V-Hawk Athletes Join Wall of Fame
Kara Brandau (women’s basketball), Craig Davis (men’s soccer), and Ryan Lium (baseball), will be inducted onto the Viterbo Athletics Wall of Fame Saturday,Feb. 16, during homecoming weekend.
Brandau ’02 is arguably the best women’s basketball player to ever wear a Viterbo uniform. A power forward, Brandau left Viterbo a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II All-American, a two-time Midwest Classic Conference (MCC) Player of the Year, a NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete, and a Kodak All-American. She also currently holds eight school records, including all-time leading scorer (2,104 points), all-time steals leader (315), and the leader in all-time field goals (788). She also helped lead the V-Hawks to their first ever appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament in 2001. That season, the V-Hawks finished 30–5 overall, 12–0 in conference, and were ranked as high as fourth in the nation. Brandau teaches math and coaches girl’s basketball at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School.
Davis ’00 was a defensive standout for the V-Hawks from 1996–2000. Individually, Davis had a great deal of success as he received all-conference honors all four years, which included three first-team selections. His senior year, he finished second on the team in goals with eight and first on the team in points with 21. As a team, the V-Hawks had tremendous success during Davis’ four years. The V-Hawks won three straight MCC titles (1997–99), including going 18–0 in conference during those three seasons. The V-Hawks also qualified for the NAIA Region VII tournament during Davis’ final two seasons.
Lium ’95 played outfield for the V-Hawks from 1992–95. Lium had tremendous success both offensively and defensively for the V-Hawks. After batting .212 as a freshman, he eventually batted .321 as a senior. A three-time all-conference performer, Lium finished with a career batting average of .303. At the time of graduation, Lium was the V-Hawks all-time leading hitter (144 hits), second all-time in doubles (27), and fifth in runs scored (87). Lium currently is working with his father at Lium Insurance Agency and lives in La Crosse. He is also serving on the Viterbo Alumni Board.