THE WALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017
Mr. James Boeldt
- Graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School in 1952
- Served in U.S. Army from 1953-55, was proud to be among a select group of men to graduate from jump school and then went on to serve with the 82nd Air Borne Division, while in the service he also played football
- In 1957 he returned to Manitowoc where he lived the rest of his life
- Was an accomplished athlete throughout his life and recognized in football, basketball and track. He lettered 8 times at LHS
- He was Fox River Valley All-Conference Football and served as captain of his basketball team
- He played semi-pro football with the Manitowoc Chiefs as a Defensive End for seven seasons and was recognized in the Tri-State League as Defensive End
- He enjoyed recreational softball for many years in Manitowoc
- Golf was enjoyed at home and on vacation in North Carolina where he and his wife Barbara enjoyed annual trips for more than 20 years
- His two man golf league at Meadow Links was a weekly event for many years as were his regular breakfast “meetings” with friends 2-3 times a week
- He was a member of Van’s Athletic Club for more than 57 years
Mr. Dave Dorak
- Graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School in 1970
- Was a member of the National Honor Society and Badger Boy
- First recipient in this area of the National “W” Club Certificate of Merit
- Lettered 3 years in football, twice in basketball, and 3 years in track
- FRVC 1st Team defensive honors as a senior
- Won the WIAA State pole vault championship in 1970 – 13’10”
- Qualified for state meet in discus event in 1969
- Homecoming King (1969)
- ·At Carthage College, he intercepted 11 passes in one season
- Named defensive halfback in 1971-72 All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football teams
- Defensive Coach Zalokar stated: “He was the finest pro football prospect I have coached in my 12 years at Carthage College!”
- Played football with brother Don at Carthage in 1972
- Earned 3.8 GPA and during 1st semester as a sophomore earned a 4.0
- Was a Rhodes Scholar candidate as a student at Carthage College
Mr. Jack Egan
- Graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School in 1954
- Won back-to-back WIAA State Titles in boys tennis in 1953 & 1954
- First athlete in WI to win back-to-back state tennis titles
- Lettered in football and basketball in 1953 & 1954
- Earned a tennis scholarship to Northwestern University
- Offensive guard on the football team
- Played varsity singles
- Earned a degree from Northwestern in Education
- Professional tennis player before being drafted
- In the Army, stationed in San Antonio, TX
- Earned a Masters in Education degree
- Guidance Counselor and coach for over 30 years at
- Freeport School District, Florida
- Won the State of Florida Senior Doubles Titles at age 65
Mr. Tom Herzog
- Graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School in 1955
- 9-time letter winner in football, basketball, baseball, and tennis
- Served as captain for football, basketball, and baseball his senior year
- Earned All-Fox River Valley Conference honors in basketball (1954 & 1955)
- Earned All-Fox River Valley Conference honors in baseball (1954 & 1955)
- Led Lincoln to 1st FRVC championship in 20 years, sinking 9 baskets and 7 free throws in OT win
- As senior captain, played 3rd baseball and shortstop, hitting over.330
- Attended University of Kansas, starter on freshman football team
- Signed a professional baseball contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1958
- Coached youth basketball and baseball for many years
- Inducted into the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame in 2001
- His legacy and love of sports passed on to his children and grandchildren will last forever
THE WALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2016
Earl, a 1954 graduate of St. Norbert College, was a four year letter-winner and held the school record in the 100, 220, 440, and 600 races, as well as the team captain in 1954. Herbert started his coaching career at Coleman High School, coaching that team from 1954-65. His teams won 7 conference titles, 3 WIAA Sectional championships, and placed 3rd at the WIAA State Meet. After this 11-year teaching/coaching stint, Coach Herbert moved to the Sauk Prairie School District. During his four years there, 1966-69, Earl started the Sauk Prairie HS cross country program and that program won the school’s first ever WIAA State Cross Country title (1968) and a WIAA Track title (1969). From 1970 to 1982, Coach Herbert led the track program at Manitowoc Lincoln to WIAA State Titles in 1976 and 1980. A twelve-year dominance took place, and the team won 15 conference titles (indoor and outdoor track), 8 WIAA Regional Track Championships, as well as 5 WIAA Sectional Track Championships. Individual athletes also succeeded under the tutelage of Coach Herbert. A total of 56 athletes placed at the WIAA State Track Meet, and 12 out of that group earned a WIAA State track Champion honor.
