GALESBURG, Illinois - The 2022 Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall of Fame Class has been announced. The Hall of Fame Committee voted in four outstanding individuals and an impressive team in April. Lane Bridgford ‘20, Mack Foster '06, Nathaniel Logie ‘16, Dorothy “DJ” (Ambrogi) Todt ‘05, and the 2016 Women’s Soccer Team will officially be inducted into the Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend 2022. Individual profiles of each 2022 inductee will be released on Wednesdays over the next month.
"What a tremendous honor for these four individuals and team to be selected for the Hall of Fame," said Director of Athletics, Daniella Irle. "They embody the athletic excellence of the Prairie Fire. Welcome to the Hall of Fame family."
"This group is a wonderful addition to the Knox-Lombard Hall of Fame," said Sports Information Director James Clark. "I think the committee selected a great group to add to an already extremely talented Hall of Fame. Congratulations!"
Lane Bridgford, Knox Class of 1920, was a standout member of the 1919 Knox College football team. The team was inducted into the Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
More than 100 years after his playing career, Bridgford is still in the Knox top-10 performers in a dozen categories. He is first in extra points in a game (9); fourth in most total points in a game (27); fourth in career total points (180); fourth in extra points attempted in a season (33); sixth in total points in a season (95); tied for sixth in touchdowns in a season (12); tied for sixth in career touchdowns (26); and eighth in extra points made in a season (23). He also has the second longest fumble return (85 yards); 10th longest punt return (55 yards); and 10th longest interception return (60 yards) in school history. He was the leader in career touchdowns until 1989, a record that stood for 70 years. He was in the top 4 in nine of the previous categories in 1969, 50 years after his final game.
Mack Foster ’06 was a standout on the links for the Prairie Fire, continuing a long tradition of greatness for the Knox College men’s golf program.
Foster tied for first at the 2003 Midwest Conference Golf Championships as a first-year, but lost in a playoff to Joe Loehnis of Lawrence. Foster did help lead the team to their 27th conference championship. In 2004 and 2005, Knox placed second in the MWC Championships. Foster earned a fifth place individual finish in 2004, shooting a 158 in 36 holes. He saved his best season for last as he earned medalist honors in the 2006 MWC Championships. This time, Foster defeated Loehnis in a playoff after they both shot 148 again in regulation. Foster also helped lead the team to their 28th league title and picked up Ping All-Region and All-America honors in the process. His stroke average of 74.18 over 18 holes was the lowest in the region and earned him Team Most Valuable Player honors again.
Logie arrived on campus in 2012 after the 2011 team won just one game, going 1-16 overall and 0-9 in the Midwest Conference (MWC). As a first-year, Logie scored six goals and led Knox to a 6-9-2 overall record and 2-6-2 record in league play. The program was headed in the right direction, but a hot start in 2013 paved the way for the program’s first MWC Tournament Appearance since 1988. Over his last three seasons, Logie helped lead the men’s soccer program to a 41-13-3 overall record and 22-7-1 MWC record. The team made the MWC Tournament in each of his last three seasons and the 2013 team began a run of eight straight conference tournament appearances that is still active.
Logie scored a Knox record 48 goals and dished out 12 assists over his career. At the time of graduation, his 48 goals were fourth most ever in the conference. Logie was a three-time First Team All-MWC honoree. He was named MWC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in 2014.
Dorothy “DJ” (Ambrogi) Todt
Dorothy “DJ” (Ambrogi) Todt ‘05 rewrote the record books for Prairie Fire softball in the early 2000’s with a dominant career in the pitching circle.
Todt earned a career ERA of 2.67 for the softball team, a school record. She also set the career mark in strikeouts (280). Her career is even more impressive in that she basically did something unique each season, including establishing the single-season record in ERA (1.53) during her first year. She set the single season record in strikeouts during her junior year and earned First Team All-Midwest Conference South Division honors during her senior year. Todt was named Most Valuable Defensive Player by her teammates during her senior season.
2016 Women’s Soccer Team
The 2016 women’s soccer team had a historic season, going undefeated until the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The women’s soccer team went 19-0-1 in the regular season, and a 9-0-0 mark in the Midwest Conference (MWC). The Prairie Fire won their first ever Midwest Conference regular season and tournament championships. Knox also earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in team history, completing a remarkable turnaround for the Prairie Fire. Knox lost to Washington University (St. Louis) 3-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Washington University went on to win the NCAA Tournament. The Prairie Fire set numerous school and conference records and became the first team at Knox College to go through the regular season undefeated since the 1919 football team went 8-0.