University of Montana assistant women's basketball coach Shannon Cate Schweyen is among five former greats who have been chosen for the Montana High School Association Athletes' Hall of Fame.
Schweyen, a high school basketball and volleyball star at Billings Central, will be inducted Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999, at a banquet in Missoula. She'll be joined by Branch Brady of Great Falls, Shane Collins of Bozeman, Robert "Lefty" Byrne of Billings and Glenn Havskjold of Havre.
This is the seventh class of former athletes to be honored by the MHSA, bringing the total number to 42.
A selection committee of 25 knowledgeable persons votes every year from a list of nominated athletes. Former athletes may be nominated by anyone from the general public. Those nominated must have graduated from high school at least seven years ago and have at least one letter of recommendation.
Here is a summary of the five new inductees:
Shannon Cate Schweyen: Schweyen led Billings Central to three consecutive state Class A basketball championships (1985-87), and was named the state tournament MVP three times. She finished with 1,802 career points in four varsity seasons. Schweyen also led the Rams to consecutive state volleyball titles in 1987-88, and was named the state tournament MVP as a senior. She went on to become the only University of Montana basketball player, male or female, to earn first team All-America honors. Schweyen holds the Big Sky Conference career scoring record.
Robert "Lefty" Byrne: Byrne was an all-state performer in football and basketball for the Billings Senior Broncs in 1947-48. He led the football team to the 1947 state championship in a comeback victory over Butte. He was captain of the basketball and track teams, and played first base for the Billings American Legion baseball team, which he led to two state titles. Byrne was an All-Skyline Conference football player at the University of Montana, where he also competed in basketball and baseball.
Branch Brady: Brady was one of the best runners in the history of Montana high school track. He set state records at 880 yards, one mile and two miles while competing for the Great Falls Bison in 1965. He broke the two-mile (3,200 meters) record in his first competitive attempt at the distance. His mile (1,600 meters) record lasted for two decades and is still the second-fastest mark in state history. Brady went on to captain the University of Wisconsin cross country team and is now a highly successful track and cross country coach at Great Falls Russell.
Shane Collins: Collins was one of the best all-around athletes in Montana prep history while competing at Bozeman High. He was an all-state football and basketball player, earning state MVP honors in both sports, and set the state record in the shot put. He went on to win the NCAA shot put crown at Arizona State, and was a three-time All-Pac Ten Conference defensive end for the Sun Devils. He was selected in the second round of the 1992 NFL draft.
Glenn Havskjold: Havskjold was a standout in football and track for the Havre Blue Ponies. An all-state performer in football, Havskjold led Havre to the 1961 state championship and a state runner-up finish in 1962. In track, he set a state record in the 440, and won five state titles in the sprints (100, 220, 440) in 1962-63. He competed in track at Stanford University for three years, and earned a doctorate in engineering in 1972.