The 20 Nominees (in alphabetical order) are:
I. Jeff Allison, Football, Class of 1987 ... Jeff set several records at MHS during his career, many of which are still near the top of the charts. He was a standout running back and linebacker. He was named NCAA All-League at Linebacker in 1984, as both a Back and Linebacker in both 1985 & 1986. In 1986 he was named by the Salina Journal as All-Area 1st Team, and by both the Topeka Capitol and Wichita Eagle as All-State Class 3A as a Linebacker. He helped lead his team to a KSHSAA Class 3A playoff birth in 1984 and an NCAA League title in 1986. In MHS records today he is 4th in both Rushing TD’s for a Season with 20 (1986) and Career with 25. His longest run in a game was 81 yards for a TD, and he also had a game high 223 yards with a 7.2 yd. average He rushed for 100 yards or more in 8 games in his career. He is 2nd in Season rush yards with 1180 yds for a 5.1 average and 2nd in Career Rush yards for 2,313. Jeff is 3rd in All-Purpose Career yards with 2,892 yards. Defensively Jeff is 3rd in unassisted tackles for a Season (79) and a Career (131). In combined tackles (Unassisted & Assisted) he is 4th for both a Game (23) and a Season (143). Jeff is 2nd on the charts in this category for Career with 373. After MHS, Jeff “walked on” to the KSU football team. He earned a scholarship for his sophomore season and participated in special teams play that season. He did not return to compete in football after his sophomore year. Jeff graduated from KSU in 1991 with a BS in Agricultural Technology Management. He has farmed in the Delphos area, but for the last 10 years has worked for CTI John Deere in the Precision Ag department. Jeff and his wife Joy, live in Salina.
II. Jettie Condray, Crew & Sculling, Miltonvale 1963 . . . . Jettie was born and raised in northeast Ottawa County and attended rural schools there. He went to Miltonvale High School, participating in Football and Track – each for 4 seasons, graduating in 1963. His next step was to Kansas State and there began adapting his athletic interests to the ancient sport of rowing. Jettie became a member of the first KSU Rowing Crew and was the first KSU athlete to compete 4 years in “Crew”. They competed against other University teams and internationally. In May 1967 he was dubbed “The Oar Buster” because of his strength in rowing and also received the “Most Inspirational Wildcat” for a Crew Award. He coached Freshmen in KSU Crew 1967 & ’69. During this time he began to learn the intricate Singles sport of “Sculling” Jettie received a BS in Animal Science in 1967, and followed with a BS in Education in January 1970. After teaching a semester in Topeka, Jettie served in the U.S. Army for 20 months as a 2nd & 1st Lieutenant. He was assigned to “Special Services” to participate in Sculling as part of the “All-Sport” Army Team at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. While there he competed as part of the VESPER Boat Club of Philadelphia in several events while learning “elite” Sculling. Jettie won the Quarter-Mile Dash at the U.S. National Championships in 1971 before going to race in the Henley Royal Regatta “Diamond Sculls Event” at the “Henley-On-Thames” near London, England. In June 1972 Jettie won the “American Henley” race in Philadelphia, then narrowly missed qualifying in the Pan-American Championship Trials. In August, he participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials. Most of these Sculling competitions were 2,000M events. After the U.S. Army, Jettie returned to farming north of Wells which he continued for many years. He taught and coached in the Minneapolis Junior High and Grade Schools from 1973-78 and then taught in Morganville & Longford. He received a Masters in Education from KSU in 1985. In 1992 Jettie began a new career as the Curator of the Ottawa County Historical Museum. He served exceptionally in that capacity for 25 years until his retirement in December 2017. A major emphasis for Jettie during his time at the OCHM was promoting the life and career of a former Minneapolis student - George Washington Carver, both Dr. Carver’s life in Minneapolis and his amazing success as a world renowned scientist.
