Panther Hall of Fame induction is July 9

Two athletes, two coaches, one program to be honored

Two student-athletes, two coaches and one team will be honored at the annual Lakeville North Panther Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony July 9 at Crystal Lake Golf Course.

The 2017 hall of fame class includes athletes Merle Thompson and Jon Jellum and coaches Andy Berkvam and John Oxton. The Lakeville High School gymnastics teams from 1993 to 2003 will be honored as a “Team of Distinction.”

Doors open at 4 p.m. July 9, with the program beginning at 4:30. A social with appetizers and a cash bar will follow the program. Tickets are $15 and are available online at by clicking the “Hall of Fame” link. Tickets also are available at the activities office at Lakeville North High School or by calling 952-232-3620.

Thompson, a 1953 Lakeville High School graduate, was a two-time all-conference football and baseball player and received one all-conference award in basketball. He also was the valedictorian of his class.

Jellum placed first in the shot put and discus at the state track and field meet in 1993, his senior year at Lakeville High. He still holds school records in both events. Jellum played for Lakeville’s 1992 state football championship team and was named All-State that year. He also was a four-year letter-winner in basketball and was captain and all-conference as a senior.

Berkvam coached Lakeville High School’s back-to-back state girls basketball championship teams in 2001 and 2002 as well as Lakeville North’s undefeated state title team in 2010. He was the state girls coach of the year in 2009-10 and has been named section coach of the year 10 times.

Oxton, the current Lakeville North High School boys basketball coach, has led the Panthers to the state Class 4A championship game three of the last six years, winning in 2014. His teams have reached the state tournament the last six years. He was the state coach of the year in 2014.

Lakeville gymnastics teams won state Class AA championships nine times in 11 years from 1993 through 2003. Those teams were coached by Milan Mader, a Panther Hall of Fame inductee in 2008.