Angela Clifton, a standout gymnast and softball player at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and current president of the River Falls Youth Softball Organization, will be inducted into the Simley High School (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) Hall of Fame this Saturday, September 17 at halftime of the Simley football game.
Clifton, then Angela Garin, was a 1998 graduate and standout gymnast and softball player at both Simley High School and UWRF. At Simley she was captain and a key contributor on the 1997 Spartans gymnastics team that qualified for the state tournament. She was also a three-year All-State selection, five-time All-Section selection, five-time All-Conference selection, Academic All-State selection, and three-time Simley MVP. Garin still holds school records in the vault, floor, and all-around, and is second all-time in the bars and beam. In softball, she played centerfield where she was a 1998 All-State selection, and two-time All-Conference selection. She was the 1998 Simley Athena Award winner as Simley's best female athlete.
At UWRF, Garin was a 2001 and 2002 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championship qualifier, qualifying in the All-Around and competing in all four events (vault, beam, floor, bars) both years. She finished 13th in the nation in the vault in 2001 and 17th in the nation in the All-Around in 2002. In 2002 UWRF finished eighth in the nation in the final team standings. Garin was named All-WIAC in the vault and All-Around in 1999, All-WIAC in the All-Around and team MVP in 2001, and All-WIAC in the vault and all-around in 2002. She was also named WIAC Gymnastics Athlete of the Week for her performance during the week of January 18-24, 1999.
In softball Garin continued to play centerfield at UWRF. She was named All-WIAC Honorable Mention and the team's best offensive player in 2001. She was an All-WIAC first-team selection in 2002 and Great Lakes Region third-team All-American in 2002.
Angela and her husband Eric are both originally from Inver Grove Heights but relocated, along with their two children, to River Falls.