Introducing NRHS Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Plans are proceeding for the induction of the second class into the New Richmond High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will be part of New Richmond's 2013 Homecoming weekend on Oct. 4-5. There are 11 former Tiger athletes and coaches who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.
The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during the Homecoming football game. It will be played against Ellsworth on Friday, Oct. 4, at the football stadium at the New Richmond Middle School. After the football game, a Hall of Fame social will be held at Champs Sports Bar for the community to meet and greet the new Hall of Famers.
The Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held in the New Richmond High School commons on Saturday, Oct. 5. The lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the induction program at 12:15 p.m.
Here are profiles on the 11 former Tiger athletes and coaches who will be inducted.
John "Jack" Bartlett
A 1970 graduate, John "Jack" Bartlett earned nine letters in the sports of football, wrestling, and track and was named all-conference an astounding eight times. A three-time letterwinner and all-conference pick in football, Bartlett was also the conference rushing leader. In wrestling, he was a two-time undefeated conference champion as he led the Tigers to conference championships in both his junior and senior seasons. Bartlett participated in the state meet his senior year, leading the Tigers to a second place ranking in state polls. He finished his career with a 49-7 overall record. In track and field, Bartlett lettered four times and set eight school and conference records primarily in the 100, 220, 440 relay, 880 relay, and discus while participating in the state meet twice. Bartlett was captain in all three sports his senior year while being named athlete of the year at New Richmond High School. Bartlett went on to play football at UW-Stout where a serious knee injury ended his career. Barlett remains one of the
best all-around athletes to ever compete for New Richmond High School.
Gerald "Butch" Boettcher
A 1964 graduate, Gerald "Butch" Boettcher earned 10 letters in the sports of football, basketball and baseball, where he was all conference in each sport. A three-year letterman in football, Boettcher played quarterback, safety and linebacker, leading the team to a 7-1 record his senior year. In basketball, he was all-conference and led the Tigers to a conference championship his senior year. In baseball, Boettcher lettered and started all four years and again led the Tigers to a conference championship. While no all-conference team was selected in baseball in that era, he would have undoubtedly been a multiple all-conference player. During his senior year of high school, Boettcher was a captain in all three sports and was named New Richmond's athlete of the year for 1963-64. Following high school, he played one year of football at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a quarterback. Following college, Boettcher served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and then earned his MBA at the UW-Madison.
A 1937 graduate, Fred Brekke was an outstanding football, basketball and baseball player, along with compiling a stellar coaching career at several Wisconsin high schools, including New Richmond. While records are scarce (no yearbooks were published in the Depresson Era), Brekke excelled in all three sports, captaining the football and baseball teams his senior year and earning a football scholarship to Tulane University. While at Tulane, Brekke excelled as a two-way tackle and lettered three times. His 1938 team was ranked 19th in the nation and his 1939 team was ranked fifth, culminated in playing in the 1940 Sugar Bowl, where they lost 14-13 to Texas A&M, which was named the national championship team. After college, Brekke enlisted in the Navy and headed the physical fitness program at the Great Lakes Naval Academy while playing on the football team. Brekke then taught and coached at Nekoosa, New Richmond, Portage, Merrill and Wisconsin Rapids. Brekke coached the Tiger football, basketball, and golf teams for three years improving the teams' records each year. He also served as athletic director at Portage and Merrill while coaching multiple sports at both schools winning a
state boys golf championship at Merrill in 1964. Brekke passed away in 1995.
A 1973 graduate, John Elkin excelled in football, basketball and baseball for the Tigers. A two-time letterwinner in football as quarterback and linebacker, Elkin earned all-conference honors his senior year. In basketball, Elkin was all-conference both his junior and senior seasons as a point guard. He was named All-Northwest as he led the Tigers to the 1973 state tournament. In his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, the Tigers were conference champions. In baseball, he was twice named all-conference, pitching and playing the infield as the Tigers again won regional championships both his junior and senior seasons. Elkin continued his athletic career at UW-Stout where he played both football and basketball. In football, he was a four-year starter at quarterback as he set the UW-Stout career passing yards record (currently sixth all-time). As a senior, he was named team MVP and earned WSUC all-conference honors. Elkin also served as an assistant coach for New Richmond boys basketball, helping to lead the Tigers to a 1997 state tournament appearance. He served as the Tigers' head coach in basketball from 2003-2005.
A 1965 graduate, Jim Jarchow earned eight letters in the sports of football, wrestling and track and field, earning four all-conference selections. A three-year letterwinner, two-time all-conference pick and team captain in football, Jarchow was instrumental in the turnaround of the Tiger football program. He anchored the offensive and defensive lines as the program moved from a losing record to 5-3 as a sophomore, 7-1 as a junior, and 8-0 as a senior in 1964, leading the Tigers to their first conference championship since 1941. A three-year wrestling starter, Jarchow won the conference heavyweight title in both his junior and senior years and was named team captain both years. In his senior season, the Tigers won the regional championship and Jarchow won the heavyweight sectional title, ending his senior year with a 24-1 record and 48-5 in his career. Records in track are limited for that era but Jarchow was unquestionably the top thrower on the team and one of the finest in northwest Wisconsin. Jarchow went on to play college football --EMDASH-- first at UW-La Crosse and then at UW-Stout, earning four football letters, being name all-WSUC his junior and senior seasons and being named captain at Stout his senior year. Jarchow is considered to be the best lineman in the history of New Richmond football.
