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Cardinal Pride: Corneil, Fischer, Eischens to join HOF

Willmar High School graduates Tom Corneil (Class of 1963), Mike Fischer ('65), Curtis Eischens ('79) are the newest members of the Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame.

Willmar High School graduates Tom Corneil (Class of 1963), Mike Fischer ('65), Curtis Eischens ('79) are the newest members of the Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame.

The three will be inducted Sept. 28 at a tent banquet starting 3:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Elementary parking and introduced at halftime of the Homecoming football game with Moorhead. At 10 a.m. that Friday, they will visit with KWLM Radio sportscaster Todd Bergeth.

Cardinal Pride president Jerry Swoboda released the names of the 17th class of inductees.

Corneil easily qualifies as a Cardinals' super fan, but he also played, coached and umpired youth sports and covered the Cardinals on radio and for the newspaper. His long-time devotion to local sports, he dates to 1954 and includes donating sports memorabilia for fundraisers.

Fischer was Tribune All-Area in football as both a junior and a senior and a three-year starter at point guard, playing on teams a combined 44-2 his last two years. As a freshman he played both varsity baseball and ran track, qualifying for State in the 100-yard dash. He hit .372 as a senior.

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Eischens lettered seven times in three sports, including as a three-year starter at shortstop. He was a starting guard on the '78-79 basketball team that won the Central Lakes Conference with a 14-0 record and quarterbacked the Cardinals in 1978 in the new stadium at Hodapp Field. He was selected as the Hengstler-Ranweiler top male athlete in the WHS Class of '79.

Banquet tickets are $5, payable at the door. RSVP by Sept. 19 to Jen Doering at 320-262-2128 or jldoering@gmail.com

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