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Kuemmel's Corner: It was a Hall of Fame weekend for Park athletics

Last month the fourteenth class was inducted into Park's Hall of Fame. We had five quality candidates and one team that were honored on Nov. 17:

Timothy Cornwell (Class of '73)

Gary Fehrman (Coach)

Dale Howe (Class of '74)

Jackie Voigt (Class of '08)

Lauren (Burks) Zidon (Class of '02)

1993 Softball State Championship Team (25th Anniversary)

The Hall of Fame has been one of the best aspects of my job because it has allowed me to get to know some of the great names from Park's past.

I have met great people like Granny Smith, Glenn Bourquin, Roger Pribnow, John Mausolf, Jeff Nelson, Don Gramenz, Tim Scanlan and many other great inductees throughout the years.

I have been fortunate enough to watch some of our inductees during their playing days while at Park, including Sam Jacobson, Laura Peters, Jenny Bauer, and Luke Appert. I have also had the honor of working with coaches that are Hall of Fame members like Charlie Whitbred and Kerry Ligtenberg.

Last year's inductees included Dale Alberts, Bill Hickman, Jim Scanlan, Ashley Smith, and Jim Solem. I know the inductees always enjoy having former players or teammates there to honor them.

I was amazed that some of this year's inductees had four or five tables filled with friends and family that were there to honor them this year. We also have many of our previous inductees attend, as well as some of our current Park coaching staff, all to honor these coaches, athletes, and community members who have made a difference at Park High School.

I know the Hall of Fame Committee worked very hard to make this a special event. A special thank you goes to fellow committee members (and Park teachers) Stacy Paleen, Walter Newcomb, John McGowan, and Mike Moran.

They have done a great job organizing and promoting this event. The crew at River Oaks did a great job to help made the banquet a truly memorable experience for all those involved.

Congrats to this year's inductees. Nomination ballots can be found on Park's website if you know of someone that is deserving of this special recognition.