When Frank Bavendick passed away March 8, 2018, we knew as a department we wanted to do something to honor our long-time friend and supporter. So in place of a hall of fame induction this year, we did just that on June 15, 2018.
The Frank Bavendick Leadership and Sportsmanship Awards have been established to honor Frank’s friendship and generosity to BSC student-athletes and staff.
Frank Bavendick lettered in track and field while attending Bismarck State College in 1949-50. Frank was a four-year letter winner in track, with his combined years at Bismarck State College and the University of North Dakota. He was the runner-up at the 1950 NDIAC Track & Field Championships while competing for the Mystics and Coach Woody Wilson.
Bavendick, a successful landman, with a career in oil and gas exploration, has been a generous supporter of Mystic athletics. He established numerous scholarships, which has allowed the Mystic programs to remain competitive.
Frank Bavendick was inducted into the Bismarck State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013 as a track athlete and contributor.
His love of athletics and particularly Mystic student-athletes was evident in his weekly trips to the Armory. He would pop in to watch practices, talk and laugh, and even lift weights with the athletes in the fitness room. A wonderful friend, Frank will be dearly missed by the Mystics.
This year's recipients of the awards are Hannah Hanson, Frank Bavendick Leadership Award, Jaden Scott and Michael Olson, the Frank Bavendick Sportsmanship Awards. Hannah is pictured at right with the award plaque that will hang prominently in the Armory for years to come.
If you know of someone who may be eligible for induction please contact us.