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Rich Andrzejewski



1969 Arlington HS grad. 1974 Northern State grad. Voted the best all-around male athlete in the history of Northern State, Andrzejewski earned 16 varsity letters, the most by an athlete at any South Dakota college ever. The 6-foot-3 Andrzejewski lettered four years each in football, basketball, baseball and track.

He played on Northern teams that participated in national football and basketball playoffs, his baseball team played in the NAIA regional playoffs and he qualified for the NAIA national track meet. He was all-conference in football, basketball and baseball, and he was chosen to the all-District 12 teams in football and baseball. In 1970, he kicked a 54-yard field goal, a state collegiate record then and still the Northern record. He set several Northern records in passing, total offense and kicking. In basketball, he was known for his defense and rebounding, and he finished eighth on Northern's all-time scoring list (1,099 points). In track, he set a school record in the high jump. As a pitcher in baseball, he had a 1.38 ERA during his senior season.

In 1975, he led Yankton teams to state amateur basketball and baseball titles, earning tourney MVP honors in basketball.

An all-stater in basketball and football at Arlington, Andrzejewski in 1968 led the Cardinals to the state "B" basketball title and set a state record in the high jump. That year he pitched a perfect game in Legion baseball, striking out 20 of the 21 batters he faced - the last batter bunted and was thrown out. He also set school records in the 220, 440, shot put, long jump and high jump. Andrzejewski was chosen to the all-time Class B basketball team of the decade for the 1960s.

He is a member of the Northern State and South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference halls of fame. He was the 1972 College Athlete of the Year as chosen by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.




















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