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Hard-hitting LB Clay Amick heading into DSU Hall of Fame

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:23 pm

Clay Amick had a stellar career for the Dakota State College football team in the early 1980's, propelling the Trojans to one of the top defensive teams in the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference (SDIC).

Amick will be joining his former teammates Bruce Johannes and Bill Nelson as new inductees at the 24th annual Dakota State University Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony on June 1 at Dakota Prairie Playhouse. Todd Payer, John Nyhaug and members of the 1976 DSC football SDIC championship team will also be inducted.

Amick joined the Trojan football program in 1979; the team completed the season with an overall record of 7-3 and 5-1 record in the SDIC contests. DSC followed up with an overall record of 5-4 during the 1980 season.

Amick earned his first SDIC All-Conference First Team distinction his junior season, despite finishing with an overall record of 3-7 in 1981.

Head coach Tom Shea described Amick as a hard-hitting linebacker. Amick spearheaded the Trojans' defense to the No. 1-ranked defense in the SDIC in 1982, finishing with an overall record of 5-5 and 4-3 in league play.

The Trojans' defensive trio of Amick, Eugene Tetzlaff and Tony Wrice was instrumental in helping Dakota State reach the top as the conference's best defensive team, giving up a stingy 212 yards per game against six SDIC foes (and only allowing 14.5 points per game in the SDIC conference). Amick was named to the SDIC All-Conference First Team for the second straight year.

He was also named to the NAIA District 12 First Team as well as NAIA Football All-American Honorable Mention.

Amick graduated from Dakota State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial arts and returned home to the family farm near his hometown of Letcher, where he has been farming for the past 35 years.

He is a member of the Letcher Community Church, is involved with the Letcher Volunteer Fire Department, Letcher Fire Reserve, and the Letcher Township Board.

Amick enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, and granddaughters. He met his wife Carla Gratzfeld in college and they have been married for 35 years. They have two grown children -- daughter Emma Klaas (and son-in-law Jacob Klaas, and their three children, Elsie, Amelia and Ann), and son Vern Amick.

Clay and Carla love to travel, 4-wheel, ride motorcycle, snow ski, snowmobile, golf and ride bicycle in their spare time.

The Hall of Fame banquet is open to the public. So that we may plan appropriately for the June 1 event, please RSVP by contacting the DSU Athletic Department at 605-256-5229 or e-mail Carla Sudenga at carla.sudenga@dsu.edu. This contact information may also be used to request further information.  Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at the door.  The social begins at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. The program will begin at approximately 7 p.m.

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