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Prep Sports: Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame to induct six

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WILLMAR - The Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame will induct six new members on Oct. 6 in conjunction with Willmar's Homecoming game against St. Cloud Apollo at 7 p.m. at Hodapp Field.

The 2017 Class is:

Lane Erickson

• 8 varsity letters in 3 sports: football, basketball and baseball

• All-Area in basketball in 1963 and 1964

• All-Region in basketball 1964

• All-Area in football in 1963 and All-Conference in football in 1963 and 1964

• Hengstler-Ranweiler Award in 1965

John Nelson

• Started at point guard for the 1971 WHS basketball team that was ranked No. 1 in the Class AA

• A member of the varsity baseball team at age 14

• Playing basketball at Williams Arena in the Section 5 Regional Tournament where WHS nearly upset Robbinsdale in the semifinals

• Awarded Top Athlete in the talented WHS Class of 1971

• Playing with his teammates in the 1970 football season when WHS went undefeated and received a top 10 ranking in the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Deryl Ramey

• Hired as a teacher, football coach and track coach at Willmar High School in 1978

• Coaching Stacie Manuel (2002 WHS Graduate) when she set a state and national high school record in the pole vault at 13-feet-4 as a sophomore in 2000

• Coaching the Willmar Cardinals to the state football playoffs in 1987 and in 1988

• Coaching girls basketball with Shorty Schroeder to two state tournaments in 1992 and 1994

• Privileged to work with the wonderful students, athletes, faculty, staff and administration in Willmar for 25 years

Steve Schneider

• Playing three varsity sports for three great coaches: Bill Hanson (football), Howard Iverson (basketball) and Russ Adamson (baseball)

• All-Area and All-Conference in football, basketball and baseball, and All-State Honorable Mention in football

• Coaching with Lefty Ranweiler at Willmar Junior College in 1973

• Signing baseball grant-in-aid to play for the University of Minnesota, starting as shortstop for three years and winning the 1964 College World Series

• Drafted and played in the minor leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox and California Angels, eventually signing a contract with the California Angels in 1966 and playing four years in the Angels' farm system

Gene Spaulding

• Selected to the 1958 Prep Parade All State Football Team

• Selected to the 1958 National High School All American Football Team

• Member of the National 1,000 Yard Club for gaining 1,782 total yards

• Member of the National 100 Point Club for scoring 108 points

• School records in the Pole Vault (11-0.25) and 880 Relay (1:27.8) set in 1959

Gayne Stone

• WHS mathematics teacher, counselor and coach from 1966-1998

• Coached three sports for many years: boys and girls cross country, boys swimming and boys and girls track and field

• Started and coached the boys swimming team for 22 years beginning in 1969: Central Lakes Conference champions five times and section champions three times

• Coached numerous state meet entrants in boys and girls cross country, track and field and boys swimming — many times all three in the same year

• Coach of the Year two times in cross country, and three times in swimming. Named Assistant Track Coach of the Year for the State of Minnesota in 1997

A reception and light meal will be at an outside venue at the west end of the Kennedy Elementary parking lot starting at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5. Contact Allison Liden-Dirksen at 320-295-2257 or