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Cardinal Pride: Three to be inducted into HOF in ’14

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Cardinal Pride announced three inductees into their Hall of Fame for 2014:

Three-sport athlete and 1995 Willmar graduate Dawn (Severtson) Teetzel, Mike Hanson, retired varsity basketball and assistant football coach, and Bill Taunton, a community benefactor, activities promoter, top-level umpire and friend to young athletes and coaches.

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The HOF banquet is Sept. 26. The day will include a pep fest at the high school at 1:45 p.m. and social hour and dinner at 4:30 at the Willmar American Legion. The Cardinals’ Homecoming football game follows at 7 p.m. at Hodapp Field against the Alexandria Cardinals. Dinner reservations can be made by calling Cardinal Pride board member Becky Dejong a 320-212-2719.

Dawn (Severtson) Teetzel, athlete

Played volleyball, basketball and softball from 1992-1995. Earned 9 letters and set a variety of school records. As a 5-foot-8 volleyball player she had 210 ace serves and 302 kills. In basketball, she scored 1,185 career points and made 170 three-point baskets. She led the softball team with a career batting average of .396, had 19 career home runs, 29 doubles, 13 triples and batted in 121 runs. She was among the leaders on the 1995 softball team that placed runner-up in the Class AA State Tournament. She earned six all-conference letters, was placed on eight all-area teams, two All-State teams and one All-State tournament team.

Myron (Mike) Hanson, retired coach

The Concordia College graduate was a science teacher and coach in the Willmar district from 1971-2001. Assistant football coach for 29 years from 1972-2000. Assistant boys basketball coach for 14 years from 1972-1985. Varsity boys basketball coach for 16 years from 1985-2001 (206-165). His teams won Central Lakes Conference champions in 1987, ‘88, ‘89 and ‘94; Region 2AA champions in ‘87 and ‘88. Four Region/Section 2AA coach of the year awards; four times CLC coach of the year and recipient of Minnesota State Basketball Coaches Association Distinguished Service Award (2001). Started the hoops Kandi Camp in 1981.

Bill Taunton, community member

Alabama raised, this Air Force veteran turned grocer supported and encouraged all high school and college students, with a special fondness for athletes. In 1970s and ‘80s, he employed students at Tom and Bill’s Red Owl, arranging schedules around the demands of their sport or activity. He was instrumental in raising money for local sports teams before booster clubs. Started the popular “Coaches Corner” radio show in the early ‘70s. Teaming up with another city retailer, Corky Johnson, started the Red-Wood Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament. Helped arrange fan buses during regional tournaments. An outstanding local and Big 10 umpire. A leader in bringing American Legion state baseball tournaments to Willmar. The stadium at Baker Diamond is named in his honor. Director of the Willmar Public Schools Foundation and a major contributor.

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