The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

January 27, 2014

Inaugural Hall class welcomes fourteen

CLINTON — Pride, humilty and tears were shared among the group of 14 who were inducted into the first Camanche High School Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday at Vista Grande.

It was a hard decision for the Camanche Hall of Fame committee, comprised of coaches and school administrators, to whittle down 110 nominations to the 14 honored Saturday.

"It was a lot of fun choosing the inaugural class," Camanche athletic director Todd Borrison said during the presentation. "There were some tough decisions, but this is a great group of men and women to go into the first class to represent our school."

The 2014 inductees into the Hall of Fame are Klaus Andresen; Dan Bolte; Joe Carstensen; Gary Cross; Audrey Everson; Gary Foster; Alysia (Gonzales) Hill; Sara (Meyermann) Jensen; Jane Montgomery; Mark Reese; Jason Siemon; Bernie Vogel; Barb (Willis) Randall and her big brother, Rick Willis.

Stories were shared throughout the night, including a couple of memorable ones from Cross.

Cross was always upset about facilities. Not the ones today, but the ones he had to work with as a coach.

In 1960, there was little to be had about a football field. No lights, no stands and a piece of land in not-so-great shape. But, things turned around a couple of years later.

"We had to play our games at 4 in the afternoon because we didn't have lights. By the end of the season, we had lights to play under," Cross recalled.

"We've had super support with our athletics from boosters," Cross said. "They had our backs."

Cross later brought up the story of the baseball program starting, and when they found a place to play, they ran into another roadblock.

"There was a tree in left field that was kind of hard to play around," Cross said. "The next morning, it was gone."

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