A 1982 graduate, Dave Marson excelled in the sports of football, basketball and track and field, earning 10 letters total in those sports. A three-year letterwinner in football and basketball, Marson was an all-conference running back in football and guard in basketball, as well as team captain in both sports. His best sport was track and field in which Marson led the Tigers to a second place finish at state in 1981 and then the WIAA State Championship in 1982. A four-year letterwinner, Marson was a two-time captain of the track team as he set numerous records while leading the Tigers to the state finals and conference championships his junior and senior seasons. Voted the most outstanding track athlete on the track team all four years, Marson won six conference, eight regional, seven sectional, and four state championships as an individual in the 100, 400, 800 relay and 1,600 relay events. Marson set five school records in track during his high school career and still holds the 100-meter record for New Richmond High School. Following high school, Marson moved on to Macalester College where he broke the school record in the 100 meters and finished second in the MIAC conference in both the 100 and 200 meters.
A 1996 graduate, Dan Olien excelled in the sports of football, basketball and track and field, earning 10 letters in those sports. A record-setting running back in football, Olien lettered his final three seasons helping the Tigers to three conference championships. As a senior, Olien rushed for 1,216 yards (the fourth Tiger ever to rush for 1,000+ yards) at a 6.7 yard average and was named all-conference, all-district, all-region and All-Northwest, as well as team captain. His 462 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns against Amery his senior season remains one of the greatest individual performances in Tiger history. A three-year letterwinner in basketball, Olien was part of a conference championship his sophomore season and was a pass-first point guard and defensive standout. In track and field, Olien lettered all four years specializing in the 400, 800 and relay events. Olien won four conference championships, numerous regional and sectional titles and ran in six state events. He set the school record in the 800 meters and held it for 13 years. In addition to his athletic feats, Olien was equally impressive in the classroom and other activities where he was a WIAA Scholar-Athlete, N Club President, Homecoming King, and was named New Richmond's Athlete of the Year. Olien participated in football and track in college until illness ended his career. Olien continues to work as a volunteer with NRHS athletics and avidly supports Tiger athletics.
Sten Pierce came to New Richmond High School in 1959 and coached football, wrestling and track and field, in addition to teaching physical education. While his tenure in New Richmond only lasted until 1965, his high standards and no-nonsense attitude changed the culture of athletics for decades to come at New Richmond High School. Inheriting a dismal football team in 1959, Pierce had so few players that scrimmaging was impossible. When players showed a lack of dedication to training regulations, Pierce removed them from the squad. As a result, his record his first three years was 3-18-1. His 1963 team finished second in the conference at 7-1 and his 1964 team finished 8-0 and won the Middle Border Conference. During his tenure, Pierce brought organization to the coaching staff and lower levels, implementing a systematic program from middle school through high school. In wrestling, Pierce took over another lackluster program, building it into a conference champion his second year and sending four wrestlers to state. Track records are fairly nonexistent for that time, but Pierce did lead at least one team to state. Following his six years in New Richmond, Pierce moved on to UW-Stout as head wrestling coach, assistant and later head football and golf coach. Pierce led the UW-Stout Blue Devils to multiple conference titles in many sports. More importantly, he shaped and molded countless young people into adults of the highest character. Pierce passed away on Feb. 14, 1999.
Wayne Siebold coached at New Richmond High School from 1970 to 1979, leaving his mark upon Tiger boys basketball and the many young people he worked with. New Richmond enjoyed unprecedented and sustained success during his years as head coach, as the foundation for basketball excellence was laid for the next three decades. As head boys basketball coach, Siebold's teams won four conference championships in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1975. His 1973 team advanced to the Class A (large school) WIAA state tournament, losing to eventual champion Beloit Memorial. The state tournament appearance was New Richmond's first in 46 years. His 1975 team went undefeated (14-0) in the Middle Border Conference. Siebold's teams were noted for a hustling, high-powered brand of offense and tenacious defense. Further, the Tigers were noted for their conduct on the court, in the classroom and in the community. In addition to Siebold's basketball coaching, he positively impacted numerous young people as assistant baseball coach for four years and summer recreation director for seven years.
A 1966 graduate, Ted Stephens excelled in football, wrestling and track and field earning eight letters while earning a place as one of the finest wrestlers Wisconsin has produced. A two-year letterwinner in football, Stephens played safety and running back, helping the Tigers to an undefeated conference championship in 1964 and a 7-1 second place finish in 1965. In track and field, he also lettered twice, excelling in various relays and setting the school record in the pole vault. Stephens is best known for his stellar wrestling career as he was the first state champion in New Richmond High School history, winning the title his junior year. He backed up that feat his senior year going undefeated and winning a second state title --EMDASH-- the first Tiger to win two state titles. In all, he qualified for state three times, won two conference, sectional and state championships. His three-year record of 74 wins and five losses, while being the team captain each year, set a standard yet to be matched. Stephens was also N Club president and New Richmond High School's Athlete of the Year for 1965-66. After high school, Stephens earned a wrestling scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a sophomore, Stephens suffered a career-ending knee injury but continued to serve as an assistant coach for the Badgers, graduating with a degree in journalism in 1970.
A 1973 graduate, Wayne Thomas excelled in the sports of football, basketball and baseball, earning eight letters and being named all-conference eight times. As a football player, Thomas earned two letters and was all-conference twice and was known as a tenacious linebacker, quarterback and fullback. A three-time all-conference selection in basketball, Thomas averaged double digits in both scoring and rebounding, leading the Tigers to conference championships all three years (1971, 1972, 1973). He earned All-Northwest and All-State honors his senior year while leading New Richmond to its first state appearance in 46 years. A three-time all-conference selection in baseball as a catcher and pitcher, Thomas led the Tigers to conference championships his sophomore and junior years and was the premier player in the Middle Border Conference his junior and senior seasons. After high school, Thomas continued his career at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. (then a two-year school) where he played basketball and baseball earning all-conference honors in the UMAC each season. During his sophomore year in basketball, Thomas was named conference MVP and a Small-College All-American.