CLINTON—After a delayed entrance because of a fire alarm, eight individuals and two teams were inducted into the Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
The school was evacuated after a small mishap caused some smoke and the fire alarm to go off. There was no damage to the school and no one was hurt.
The ceremony for the 2018 Class was emceed by Clinton High School history teacher Bill Misiewicz, who also serves on the selection committee.
"Thank you for embracing the traditions at CHS and being a part of the traditions of CHS," Misiewicz said. "The Hall of Fame for us is more than just a plaque on the wall. It's something that, to me, is something more than that. It's the people who make it happen: the teachers, the coaches and of course, the athletes."
Jenny Keister Barnhart sent the crowd and Misiewicz into laughter with jokes about her time as a River Queen. Keister graduated in 1989 as a three-sport varsity letter winner in volleyball, basketball and track.
She made 1st Team All-State in volleyball, eventually continuing her career at Wichita state as a four-year starter.
Dr. Michael Eberle made the trip from Des Moines to join the other inductees. A 1964 graduate, Eberle played football, basketball and baseball. He excelled as the River Kings starting quarterback and was considered one of the best guards in the state of Iowa. He played both baseball and basketball at the University of Wyoming, landing several honors for three years.
He was eventually drafted by both professional baseball and basketball teams, and went on to a successful career with the army before opening a veterinary clinic in Des Moines.
Eberle had old teammates join him at the ceremony.
C.J. Rose was back for a second year in a row. After being inducted with the 1992 basketball team, the 1992 graduate joined the Hall of Fame as an individual.
He was a part of a state-qualifying football team and earned All-State honors along with winning the state championship with the River Kings in 1992.
Rose continued his athletic career at Northern Illinois University, where he earned a slew of honors. He then played professional football for the albany Firebirds and the Canadian Football League.
Rose brought a large number of family members, who he credited for his continuing success. It was an emotional speech for Rose, especially when he spoke to his wife and children.
Dave Turner graduated from CHS in 1987 after a successful football and wrestling career. He received All-State honors twice, and was voted the Gatorade Iowa High School Player of the Year as a senior.
In wrestling, Turner placed third in the state in his junior and senior years.
Turner couldn't attend the ceremony due to work.
Bob Walker joined the class as an athlete and a coach. Walker received All-State honors in basketball and continued with a career at Clinton Community College and then Winona State University.
Walker then returned to Clinton Community and became the head coach, leading the teams to four NJCAA National Tournaments. Walker retired, but returned to Clinton High to coach the 2009-2010 boys' basketball team that ended up making the state ornament.
Walker and his family have remained in Clinton.
Murble Kline joined the legends category for his football career in the early 20th century. Kline graduated in 1915, and earned All-State honors three years as a football athlete and twice in basketball. The 1913 and 1914 River King teams won state titles, and is why they were also inducted as a team.
Two local journalists joined the athletes this year. Gary Determan from KROS has served as the Voice of the River Kings since 1986. He has broadcasted over 1,200 games for the school in that time.
Determan is also a graduate of Clinton High, where he participated in sports. He raised his family in the community.
Former sports editor of the Clinton Herald George Kampling was inducted for his coverage of Clinton sports from 1970-1995. Many inductees touted Kampling's work throughout the night, especially his coverage of women's sports and his focus on the prep athletes in the area.
Kampling passed away last year, and his daughter, Mary, spoke for the family at the ceremony.
"I can always remember that no matter what I was coaching or what level it was, the student athlete would teach me something just as much as I was trying to teach them," Misiewicz said. "It's teaching more than getting a play right or shooting a free-throw properly."
Look for stories on each individual inductee throughout the week in the Clinton Herald sports section.