Mike Marquardt, Hutchinson
Inducted in 2013. One of the best baseball players Hutchinson has ever produced. In High School was a 3 year All Conference and All Region Player, plus was named All State and Lions All Star in 1986. Career Batting average well over .400, holds tiger record for most home runs in a season with 15, Played in every inning of every game, except for one inning in 3 years. Played Legion ball and dominated, leading them to a 2nd place State Finish in 1985. Went on to star for the Hutchinson Huskies Amateur Baseball Team. Has played 20 years and holds Huskie Career records for most Home runs with 157, Career Hits, Runs Scored and RBI. Has Career Batting Average hanging around .400. Led Huskies to 5 state Tournaments, while playing in every single state tournament for 20 years running (drafted by another team), named All Tournament in State in 2000, and named North Star Central Division MVP 2 times. In recent years, went to Dassel Cokato and helped lead them to state tournament appearances…and then returned to play for the Huskies again. Marquardt also does volunteer assistant coaching for Hutchinson High School. Other honors include Hutchinson Leader Player of the Decade in the 1980’s, and is on State Tournament Planning Board.
Keith Stifter, Silver Lake
Inducted in 2013. Standout athlete for the Lakeites in the 70’s. Competed in 4 sports-football, basketball, track and baseball. In Basketball, is a 1,000 point scorer in an era of no three pointers, was named all conference 3 times, Conference MVP Twice. In Football is notched 11 interceptions his senior season, and was named all conference that year. In Track he set 4 school records in the high jump, 440 dash, 440 relay and 880 relay. Was named Athlete of the Year his Sophomore and Senior Seasons. Went on Collegiately to play Football at Dakota State in South Dakota where he competed for 4 years and as a senior was their team captain. Currently very active in GSL athletics, member of Panther Boosters, volunteer coach for basketball, softball, baseball and Football, also weight trainer for Gophers DE Willie Van De Steeg and Gophers Trackster Jesse Posusta.
Nathan Swift, Hutchinson
Inducted in 2013. An Electrifying football player that will not only go down as one of the best Hutchinson football players of all-time, but also one of the best Nebraska Cornhuskers of all time. He led Hutchinson High School to 2 straight appearances in the Metrodome in the State Tournament, including one trip to the Prep Bowl. Was a 4-time All-State player, including being named all-state at two positions his senior year (KR, RB). His senior year he was named the Associated Press Minnesota State Player of the Year, and Star Tribune’s Metro player of the year. Finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in Hutchinson football history. Also had multiple letters in Basketball, Track, and Baseball. Went on to the University of Nebraska where he broke records for the Huskers. He graduated as the schools all time leader in receptions with 166 catches and ranked second in receiving yards at 2,476, just three yards behind former Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers. Swift’s 63 catches and 941 receiving yards in 2008 were also both second on the single-season lists, and his 22 career touchdown catches were also second on the Nebraska chart. His 10 touchdown receptions as a senior ranked second on the season list. He had a brief NFL career getting time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos.
John Carlson Jr., Litchfield
Inducted in 2011. Will go down as one of the best athletes to ever compete in Litchfield. Was a standout competitor in three sports-Football, Basketball, and Tennis. In Football was a standout Tight End, where he was named to the All State Team, and was named a 2003 US Army All-American. In Basketball Carlson was named to the McDonald’s preseason All-American team his senior season, plus led the Dragons to three state championships in the early 2000’s. In Tennis Carlson was a standout singles player and was named to the All-State team there as well. Went on to Notre Dame University to play football and came away as one of the top TE’s in the country. Was named a 2 year captain for the Irish, and finished career with 100 catches, for over 1,000 yards. Was drafted by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks (and at the time of his nomination is still playing for). Is already considered one of the best Seahawks Tight Ends in history, being named to the All-Time team in 2011.
Burton ”Buz” Rumrill, Silver Lake
Inducted in 2011. One of the top football coaches in the state during his time with Silver Lake and Glencoe Silver Lake High Schools. Rumrill finished his career with 233 career wins which is in the top 20 all time in Minnesota, and had a career 70% winning percentage. He led Silver Lake to 7 state tournaments, plus one more appearance with GSL. Rumrill and SL won state titles in 1983 and 1987, and finished as state runners up in 1984 and 1986. Rumrill was a past president of the Minnesota Football Coaches Assocation, and is inducted into its hall of fame. He is still active working in the press box/scoreboard booth for GSL home games.
