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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Kate Weiby (Inducted 1987)

Kate Weiby Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, April 27, 1987.
 
      Kate Weiby was a forerunner to women's athletics at Fergus Falls High School in the early 1970s, participating as a basketball guard, track hurdler (and one-mile run), and as a tennis player. She went on to take part in athletics at North Dakota State University and has attained 3rd-degree black belt in karate.
      A 1973 Fergus High grad, she helped pave the way for Fergus High female athletes and made the boys tennis team in 1973. She was a guard on the girls' basketball team three years, gaining MVP honors in 1972 and 1973, also being named as the best offensive player in 1972. She was a basketball all-conference selection in 1972 and 1973 and was co-captain in '72 and '73.
      For three years, in track, Weiby participated in the hurdles and the one-mile run, also serving as track co-captain in 1972.
      At NDSU in Fargo, she was on the basketball team in 1974 and 1975, also taking part in softball, volleyball, and tennis. It was at NDSU when she first became interested in Japanese karate, something she later pursued at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
      Kate now is a black belt in Shotokan (Japanese) karate and is also a karate instructor in the Twin Cities. She placed first in the Minnesota regional Women's Invitational Kata and Women's team Kata in 1978, 1979, and 1980, winning the same event at the national tournament in New York in 1978. As a member of the U of M Karate Club, she participated in other karate tournaments in various parts of the country.
      A current resident of Minneapolis, Weiby is a licensed attorney who works in law enforcement communications. She is also the owner and chief instructor of the Shotokan Karate Women's Dojo and is chief instructor of the Regina High School Karate Club.
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