The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

August 31, 2013

First class: Clinton's Athletic HOF

CLINTON — CLINTON — When Gary Lueders signed on to be Clinton High School athletic director, one major vision was to establish a sports hall of fame.

On Friday, that vision was realized on one of the biggest River King nights in recent memory. Clinton unveiled its new football stadium to a packed home crowd on the first night of the football season.

Fourteen people were honored: Hank Dihlman, Richard Farwell, Bill Holstrom, Bill Holsclaw, Howard Judd, Dan Knight, Bob Lueders, Max Lynn, Gary Morris, Carl Nelson, Kenny Ploen, Dan Roushar, Duke Slater and Chuck Vogt all made up the inaugural Clinton High Hall of Fame.

"This is something I've been thinking about for a long long time," Gary Lueders said. "This really tied everything together."

KROS play-by-lay man Gary Determan was on hand to induct the first class, running through long lists of athletic or contributory accomplishments to the school. Dihlman, Farwell, Holsclaw, Knight and Morris were all on hand to accept plaques from Gary Lueders. Others were represented by family members.

Slater, one of the first black football players at CHS and a college All-American, died in 1966. He was represented by his niece, Sandra Hoskins Wilkins, who traveled from Fayetteville, Ga. to accept Slater's induction.

"He would be very proud," Wilkins said. "He felt very strongly about his high school experience. He felt that this high school gave him the academic skills, the leadership skills and the sports skills he needed to succeed later in life."

Like the other inductees, Slater was successful after his time at Clinton High. He had a stellar career in the 1920s for the University of Iowa and went on to become the first African-American to ascend to the Superior Court.

Slater's accomplishments also landed him an induction to the Hawkeyes' ring of honor ceremony today at Kinnick Stadium. Wilkins said she is traveling back to her home and will not be attending.

"I had to do this for Uncle Duke," she said. "He received many honors in his lifetime, but I think it's needed now for African-American and NFL players to know the impact he made on the game."

Wilkins wasn't the only one traveling across the country. Gary Morris, 1950s swimming All-American, traveled from his home in Florida to attend the ceremony.

Dan Knight only lives 45 minutes away in Bettendorf. He was the youngest athlete inducted, honored for his 128-0 run in 1980s wrestling. Now the head wrestling coach at Bettendorf, Knight said he got most joy out of touring the new facilities.

"It's always good to come back home," Knight said. "I don't know if there's a better place than Clinton, Iowa. It's neat to be in this first class... The people just have to be in awe of this field. It's beautiful."

To open the fall season in such memorable fashion was the highlight for Lueders. He said it was a real treat for fans and that it was great for students to see the great Clinton alums.

"Our kids didn't know much about Duke, or Farwell or Kenny Ploen," Lueders said. "It's important because this is the legacy, the legacy of the River Kings."

Lueders thanked his committee for all the work it's put in coordinating the Hall of Fame events. The ceremony coincided with this weekend's Clinton High All Class Reunion.

Athlete Hall of Fame inductions will continue again next year.

1
Text Only
High School Sports
  • Schreiber wins dual; Coppess 2nd at tri BETTENDORF -- To be the best, you have to beat the best. Brittany Coppess came close to doing that Tuesday at Hidden Hills Golf Course in a triangular meet between North Scott, Clinton and Pleasant Valley. Coppess finished with a nine-hole 42, 5 over

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B-photo, ethan jones Jones has eyes set on prize FULTON, Ill. -- Ethan Jones has all the confidence that he can become the Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year in baseball. "I just need to work hard, show up everyday and just play the best that I can every game so I can help my team win," Jo

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lancers blank Queens, Kings CLINTON -- Chloe Gottschalk scored a hat trick to lead North Scott past Clinton 7-0 in girls soccer Tuesday night. Gina Matthys added a pair of goals, while Lindsay Gallens and Olivia Schmidt scored once apiece. Abby Nass played all 80 minutes in goa

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B or 3B-Photo, Gateway B race Kings kick off big week at Gateway CLINTON -- It's not quite the state meet in terms of importance, but this week is right up there for the Clinton boys track and field team. Seniors Deshond Robinson and Nathan Harden were in top form Tuesday as they tuned up for the Drake Relays by h

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Welcome-back win CLINTON -- Scoring in every event, the Camanche boys track and field team presented coach Mark Metzger with a terrific "welcome back" gift Tuesday evening. The Indians piled up 171 points to win the Class B portion of the 94th annual Gateway Classic

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-22-14 2B-Photo, Fulton baseball Morrison wins twinbill at Fulton FULTON, Ill. -- As Fulton baseball coach Kyle Miller put it after losing both games to Morrison on Monday, the losses were tough to swallow, but all the Steamers could do afterward was tip their hats toward the Mustangs. Morrison won 1-0, then 11-4

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Irish's Evers second CLINTON -- Conner Evers pulled out his go-to motivation when struggling on the golf course. Not anything in his bag particularly, but a small booklet of pick-me-up quotes. He picked the right one, because Evers, a junior for Prince of Peace, finished

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-22-14 1B-Photo, Fulton softball Fillies take control vs. Fulton FULTON, Ill. -- While Fulton's softball team is figuring out the small things, Morrison is continuing its tear across the Three Rivers Conference. Morrison continued its dominant season Monday by defeating Fulton 9-0. Morrison scored in five of the s

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • E/P scores 15 in inning PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. -- Erie/Prophetstown was all business Saturday, taking care of Peru St. Bede by dominating in a doubleheader that lasted 9 1/2 innings. The Panthers won Game 1 13-2 by scoring four in the third inning, then five in the fifth inning

    April 21, 2014

  • Hot start, strong finish FULTON, Ill. -- A day after a struggle at the plate, Fulton found a dozen runs during the third game of the Fulton Invitational softball tournament against West Carroll to end the day. The game went four innings, and the Steamers used all four of the

    April 21, 2014

Sports Updates
Facebook