III. Clay Edmands, Tennis, Class of 1957 … Clay was a multi-sport athleIIte at MHS participating in Tennis, Football, Basketball and Track, earning multi-letters in all but Track. In Tennis he and his Duals Teammates won 3 NCKL League Championships from 1955-57 and also finished 4th at State in 1957. In Football he was the quarterback on the 1955 & 56 squads on teams that ran the double-wing offense and also played Linebacker. He played the Guard & Forward positions in Basketball. After high school Clay attended KU, graduating with a BS in Business Administration with honors in 1961 (Honors Society & named one of ten Outstanding Seniors). While at KU, he was on a Tennis Doubles Team that won 2 Intramurals Championships. Clay then served in a U.S. Naval career for over 3 years as an officer in Aviation Supply. Part of his duty was on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin off the Vietnam coast. While in the Navy, he had opportunity to continue playing tennis on Naval Tennis teams mostly in ports in Japan. He went on to receive a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1967 and worked for Fairview Community Hospital in Minneapolis, Mn. in several administrative posts. Clay then followed this with a 20 year career starting in 1977 as President of Asbury Hospital in Salina which led to him presiding over the monumental task of the consolidation of the Asbury and St. John Hospitals into the Salina Regional Health Center in 1995. Clay then guided the SRHC as a consolidated entity as its CEO until 1997, retiring after 32 plus years in the Healthcare field. While he was at Asbury and SRHC, Clay also served 6 years as a Commissioner on the Federal Prospective Payment Accessment Commission (a Branch of Congress). He and his wife Judy lived in Salina until 2012 before moving to Buena Vista, Col. While in Salina both he and Judy played competitively on a Seniors Tennis Team for several years, until a knee replacement ended his tennis activity. He also served several positions in Healthcare after his retirement, including 4 years on the Board of the University of Kansas Medical Center. Clay received the Charles S. Billings Award for "Distinguished Service and Outstanding Contributions to the Health Care of Kansans". After moving to Colorado he continues to stay in shape by riding both stationary and outdoor bicycles.
IV. Dr. Ken Gowdy,Football, Delphos Class 1950 …. Kenneth Gowdy was a 4 year letterman at Delphos High School in Football, Basketball, and 2 years each in Baseball and Track. As a sophomore he was a center/linebacker on the undefeated Maroons squad that won the Solomon Valley League. That same year as a 6’3” Forward in basketball, he started on a Maroons squad that also won the SVL Championship and won a birth to the “Class B” State Tournament. His senior season was capped by being named to the Topeka Capital All-State Football Team (4th Team – all Classes) as a Quarterback and Linebacker. Ken was Salutatorian of his 1950 DHS class. He received a football scholarship at Kansas State, where he lettered 3 years as a center/linebacker. His 1953 Wildcat squad was 6-3-1 and became the first of only 4 KSU squads to post a winning record after WWII until the Bill Snyder era began in 1989. His senior season he was named 2nd Team All Big-7, a 2nd Team Academic All-American and he played in the North-South Shrine Football game in Miami. He was the Senior Class President at KSU in 1953/54. Engineering was Ken’s academic field. He received his BSME Degree from KSU in 1955. He served 2 years in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-57 as a Lieutenant, then began post graduate work resulting in a MSME from KSU in 1961 and a Ph.D. (M.E.) from Oklahoma State in 1965. He had Industrial experience with Pratt and Whitney, General Electric, Boeing and Continental Pipeline during his Post-Graduate years. His academic career in Mechanical Engineering was from 1957-1997 at Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M. In 1984 he became an Assoc. Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at KSU. Among his academic awards are Blue Key at KSU, Phi Kappa Phi at TAMU, and Fellow rank in the American Society for Engineering Education. Kenneth retired in 1997 and is an Associate Dean Emeritus in the KSU College of Engineering. Kenneth and his wife Dolores raised a family of 4 children. They are enjoying their retirement years in Manhattan.
V. David Hardesty, Football, Class of 1973 … David was a halfback in the powerful Wishbone offense ran by the Lion squad in the undefeated regular season of 1972. He rushed for 816 yards in 1972 and an overall 1552 yards in his career, the 7th best total on MHS Career rushing charts. David had a Career game best of 140 yards (12.7 avg.) vs. Mankato in 1972. He earned 3 letters in Football at MHS. The 1972 team won the Northern Kansas League Title and was the first MHS Football team to qualify for the KSHSAA State Playoffs. In 1974, after high school David began a new endeavor in sports, driving competitively in Dirt track auto racing. Over a career that spanned the next 38 years, he developed a much respected reputation in Kansas and surrounding states by driving in the IMCA Modifieds class. He won championships at both the highly renowned Hutchinson Nationals and the Belleville Highbanks and also won several local Season Track championships, including 2 at the Minneapolis Raceway before retiring from the sport in 2012. David has owned and operated the Minneapolis Refuse Service since 1980. David and his wife Cheryl live in Minneapolis.