In addition to his outstanding high school coaching career, Coach Herbert started the boys and girls cross country programs at Manitowoc Public School District’s junior high schools in 1970 and promoted and organized the Optimist Youth Track and Field meets, held each year in Manitowoc, to this day.
Honors earned by Coach Earl Herbert were, District 4 Coach of the Year in 1981, was selected to the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, the St. Norbert College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996, and the WI HS Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1997.
Coach Herbert and his lovely wife, Jan, now live in Waupaca, WI and are avid outdoor enthusiasts, while Earl still trains athletes in his free time.
Andrea (Walker) Nelson, a 1989 graduate of Lincoln High School, excelled in three sports during her years at Lincoln: volleyball, basketball, and track & field. Through these three sports she earned a total of 9 letters and truly epitomized the term “student-athlete” by earning various academic accolades. Andrea not only received high academic honors, she was also chosen as the YMCA Girl of the Year in 1988, Manitowoc Rotary Club honoree in 1989 and also received the WOMT-Radio Senior Girl Student-Athlete of the Year award in 1989.
As a three year letter-winner and senior captain on the Ships volleyball team, Andrea earned All-FRVC 1st team honors in 1987, 1988, and 1989, and was chosen to be on the All-State (Mizuno) team in 1989. During the winters in Manitowoc, Andrea excelled on the hardwood as a member of the basketball team. She received 3 varsity letters, was named team captain in 1987 and 1988, and was a two-time All-FRVC 1st team selection. During her senior season, Andrea earned recognition on the All-Northeast WI 1st team. The spring sports season found Andrea on the track & field arena. She was a three-time letter winner as well as team captain in 1989. Andrea earned conference titles in the triple jump in 1987, 1988, and 1989, and displayed her talents at the WIAA State Meet in 1988 (6th place finish) and in 1989 (4th place finish).
After high school, Andrea still competed in three sports as she made her way across the state to attend UW-La Crosse; she graduated in 1993. She earned 9 athletic letters, was named All-WIAC in volleyball in 1991 and 1992, as well as qualified for the NCAA Division III National Track & Field Meet as a triple jumper.
Andrea has been married to Kurt Nelson since 1997 and they make their home in Charlotte, NC with their two sons, Blake and Cole. In addition to coaching her son’s basketball team, Andrea serves on the Little League Board of Directors for Coul Oak Little League.
THE WALL OF FAME CLASS of 2015
Brian Eisner is a 1958 graduate of Lincoln High School. He excelled in tennis and basketball while a student-athlete at Lincoln, but made his name on the tennis team as he led the Ships to the Fox River Valley Conference Championship in 1958 and the WIAA Sectional Championships in 1957 and 1958.
Eisner began his collegiate tennis career at Michigan State University in 1960, where he was a runner-up in the Big Ten singles championship his first season. As team captain in 1961 and 1962, he earned a No.10 singles ranking from the Western Tennis Association. Upon receiving his Master's Degree in physical education in 1963 at the age of 23, he began his coaching career at the University of Toledo. Brian Eisner is one of the most successful head coaches in Toledo University history, regardless of sport. During his career, he led UT to four consecutive Mid-American Conference titles (1966-1969), posting records of 15-5 in 1966, 12-5 in 1967, 11-3 in 1968 and 14-5 in 1969. In Eisner's only other two seasons, his teams finished second on the conference with an 11-7 mark (1965), and fourth with a 13-5-1 record (1964). After six seasons, in which his record stood at 76-30-1, Eisner caught the eye of the University of Michigan, being named their Head Men's Tennis Coach in 1969.
Eisner was recognized as one of the finest collegiate coaches in the nation during his 30 years at Michigan. During this time, the Wolverines won 18 Big Ten titles; including 17 in a row from 1970-87, and twice finished third in the nation (1974, 1988). He posted a career record of 449 wins and 201 losses at UM in dual matches, a winning percentage of better than 69 percent, while his overall career record of 525 wins and 231 losses (.694) ranks him seventh on the win list of active Division I coaches. After retiring as Michigan's tennis coach, Eisner became an owner of the Liberty Athletic Club in Ann Arbor, MI. In January 2011, Eisner was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor. He was also inducted into the University of Toledo Varsity "T" Hall of Fame in 1993. He now lives in Florida for half the year and Ann Arbor, MI the rest of the year.
