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Arrowhead names next Hall of Fame class

Jan. 7, 2014

The second annual Arrowhead High School Athletic Department Hall of Fame banquet will be held at Seven Seas on Nagawicka Lake on Saturday, May 3, when 15 former coaches, athletes and honorary families will be inducted into the 2014 class.

Headlining this year's Hall of Fame class, selected by the Arrowhead Hall of Fame Committee, is the brother/sister duo of Jim and Kris Neidhoefer. Both were standout swimmers at Arrowhead and went on to earn NCAA Division 1 scholarships at Alabama and Arizona, respectively.

For more information about the banquet or sponsorship of the individual Hall of Famers, call Kevin Flegner at the Arrowhead Activities Department at (262) 369-3612 Ext. 4203.

A look at the inductees:

Jim Barwick - Barwick is the first baseball player to be named to the Hall of Fame. He went on to play college baseball at the University of Wisconsin, where he led the Big Ten Conference in hitting one season.

Dick Dvorak - Dvorak, who was in one of the first classes at Arrowhead, played basketball and baseball in the late 1950s. Dvorak was a dominating pitcher and powerful hitter and also the starting center for two years on the basketball team, leaving as the leading scorer in school history.

Donny Eicher - One of the best football players in school history starred as a receiver and brilliant defender. He earned a scholarship to play at Wisconsin, but his career there was cut short due to several injuries.

Brian Gilmore - Gilmore was the leading scorer in school history for more than 15 years and went on to play at UW-Platteville, where he was a member of a national championship team coached by Bo Ryan in 1991.

Bob Hackbart - Hackbart is the first wrestler to be put into the Hall of Fame. He won the first state championship in school history when he won the 167-pound Division 1 title in 1978. Hackbart had the first undefeated record in school history that year, going 28-0. He wrestled in college at Wisconsin.

John Herrmann - Herrmann played at Arrowhead in 1980s and to this day might be the best lineman ever to play for the Warhawks. He was the first AHS player to be named to the state AP all-state team two years in a row. He played at Michigan and went to three Rose Bowls in his career as a Wolverine.

Richard Myrhum - Myrhum coached boys and girls track for many years at AHS and led the Warhawks to the school's first WIAA state championship when they captured the Division B title in 1965. Myrhum was one of the most popular coaches ever at Arrowhead.

Jim Neidhoefer - Jim won the first individual WIAA state swim championship in school history in 1985 when he won the 100 breaststroke. He won the same event the following year and later swam in college at the University of Alabama as the first AHS swimmer to earn a college scholarship.

Kris Neidhoefer - Kris won the first girls WIAA individual state championship in 1986, winning two titles that year. The following year she added two more state titles and swam in college at the University of Arizona, where she was the first Arrowhead girls swimmer to earn a college scholarship.

Jean Neuser - The longtime physical education teacher started most of the high school girls sports at Arrowhead. She coached numerous varsity teams at the school and is considered to be the Godmother of AHS girls athletics.

Stacy Schmidt (May) - Schmidt was the starting point guard on the undefeated girls basketball team in 1988 that finished with the best record in school history at 26-0. She later went on to a Hall of Fame career at Beloit College, leading the country in free-throw percentage as a senior (92 percent).

Liesl Schultz (Hying) - Schultz, at 6-foot-6, is arguably the best defensive player in Arrowhead history. She led the Warhawks to the state championship in 1991 and was named to the All-State first team that year. She later was a three-year starter at Butler University, where she led the country in blocked shots as a senior.

Scott Steinbauer - Steinbauer earned first-team All-State honors in 1984 and 1985, the first AHS player so named. He led the Warhawks to a second place finish at the WIAA state meet in 1985 and is arguably the best soccer player in school history.

Frank Marek Family - The Marek family was one of the rocks of the highly successful AHS boys and girls swim programs for many years. They've also continued to support many other sports at the school. Frank's two children,Tami and Fuzzy, are still big supporters of Arrowhead athletics and education.

Don Mullett Family - Don Mullett honored his father Howard by building the Mullett Ice Center on the AHS grounds years ago. The Mulletts have remained very active in the high school and youth teams, supporting the programs in numerous ways. The Mullett Ice Center is one of the best high school hockey rinks in the country.

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