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Prep sports: Baraboo High School names inaugural Hall of Fame class

From a Baraboo High School news release:

The Baraboo Athletic Hall of Fame committee has announced the inaugural inductees who will be honored Oct. 12 at Baraboo Country Club.

The Baraboo Athletic Hall of Fame was created with the purpose of recognizing alumni athletes at BHS who have brought great honor to Baraboo through athletic performance and achievements during high school, college, or their post-secondary careers.

The 2013 inductees:

Peter Arndt – Class of 1974

Better know as “Coach Arndt,” Peter followed in the footsteps of his father, Harold Arndt, by becoming a coach and teacher at BHS. Peter was a standout runner and wrestler at BHS, winning regional titles in cross country, wrestling and track while earning captain and all-conference honors. Peter is a social studies teacher at BHS and serves as head boys cross country coach and assistant track coach. He is entering his 32nd year as head coach and has won 23 conference titles.

Jim Fitzgerald – Class of 1963

Jim was a three-sport star at BHS who earned seven letters in football, basketball and baseball. Jim was a two-time all-conference athlete in three sports, as well as captain and conference champion. He received all-state honors in football and basketball. Jim went on to earn 9 letters at UW-Stevens Point in football, basketball, and baseball as well as MVP and all-conference honors. Jim coached basketball for 31 years and won eight conference titles, six regional titles and four sectional titles and is in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association hall of fame. He resides in Wisconsin Rapids.

Greg Jones – Class of 1966

Greg was a three-sport star at BHS who earned nine letters in football, basketball and baseball. Greg was an all-state football player and all-conference basketball and baseball player. Greg was part of three conference championship teams and was a three-time MVP. Greg went on to UW-Whitewater and lettered four times, starting every game in his four-year career. He holds many career records to date. The Denver Broncos drafted him in 1970. He currently resides in Cedarburg and has coached many youth teams in football, basketball and baseball.

Beryl Newman – Class of 1932

Beryl was an outstanding high school athlete at BHS, participating in football and track. He won a state championship in the 440-yard dash in 1932. Beryl went on to join the U.S. Army, 133d Infantry, 24th Infantry Division. Beryl was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in front of Franklin D. Roosevelt for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on May 26, 1944. Beryl led his platoon near Cisterna, Italy, as it took three German machine gun posts. Eleven of the Germans retreated into a house, which Lt. Newman boldly attacked by himself, calling for the occupants to surrender to him. Gaining the house, he kicked in the door and went inside. Although armed with rifles and machine pistols, the 11 Germans there, apparently intimidated, surrendered to the lieutenant without further resistance. First Lt. Newman singlehandedly silenced three enemy machine guns, wounded two Germans and took 11 prisoners. The athletic stadium at Baraboo High School is named in honor of First Lt. Newman.

Mike Reinfeldt – Class of 1971

Mike was a two year starter in football and basketball at BHS and was part of a 9-0 team ranked fourth in the state. Mike went on to attend UW-Milwaukee and lettered in football for four years. He led the nation with 24 interceptions. Mike enjoyed a nine-year playing career in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers. A starter for the Oilers at free safety for 107 consecutive games, Mike had his best season in 1979 when he led the NFL with 12 interceptions, tied for the fifth-best total in NFL history. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Year, earned consensus All-Pro honors and was a starter in the Pro Bowl. After his playing career, Mike was an associate athletic director at the University of Southern California and a senior executive with the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. In 2007, he was named General Manager of the Tennessee Titans and was promoted to COO in 2012. During his time in the NFL as a player and executive, teams he was associated with amassed 303 wins, seven conference championship game appearances, three Super Bowls berths and one world title (1996).

Tom Ritzenthaler – Class of 1967

Known as “Tommy T-Bird,” Ritzenthaler was a three-sport star who earned eight letters in football, basketball, and baseball. Tom was all-state in football and basketball and won five conference championships and three MVP awards. Tom attended UW-Stevens Point, where he earned eight letters in basketball and baseball. He was all-conference and MVP in basketball and held the scoring record for many years. Tom played professional basketball in Europe for two seasons. He currently resides in Baraboo, where he was an optometrist for 32 years.

Steve Showalter – Class of 1984

Steve was a two-year letterwinner in football, a three-year letterwinner in basketball, and two-year letterwinner in baseball at BHS. Steve was all-conference and all-area in both sports, as well as all-state in basketball. Steve went on to UW-Platteville, where he earned four letters in basketball while earning all-conference, player-of-the-year and all-American honors. Steve played professional basketball in Europe for two seasons. Steve currently resides in Germantown, where he is a police officer and head basketball coach at Germantown High School. He has a 233-78 record and his team is the two-time defending state champ in Division 1. 

Troy Spencer – Class of 1992

Troy is four-time letter winner in wrestling at BHS. He is a three-time Bi-State Tournament champion, three-time state champion and a junior national champion. He was the member of two world teams and placed third in the World Championships in Budapest. His career record was 158-8. Troy took an NCAA Division I scholarship to wrestle at Edinboro State, where he was a four-year letter winner. Troy resides in Lake Delton and is a police officer. Troy is also an assistant wrestling coach at Baraboo High School.

Terry Stieve – Class of 1972 

Terry was a three-sport star at BHS in football, wrestling and track. Terry was an all-state defensive tackle and the UPI state lineman of the year. He also won two state discus championships. Terry took a Division I scholarship to play football at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned all-Big Ten honors in 1975 and was selected a captain. The New Orleans Saints drafted him in 1976. Terry played in the NFL through 1984 and was selected as a captain two times. He was also named the Miller Lite Man of the Year in 1983 and 1984. Terry currently resides outside of St. Louis and is a commercial real estate broker.

Amy (Wickus) Hawley – Class of 1990

Amy earned eight letters in cross country and track in her career at BHS. In cross country, Amy was a four-time conference champion, four-time state qualifier and two-time state champ. She was a six-time conference champion in track and six-time state champion. Amy took a scholarship to run cross country and track at the University of Wisconsin. She was an eight-time letter winner, six-time NCAA champion, 13-time all-American and 11-time Big Ten champion. She was a 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympic Trials qualifier. Amy already is a member of the University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame and Drake Relays Hall of Fame. She currently resides in Madison.

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