A 1977 LHS graduate, and a former WIAA State Champion in the 110-Yd High hurdles in 1976, Steve was also the WIAA Runner-Up in the same event in 1977. He was named a High School All-American in 1977 in track. Steve still holds the Lincoln record in the 100 high hurdles and long jump for boys track. In addition to his athletic achievements, Steve earned the Dave Dorak Award and Elmer Bleck Award, for outstanding leadership and sportsmanship in the sport of track and field. After graduating from Lincoln, Steve then played football, as a walk-on at Northern Michigan University, where he graduated from 1979. Steve remains a resident of Manitowoc, with his wife, Rachel (Olig) Wiegert.
Len, a 1967 graduate of Stout State University, was a four-year track letterman in college. He was a member of the mile relay team that won the Wisconsin State University championship in 1965. Nikolai was hired by Lincoln HS in 1968 as the head boys cross country coach and technology teacher, and in 1987,started the girls cross country team. He was an assistant track coach in 1969, and became the head track coach in 1982, and before his retirement from coaching, built an impressive resume.
During his tenure the Ships won 15 Fox River Valley Conference cross country championships, including six in a row in 1968-73. He has taken teams or individuals to the WIAA State cross country meet 41 out of the 45 years he was the head coach. Twenty-five boys qualified for the WIAA State Cross Country Meet, including 8 sectional champions and 6 sectional runners-up. Eleven athletes finished in the top-5 at the state meet, including a 2nd place trophy in 1985. Nikolai-coached teams have finished in 3rd place four times and in 4th place, three times at the WIAA State Meet. In 1987, the first year of the girls cross country team, he promptly coached the team to the WIAA State title, and his girls’ teams, during his time coaching them, competed at the State Meet three times, and 2 conference titles. As an assistant on the Lincoln Track Team, the team won state track titles in 1976 and 1980. He was the head track coach for 33 years.Nikolai was on the WIAA Cross Country Coaches Advisory Committee from 1985-87, was a district coaching representative from the WCCCA from 1983-86, and was president of the coaches association from 1986-88. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame, as well as the Lakeshore All-Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Nikolai retired from coaching after the 2012 season. He coached for 45 years in the Manitowoc district. Len Nikolai coached over 6200 student-athletes during his coaching career, impressing upon these young people that running and staying fit is the key to a healthy life.
THE WALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2014
A 1986 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln, Eric was a three-sport letter winner excelling in football, basketball and track & field. Under Coach Ron Rubick Eric was a key member of the 1984 and 1985 Ships State Championship Football teams. He was co-captain of the 1985 team and earned all-conference, all-area and all-state honors as a running back and punter. Olson was a co-captain for the 1985 championship team and selected to play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Shrine Bowl. Eric also played basketball for Coach Brian Shaw for three years and was co-captain of the Ships 1985-86 basketball team that finished 16-7 and lost in the WIAA Sectional Final to Sheboygan North. Olson also excelled in track for Coach Len Nikolai. In 1985 and 1986 he was named the team’s Most Valuable Athlete and led the Ships to a Fox River Valley Championship and back to back appearances in the WIAA State Track Meet. Eric won accolades for all-conference, all-area and all-state running the 110 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and on Lincoln’s 1600-Meter Relay Team. He still holds the school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.54. Ultimately Olson was named the WOMT Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1986. In February of 1986 Eric received the superintendent’s appointment to the Air Force Academy and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in June of 1990. He spent 21 years in the Air Force and officially retired as a Lieutenant Colonel on May 1, 2011. Eric and his family currently reside in Suffolk, VA.
