CLINTON — Clinton High School announced their 2018 Hall of Fame Class on Monday night, and it includes two area journalists on the list.
The inductees include Bob Walker, Mike Eberle, Jenny Keister, Clinton Herald journalist George Kampling, C.J. Rose, Dave Turner, KROS radio personality Gary Determan, and then in the legends category, Merve Kline.
"I think what we want to do is make sure we honor the people in a respectful manner and make it something they will remember," Bill Misiewicz said after announcing the 2018 class. "We're always surprised at the number of people who come back and sincerely love it.
"We also like to tie in some of our current athletes: have them come in and talk about it and get to met them. We want to make the bridge."
Bob Walker was an all-state basketball player for the River Kings in the 1960s. He also had a successful coaching career at Clinton Community College that included a national title and a stint as the River Kings' head coach in 2009-2010. Clinton qualified for the state tournament that year.
Mike Eberle was a baseball and basketball player for Clinton. He went on to have a big career at the University of Wyoming and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers at one point.
Jenny Keister is the only female inductee this year. Keister was a standout volleyball and basketball player for the River Queens.
"She was a really gritty ball player," Misiewicz said. "She was all-state in volleyball and second team all-state in basketball and went to Wichita State on a volleyball scholarship."
George Kampling was a long time sports writer for the Clinton Herald.
"When I first came into town, George was the man," Misiewicz said. "He put it all together and was just an old fashioned sports writer. He didn't need the glitz or the glamour, he didn't try to dress it up."
C.J. Rose was an all-state football player in the early 90s. He was part of the state championship team in 1992 that was inducted last year as well. Rose went on to play at Northern Illinois University and then had an arena football career in New York.
Dave Turner was an all-state football player and a wrestler, who went on to play at the University of Iowa.
Gary Determan has been the voice of the River Kings for nearly four decades. He hit his 300th football game and 700th basketball game during the 2017-2018 school year.
There is also a legends category for the Hall of Fame. Merve Kline is the inductee for the legends category.
"We decided that a lot of times we have these legendary players that no one saw in action and there's no film of them," Misiewicz said.
Kline was an all-state basketball player in both 1914 and 1915. He was also an all-state football player, part of state championship teams during those year.
The Hall of Fame was established in 2013 and honors those who have made a distinct and lasting contribution to Clinton High.
The committee is made up of the athletic director, principal, current and former coaches and community members.
The public nominates candidates whose names are then distributed to the committee. After an open discussion, a vote is placed.
The Clinton Herald will have more coverage of the Hall of Fame Induction weekend later this fall.