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Lumberjacks: Hall of Fame will gain five members on May 5

BEMIDJI -- The membership of the Bemidji High School Athletic Hall of Fame will grow by five following the 2014 official induction ceremony May 5 at the high school commons during the annual Lumberjacks athletic banquet.

This year’s group includes Brook (Mckee) Richards, Jerry Fruetel, Nestle Grimes, Dale Lauderbaugh and Phillip Feir.

Richards’ main sport was swimming and she won eight individual section championships during her BHS career which spanned 1994 to 1998. By the time she graduated Richards owned eight school records and she continued her swimming success at UND, winning two national titles and being named an All America 15 times.

Fruetel graduated in 1968 and competed in three sports, lettering nine times. He set a school record for pass completion percentage in 1967 and was the basketball team’s leading scorer that same year.

Grimes was a 1977 graduate and in 1975 he was unbeaten in wrestling, capping the season by winning the state championship in his weight class. That season he also won an AAU Junior National Greco-Roman title.

Lauderbaugh lettered three years in basketball, football and baseball and graduated in 1956. He was a key member of the Bemidji baseball team that finished second at the state tournament in 1956.

Feir graduated in 1944 and also lettered in three sports. During his time as a Lumberjack he was named All-State in basketball and honorable mention All-State in football.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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