A 1967 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln, and according to many from his era, the turn-around for Lincoln Athletics started when Greg and his fellow teammates set the tone. Greg excelled in football, wrestling and track as a “Ship.” Gretz led all three of his teams to championship finishes in the Fox River Valley Conference and was the captain of Coach Claude Zoch’s track team for three years. Not only was he team MVP three years running, but being named team captain in track three years in a row showed what his teammates thought of him as a leader. In his senior track season of 1967 Gretz placed 1st in the shot put and 1st in the discus at the WIAA State Track & Field Tournament. His finishes in both those events helped lead Lincoln to the 1967 WIAA Class A State Track Championship. Greg was ahead of his time when it came to weight training and still holds the Ships records in the shot put with a throw of 61.5 meters and in the discus with a throw of 188.6 meters. He was named all-conference and all-area while playing for Coach Bill Twitchell’s Lincoln Football Teams. In the fall of 1966 he helped lead Manty to a 7-1 overall record with the team’s only defeat a 7-6 loss to arch rival Fond du Lac. Gretz and teammate Mike Ebert were co-captains of the football team, Gretz was the Most Valuable Player and Gretz and teammate Bob Hablewitz were named all-state. Greg went on to play college football at the University of Wisconsin for Coach John Coatta. Gretz and his family currently reside in the Two Rivers area.
The Wall of Fame Class of 2013
John Strzyzewski a 1957 graduate of Lincoln High School. John excelled in baseball for the Ships leading them to an 11-0 record in 1957 and a Fox River Valley Conference Championship. In early 1958 John went to the Jack Rossiter Baseball School in Florida, excelled on the mound and at the plate, and was named the most outstanding prospect in his graduating class. John had tryouts with the Milwaukee Braves at County Stadium and eventually signed with the Washington Senators in 1958 and was assigned to play in the Class D Erie, Pa League. In 1961 his minor league team switched to the Minnesota Twins organization and he continued to play for Erie. In more than two years with Erie John compiled a 14-9 record with a 4.07 ERA, and a batting average of .305 and five home runs. In 1962 John was promoted to the Northern League and amassed an 8-5 record playing for Bismarck, N.D. In February of 1963 John lost his right hand in an industrial accident while working at the Mirro plant in Manitowoc. Although the accident ended his baseball career John is thankful for his baseball career and his stint in the Marine Corp Reserves because both experiences gave him the discipline to get through the accident and accept its big change in his life. John still resides in Manitowoc and worked at Mirro for more than 38 years. Now semi-retired he gives back to the community by working as a job coach for handicapped people at Better Beginnings.
Mike Meunier is a 1990 Lincoln graduate and excelled in cross country and wrestling for the Ships. An outstanding athlete, Mike was a three time WIAA State Wrestling Tournament qualifier finishing 3rd in 1988, 2nd in 1989 and winning the State Championship in 1990. During his wrestling career with the Ships Mike had an outstanding overall record of 112-10, was a 3-time team MVP and 3-time team captain. He was also a member of the Ships 1988 cross country team that placed 3rd in the WIAA State Meet. Mike wrestled collegiately at UW-Oshkosh where he was a two-time NCAA National Qualifier, an NCAA All-American and NCAA Academic All-American. For the Titans Mike was also a three-time team MVP, three-time team captain, Wisconsin State University Conference Champion, and compiled a 100-50 career record. Mike is currently a Special Education teacher at Oshkosh North High School and has been the Head Wrestling Coach for the Spartans since 2005.
Mark Grapentine graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln in 1985, and was a key member of the Ships WIAA Division 1 State Football Championship team in 1984. Mark played on both sides of the football excelling as an offensive guard and defensive linebacker. During the 1983 season he was named to the 1st Team All Fox River Valley Conference Defensive Team, and the WFCA All-District Defensive Team. Mark was also selected 1st team All-Area by the Manitowoc Herald Times on both offense and defense. In 1984 Mark was a Ships Co-Captain, All Fox River Valley Conference 1st team on both sides of the line of scrimmage and named FRVC Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year. Additionally he was honored on both sides of the football as All-Area Lineman of the Year, All-District and UPI and AP All-State. Mark was the Northeast Wisconsin Player of the Year and was named to the Channel 5 Football All-Star team at guard and linebacker. In the summer of 1985 he was honored as a starting guard for the North All-Stars in the Wisconsin Shriners All-Star Game. Mark went on to play collegiately at Northern Michigan and in 1998 had a stint with the Green Bay Bombers of the Arena Football League. Mark still resides in Manitowoc and has remained a positive role model as a coach and mentor for the youth of Manitowoc.