VI. Jack Hazlett, Football, Class of 1954 …. Jack was an All-League (NCKL) performer as a lineman in his Junior and Senior seasons at MHS and was an All-State selection in his Junior Year when the Lions were NCKL champions. He also was out for Track for 4 seasons and Basketball for 2. In his Senior campaign as a testament to his athletic ability, he made an unusual transformation for a lineman as he became the starting Quarterback in the Lions’ Single Wing offense after an injury to the starting QB for 3 games. After MHS, Jack was awarded a scholarship to play football at Kansas State and had two seasons there (1956 and 1959) that sandwiched a stint in the Air National Guard after he suffered a non-football related injury. He transferred to Fort Hays State in 1961 and then played Football there in 1962 and ‘63 as a defensive tackle. He was an All-CIC 2nd Team performer in 1962 and was a team leader in tackles per game in his senior campaign. Jack graduated from FHSU in 1964 with a teaching degree and served as a Grad Assistant Coach for the Tigers Football team in the 1964 season. Jack then began a teaching and coaching career in the Shawnee Mission School District, where for 29 years he taught and was an assistant Football Coach in 3 different District High Schools. Jack and his spouse Kay have retired in Lenexa after raising their family and concluded a successful career in education in the Shawnee Mission District.
VII .Larry Horner, Multi-Sport, Class of 1952 …. Larry was a 3 year letter winner in Football, Basketball & Track. He was a contributing member of the MHS Football teams who finished in the top tier of the NCKL for 3 seasons - Champs in 1949, 3rd in 1950 & 2nd in 1951. He also helped win two NCKL Basketball Championships for MHS in 1950/51 & 51/52. In Track & Field he scored regularly in the 100M, Distance Relays and the Discus. After MHS, Larry went to Kansas University and was on the football team for 2 years. Then focusing on academics, Larry graduated from KU in 1956 with a BS in Business. His professional career started as an entry-level accountant with the Kansas City office of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Company. He was made a partner in 1964 and headed their offices first in Miami, Fl., and then in Frankfurt, Germany. He became the CEO of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Company in 1984 (a big-four accounting firm & Fortune 500 company). As CEO he oversaw a 1987 merger of his firm with Klynveld Main and Goerdeler, creating KPMG Peat Marwick. Larry left the firm in 1991 and served on the Boards of 4 corporations and also became the Chairman of the BOD of both the USA Holding Corp. and the Asia Pacific Wire Cable Ltd. He was honored by Kansas University as a “Distinguished Business Alumni” in 1998. In the School of Business at KU the Larry Horner/KPMB Peat Marwick Distinguished Professorship is named in his honor. In 2007 Larry and his wife endowed the $500,000 Homer Study Abroad Scholarship fund for KU students associated with the KU Center for International Business Education and Research. Larry and his wife Donna retired to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Larry passed away on 12/29/2015.
VIII. Jeff Mortimer, Football & Wrestling, Class 2002 … Jeff was a solid running back, linebacker and long snapper during his football career at MHS. In his senior season, he was a member of the 2001 football team that won an NCAA League title and which also won the first ever KSHSAA Playoff game in MHS history. Jeff was earned NCAA League Honorable Mention honors in 2001 as a running back. In 2002, Jeff won a Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling Championship in the 189 lb. weight class, posting a 30 – 6 season record. He is one of only 9 wrestlers who have won a State Championship in the MHS program through 2018 and 1 of only 23 who have secured a 30 win season. Jeff also was a member of the 2002 MHS “Class 3A” Track & Field Champions, placing 5th in the Shot Put. After MHS Jeff “walked on” at Kansas State and earned a scholarship and spot as the Long Snapper for Punts, Field Goals and PAT’s in a career from 2002 – 2006. Jeff Lettered in 3 seasons for the Wildcats (2004-06) and was a part of the KSU 2003 Big 12 Championship team. He went to 3 Bowl games with KSU in those 5 seasons. Jeff graduated from KSU in 2006 with a degree in AG Econ and he is currently employed as a Field Agronomist for Pioneer. He also coaches youth football and wrestling in Olathe, KS.
