Pierz holds Hall of Fame induction


Inducted were Greg Faust, John Kurtz, Gwen (Athman) Garber, Steve Dooley, Mary (Scholl) Tschida and Leo and Rosetta Weber. They joined a small contingent of people from two prior inductions, the initial induction in 1994–Clyde Athman, Janice (Flicker) Waytashek, Becky Girtz, Bob Poepping, John Perleberg, Steve Stangl and Matt Vardas–and the second induction in 1997–Steve Faust, Ruth (Dorn) Stuckmeyer, John Hellie, Steve Tax and Joe Pohlkamp.

Short profiles of this year’s inductees are as follows:

• Greg Faust, a 1979 graduate, was one of the top distance runners in Central Minnesota from 1975-79. He was a member of the Pioneers’ first state cross country team (‘76) which placed sixth in Class A and a member of the ‘78 team which placed fifth at state. He also left his mark in track where he still holds the indoor school record for the two-mile run. He is married (Sue) and has one daughter (Chloe). The family is in the process of moving from North Carolina to Colorado.

• John Kurtz, a 1972 graduate, competed in four sports–football, basketball, baseball and track–and earned three letters in each of the sports. He quarterbacked the Pioneers to the school’s only undefeated football season (9-0) during his senior year. Following college where he played in three sports, he returned to Pierz where he was a volunteer basketball coach for 20 years (‘74-’94). He is married (Pat) and has four children.

• Gwen (Athman) Garber, a 1983 graduate, earned a total of 11 letters in three sports–volleyball, basketball and track. Five of the letters were in track where she was a sprinter and high jumper. She set a school record in the high jump (5’4”) in 1981 which stood for 14 years and still ranks second in the record books. She competed three years at state in the high jump. She also competed in the high jump in college. Gwen currently teaches and coaches in Milaca. She is married (Martin) and has three sons.

• Steve Dooley, a teacher and coach, began teaching in Pierz in the fall of 1973. He was an assistant football coach that fall, assistantbaseball coach that spring and was the assistant girls’ basketball in ‘75. In 1976 he became the head girls’ basketball coach and compiled a 176-31 record over 10 years. His teams won eight conference titles, six district titles and played in the state tournament in 1986 where the Pioneers placed third. In 1980, he became the head football coach and had a 43-16 record over six years (five conference titles and one state tournament). Steve is currently the principal at Sartell Senior High School. He is married (Lynette) and has three children (Adam, Kristin and Megan).


• Mary (Scholl) Tschida, a 1975 graduate, was a member of the Pioneers’ first ever volleyball and girls’ basketball teams during her senior year. She excelled in basketball where she led the Pioneers to a 9-3 record and had a 27.6-point scoring average, a school mark which still stands. Mary played college basketball at St. Cloud State University and was a walkon as a freshman in fast-pitch softball where she was a four-year starter at second base. Mary is the Community Education director at Pierz where she also coached varsity volleyball and softball. She has been involved as a volunteer coach as well in both sports and wrestling. Mary is married (Don) and has three children (Adam, Amanda and Calvin).

• Leo and Rosetta Weber, long-time supporters of the athletic program in Pierz, are the first fans to be recognized in the Hall of Fame for that reason. Leo and Rosetta are the parents of 10 grown children (Anthony, Barbara, Charlie, Dorothy, Elizabeth, Frank, George, Henry, Ivan and John), who have been involved with Pioneer athletics at different levels. The couple’s enthusiasm, faithful following of the teams over the years and dedication to their childrens’ athletic endeavors have been an inspiration to the community.

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