per game (3.14), service aces (51), serve receive (497 attempts, 93.6 percent), digs (373) and digs per game (3.42).

Hopfauf was twice elected team captain and her leadership was again called upon when she was asked to stay on as an assistant coach.

The 2004-05 Carroll men's basketball team won 28 games and qualified for the NAIA championship tournament's Final Four. The Saints ended the regular season with a 12-game win streak, including a victory over NCAA Division I Idaho State, while capturing the regular-season Frontier Conference crown before placing third in the year-end tourney.

At the national tourney in Kansas City, the Saints beat Concordia (California), Oklahoma City and Saint Xavier (Illinois) in the quarterfinals. In the school’s only appearance in the NAIA semifinals, the Saints lost to John Brown University (Arkansas).

Coach Gary Turcott’s 2005 Saints were the first team in Frontier Conference history to reach the round of Fab Four.

• The 2007 Carroll College football team earned the program’s fifth NAIA national championship while giving up just 49 points for the entire 11-game regular season and 32 points in the playoffs en route to a 15-0 record.

In the regular-season finale, Carroll overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit halftime deficit to Montana Tech to edge the Orediggers 17-4. Coach Mike Van Diest’s team than ran the table in the playoffs, beating Black Hills State, Morningside and St. Francis (Indiana) to reach the finals.

In the national championship against Sioux Falls, Carroll held off the Cougars 17-9. A photo of Carroll linebacker Brandon Day celebrating landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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