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Three Falcons named to WIAC hall

MADISON—The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) has announced the members of its 2018 Hall of Fame class that includes three Falcons, Merilee (Healy) Cardinal, Dr. R.A. Karges, and Roger Kuss.

The WIAC established a Hall of Fame to coincide with the conference's celebration of its 100th anniversary, which took place during the 2012-13 academic year. The 27-member class for 2018 will be inducted at the WIAC Hall of Fame Banquet to be held on July 28, 2018, at UW-Eau Claire.

Cardinal was a member of UWRF's women's gymnastics team from 1992-95 and a nine-time NCGA All-American. In 1994, she secured the national title on the uneven bars and followed with a national championship on the balance beam in 1995. She is the only individual in program history to win a conference title in the all-around, accomplishing the feat in 1994 and 1995. In 1994, she was also a conference champion in the uneven bars and earned all-conference recognition in all five events. Cardinal was inducted into the NCGA Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2012, she was selected to the WIAC Women's Gymnastics All-Time Team in conjunction with the conference's Centennial Celebration.

Karges served as faculty athletic representative to the conference from 1912-52 and was the men's basketball coach from 1910-12. In those early days, the school could afford travel for only two conference games and filled out the season by playing area high schools. He loved spectator sports, but was also an energetic participant. Karges played handball and tennis and was an ardent cross-country skier. In 1959, he took part in laying the cornerstone for the physical education building on campus that was named in his honor from 1960-2017. The Falcon Center auxiliary gymnasium currently bestows his name.

Kuss was a member of UWRF's men's basketball team from 1951-53, earning NAIA All-America recognition all three seasons. He scored 1,924 career points for a conference-record average of 27.5 points per game, including an astonishing 38.9 points per contest during the 1952-53 campaign. In 1953, Kuss was selected the national Player of the Year, conference Player of the Year and poured in 57 points against UW-Stout — the second-highest single-game total in conference history. He was a three-time all-conference selection and inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1959. In 2012, he was selected to the WIAC Men's Basketball All-Time Team in conjunction with the conference's Centennial Celebration.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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