Kyle Messner, Hutchinson
Inducted in 2010. Excelled at High School and Amateur sports in the area. Played Football, Basketball, and Baseball in High School. Kyle excelled at Running Back in Football and a Pitcher in Baseball. Was a member of the 1983 and 84 State Championship Football teams in Hutchinson. Went on to compete in Football and Baseball at St. Cloud State University. After college, went on to compete in Amateur Baseball. Was a part of the 1985 Legion Baseball team that placed 2nd in state tournament. Had an outstanding career for the Hutchinson Huskies baseball team, participated in many state tournaments either as a Huskie or a drafted pitcher. Currently competes on the Hanska Bullheads team, plus volunteers his time as an assistant coach for the Hutchinson High School Baseball team.
Cory Sauter, Hutchinson
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. A Former Hutchinson Tiger QB that went on to star for the University of Minnesota, where he broke almost all Passing Records in his time there (most records have since been passed). Cory’s best season for Minnesota came in 1995 when he threw for 2,600 yards (2nd all time), with 13 TD’s. Sauter started the final 34 games of his illustrious career with the Gophers. Was selected to play in the Blue/Grey All Star Football Classic after his senior season. Of his many honors at the U…Sauter was a 4 time All Academic Big Ten player, Was 2 time Team Captain, Won the Gophers Bruce Smith Award (MVP-Offense) in 1995, the Butch Nash Award (outstanding in classroom) in 1996, and the Paul Giel award (unselfishness) in 1997. Has played professionally for 6 seasons in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts. Sauter also spent one year playing in NFL Europe. Now a Football Coach, at time of his induction he’s the Offensive Coordinator and Passing Game Coach for Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Sauter also has coached in NFL Europe, and with the University of Minnesota.
Rick Witthus, Glencoe
Inducted to the HOF in 2005. Outstanding Athlete, one of Glencoe’s first Division 1 athlete. In High School was a 4 year letter winner in Baseball, 3 year letter winner in Football and Basketball. One of only 3 Minnesotans to be invited to play in three state all star games (Baseball, Basketball and Football–Joe Mauer, Cretin Derham Hall and Barry Wohler, Bird Island the others). Went on to play Football at the University of Minnesota from 1978-1982. Started at Free Safety for 3 1/2 years, tied for 3rd on gophers All time list for interceptions in a career with 9. His Junior and Senior Seasons was named All Academic Big Ten and Senior Year was named as a Williams Scholar.
Warren “Max” West, Brownton
Inaugural member, inducted to the HOF in 2004. Outstanding athlete while at Brownton H.S., starred in Football, Basketball and Baseball. Returned to Brownton after college and coached Football for 7 years, Basketball for 2 years and Baseball for 29 years. Has won over 400 games coaching Baseball, with numerous conference titles and 3 District Championships. West has also competed and coached the Brownton Bruins Amateur Baseball team and led them to the State Tournament 4 times. Has won a list of awards a mile long. Been involved with youth/amateur sports since the 1930′s and still active supporting Brownton teams.
Andy Rostberg, Hutchinson
One of the best athletes and coaches in Hutchinson History. His playing accomplishments include 10 High School letters in Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track. He accumulated a 36-3 record as a starting quarterback for the football team including leading the Tigers to 2 State Championships. Was named to the All-State Football Team, All-Metro Football Team, 3 years All Conference in Football, 2 years All conference in Basketball, plus a co-holder of the school record in the 4×100 m relay. After his playing career went on to be a coach for the Tigers. Is currently the Head Football Coach and Head Girls Basketball Coach. In football has won over 80 games since taking over for his father, Grady, in the late 90′s. Has led the Tigers to the State Tournament his first 7 years as a head coach. Named Section Coach of the year 7 times. In Girls Basketball has the most wins in School History with over 200 victories, plus was named Section Coach of the year 2 times. Inducted in 2008.
