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Wildcat Hall of Fame welcomes Class of 2013

The 2013 Wildcat Hall of Fame inductees included, in front from left, Melissa (Matteson) Ollerman, Kady (Kleven) Bauschelt and David Farley. In back are Tom Field, Jerry Carter, Mike Danielson and Tom Carroll. Former Wisconsin Governor and 1926 RFHS graduate Warren Knowles was also inducted in the Distinguished Citizen category. 1 / 2
Representatives of the 1997 Wildcat wrestling team on hand for the team’s induction into the Wildcat Hall of Fame last Friday night included, front row from left, Cameron Miller, head coach Dave Brandvold, assistant coach Chris Campbell and Kevin Black. Back row, Phil Meier, Mark Cernohous, Gary Mitchell, Brady Cudd, Bennie Berg and Travis Saumer.2 / 2

Eight individuals — five athletes, one local icon, one former coach and a former governor of the state, along with one of the most successful teams in school history, were welcomed into the River Falls High School Wildcat Hall of Fame Friday night at the third annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club. In addition to the usual pomp and circumstance surrounding the annual banquet, this year’s festivities also included the unveiling of a new Wildcat athletic logo by members of the River Falls High School Pep Club.

Pep Club members modeled concept uniforms displaying how the new logo may appear on future Wildcat uniforms. The logo was designed to help unify the school’s teams under one mark, replacing the more than a dozen different images currently used by school teams.

But the focus of the evening was clearly on this year’s hall of fame inductees.

Athletes Mike Danielson (Class of 1965), David Farley (1979), Tom Field (1979), Melissa (Matteson) Ollerman (1987) and Kady (Kleven) Bauschelt (1998) were honored for success in their respective sports while 1949 RFHS graduate Jerry Carter was this year’s Legacy inductee.

Former Wildcat football coach Tom Carroll also took his place in the hall, along with 1926 RFHS graduate and former Wisconsin Governor Warren Knowles as this year’s Distinguished Citizen. The 1997 state runner-up Wildcat wrestling team, which featured four individual state champions, became the second team to be inducted.

Pep Club members Benji McRoberts, Brad Freeborn, Alex Call, Charlie Byron, Lexi LaPoint, Annie Wagner, McKenna Hage, Ryan Russell and Lexi Knotek introduced each inductee.

Before the induction ceremony, the Wildcats new unified athletic logo was unveiled and Pep Club members Wagner, Mustafa Adam, Kelli Skogen, Sebastian Larson, Karly Murphy and Jacob Elliot modeled concept designs of what future Wildcat uniforms may look like.

The logo was designed by 1991 RFHS graduate Jason Hammond of Bolster Creative in St. Paul. Hammond worked with the Pep Club and its advisors Ryan Bishop and Steve Trudeau, to create a “fierce but friendly, own-able” identity that would help unify the school under one mark, and serve to lead it into the future while still paying homage to the school’s rich history, Hammond said.

Several variations of logos were presented to focus groups made up of community members, coaches, administrators and students. Feedback from the focus groups helped the Pep Club make a final selection.

“The benefit of having a consistent family of marks not only helps people to identify the school, but also allows the school to own the identity and helps to serve as an additional revenue source for school activities,” Hammond said.

The Wildcat Hall of Fame was established in 2011 by the RFHS Pep Club to highlight the accomplishments of River Falls High School alumni, coaches and friends.

The Pep Club is in its fourth year of existence and has continued to work towards the improvement of Wildcat pride within the community. In addition to creating the new Wildcat unified logo, some of the other accomplishments of the club in the past year included raising funds to create conference logo signage in the RFHS gymnasium, organizing theme nights at Wildcat sporting events, and organizing and carrying out state tournament sendoffs for qualifying athletes and teams.

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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