The 2015 Sports Hall of Fame Class 18 Jul 15

Saturday, we welcomed in three new members into our Sports Hall of Fame.  Read about our new inductees below, plus see photos.  (Van De Steeg joined us on the air over the phone and will accept his award in person at a later time)  

Meet the 2015 Class of Inductees into the KDUZ/KARP/KGLB Sports Hall of Fame
(listed alphabetically)



Darwin Berg, Winthrop/Hutchinson: Nominated for his contribution to the sport of baseball not only in the area, but the 5-state region.  In High School was team captain of the Winthrop Warriors Baseball Team plus played for Winthrop’s Amateur Baseball Team starring as a catcher.  Also was a standout in Football and Basketball for Winthrop High School.  After playing days became P.A. Announcer for the Hutchinson Huskies and eventually Minnesota State American Legion Baseball Director for 10 seasons.  As State Director he developed the Division 2 Tournament to include a Region Playoff among Champs from the 5-state area.  Helped Minnesota become the #1 state in the country for Legion Baseball.  Overall has had a positive influence in the Legion Programs and made the Legion Tournament one of the best in the Country.  Is also enshrined into the Minnesota Amateur Sports Hall of Fame.  Berg passed away in 2014 in a car accident. 


William “Willie” Van De Steeg, Glencoe Silver Lake: The most dominant defensive end in the area in the early 2000’s.  Amassed 35 sacks combined his junior and senior seasons with the Panthers.  Was named a 2-time All-State Player, including All-State first team his senior season.  Led the Panthers to two trips to the Prep Bowl, including his senior year when he came up with 3 sacks and helped the defense set a new prep bowl record for offense allowed with only 70 yards of total offense given up.  Went on to the University of Minnesota where he continued to dominate.  He finished his Gophers career 4th on the school all time sack list, and was the all time leader in tackles for a loss.  Was a two time All Big Ten selection, and was named a team captain.  Played one year in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens. 


Tyrone Wacker, Stewart/Gaylord/Hector: A Stewart native that would make his mark in playing and coaching.  Wacker played amateur baseball in Gaylord, Stewart and Hector before moving to Jackson.  A Standout player in Football, Basketball, and Baseball during his time at Stewart High School.  Wacker was named all conference in all three of those sports.  He helped the football team and the baseball team to Conference Championships.  After playing he became one of the top coaches in the state.  He coached the Gaylord Football team to a 57-4 record in 5 seasons, including one State Championship.  He would move to Jackson, MN where he’d coach for years and has the baseball field named after him.  Toward the end of the coaching career he would come back and coach football for his hometown area, Buffalo Lake Hector Stewart.  He his already a member of multiple sports Halls of Fame.