Ken Norman, Winsted
Ken was a fixture on many winning teams at Lester Prairie High School and the Winsted Wildcats. In H.S. he was a member of the 1939 District Championship Football Team, 1940 All State Football Team, and played in the 1941 State Basketball Tournament. In the late 1940s became a member of the Wildcats and helped lead the team to a State Championship in 1948. The team returned to the State Tournament in 1950, but lost in the first round. After his playing days were over he began umpiring and refereeing. Has umpired Baseball/Softball for well over 40 years, refereed Volleyball and Basketball for over 30 years and has Claimed to have never missed a call. Norman has also been inducted into the Wright Star Hall of Fame, received the Angelo Guiliani Award for his dedication to amateur sports, and was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Inducted in 2006.
Darrell Kruen, Gaylord/Sibley East
Inaugural member, inducted to the HOF in 2004. Long Time Boys Basketball Coach for the two schools. Started coaching in 1968 and coached Basketball for over 30 years amassing a won loss record of 576-200. Kruen coached teams won 16 conference titles, 12 District Titles, 3 Regional Titles, 3 state tournament appearances, and one 3rd place finish in the 1998 State Tournament. Kruen coached 7 One-thousand point scorers over his career and was the head coach in the 1999 MN State All-Star Game. He was inducted into the MN Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999. Kruen was also a standout athlete for Edgerton H.S. and Northwestern College of Iowa.
Mike Kingery, Atwater
Inaugural member, inducted to the HOF in 2004. Kingery was a highly decorated athlete when he graduated from Atwater High School in 1979. Won All-State Awards in Football, Baseball and Track and Field. Signed a MLB contract with the Kansas City Royals out of High School but went on to St. Cloud State for education. Eventually went to the Royals and would play 10 seasons in the majors with Kansas City, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Colorado and Pittsburgh. For his MLB career he holds a .268 avg, but almost won a batting title in the strike shortened 1994 season when he his .348 for Colorado. Currently coaching Baseball for area youth with his own Solid Foundation Baseball School.
Neal Guggemos, Winsted
After starring for Holy Trinity High School in Winsted, he went on to a standout career for St. Thomas University. On the football field he was named an All-American at Defensive Back in 1984, and also still holds the MIAC record for most Interceptions in a career with 25, also helped the defense set the MIAC record for most Interceptions in a game with 10 (1985 vs. St. Olaf). On the Track, Guggemos is a 6-time All American (4 times in the long jump, 2 times in the triple jump). He helped St. Thomas to 1 Indoor National Championship, and 3 other top five national finishes. His St. Thomas career culminated with him being named to the St. Thomas University Hall of Fame. After college Guggemos went on to play 5 seasons in the NFL, 2 of them with the Minnesota Vikings. His career numbers credit him with 1 Interception, 6 fumble recoveries, and a 22 yard average as a kick returner. Inducted in 2008.
Sue Alstrom, Buffalo Lake Hector
Inducted to the HOF in 2005. Simply one of the best, if not the best Volleyball Coach in the Area. Has taken the Mustangs to numerous State Tournaments, won countless Conference, Region and Section Titles. Named Coach of the Year by various organizations more times than one can count. Has an amazing 450+ wins in her coaching career. Has also coached Track and Basketball but better known for Volleyball.
Dave Klug, Litchfield
Inducted into the HOF in 2007, Klug was an 8-time letter winner for Litchfield High School in Football, Basketball and Track. Went on to star in College Football as a Defensive End for Concordia College in Moorhead. Named an NCAA Division 2 All-American for the Cobbers, Team MVP, All Conference, and Captain. Helped lead Concordia to the 1978 Division 2 National Championship. Klug was drafted in the 4th round of the NFL draft and played 4 seasons (1981-1984) for the Kansas City Chiefs. At time of Induction is serving as an Assistant Football Coach for his alma mater Concordia College, Moorhead.