Bob Braun is a 1985 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln and made his mark as one of the best running backs in the storied history of Ships Football. During the 1983 season Bob was recognized as the Ships Most Improved Player, but that was nothing compared to what Bob would accomplish in 1984. In 1984 Manitowoc Lincoln would win its first Fox River Valley Conference Championship since 1973 with a perfect 7-0 record and a 9-0 record overall. Led by Braun, the Ships would win three consecutive post season games to win the WIAA Division 1 State Title, which included a 24-3 win over Madison Memorial in the Championship game and to no one’s surprise Bob was named the Lincoln team MVP. At the conclusion of the season Bob was named 1st Team All Fox River Valley and earned the prestigious award of FRVC Offensive Back of the Year. Bob also received Offensive Back of the Year awards from the Herald Times Reporter, Channel 5 and in District 4 of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association. He was recognized statewide by the UPI and AP as 1st Team All-State and was a starting back for the North All-Stars in the Wisconsin Shrieners All-Star Game. The most prestigious award Bob received was being named a National High School All American as one of the top 99 players in the United States by the National High School Football Coaches Association. Bob still resides in Manitowoc where he owns his own business and is a valuable contributor to the entire community.
The Wall of Fame Class of 2012
Bob Weber, M.D. a 1974 graduate of Lincoln High School will be one of the three inductees. As a senior football halfback Weber was named Second Team All-State by the Associated Press, was the Fox River Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year and as a defensive back Runner-Up Defensive Player of the Year. Weber, who still holds a handful of track and field records at Lincoln received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and has been working in the medical field in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for many years. Weber, who went on to star on the football field for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, is well known for his Big Ten and NCAA record 106-yard kickoff return that came in a game against Ohio State in 1977.
Richard “Dick” Frailing coached and taught at Lincoln High School from 1959-1978. Frailing’s teams won four WIAA State Championships and 15 Fox River Valley Championships. Frailing proudly guided 54 wrestlers to the state tournament and placed 15 winners. The second of three inductees, Frailing led the Ships to a dual meet record of 193-48-1, and coached 57 conference championship wrestlers. For his accomplishments Coach Frailing was inducted into the Wisconsin Wrestling Hall of Fame and in 1984 earned induction into the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame. Dick, who passed away on April 8th, 2011, was blessed with the ability to motivate his athletes to perform to their full potential, while stressing honesty, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
The third inductee in the LHS Wall of Fame Class of 2012 is Amy Cayemberg. A 1988 graduate of Lincoln High School, Amy was an outstanding athlete at Lincoln and at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Amy excelled in volleyball, basketball and track and field. In her senior year at Lincoln Amy was named the Ships Volleyball MVP and outstanding offensive player. She was named chairman of the boards for her rebounding efforts in basketball, and earned first team honors on the Fox River Valley All-Conference Basketball team. In track and field Amy holds Lincoln school records in the long jump at 17’6” and the indoor high jump as 5’51/2” At the college level Cayemberg turned herself into one of the top multi-sport performers in the history of UW-Oshkosh women’s athletics. In 1990 Amy led the Titans volleyball team to a 44-5 record, and a trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four. In 1991, she became the school’s first three-time All-American selection in volleyball. In Track and Field Cayemberg was a four-time NCAA Division III All-American in the indoor high jump and a four time NCAA Division III All-American in the outdoor high jump. Amy died on December 6, 2010, and is sadly missed. But as her sister Carol Miller said, “Amy inspired many people to be better at anything they wanted to do and never criticized anyone.”
