Waseca High School Athletics Hall of Fame
The Waseca High School Athletics Hall of Fame was founded in 2005 by Todd Mann, former Waseca High School activities director. The first inductees were inducted in 2005.
Nominations to the Hall of Fame may be submitted by anyone in the community and may cover the entire history of Waseca High School athletics. Nominees can be living or deceased.
Inductees into the Hall of Fame may represent one of three divisions: the athletes division for Waseca High School athletes with exceptional athletic careers that have graduated more than seven years ago; the coaches division for coaches who have coached at Waseca High School for more than 10 years; or the special division for people who have done outstanding service in promoting Waseca High School athletics.
Once a person has been nominated, the Waseca High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee researches the nominee's career including the nominee's high school career, post-high school career, and community service. The Hall of Fame Committee includes the Hall of Fame chairperson and secretary/treasurer, a WHS coaching staff representative, a WHS Booster Club member, two community members, and a media representative.
The Waseca High School Athletic Hall of Fame is funded entirely by the support of local residents and businesses through the Waseca High School Booster Club.
Download a Hall of Fame Nomination Form by clicking on the links below. The first link is for a PDF version of the form and the second link is for MS Word version of the form.
PDF Hall of Fame Nomination Form
MS Word Hall of Fame Nomination Form
2011 Inductees to the Waseca High School Athletic Hall of Fame|
The Waseca High School Athletic Hall of Fame has announced six new members to be inducted in 2011, giving the Hall 40 members since it's beginning in 2005. This year's inductees are Archie Johnson (1959), Jim Howard (1958), Andy (Hambone) Papke (1947), Doug Tramp (1987), Jon Summer (1993) and Gary Meurer (coach). . . . Keep reading
Andy 'Hambone' Papke, 2011 WHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee|
Andy Papke graduated from Waseca Central High School in 1947 and from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1951. He was one of several athletes who enlisted in the service during World War ll and returned to complete his education after the hostilities ceased. Before entering the Navy, he distinguished himself in athletics, particularly in basketball and football. Hambone Papke was one of the greatest athletes to ever play for Waseca Central. . . . Keep reading
Archie Johnson, 2011 WHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee|
Archie Johnson graduated from Waseca High School in 1959. He was an outstanding athlete at Waseca Central in the late 50's, dedicated to his sport and a great team leader. Archie earned three letters each in track and basketball. In basketball, he was one of only a few to make a big impact as a sophomore. . . . Keep reading
Jim Howard, 2011 WHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee|
Jim Howard exemplifies what one looks for in a nominee and inductee for the Waseca High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim was not only an exceptional athlete who achieved eight letters in three sports, he also excelled in the classroom. He had the ability, desire, and work ethic to reach his high school goals. Jim was well liked and well respected by his teachers, classmates, coaches and teammates at Waseca Central. He graduated from Waseca High School in 1958 as one of Central's all-around athletes playing in three sports, lettering twice in football, twice in basketball and four times in baseball. . . . Keep reading
2011 Inductees to the Waseca High School Athletic Hall of Fame Announced|
The Waseca High School Athletics Hall of Fame committee has made their selections for 2011. Those to be inducted into the Waseca High School Athletics Hall of Fame are Andy (Hambone) Papke (1947), Jon Summer (1993), Jim Howard (1958), Archie Johnson (1959), Doug Tramp (1987) and Gary Meurer (coach). This will make a total of 40 inducted into the WHS Athletics Hall of Fame. . . . Keep reading
Bill Lechner, 2009 WHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee|
Bill Lechner grew up in Otisco and attended District 46 Country School. When he was six years old he was stricken with polio and walked with crutches most of his childhood. He had a great love for sports even though he couldn't play. As a kid he always listened to the Waseca Braves and the Minneapolis Lakers on the radio. He had surgery on his hip, leg and ankle and started 7th grade at Waseca Central High School on crutches. By his junior year, Bill played intramural basketball, scoring 28 points in one game. . . . Keep reading
Mike Larson, 2009 WHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee|
Mike Larson was a three-sport athlete at Waseca High School, graduating in 1983 with seven letters; two in football, three in basketball and two in baseball. Five times he was selected All-Conference, once in football, twice in basketball and twice in baseball, and he was an All-State shortstop in baseball his senior year. Mike was a quarterback in football, a guard in basketball and a shortstop in baseball. . . . Keep reading
Roger Paschall, 2008 WHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee|
Roger Paschall graduated from Waseca High School in 1953 and was probably the most outstanding and versatile athlete to ever come out of Waseca Central. During his high school career he participated in five varsity sports, and earned 17 varsity letters. Roger is the only Waseca Bluejay athlete to accomplish this feat. He won his first "W" in golf when he was in the eighth grade; after that, he earned four varsity letters each in football, basketball, baseball and track. . . . Keep reading
Don Miller, 2008 WHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee|
Don Miller graduated from Waseca High School in 1950 and from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1954 with a B.S. degree in Physical Education and Mathematics. While in high school, Don was one of the most outstanding all-around athletes to ever perform for the Bluejays. He earned 13 letters while playing in four sports; three in football, three in basketball, three in track and four in baseball. . . . Keep reading
Dr. Donald "Al" Rieck, 2008 WHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee|
Dr. Al Rieck graduated in 1953 from Iowa City High School and from the University of Iowa in 1959, receiving both his undergraduate degree and dental degree (DDS) in just six years. After graduation, he and his wife Sandra chose to settle in Waseca. Dr. Rieck dedicated the next 48 years of his life to raising a family, serving the town through his dental practice and providing leadership to the community as an energetic devoted volunteer for numerous organizations. The area that was the closest to his heart was supporting the students, faculty, and administration of the Waseca public Schools for more than 40 years. In addition to serving as chairman of the school board for 15 years, he always supported Waseca High School athletics. . . . Keep reading
Terry Gilbertson, 2008 WHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee|
Terry Gilbertson graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1966 and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1970. While in high school he participated in football, basketball and track. He was team captain in football and basketball and All-Conference in football. While at Luther College, he played football for four years as a quarterback and halfback. . . . Keep reading
|• David Don McColley (75), SSA 1955|
|• Sandra W. Warner Jurek (70), WHS 1959|
|• Margaret Mary Murphy Thompson (74), SHHS 1956|
|• Gertrude I. Jorgensen Kujath (94), WHS 1937|
|• Milton Bathke (62), SSA|
|• David 'Buzz' Dean Gehloff (65), WHS 1965|
|• Sharon Kay Campbell Killday-Hall (70), WHS 1959|
|• Laurence V. Ruedy (82), WHS 1948|
|• Loretta Beckman Kirkpatrick (72), WHS 1957|
|• Phyllis Robran Peterson (79), WHS 1951|
|• Kimberly Peterson Motzko (48), WHS 1981|
|• Roger G. Byron (75), WHS 1955|
|• John D. Spittler (69), WHS 1961|
|• Wayne R. 'Bumps' Brown (87), WHS 1942|
|• William F. Severin (87), WHS 1947|