David Dose, Glencoe Silver Lake
One of the best Football Coaches in the state. Led the Panther football resurgence with 7 Trips to the dome in 8 years, with 4 state championships, and one runner up finish. Over 180 wins in 21 seasons. A Coach that leads by example and is a good leader, Puts faith and family 1st-Academics 2nd- then Football. Was also a teacher, well respected by parents, players, fans and students. Retired in 2007 after a perfect season and the 4th GSL State Title. Inducted in 2008.
John Gordon, Minnesota Twins
Inducted into the Media Wing in 2011. Gordo’s voice has taken so many area residents out to the ballgame since 1987. Since his first year broadcasting a World Championship, listeners have “Touched them all” with his trademark emotional style of calling games. 41 years of broadcasting jobs took him to the Baltimore Orioles, University of Virginia, and the New York Yankees. But it is his 25 years with the Twins that listeners will remember most. Fans may also remember John in his silver screen and to date only movie appearance as “Wally Holland” in Little Big League. Gordon has weekly informed KDUZ/KARP listeners with the inside scoop on the Twins with a weekly radio show “Twins Talk” heard each Monday for the past 10+ years. Over the years Gordon has been awarded the Minnesota Broadcasters Association Personality of the year award, and has worked tirelessly on behalf of all Twins radio affiliates behind the scenes as well as numerous charities including The Minnesota Stroke Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Twins Community Fund.
Jerry Style, Glencoe
Inducted in 2011, his wife Margaret accepted the award on behalf of her late husband. Was an athlete during his lifetime, but his main accomplishments came on the sidelines. Was a model coach and administrator in his time at Glencoe and Glencoe Silver Lake High Schools. Was the head and assistant football coach for 7 years, head and assistant track coach for 7 years, Athletic Director at Glencoe HS for 26 years, and served on the MSHSL board of directors for 3 years. Was very active in the MSHSL helping run numerous state tournaments even after his retirement. Style was also an inaugural voting member of the KDUZ/KARP Sports Hall of Fame.
Was a 3-time winner of the Region Athletic Director of the year award, past president of the Atheltic Directors Association, lifetime member of the Minnesota State Coaches Association, member of the Minnesota State High School Athletic Directors and Administrators Hall of Fame, and was the inaugural member of the Glencoe Silver Lake Panther hall of fame. Jerry was a true professional in his lifetime, his philosophy was that educators and coaches must give of themselves and be active in the local and state levels. His influence still permeates not just Glencoe Silver Lake High School, but all over the Wright County Conference and the Minnesota State High School League.
John Riewer, Dassel Cokato
Inducted in 2010. One of the state’s all-time winningest softball coaches, he led the Chargers to a record of 245 wins and 154 losses in his 19 years at the helm of the Chargers. Riewer also brought the Chargers to 2 state tournament appearances, 2 conference championships, 6 sub section championships, and 5 sub section runner up finishes. Riewer also coached the Dassel Cokato Boys Basketball Team before being asked to resign, and also coached the Maple Lake Irish Girls Basketball Team. Riewer also was a standout pitcher for the Dassel Cokato Saints Baseball Team, as he’s one of only a handful of players to win 100 games in the North Star League, also a standout hitter with a lifetime Saints average above .300. Riewer is also the state record holder of consecutive state tournaments played in. Currently Riewer is back in his hometown of Staples Motley coaching and teaching.
Bernie Bierman, Litchfield
(award accepted by Litchfield High School, Superintendent Bill Wold pictured accepting award) Inducted in 2010. Best known for his work with the University of Minnesota Football team, few remember though Bierman was a standout athlete at Litchfield High School The late Bierman graduated in 1912 earning letters in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track. Bierman was also team captain of the 1911 Litchfield Football team that went undefeated and outscored opponents by a 137-0 score. With the Gophers, Bierman stood out on the football team, and was captain his senior year. Had coaching stints with the University of Montana, Mississippi State, and Tulane before coming back to the U in 1929. Coached the 1931 Gophers to the Rose Bowl, and won 6 Big Ten Championships, and 5 National Championships between 1934 and 1941. Coached Gophers until 1950. Today the Home Building of Gopher Athletics is named in his honor.
