Eleven new members voted into New Richmond Athletic Hall of Fame
Eleven new members have been voted into the New Richmond Athletic Hall of Fame.
This is the second class that will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. They will be enshrined during the New Richmond High School Homecoming weekend this fall.
This year's Hall of Fame class includes former athletes Jack Bartlett, Gerald "Butch" Boettcher, Fred Brekke, John Elkin, Jim Jarchow, Dave Marson, Dan Olien, Ted Stephens and Wayne Thomas. Coaches in this year's Hall of Fame class are Sten Pierce and Wayne Siebold.
Here is information on each of the new Hall of Fame members.
Bartlett is a 1970 NRHS graduate. He participated in football, wrestling and track and was a nine-time letterwinner. He was all-conference eight times, including being a two-time conference wrestling champion. He was the conference football rushing leader his senior year. He had a 49-7 record in his final two years in wrestling and he qualified for the state track meet twice. He played football at UW-Stout. He was the 1970 NRHS Athlete of the Year.
Gerald "Butch" Boettcher
Boettcher lettered four years in baseball, three years in football and three years in basketball, graduating in 1964. He was a two-way starter for three years on the Tiger football team, including three years as the team's quarterback. He was an all-conference player as a senior, leading the Tigers to a 7-1 record. He was all-conference as a senior in basketball, steering the Tigers to the conference championship. He also led the baseball team to the conference title. He was named the NRHS Athlete of the Year for his senior year. He then played for one season on the University of Wisconsin-Madison football team.
Fred Brekke was a top football and baseball player at NRHS, graduating in 1937. His success led him to receive an NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans. Brekke was a letterwinner in 1938, 1939 and 1940 for Tulane. Tulane won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship in 1939 and The Green Wave played in the Sugar Bowl in 1940. Brekke also lettered in baseball at Tulane.
Brekke then served from 1940-1944 in the United States Navy, heading the physical fitness program at the Great Lakes Naval Academy. Brekke then began a career as a teacher and coach. He taught and coached in Nekoosa, New Richmond, Portage, Merrill and Wisconsin Rapids. He coached Merrill to a WIAA boys golf state championship in 1964.
Elkin was part of the 1973 New Richmond boys basketball team that advanced to the WIAA state tournament. Elkin was an all-conference player in football, basketball and baseball. He would later start for four years at quarterback for the UW-Stout football team. Elkin would return to the Tiger basketball program, serving as an assistant coach for several years before becoming the head coach for two seasons.
Jarchow captained the undefeated 1964 Tiger football team, the first conference championship team for the Tigers since 1941. Jarchow was an all-conference football player his junior and senior seasons. Jarchow also wrestled for three years, finishing with a 48-5 career record. He was a two-time regional champion, qualifying for state in his senior season.
Marson is one of the most successful track athletes in NRHS history. He is a four-time state champion who helped the Tigers win the WIAA state championship in 1982 and finish second at state in 1981. Marson was an eight-time regional and sectional track champion and a six-time conference champion. He was part of the Tiger 1600-meter relay team that set the state record. Marson also ran track at Macalester College for two years. He finished second in the MIAC in the 100 and 200 dashes, setting a Macalester record in the 100 meters.
Marson was also a three-year starter on the NRHS football team, being the team captain and MVP as a senior. He also lettered three years in basketball. He was an all-Middle Border Conference choice in football and basketball for his senior season.
Olien was the fourth NRHS football player to ever rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He was selected to the all-conference and all-district teams in his senior season and he was part of three Tiger conference champion football teams. Olien was also a track standout, qualifying for state five times and setting the school record in the 800 meters. Olien was a three-time letterwinner for the Tiger boys basketball team. Olien was also a standout in the classroom, being named a WIAA Scholar-Athlete in 1996. Olien competed in football and track at UW-Stevens Point.
Pierce coached in New Richmond from 1959 to 1965 and was known for starting the Tiger wrestling program and revitalizing the football and track programs. Pierce coached conference championship teams in wrestling (1961) and football (1964). He left New Richmond to coach football, wrestling and golf at UW-Stout. Pierce's Stout teams won two WSUC wrestling titles and three golf titles.
Siebold served as the New Richmond boys basketball varsity coach from 1970-1979. Siebold coached the Tigers to conference championships in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1975. In 1973 he coached the Tigers to the WIAA state tournament, the team's first appearance at state in 46 years. Siebold also served as an assistant Tiger baseball coach from 1971-73.
Stephens is one of the most successful wrestlers in NRHS history. The 1966 graduate was New Richmond's first state wrestling champion, first two-time state champion and first three-time qualifier for the state wrestling meet. His career record stood at 72-5. Stephens was also a standout in track, setting Tiger school records in the pole vault and 1,600 meter relay. Stephens was a member of the 1964 undefeated Tiger football team.
Thomas was a three-sport standout in basketball, baseball and football. In basketball Thomas was a three-time all-conference selection, earning all-northwest and all-state honors in leading the Tigers to the state tournament in 1973. Thomas was named all-conference three times in baseball, playing pitcher and catcher. He was twice named all-conference in football as a quarterback and linebacker.
Thomas attended Northwestern (Minn.) University, playing basketball and basketball. He was a two-time all-conference player in both and he was a small college all-American in basketball.