Kelsey Crites was no stranger to success during her time in black and red. That’s why she was one of the individuals inducted into the Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame just over a week ago.
She played three sports, excelling in basketball, before graduating in 2005.
As a River Queen, she amassed the most points in a single season, scoring 465 which is a record that still stands today.
She averaged 20.2 points per game as a senior, working her way to first team all-state honors. She also received the Mississippi Athletic Conference Player of the Year recognition.
She points back to her coaches for a lot of things, thanking them for the energy they poured into senior athletes.
“I think it’s easy to forget when you’re young the impact coaches can have,” Crites said. “You don’t realize it until you’re older.”
She was able to look out into the crowd and point to Bill Misiewicz and thank him for his help. She joked that she heard the definition of insanity so many times that she almost credited him for the quote.
After being a River Queens, she had a successful career on a full scholarship at Creighton University.
1969-1970 Boys’ Track
A legendary Clinton coach led a legendary track team to multiple state championships, making the 1969 and 1970 boys’ track teams one of the two teams inducted into the hall of fame just a week ago.
Bill Holesclaw led the program during those year. Emcee of the event, Gary Determan, joked that when he asked other schools’ about their workouts they were half of what Holesclaw required of the River Kings.
Although, they athletes who came back for the event agreed that it was necessary.
“We had talent, but we were 17 and 18. Luckily, we had the best resources possible, they said. “Coach Holesclaw knew how to motivate us and use our talent.”
in 1969, they ran to three first place finished at the Iowa State Track and Field Championships. Bill Hansen finished first in the 220 yard dash, Fred Schafer won the 880 yard dash, and the 4x440 Relay eam of Tom Scherer, Mark Mirick, Jim Graham and Bill Hansen took home the gold.
They came back the next year and took home three hold medals once more. This time, Chuck Curtis provided two of the wins with a first place in both the 220 yard dash and the 440 yard dash.
The 4x800 team of Dave Kruse, Fred Schafer, Kim Wilkins and Dave Frazier took home the third title.
They also had a handful of runner-up performances, equally as impressive on the state level. That included Jim Shaw in the discus and the mile relay team of Mike Petersen, Dave Kruse, Dave Frazier and Chuck Curtis.
The coaching staff included Bob Lueders, Duane Luebe, Jim Bump, Don Hayes, and Bob Noecker.
1958-1960 Boys’ Golf
For three years, the River King golf team dominated all teams in the state of Iowa. They were back-to-back-to-back title winners, solidifying their own spot in the 2019 Hall of Fame Class.
Coach John Nielson led the Kings on the greens. The team members included William Iversen, Dave Nelson, Jim Stehbens, Bob Ihrke, Ronald Junge, Bill Kramer, Tom Iversen.