Bruce Rosenow, Hutchinson/Brownton/Hector/DC
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. Best known for his years of service as a Coach, in which he completely rebuilt or turned around many struggling programs and turned them into winning programs. In High School was a standout competitor for Brownton HS in Football, Baseball and Wrestling. In College was all-state in Football for Willmar CC, competed in Wrestling and Baseball as well. Was an exceptional catcher for Town Team baseball teams Brownton, Hector and Hutchinson in the 60′s and 70′s. Found time to be standout hitter and defensive player in Fast-Pitch Softball. As a coach Bruce has been either the Head Coach or Assistant Coach for Hector HS Wrestling Team, Dassel Cokato High School Wrestling Team, Hutchinson High School Wrestling Team, Hutchinson Huskies Amateur Baseball Team, Hutchinson VFW Baseball, Hutchinson High School Football Team. As a head coach/Manager Bruce has won well over 200 games (combined in all sports). Has been honored with Assistant Coach of the Year Honors in Football, Baseball and Wrestling, plus has been honored by the MSHSL for his 30 plus years of service. Has coached during 3 State Championships for the Hutchinson Football Team and 25 Individual State Wrestling Tournament entrants including 9 place winners and 2 state champions. Has also been active over the years organizing various tournaments. Currently is still very active in sports serving as Defensive Coordinator for Hutchinson Football, Assistant Coach in Hutchinson Wrestling, and helps run Veterans Memorial Baseball Field after retiring as Hutchinson High School Baseball coach.
Dave Wendlandt, Brownton/Mcleod West
Inducted into the Hall in 2009. One of the areas top coaches. Has over 100 wins coaching MW Girls Basketball, well over 100 wins for MW Baseball. Was honored with the Dick Siebert award in 2008 as the top High School Baseball coach in Minnesota. Has also spent time coaching Boys Basketball, Summer Rec programs, VFW/Legion Baseball teams, and girls Softball team. Wendlandt was also enshrined into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, plus as a player was a member of the 1962 Brownton District Championship as the catcher. One of the nice guys in the area, one who has spent his life making sports in the area better.
Kay Konerza, Lester Prairie
Wreaked havoc on the competition in Track and Girls Basketball during her years in LP. In Track was a 4 time conference champion, 4 time District Champion, member of 6 Region Champions in 3 events, State Champion in the long jump, place winner, top 8, in state tourney 4 other times. In Basketball, is currently (6/22/04) second place in career scoring in the State of Minnesota with 2,715 points, 4 time all conference, 3 time all area, 3 time all state, and All American in 1982. Holds the Girls State Record for most points in one HS Game (58), is also 5th on this list too (54). Participated in the United States Olympic Festival, and attended Louisiana Tech for womens basketball. Inducted in 2006.
Barry Wohler, Bird Island
Inducted to the HOF in 2005. Led Bird Island Lake Lillian to back to back state titles in Football and Basketball in the early 1980′s. Was also a standout athlete in Baseball. One of only 3 Minnesotans to be invited to play in three state all star games (Baseball, Basketball and Football–Joe Mauer, Cretin Derham Hall and Rick Witthus, Glencoe the others). Went on to the University of Minnesota where he helped the Gophers to Big Ten Championships in Basketball and Baseball. Left School early and was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers Organization to play in their minor leagues. Played pro ball for a few years then left to attend St. Cloud State where he also helped (coached) them win two conference baseball titles. At the time of his induction was the Head Mens Basketball Coach for Hamline University.
Herb Carneal, Minnesota Twins
Inducted to the HOF in 2005 as first member into the Media Wing. Carneal’s voice has been associated with broadcasting excellence for years. Carneal has been the Voice of the Twins all but one year of the Teams Existence. Began with the Twins in 1962, although previous jobs landed him gigs with the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, and the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. Was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996–it decribes his style as “Combining a Professional Approach with a depth of Clarity and a Sense of Humor.” His voice has been a part of all baseball fans young and old for years not only in the area, but the entire Upper Midwest.
Lindsay Whalen, Hutchinson
Inaugural member, inducted to the HOF in 2004. Ended her High School Career as the Schools All-Time Scoring Leader with 1,996 points. She still holds many of the schools basketball records. Star Tennis Player as well for the Tigers. Went on to stardom at the University of Minnesota and became their Basketball (mens and womens) All-Time Career Scoring Leader with 2,275 points. She also grabbed 556 rebounds and dished out 575 assists. Whalen is the only Hutchinson Athlete to have her number retired by the school. Will go down as one of the best Basketball Players ever to come out of Minnesota. Currently starting for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.