The Wall of Fame Class of 2011
The late Orville O’Neill will be inducted posthumously. O’Neill was a three-year letterman in both cross country and track at Manitowoc Lincoln, graduating in 1931. At that time freshmen were not allowed to compete in varsity competition. In his sophomore season O’Neill was the leading long-distance runner for the Ships and set the conference records for the mile run. He finished first in the conference championship, second in the mile at the state meet and third in the cross country state meet. He was elected to serve as cross country captain for his junior and senior years at LHS. In O’Neill’s junior season Lincoln won the state meet with O’Neill setting a state record of 11:30 breaking the old state record by and unprecedented 46 seconds. In his junior season O’Neill won every race he entered and the Lincoln team won every race it entered. The Ships traveled to races in Milwaukee to compete against the top Milwaukee teams and word has it many of the Milwaukee coaches were not happy being beaten by a team from the “small” city of Manitowoc. In O’Neill’s senior season the Ships again won every race he entered including the conference and state meets. It was the first time a runner had ever won the state meet in consecutive seasons. O’Neill went on to accept a four-year scholarship from Marquette University and while at Marquette had a highly successful career setting many records and competing in the National Championships. At Marquette O’Neill was a teammate of Ralph Metcalfe – a two-time Olympian and world record holder. It was through Ralph Metcalfe that O’Neill developed strong friendship with popular Olympian Jesse Owens.
Bob Deubler graduated from Lincoln High School in 1949 and played three years of tennis under Coach John Stevenson. In his senior year Deubler helped lead the Ships to a conference championship, Lincoln’s first since 1939. Deubler went on to compete in tennis at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and won the NAIA College Division Doubles Championship in 1953. Following his years at UW-Oshkosh Deubler taught for a short time at Fox Lake, WI before coming to Manitowoc Lincoln. At Lincoln Bob Deubler coached boys tennis for 12-years and also served as assistant boys basketball coach. Coach Deubler led the Ships to WIAA State Boys Tennis Championships in 1958, 1960 and 1962 and 2nd place finishes in 1957, 1959 and 1963. Bob is a member of the Lakeshore All-Sports Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin State Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame. Coach Deubler spent 37 ½ years as a teacher and coach molding athletes and students into model citizens.
One of the most decorated athletes in the history of Lincoln High Cross Country and Track is David Uhrich. A 1980 graduate of LHS, in his senior year Uhrich helped lead the Ships to a WIAA team sectional cross country championship and a WIAA team state track championship. During all three years at Lincoln Uhrich won the WIAA individual sectional title and placed 26th, at state in his sophomore year and 6th at state in his junior and senior seasons. During his cross country career Uhrich set course records at both Silver Creek Park and Branch River Country Club in Manitowoc and in his senior year he placed 3rd at the All-America Prep National Cross Country Race in Seattle, Washington. In track Uhrich competed with fellow inductee Brad Jergenson in the 4 x 400 meter relay. As a sophomore David won the WIAA sectional championship in the mile run and finished 6th in the WIAA state meet. In his junior season he again won the sectional championship in the mile and helped lead the 4x400 relay team to a 2nd place state finish and as a senior Uhrich won the state championship in the mile run and finished 2nd in the two mile competition. Following his Lincoln years competed for four seasons on both the cross country and track teams at Marquette University. At Marquette Uhrich set 8 individual and 7 relay school records. He qualified for the NCAA national meet in 1981 and 1983 and was an NCAA District IV champion in 1981. Among his greatest accomplishments was being named NCAA Indoor All-American in 1983 and 1984 in the 1000 meter run. From 1988-2007 Dave was the men’s and women’s cross country and track coach at Marquette University. At Marquette he was named conference Coach of the Year 23 different times and selected as Conference USA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Decade in 2005. Uhrich is a member of the Marquette University M Club Hall of Fame.
Brad Jergenson is a 1980 graduate of Lincoln High School and was a leader on and off the court and the track for the Ships Basketball and Track & Field teams. During his junior and senior years at LHS the Ships basketball team compiled a 41-5 record with two Fox River Valley Conference Championships and two appearances in the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament. Brad was a complete player taking pride in both his offensive and defensive skills. He also ran as the anchor in the 4 X 400 meter relay for the Ships 1980 State Champion Track Team. Brad was a scholar-athlete in school and is an outstanding citizen. According to his Lincoln Basketball Coach Brian Shaw, “He is a champion in all aspects of life.” In the midst of his success at Lincoln, Brad’s humility and regard for others marked his character. After his time at Lincoln, Jergenson accepted a four year basketball scholarship to play at the University of South Carolina. During Brad’s freshman year Gamecocks Coach Bill Foster was in his first season and it’s was Brad’s positive attitude that was the foundation for Coach Foster’s new program at South Carolina. As a senior basketball player at Lincoln Brad was named 1st Team All-Conference, was the Fox River Valley Conference Player of the Year and was named 1st Team All-State by the Associated Press. He was also named National Honorable Mention High School All-America as both a track and basketball athlete. In basketball he was a four-year starter at South Carolina and was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1984 NBA Draft.
