Four former multisport personalities and a former coach are expected to be inducted into the Watertown High School Sports Hall of Fame during a lunch scheduled for Saturday at the Watertown Event Center.
The Hall of Fame Induction Class includes Doug Murphy, Class of 1971; Stacy (Schooley) Hendricks, Class of 1999; Josh Hanson and Leslie (Brost) Szmanda, Class of 2008; and former Arrow football and wrestling track coach Dale McElhany.
Saturday’s lunch is expected to begin with a social activity at noon, followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. and the induction program at 1:00 p.m.
This is the 16th induction banquet since the hall was established in 1997. It was held annually from 1997 to 2003 before becoming a biennial event.
Saturday’s induction ceremony – which crowns a week of homecoming festivities – will bring Arrow’s former athletes, coaches and contributors to the Hall of Fame to 73.
Here are the biographies of the new inductees:
Murphy is the third member of his family to be inducted into the hall, joining brothers Tom, who were part of the first induction class in 1997, and Mike, inducted in 2017.
Doug scored two years in men’s football and basketball (1970-71) and three years in golf (1969-71) for the Arrows. In football, he was co-captain, won offensive MVP honors, and was selected as arrows chief in 1971. In basketball, he was team MVP and took home honors. second-team Class A All-State.
In golf, he won medal honors and led Watertown to the State High School Championship in 1971 – the last state title for the Arrow golf team.
Murphy went on to shine in football and golf at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. In football, he led the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference in passing and total yards in 1972, 1973 and 1974. In golf, he won the SDIC tournament in 1972 and played on conference championship teams in 1973 and 1974 .
Murphy was inducted into the BHSU Football Hall of Fame in 2002. The 1974 golf team was also inducted into the lobby.
His golfing exploits continued after college. He won the South Dakota Golf Association Pre-Senior Men’s Championship in 2006 and the Senior Men’s Championship in 2013. Murphy also won the Pre-Senior Two-Man Championship in 2006 and the Senior Two-Man Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2018 with fellow WHS graduate Steve. Beardsley.
Murphy recorded five holes in a row, two of which were par 4s.
Stacy (Schooley) Hendricks
Hendricks made her mark in three sports at WHS and obtained 13 letters – six in track and field (1994-1999), four in women’s basketball (1996-1999) and three in volleyball (1997-1999).
She won All-Eastern South Dakota Conference honors in basketball in 1998 and 1999 and volleyball in 1998, as well as Class AA All-State honors in basketball in 1998 and 1999.
Hendricks played on the first Watertown State Championship volleyball team in 1997, was named Outstanding Female Athlete at the 1998 Watoma Relays Track and Field Competition, and received the “Elite 15” honor from the South Dakota High School Activities Association in 1999.
Her basketball career continued at the University of South Dakota, where she held three years from 2002 to 2004, playing on a North Central Conference championship team in 2003 and receiving All Honors. -NCC in 2004.
Hanson wrote four letters in boys’ basketball, soccer and track and field from 2004 to 2008, but definitely made his biggest mark in soccer and basketball.
Four-time All-ESD and two-time Class 11AA All-State winner in football, he helped the Arrows win two ESD titles. As a senior in 2007, he served as team captain and arrows chief, was selected to the Argus Leader’s Elite 45 squad and also received All-American honors. The outstanding quarterback ended his career with 2,482 passing yards and 1,138 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns (rush and passing).
In basketball, he won All-ESD honors three times (2006-2008) and helped the Arrows win two conference titles. Hanson also received several honors after helping guide the Arrows to the state’s Class AA title in 2008 – Class AA All-State First Team, Argus Leader First 5, Spirit of Su recipient and Mr. Basketball Finalist.
His success as a quarterback continued at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, where he won the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference second team honors in 2010 and 2011, first team honors. in 2012 and NSIC academic honors four times. He was also named to the Don Hansen area football team in 2010 after leading the conference in passing yards and total offense.
Hanson, a two-time team captain, set the Augustana School records for most touchdowns in a season (32) and a career (73).
Leslie (Brost) Szmanda
Szmanda won a four-year letter in gymnastics and women’s athletics from 20005 to 2008 and competed in the Watertown State High School’s first gymnastics championship team in 2006.