Merrill Skinner, HLWW
Inducted in 2007, One of the best Boys Basketball coaches in the area. Has amassed well over 450 career wins in his 31+ year career. Has coached his teams to 12 conference titles, 7 District/Sub Section Championships, and 3 Region/Section Championships. Has brought 3 teams to the State Tournament finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the 3 years there. He’s a 6-time coach of the year and at one point his teams had a 44 game Central Minnesota Conference Winning Streak from 2000-2003. Repected by his peers, as well as the student athletes he’s taught the game of basketball to throughout the years.
Grady Rostberg, Hutchinson
Inaugural member, inducted to the HOF in 2004. Best known for starting the tradition of excellence in the Hutchinson High School Football Program. Did coach and referee a little basketball as well as baseball. Spent 6 years as Head Coach of Brownton H.S. Football. Over his illustrious career he won 277 Football Games (which ranked 4th all time in the state when he retired). Guided the Tigers to 13 State Tournament appearances and 3 State Championships. Started a streak that continues in the Hutch program of 34 Straight Winning Seasons. Grady was a 10 time conference coach of the year, 5 time section coach of the year and already inshrined in numerous Hall of Fames. Still involved as of 2004 with the Hutch football program as a volunteer assistant under now head coach and son Andy Rostberg.
Rollie Jensen, Hutchinson
Star Pitcher in Hutchinson Fast-pitch Softball League. His teams won numerous tournaments. Some former players call him the Best Fast-Pitch Softball Pitcher in the state at that time. Has also contributed as a chairman of the Civic Arena Board, member of the Crow River Country Club Board and Hutchinson Park Board. Inducted in 2006.
Dennis Luke, Hutchinson
Inducted in 2007, Luke started coaching in Hutchinson in 1961. Luke was mainly known for Football but that’s not all he did. Was the Defensive Coordinator for Grady Rostberg until 1998. Led some legendary Tiger Defenses, and was one of the main reasons the Tigers have not had a losing season in 3 decades. Was great at developing kids athletically, but maybe more so created good characters in kids. One of the first winners of the Butch Nash Award, given to the states best Assistant Football Coach. The press box at SR Knutson field is named for him. Also spent many years coaching Baseball for 16 or 17 seasons for the Tigers. Started the Hutchinson Little League Football Program. (wife Bev accepted for her late husband)
JaniceStreit, Eden Valley Watkins
One of the Best Girls Basketball Players in thisarea. Currently sits in the top 15 instate history in 8 different categories. Finished career with over 2,000 career points putting her in the top 50in the state. State record holder forrebounds in a career with over 1,600, also for rebounds in a season with534. Also holds state tournament recordfor most rebounds in a single tournament and most rebounds in a tourney gamewith 27. Helped lead the Eagles to twostate tournament appearances including one state runner up finish. Her tourney teams hold a couple benchmarks,the 83/84 team is 3rd in all time history for points averaged in aseason with nearly 80, and that same team holds state tournament records formost points in a game and most field goals attempted. Numerous awards received including: St. CloudTimes All Decade Player of the 80’s, USA Today All American, Multiple All StateBasketball Teams, Nominated to Converse All American Team. Also a standout in other areas, 3 year allconference player in Volleyball, 2 years all conference in Softball, and 4 yearletterwinner in Band.
served 7 years as ateam manager at Dassel HS and Dassel Cokato High School. Some of his job duties included taping ankles, keeping stats and thelike. Brians love of Baseball continuesto this day as he has served with the North Star Baseball League for 39+ yearsas a statistician, official scorer and historian. Has also served as a Minnesota State BaseballBoard Member, and co-hosted an Amateur Baseball Show on KDUZ Radio for manyseasons. Brian has also authored 2 bookson baseball The History of Baseball inDassel and 50 years of the North StarLeague. Brian has also compiled the record books for DC High SchoolFootball, Baseball and Basketball…as well as Delano HS Basketball andBaseball. Was voted Baseball scorer ofthe year in 1979 by ABC Baseball, Mike Downs lifetime achievement award winnerin 2000 and inducted into the Minnesota State Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005,and the North Star Baseball HOF in 2009.