The Wall of Fame Class of 2010
John Jung who coached the Ships to the 1963 WIAA State Basketball Championship will be one of the inductees. Jung who amassed a 231-47 record at Lincoln was the Ships Head Coach from 1947-63. Jung taught math and science at Lincoln before becoming the school’s full-time athletic director in the fall of 1963. A Shawano native, Jung graduated from Ripon College in 1934. Jung came to Manitowoc after serving as the boy’s basketball coach at Necedah, High School. Jung is a member of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Lakeshore Sports Hall of Fame.
Another inductee is Sue Pitroski. Pitroski is one of the most decorated athletes in Ships Girl’s Basketball history. Inducted into the UW-Green Bay Athletic Hall of Fame in February of 2009, Pitroski is the all-time leading scorer in girls’ basketball at Lincoln. From 1979-82 Pitroski scored 1411, led the Ships to two Fox River Valley Conference Championships and two WIAA Regional Championships. During her junior season of 1980-81, Pitroski averaged 23 points per game, was named First Team All-FRVC and All-State by the AP and UPI. Pitroski led the Ships to an 18-3 record during her senior year, averaged 25 points per contest and led the FRVC and entire lakeshore area in scoring. That season she was the FRVC Player of the Year and again selected All-State by AP and UPI. In the years Pitroski led the Ships to a 48-15 record.
Peter Hansen a 1968 graduate of Lincoln is a champion in every sense of the word. Hansen led the Ships to the 1968 WIAA State Boy’s Basketball Championship. In the spring of 1968 Hansen was named 1st Team All-State by the Associated Press. He was on the WIAA State All-Tournament team and FRVC 1st Team All-Conference. More impressive were Hansen’s accomplishments as a golfer. At Lincoln Hansen lettered three times in golf, led the Ships to WIAA state appearances in 1967 & 68, and helped the Ships to finish 5th at the State Golf Tournament in 1968. At Lincoln Hansen earned five letters including three in golf. At the collegiate level Hansen was a member of the Northwestern University Basketball team as a freshman in 1968-69 and played four years of varsity golf at Northwestern. As a golfer at Northwestern Hansen led the Wildcats to a 4th place finish at the Big Ten Tournament in 1972. That same season he qualified for the NCAA Tournament and placed 22nd in the nation. Most recently Hansen received an achievement award from the Lakeshore Hall of Fame in April of 2009.
Possibly the best basketball player in the history of Lincoln High School is Bob Sullivan. Sullivan was recently voted to be one of the top 25 players in the history of Wisconsin-High School Basketball. At LHS Sullivan won three letters on golf and three letters in basketball. He was also an excellent student with memberships in the National Honor Society and Jr. Rotarians. In 1964 & 65 Sullivan was named 1st Team All-State and Wisconsin High School Basketball State Player of the Year. He also led the Ships golf team to back-to-back Fox River Valley Conference Championships in 1964 & 65. Sullivan went on to play basketball at the University of Michigan where he was a three-year starter and scored 804 points during his career.
The last of the five inductees is Paul Meany. Meany, a 1961 LHS graduate was a talented athlete for the Ships in both basketball and tennis. From 1959-61 Meany lettered six times in both tennis and basketball. Meany has held or holds 29 different Lincoln Basketball scoring records. Most impressive are his 1,353 points scored in 72 conference games over his career and his 43 point single game effort against Sheboygan South in 1961. Both set in an era long before three-point-shot was ever considered. Meany’s career scoring record stood for 48 years and the single game record for 46 years. In basketball Meany was named 1st Team All-State and 1st Team All-FRVC in 1960 & 61. Meany was a member of the Ships State Champion Tennis team in 1960, the State Runner-Up Team in 1961 and the Fox River Valley Doubles Champion in 1960 & 61.He also excelled in the classroom being selected to Badger Boys State in 1960 and as a Junior Rotarian in 1961. Meany went on to play college basketball at Arizona State from 1962-66 and was a member of the Sun Devils team in 1964 when they were ranked #2 in the nation.