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Three to join Cardinal Pride HOF

Three former Willmar athletes will be the 2018 inductees to the Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame. Tom Corneil (WHS 1963), Mike Fischer (1965) and Curt Eischens (1979) will be inducted during a luncheon before the Homecoming game on Friday, and they wi...

Mike Fischer
Mike Fischer

Three former Willmar athletes will be the 2018 inductees to the Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame.

Tom Corneil (WHS 1963), Mike Fischer (1965) and Curt Eischens (1979) will be inducted during a luncheon before the Homecoming game on Friday, and they will introduced at halftime of the Cardinals' game against Moorhead.

Here are profiles of the inductees:

Tom Corneil

Top 5 Highlights

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• Contributing sports memorabilia to Cardinal Pride fundraisers

• Reputation as an ardent, life-long Willmar Cardinal fan since 1954

• Proud sponsor and contributor at "Coaches Corner" for over 20 years

• Active participant in youth coaching and umpiring since 1959

• Role as sports writer at West Central Tribune under the mentorship of Lefty Ranweiler 1961-1963

Biography

Tom Corneil's passionate interest in sports in general was initiated around age 4, and was probably sparked by the family's proximity to Hodapp Field. The neighborhood counted few boys, so he had to scrounge to get pick-up games going. Once in a while, Steve Schneider, (CP-HOF 2017), showed up to add to the excitement. Steve later dubbed Tom as "Cub Reporter" due to Tom's articles on Willmar sports. When Tom recited halftime statistics, Jack Lynch, long-time KWLM Radio personality, called the youngster "Lefty Ranweiler's Right Hand Man." Tom's inspirations include 2007 CP-HOF Inductee Bob Anderstrom, who led the Cardinals to the consolation title at the 1954 State Basketball Tournament. Even when Tom was teaching and coaching in Roseville (1967-1977), he attended Cardinals state tournament games in basketball and baseball. He played baseball for the Cards 1960-1963. Terry Horan (CP-HOF 2008) labeled Tom the "Neighborhood Ringleader" for active participation in Willmar sports.

Curtis Eischens

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Top 5 Highlights

• 7 varsity letters earned in football (2), basketball (2) and baseball (3)

• Basketball (1977-78 and 1978-79); All-Conference (1979); Team Captain (1979); First Team All-Area (1979); Two-time WCCO Radio All-State Team of the Week (1978 and 1979)

• Baseball (1977, 1978 and 1979); Team Captain (1979); Team MVP (1979); All-Area Baseball Team (1979)

• Lefty Ranweiler Memorial Award (1979)

Biography

Curtis Eischens earned seven varsity letters: two in football, two in basketball and three in baseball. In football, he was a cornerback and punter (1977), as well as the starting quarterback in the fall of 1978. He was also a two year starter at point guard (1977-78 and 1978-79) including the first undefeated Central Lakes Conference championship basketball team (14-0, 17-2 overall) in 1979. He received an All-Conference Team Award, Team Captain and First Team All-Area Basketball Award. He was a WCCO Radio All-State Team of the Week Award winner in 1978 and 1979. In baseball, Curtis was a three year starter at shortstop (1977, 1978 and 1979) with the team winning the Central Lakes Conference championship in 1978. In 1979, he was named team Captain and MVP, was a member of the All-Area Baseball Team, and his team won the sub-region championship. Curtis was named the Willmar High School winner of the Herb Hengstler-Lefty Ranweiler Award (1979). Curtis was also the first starting quarterback for the Cardinals at the new Hodapp Field Stadium in the fall of 1978.

Mike Fischer

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Top 5 Highlights

• Lettered in 4 sports: track, baseball, basketball and football

• All-Conference and All-Area in football his junior and senior years

• 3-Year starting point guard on team that went 44-2 his junior and senior years; All-State Basketball Team of the Week in January 1963

• Hit 372 as a senior in baseball

• Started as a freshman for football team at Hamline University

Biography

Mike Fischer ran varsity track and played varsity baseball for Willmar High School as a 9th grader, going to state in the 100-yard dash as a freshman. He was All-Conference and All-Area in football as both a junior and senior. Mike went on to play football at Hamline University, starting as a freshman. At Willmar High School, Mike started as a sophomore in basketball; his junior and senior years the Cardinals were a combined 44-2. In baseball, Mike batted .372 his senior spring. After college, Mike spent 15 years competing in over 100 triathlons.

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