Standout baseball playergrowing up in Granite Falls, and then in college at St. Thomas and St. Cloud State. In 1963, Dave came to Hutchinson and would become known as Mr.Baseball in town. Played AmateurBaseball in the area from 1963-67 for Hutchinson and Brownton. In those years he helped lead Brownton to asecond place finish in the state in 1966, and a 3rd place finish in1967. Dave started the recreation ballprogram in Hutchinson1965, where he coached and supervised for 17 years. He also coached the American Legion Baseballteam for 13 seasons, and was an assistant coach with the Hutchinson High SchoolBaseball team for 14 years. His 1985Legion team placed 2nd in state. Was inducted into the Minnesota State Amatuer Baseball Hall of Fame in1989. He presently winters in Arizona, but in the summers you can find him still at theballpark as groundskeeper/field manager for Hutchinson. Under his direction Veterans Memorial Field has earned the “Field of theYear” award from the MN High School Baseball Coaches Association. Mooney also sits on the Hutchinson Huskiesboard. Over the years, Dave has alsocoached girls softball a bit, and has been found officiating some high schoolfootball games.
Doug Schuette, Brownton/Mcleod West
Inducted in 2014. Standout athlete atBrowntonHigh Schoolplaying Football, Basketball and Baseball…went on toBrainerdComm.Collegeand played Football and Baseball. Came back to Brownton and has been Assistant Football Coach for Brownton and then Mcleod West since 1985. Schuette coached basketball for 16 years, and was assistant baseball coach in high school for 26 years. Doug also coached American Legion Baseball for 33 years, including winning state coach of the year once. Currently is Head Coach of the Brownton Bruins Amateur Baseball Team (30+years). In 2003, Doug was honored with the Butch Nash Award, which goes to the best Assistant Football Coach in the State. And he’s a lifetime member of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. Very Helpful with young kids in athletic training, officiates Jr. High and Youth athletic contests and spends countless hours donating his time to the Bruins and American Legion Ball teams.
Charles “Chuck” Peik, Gaylord/Brownton
Inducted in 2014. Peik was an 3 sport star at Brownton High School in the early 1960’s (Football, Basketball, and Baseball). Went on to play Baseball atMankatoStateUniversity for 4 years and was the team captain his senior year. After Military service, he Coached Basketball and Baseball for Gaylord. He went on to be the Baseball coach for 30 years. Peik also played amateur baseball for Brownton and Gaylord. He led Brownton to a state runner up finish in 1966, and was the manager for the Gaylord Islanders for their state runner up finish in 1996. He would also be very involved in the Gaylord/Sibley East American Legion Baseball team, and was the Director of the Gaylord Summer Rec program for a number of years. Overall, he’s one of the outstanding coaches from the area and true gentleman of sports. Currently is retired but does stay active withSibleyEastSchooland Gaylord Islanders.
Matt Nyquist, Dassel Cokato
Inducted in 2014. Nyquist competed in a few different sports, but is best known for Football. For the Chargers, he lettered 13 times (5 Track, 4 Football, 4 Basketball), was named All Conference 13 times in those sports, was the captain in each one of them, and was named Team MVP 8 times also. In Football, he Set State Record for Tackles in one game (33), was named to the All Star team. Is the schools all time leading scorer in Basketball (over 1,100 points), and in Track he won 13 conference championships and state champion twice in Discus. At one time he held over 30 school records. He went on to play Football at the University of Wisconsin, starting at Linebacker in the 1995 Rose Bowl. Nyquist also played briefly in the NFL with the Houston Oilers
Darwin Berg, Hutchinson/Winthrop
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. Inducted 2015. (Son Bryan and Daughther Brenda accepted the award on their late father’s behalf)
Tyrone Wacker, Stewart/Gaylord
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. Inducted 2015.
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 Universityof Minnesotawhere 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. Inducted 2015.