Her gymnastics training has also helped her to shine in track and field, where she was a three-time Class AA State Champion in pole vault and was named SDHSAA Elite 15 winner and Athlete of the Year in Girls Track and Field. of South Dakota from Gatorade. 2008.
Brost set and still holds the WHS school record in triple jump (37-8.5) and pole vault (13-3) and the state record in pole vault. She has also been a member of three state-awarded relay teams, including a 1,600-meter team that set an academic record in 2006.
In 2008, Brost was the Nike national pole vault champion and a member of the United States team that competed at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland.
Her pole vault success continued after high school. In college, she competed at North Dakota State University where she set an academic record in the event and was a seven-time NCAA Championship qualifier, eight-time Academic All-American, four-time open champion air of the Summit League, an academic and NCAA Division I All-American record holder in 2012. She was also shortlisted for an NCAA graduate scholarship.
After college, Szmanda was a six-time USATF Championship qualifier and two-time Olympic Pole Vault Trials finalist (2012 and 2016).
McElhany is perhaps best remembered for the success the WHS football teams had under his leadership from 1968 to 1983 – including five ESD titles – but he was also head coach of the Arrows in 1967 and 1968. The Arrows won the first state wrestling championship in school history in 1968.
McElhany also served as an assistant wrestling and track coach, started a statewide “kid wrestling” program, and was influential in the implementation of the South Dakota football playoffs in nineteen eighty one.
A two-way starter at Northern State University, he was the co-captain and MVP of a Wolves football team that went 9-1. He received the Bill Carbery Trophy as the school’s outstanding student athlete.
McElhany was also president of the Watertown Education Association and the South Dakota High School Coaches Association (1972). 1975 and was the featured presenter at a national convention of the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA).
He has also been inducted into the South Dakota Football Coaching Association Hall of Fame, the South Dakota Wrestling Coaching Hall of Fame, and the State University Hall of Fame. North.
Inductees into the WHS Track and Field Hall of Fame
â¢ 1997 – Dale Freeburg, Kay (Stormo) Freund, Elwin âDukeâ Grow, Jim Marking, Tom McGrann, Tom Murphy and Doug Peterson.
â¢ 1998 – Robert âJollyâ Carlson, Rick Jensen, Steve Heidenreich, Rich Kosier, John DeWitt and Dr. Jim Larson.
â¢ 1999 – Edwin “Bud” Elkins, Ted Berner, Dan Wicks, Drake Alan Titze and Dr Gerald Tracy.
â¢ 2000 – Roger Pries, Mark Wicks, Vince Haan, Joe Sumner and Doug Kluck.
â¢ 2001 – Dawn (Koehn) Beil, Burdell Coplan, Don Vogt and Wayne Hunter.
â¢ 2002 – Cleve Abbott, Dave Roby, Heath Rylance and Mark Bierscheid.
â¢ 2003 – Jason Sutherland, Becky (Larson) Pessolano, Stuart Lund and Dwight D. Miller.
(Changed to biennial event after 2003)
â¢ 2005 – Tracie (Fie) Lavelle, Jim Dehnert, Carter Reese and Norb Neisen.
â¢ 2007 – Joe Roby, Mary Korbel-Johnson, Jaime Berry and Jack Flug.
â¢ 2009 – Tammy Harding-Zubke, Brian Norberg, Dave Mahnke and Dudley Melichar.
â¢ 2011 – Craig Larson, Kriss Edwards, Alanna Hetland, Marv Sherrill and Harvey Hammrich.
â¢ 2013 – Penny Hammrich, Tony Jurgens, Tony Haan and Ernie Edwards.
â¢ 2015 – Maurice Hanson, Richard A. Larson, Ann (Neisen) Lauseng and Todd Enderson.
â¢ 2017 – Mike Murphy, Valynn (Van Well) Appelhof, Jon Walder and Doug Schooley.
â¢ 2019 – Kiersten Thompson, Phillip Davis, Ryan Berry, John White and Vic Godfrey.
â¢ 2021 – Dale McElhany, Leslie (Brost) Szmanda, Josh Hanson, Stacey (Schooley) Hendricks and Doug Murphy.