IX. Phil Pieschl, Football, Class of 1975 …. Phil had a stellar career both as a running back and linebacker at MHS. He was named All–League (NKL) and All-State as a Junior at Tailback. His Senior season he was named All-League (NKL) and All-State as both a Back and Linebacker. He was included by the:”Big 8” Magazine in their list of “Top 100” Midwest football players and named an All-American by the “High School All-Americans” Magazine of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Lions were NKL Champs his Junior campaign and finished 2nd the following season. An eye-popping game for Phil was vs. Plainville in 1974 where he rushed for 126 yards (8.4 avg.) and was credited with 33 tackles (20 unassisted). For Rushing records at MHS, Phil is 3rd overall for Career yards with 2,290, 1st overall for Career rush games of 100 yards or more (11), and 5th overall for career rushing TDs (20). Phil’s best rushing yardage in a game was 216 (5.0 avg.) in 1973. His number of tackles vs Plainville are #1 for game performances at MHS. In Wrestling, Phil lettered for 4 seasons and went to the State Tournament twice. He lettered in Track in 1973. After MHS, Phil received a scholarship at Hutchinson Junior College where he lettered for 2 seasons as a running back (freshman) and a linebacker (sophomore). After farming, Phil ran a Construction company from 1985-2013 and in 2014 became the co-owner of North Central Steel with his dad. Phil lives in Minneapolis. He has 6 children and 16 grandchildren.
X. Dick Schur, Basketball, Class of 1961…. Dick was one of two 6’6” twin towers for MHS on the 1959 Basketball team that finished 2nd in the “Class B” State Tournament in an Overtime loss. Dick’s varsity teams went to 3 consecutive “B” State Tournaments. He was named to the Honorable Mention State Tourney team in 1959, and was named Topeka Capital All-State Class “B” 1st Team in 1960 & 1961. He was a member of the 1958-59 NCKL Champions, and his Lions teams finished 3rd in the league his Junior Year, and 2nd in his Senior campaign, and was thus a 3 year letterman in basketball at MHS when Freshmen didn’t play varsity. Dick was known as a great rebounder and shooter and put down the “winning shot” in several close games in his career. Dick held the MHS Career Scoring record for 44 seasons with 1,492 points in 3 seasons, without 3 point shots and holds the #2 slot for Career points. He also held the Season Scoring record for 44 seasons with 672 points, and currently is #2 in this category. He scored 30 or more points per game 11 times in his MHS Career, with a game high of 36. Dick scored 20 or more points in a game 39 times in his career, making him 2nd in that category. There are no complete Rebounding records for Dick during his career, but if his known stats were averaged over his total games, he would be leading or 2nd in both Career & Season rebounding stats. Dick was an Honors Student at MHS. After MHS, Dick went on to play 2 years for Hutchinson Junior College where he was a backup to an eventual Indiana signee. He went on to Fort Hays State where he had 2 successful campaigns for the Tigers, playing in 41 games. In these two seasons he scored 561 points and had 226 rebounds, setting a new FHS FG% career completion rate of 51.2% (239 of 467). In his junior season he was named 2nd Team All-CIC. After FHSU, Dick served in the U.S. Army in 1966/67 and was discharged at the unexpected death of his father. He became the primary caregiver and support of his mother until her death in 1999. They lived in Thornton, Colorado where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 20 years receiving numerous commendations for his outstanding teamwork. He remained physically active throughout most of his life. He returned to MHS in 2004 for the MHS Basketball Centennial celebration and fully participated in Alumni scrimmages, over 40 years after his MHS career. Dick passed away on Aug. 23, 2006, at the age of 63 and was interred at Highland Cemetery in Minneapolis.
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Listed below, please find the 10 Nominees and their biographies that have been submitted to our 20 Member Voting Panel in order to determine the next class of Inductees for 2019 - our 5th class.