Huskers Hall of Fame
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The Fourth Class has been named:
2016 HUSKER Hall of Fame Class
The Husker Hall of Fame has been announced and will be recognized at Saturday's Husker Classic Championship basketball game with a reception to follow on Sunday.
Here is the Husker Hall of Fame Class of 2016 - (4th class to be inducted)
2011 Husker Football Team
Undefeated MRVCE Conf. Champions (First conf. Championship since 1978 for football) - starting a 5 year streak of conf. championships
Overall record of 13-2
13 game winning streak
Took out defending class 3 state champion Richmond in the regular season
Punished Hamilton Penney (ending Penney's long winning streak on a clear, crisp day at Sam Duncan field in the quarterfinals in front of a packed Husker House)
Defeated perennial powerhouse Blair Oaks on the road in the Final Four/State semifinal game
Fell to Lamar in the Dome in St. Louis in the championship - finishing second in Missouri Class 2 football
Several members of this team would go on to compete on the collegiate level
1st Team All State Players were: DeShawn Thirkield (later playing at Central Methodist), Cottry Lewis (Central Iowa CC), Tyrell Thirkield (Basketball at NCMO College/Central Methodist)
2nd Team All State Players were: Blayne Homfeld, Lauden Wheeler, Cody Mason, and LJ Williams (played football at Missouri Western University)
Husker Head Coach was Steve Cook, assistants were Coach Alberti, Forsee, Bennett, Stickel, Fortner and Loges.
1991 Lady Husker Girls Track & Field Team
This team finished in 2nd place at State, narrowly missing 1st place by 2 points
2nd Place MRVC finish
3 state qualifiers/State Champions - LaJan Johnson, (100M State Champion & qualified in the 200M placing 2nd) Kim Goforth, (Hurdles, - State Champion & Long Jump qualifier) and Stephanie Thompson (state champ high jump)
Various school record holders on this team at the time: Goforth, Johnson, Chris Elmore, and Thompson
Team was coached by Lorna Warren
1981-82 Husker Boys Basketball Team
Final Four Team (3rd team to do so out of 4 so far)
Record of 22-7
Defeated Slater in districts, Holden in sectionals, and the Lathrop Mules in the state quarterfinals
Tom Wegener and Greg Berry - 1st Team All Conf., Dale Wilson - Honorable Mention All Conf.
Tom Wegener 2nd Team All State selection
Team was coached by Mike Whitt, Assistant Coach was Bob Gibson
Derek Gillilan - Athlete
Tennis - 3 time state qualifier - highest finish was 6th Place at State in Singles. Also went to state in that run in Doubles (with doubles partner Beau Linebach)
Holds the record for having the most singles victories in school history at 94 wins. (94-17 overall)
Record holder most singles wins in a season at 34
Led the Huskers to 4 straight MRVC Championships (in a streak of 19 consecutive titles)
2 year Letterman in Basketball. Starter on the Huskers 23-5 Conf. and District Championship team.
Derek was also one of the top baseball players in his grade, before deciding to play tennis in high school.
Derek went onto play college tennis at Missouri Valley College in Marshall. Derek played in the top 6 for four years there on several strong teams for the Vikings.
Davey Krause - Athlete
Played 4 years of Basketball at William Jewell
4 year letterman in Football, Basketball and Track
Holds several Husker records in football and basketball
2nd Team All State Basketball - Junior
1st Team All State Basketball - Senior
KMZU Player of the Year twice
State Champion - 400M & 800M
Donald Elmore - Athlete
3 year letterman in football
3 year letterman in basketball - member of the 4th Husker final four team in 1983
1st Team MRVC running back & linebacker - senior
Sits high a top many Husker football statistical categories
Recruited to play Football at CMSU - Freshman of the Year Fall of 1985 for the Mules
Joy "Icky" Benton Skeens - Athlete
Basketball Team MVP senior year
1st team MRVC all conf. junior & senior
1st team all district - senior
Volleyball 1st team MRVC all conf. - junior and senior
State qualifier in track - long jump
4 year starter at Washburn University in basketball
1st team all conf. and districts while at Washburn
Also played Softball at Washburn 2 seasons
Member Washburn Hall of Fame as well
Still listed top ten in several statistical categories in the Washburn record books
Paul Gadt - Athlete
1st team all state Linebacker - Junior & Senior year
State Champion wrestler twice
1st Wrestler to go undefeated at 30-0
Undefeated in duals in his high school career
Overall record of 92-5
Named Scholastic Wrestling News All American
4 year letterman in Track
Placed in the discus event at districts and regionals
Played football at MU and was a 3 Year Letterman - DE and Long Snapper
Carl Cromer - Athlete
All District QB
His team lost by one point, 13-12 to Lexington who would later win state that season
All Conf. Junior & Senior - basketball
All District - basketball
1st Team All State - basketball - sr.
