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Former UW-River Falls standout Rich Melzer dunks over a UW-Platteville opponent in a February 2004 game at Karges Center. Melzer and former Falcon Roger Kuss have both been named to the WIAC All-Time Men's Basketball Team. River Falls Journal file photo

UWRF's Melzer, Kuss named to WIAC All-Time Team

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Former UW-River Falls men's basketball greats Roger Kuss and Rich Melzer have both been named to the WIAC All-Time Men's Basketball Team.

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Kuss was a three-time All-American at UWRF in the early 1950s, while Melzer is the second-leading scorer in UWRF history and helped the team win a WIAC championship in 2003-04. Both are River Falls High School graduates.

Kuss played for the Falcons for three seasons (1950-51, 1951-52, 1952-53) and earned NAIA All-American first team honors in 1952 and 1953 and second team honors in 1951. After his senior season in 1953 he was named the Helms Athletic Foundation Player of the Year.

In 1953 Kuss averaged 38.9 points a game, which is still a record in conference play. The 817 points Kuss scored in the 1953 season is second all-time in the WIAC.

Melzer played four seasons with the Falcons (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04). After his senior season he was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Player of the Year and he was named to the organization's first All-America team.

Melzer's 2,363 points career is second all-time in the WIAC and at UWRF. His 935 career made free throws is a school and WIAC record, and he is third all-time in rebounding at UWRF with 821. He also holds the UWRF record for career blocked shots with 186.

Melzer helped the Falcons with their first conference championship in 54 years when he led the team in scoring and rebounding in 2004.

Page, Farley, DeLong named to Hall of Fame

UW-River Falls legends Don Page, Mike Farley and Nate DeLong have been named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.

Page was a Falcon coach and athletic director from 1970 until his retirement in 1992. Farley coached the Falcon football team to eight conference championships, including four straight from 1984-87. DeLong dominated college basketball during his playing days at UWRF and is the university's all-time leading scorer with 2,572 career points.

The three are among 30 members of the inaugural WIAC Hall of Fame class.

The WIAC elected to establish a Hall of Fame to coincide with the conference's celebration of its 100th anniversary, which will take place during the 2012-13 academic year.

The 30-member class will be inducted as part of the WIAC Centennial Celebration Banquet to be held on Aug. 4 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

WIAC Commissioner Gary Karner said the conference will induct future Hall of Fame classes every three years. For more information on the Hall of Fame Class and the WIAC Centennial Celebration, visit www.wiacsports.com.

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