Wildcat Hall of Fame inducts new membersMembers of the 2012 class of the Wildcat Hall of Fame were inducted at the second annual Hall of Fame Banquet the night of Friday, Aug. 3 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course.
By: Bob Burrows, River Falls Journal
Members of the 2012 class of the Wildcat Hall of Fame were inducted at the second annual Hall of Fame Banquet the night of Friday, Aug. 3 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. This year’s inductees included Thomas J. Murphy (RFHS Class of 1967), who was killed in action in Vietnam on April 1, 1970. Accepting the honor for Murphy were, seated in front row at left, Murphy’s niece Meghan Murphy, best friend and Vietnam veteran Neil Anderson, and Murphy’s sister Dorothy Murphy-LaBrash. Murphy became the first Hall of Famer to be inducted in both the Athlete and Distinguished Citizen categories. Other inductees included Howie Nelson, far right in front row, (Distinguished Citizen); and back row from left, Dave Brandvold (Coach); Bob Dawson (Legacy); Jay Wollan (Athlete); Kim Robey Huggett (Athlete); Carolyn M. Klecker (Athlete); and Mike Benedict (Athlete). The 2001-02 Wildcat state champion gymnastics team was also the first team to be inducted.
Nearly 300 people attended Friday night’s second annual Wildcat Hall of Fame Banquet at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club to witness eight individuals and the 2001-02 Wildcat gymnastics team get inducted into the high school’s Hall of Fame. Above, emcee Tom Carroll dances with Pep Club member and 2011 graduate Kallie Friede while alum Jana Feyereisen leads the crowd in the singing of the school song, “Hail to the Gold and White,” at the end of the evening. At right, members of the 2001-02 gymnastics team, the first team ever to win a state championship at River Falls, pose with their Hall of Fame award. Seated from left are Jessica Lorenzen, Allie Flanscha and Morgan (McCardle) Traynor. Standing are Suzanne Kolpin, assistant coach Brian Whipple, head coach Shelly Kahut-Loomis and Lauren Brathol. Other team members not pictured included Ashley Dusek, Raeanna (Johnson) Del Pino, Natalie (Langlois) Schmitz, Katherine (Penton) Robinson, and assistant coach Jessica (Hegle) Luebker.