Lettered 4 years at QB while playing for the Lions at Missouri Southern University
Roger Rector - Athlete
4 Year Letterman in football
MRVC All Conf. running back sophomore, junior, senior
All District and Honorable Mention All State - Junior
Letterwinner in Basketball as a sophomore and senior
Was on schools first final Four team in 1963
Ran track for the Huskers as a sprinter
Bronze Star recipient from the Military for his heroics in Viet Nam in helping to aid fallen comrades
Brother Gill is also a member of the Husker Hall of Fame
Bob Gibson - Coach
Coached 4 Husker Varsity Sports - the only Husker coach to ever do so
Coached Football, Basketball, Boy's Tennis, and Baseball
His 1983 basketball team made the Final Four
Had Elite Eight runs 3 different times
Finished with 290 wins in basketball
5 MRVC Championships
5 District Championships, and 5 runner up finishes
Tennis coach - 2 MRVC Championships, 1 District Championship, and 1 quarterfinal appearance
School's 1st baseball coach - in 4 years he won the MRVC once and garnered a district crown as well
After retirement he came back to coach middle school football and basketball
Coach Gibson played QB at Wentworth and Northeast Missouri University coming out of Lexington High School
Member Wentworth Hall of Fame and Lexington High Hall of Fame, and as a team member in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
Ronnie Sanders - Enters the Hall of Fame as a Football Player. His 1951 team went 8-1-1, MRVC champs. Along with his defensive mates they held opponents to a smothering 5 points per game. Would later set out for William Jewel to play Football. He has served the business, church, and school communities along with raising 3 children in Higginsville.
Frank Swarzer - Enters the Hall of Fame as a Football Player and a Basketball player. Frank was named as a Sporting News All America Honorable Mention In Football. He was MRVC All Conference, All District, and 2nd Team All State. He was on the 1961 Football team that went 9-0. In 1962 he was on the 23-3 basketball team. The first Final Four team. He was MRVC 1st team. He then played one year of football at MU. After transferring he later played basketball 2 years at Moberly Junior College before eventually playing at Midwestern University of Texas.
Brendan Fox - Enters as a Wrestler. Brendan was a 1999 graduate of C-1. He was a 4 time Missouri State Champion, the only Husker to accomplish this feat. Over his high school career he amassed a record of 140-7. He was 4 time Academic All State as well. He was named state wrestler of the year in 1999 and named a 1st Team USA Wrestling All American. Brendan then received a Division 1 scholarship to wrestle for StanfordUniversity. In 2001 he took 4th place at the California Open for the Cardinal.
1973-74 Basketball team. This was the 2nd of 4 Husker final four teams. The team battled key injuries all year going into districts with an 11-12 record before ousting favorites St. Pius X, and St. Joseph LeBlond on the way to state. They lost by a mere 7 and 9 points at state.
October 4, 2014
The 2nd annual Husker Hall of Fame inductees (primary sport listed): Pete Beck; Football player, HS coach at Chico HS in California, college player at CMSU. Sidney Benton; Basketball player. Played on 2 Elite Eight teams, played college basketball at JCCC and later at U Tenn. Martin. Also played a year of D1 football there. Career stats leader in many basketball categories. Christina Elmore (all sports entrant) Played and excelled at Volleyball, Basketball and Track. Played college volleyball at CMSU. Was on only final 4 HS basketball team for the lady huskers (1990). Mike Haggerty; HS State champion, college wrestler and MIAA champion, coaches at Blue Springs. Don Mais; all sports athlete. Quarterback on 9-0 1959 team. Received scholarship offer from Missouri. State champ 180 yard Hurdles. Played basketball and was a 3 year letterman. Dick Meinershagen; Football. Played at Missouri University. Donated land for the Higg. Country Club golf course. Gill Rector; Football. Played at Tyler TX JC. Later at CMSU. Head coach later at Lexington, winning 5 state championships for the Minutemen. Bill Wiley; Basketball. first Husker to receive All State honors. Received scholarship offer to K-State for football. TEAMS INDUCTED: 1953 Football; 7-0-2. Coached by Cliff Cromer. 1958 Football; Finished 9-0. Coach Cliff Cromer. 1963 Basketball; First final four team. 26-4 MRVC Champs.
October 16, 2013
The 1st ever Husker Hall of Fame has been announced: The inaugural class will be introduced before the homecoming game Friday night and then honored with a reception on Saturday afternoon. Members of the first class are: George Seals, football player, played college ball at MU and played in the NFL. Darold Jenkins, football player, played college ball at MU. Bucky Wegener, football player who also played for MU, and played professional football in the AFL. John Houston, football player. Sam Duncan, coach/teacher. Cliff Cromer, football coach. Jim Perrine, basketball coach. Art teacher Jerry Swingle, & art student Emery Crain, originators of the Husker Harold mascot. Boys Basketball team, 1962, this team captured the 1st MRVC title in school history. 1990 Girls basketball. Only girls team to reach the State Final Four. 1961 Football team, last football team to go undefeated.