Hornets Hall of Fame
Brian Waldvogel "Wally" played for the Hornets from 1996-2010. The dynamic leadoff hitter amassed a .317 career batting average and a .464 on-base percentage in 420 games. He holds the team record with 119 stolen bases and also racked up 137 multi-hit games, 95 doubles and scored 489 runs. He was part of three Independent League title-winning teams, 14 WBA semi-final teams and one state finals team.
Jon Nymo played for the Hornets from 1996-2007. He was primarily a second baseman, but also played some outfield, catcher and pitched. He was voted to the league all-star team in his rookie season at the age of 16, when he batted .411. Nymo played on three league championship teams and one state finals team.
Andy Winkelhake played for the Hornets from 1989-97. He was a third baseman, left fielder and catcher, earning five league all-star collections during his career. Winkelhake played on three league championship teams.
Dave Juza played from 1988-97 and 1999. He was voted to the all-star team every year from 1988-97 and was voted co-MVP with brothers Paul and Jim in the 1991 all-star game. Dave is the only member of Hornets with 50 home runs and 100 steals in his career. He had a career batting average of over .355 and was a member of four Independent League Champions, nine WBA Semifinal teams, and one WBA State Final team.
Paul Juza, suited up as a player for a team-record 23 seasons before serving as manager for a few years after his playing days were over. His teams won six Independent League titles, made the WBA playoffs 20 times and appeared in the WBA state finals twice. An Independent League all-star from 1988-1997, Juza is second in Hornets history in career RBI and third in pitching wins. Some career highlights include a 19-strikeout performance against Stanberry in 1991 when Juza was just 19 years old; winning the league’s all-star game MVP award in 1989 at age 17 and again in 1991 when he was co-MVP with his brothers Jim and Dave.
Jim Juza played for the Hornets from 1988-2008 and was voted to the all-star team every year from 1988-1997. Jim was voted MVP of the 1996 all-star game and co-MVP with brothers Dave and Paul in the 1991 all-star game. He is the Hornets' career leader in home runs, RBI, and batting average and he also set the team single-season home run record with 17 in 1996. Jim also ranks second in career pitching wins for the club and was a member of 18 WBA Semifinal teams, six league championship teams, and two WBA State Final teams.
Steve Fisher played for the Hornets for 15 seasons. He was on four Independent League championship teams, 13 WBA playoff teams and two state final teams. Fisher is third all-time in walks for the Hornets and he also racked up an impressive 76 multi-hit games during his career.
Steve Aune played shortstop for the Hornets from 1997-2011. Aune played in 439 games and finished with a .291 career batting average, 260 RBI, a .394 on-base percentage and 122 multi-hit games. He also drew 286 walks and scored 339 runs. He was part of three Independent League title-winning teams, 14 WBA semi-final teams and one state finals team.
Greg Aune played for the Hornets from 1999-2014. In his 16 seasons he batted .277 with 85 doubles, 35 home runs, 294 RBI and 288 runs scored in 353 games. He also racked up team records in nearly every pitching category. On the mound, Aune appeared in 144 games and compiled a career record of 82-35 to go with a 2.70 ERA and 976 strikeouts in 1,012 innings of work. Over the course of his pitching career, Aune threw 14 shutouts, 45 complete games, a no-hitter and had 12 games of 10 strikeouts or more, including a 19-strikeout performance in 2007. Aune reached his pinnacle in 2004 with a 13-0 record in which he gave up just 9 earned runs over 102 innings of work to go along with 112 strikeouts.
Steve Salmi joined Joe Juza on the Hornets bench as an assistant coach in 1993. Like Juza, Salmi was beloved by his players and was instrumental in building the Haugen Ballpark into one of the finest fields in the WBA.
Joe Juza served as head coach of the Hornets from 1988 to 2008 and compiled a 202-85 record in Independent League play, which equals a .704 winning percentage, during his 21 years as skipper.