Induction Class of 2008 (Inaugural Class)

In 1941 the CHS baseball team, behind the pitching of Captain Poppitz, won the conference championship. Kelly was a letter winner in football, basketball and baseball. In basketball he was all conference, all district and all state. He served n the army during W.W.II for three years. Kelly graduated from St. Olaf College where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball and was captain of the football and baseball teams. In 1947he played for the Chaska Cubs state championship team. Kelly and Shirley Poppitz had three sons, all of whom graduated from CHS. Kelly died in 1996

Al Mooney became the coach of all sports at Chaska High School in 1922. He died in 1946 at the age of 46 after a legendary career. Mooney’s winning percentage in basketball was .725 and his record in football was 50-23-5. Mooney started high school basketball at CHS in 1935. all of his teams were known as “Mooneylads” in honor of this man of integrity who positively influenced so many young people over the years. The “Al Mooney” award which is presented each year to the outstanding male athlete at HCS is named in his honor.

Bill was an outstanding three sport athlete at HCS. He was all conference in football and baseball and was basketball captain. Bill had a .429 batting average in baseball his senior year. At 19 Bill signed with the St. Paul Saints and played first and second base for the club. He twice attended the Brooklyn Dodger’s training camp. He served in the Air Force for three years during W.W. II. Bill was the elected Sheriff of Carver County for 10 years.

ROY EDER, Class of 1942
Roy was a three sport athlete at CHS. He played on the 1941 football team which won the Minnesota Valley Championship. He was and outstanding baseball player in high school and by 1944 was property of the St. Paul Saints. Roy was sent to the Brooklyn Dodger’s training camp before and after he served 27 months in the military during W.W. II. He was a member of the 1947 Chaska Cubs, state amateur baseball champions. Roy and his wife Phyllis had four children, all of whom graduated from CHS. Roy Eder died in 1988.

EARL ENGELHARDT, Class of 1938
Earl “Scrubby: Engelhardt was an outstanding three sport athlete at CHS. He was all conference in football and was captain of both the basketball and baseball teams. He was all district in basketball in 1938. As a World War II marine, Scrubby saw combat in the South Pacific. He was employed by the Chaska School district for 31 years. Earl and Aldoris’ seven children graduated form CHS: six sons carried on the Engelhardt athletic tradition

Roy “Tuddie” Lindenberg graduated from Chaska High School in 1917. he was an outstanding athlete and scholar. At Gustavus College Roy won eleven letters in football, basketball and baseball and was all-conference in each sport. He had all 28 points in a basketball victory over St. John’s and was conference scoring leader. In 1926 Roy joined the Gustavus faculty and coached championship teams in both basketball and football. Lindenberg Pool at the college was named for him. In 1954 he was named to the State Athletic Commission by Gov. E. Elmer Anderson. Roy Lindenberg died in 1960.

Lucie Klammer Hartley graduated from Chaska High School as its valedictorian in 1928. she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota in 1932. Lucie served 10 years on the Carver School Board and was principal of the Carver Elementary School for 9 year. She later taught in the Chaska School system and authored three books which highlighted local history. Scott and Lucie Hartley has two children who both graduated from CHS. Lucie died in 2003.

CY LEIVERMANN, Class of 1936
Cy Leivermann was an early big man at 6’6” in CHS basketball history. He was on three conference championship teams and won all conference and all district honors in 1935 and 1936. cy received a football scholarship from Santa Ana Jr. College in California where he was named the All Southern California Little Pro in 1937. Cy graduated from Santa Ana in 1938 he played town team basketball with the Chaska D-Lights which won the Southern Minnesota State Championship. Cy and Virginia Leivermann’s six children all graduated from CHS. Cy died in 1978.

ARTHUR HEINISCH, Class of 1936
As a “one man” track and field team in 1935 and 1936, Art placed first in the shot put at the district and region meets and qualified for the State Tournament. Art was an all conference and all district guard on the CHS basketball team. He was a star player on the CHS football team. An excellent baseball player, Art played with the Chaska Cubs and was signed by Winnipeg of Northern League.

HAROLD E. HAPP, Class of 1929
Harold Happ graduated from Chaska High School in 1929. he was captain of the football team and was captain, all conference, all district and all region in basketball. Harold attended Gustavus College and was a star guard on the Gustie basketball team from 1930-1934. He graduated from college in 1934 with a degree in history and coaching. Harold and Dorothy’s two daughters, Judith and Jennifer, graduated from CHS. Harold died in 1996.

JAMES F. FABER, Class of 1930
At CHS Jim Faber was the editor of the “Purple and Gold Parrot” the school newspaper. Hew was a honor student and a debate team star. In 1938 as sports editor of the Weekly Valley Herald, Jim and his counterpart at the Waconia newspaper, instituted the “Little Brown Jug” tradition between the two schools in football and basketball. In later years Jim was president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and he served as the private secretary of Governor C. Elmer Anderson. In 1989 Jim and his wife, Clairette, returned to Chaska. He died in 2005.

WALLU LAHL, Class of 1947
Wally Lahl graduated from CHS in 1947 as a three sport star in football, basketball and baseball. He was all conference left halfback in football. In 1947 Wally was captain of the basketball team and was named to the all conference team. He broke the all-time scoring record that same year. Wally’s record makes him one of the top ten all-time scoring leaders in CHS history. Wally was also a member of the Chaska Cubs baseball team when it won the state championship of amateur baseball in 1947. he coached Little League baseball for many years. Wally and Mary Lahl’s six children all graduated from CHS.

Pamela D. Frasch, Class of 1976
Pam attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a law degree from William Mitchell Law School. She has written books and had articles published centered around her passion - animal law. Pam is currently employed by Lewis & Clark Law School as an adjunct Professor while serving as General Counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Effective August 2008, she will become Director of the Animal Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School.

 Bob Roepke, Class of 1964
After an outstanding basketball career at Chaska, Bob distinguished himself as a community leader taking on important roles in the Chaska Economic Development Authority, the Southwest Metro Transit Committee, the Chaska Chamber of Commerce, and many more. Bob also served on the Chaska City Council from 1983 -2002 acting as Mayor for eighteen of those years.

Jan Baker
Jan served students as Assistant Speech Coach, Student Council Advisor, Director of the Theatre Program and Coach of the Knowledge and Quiz Bowl teams. Under her direction, the Knowledge Bowl teams won four State Championships. Her Quiz Bowl teams won three State Titles while finishing second in the nation in 1993 and third in 2000.

Doree Du Toit, Class of 1974
Doree was a member of the Choir, Band and numerous Musical productions. She was part of the ensemble in the schools first musical “Guys and Dolls” in 1971. The following year she played Maria in “West Side Story” and in 1973 she played the role of Meg in “Brigadoon”. Doree capped off her acting career at Chaska playing Eliza in “My Fair Lady”.

Tom Kocka, Class of 1974
While a student at Chaska, Tom was a member of the Choir that received a four star “72” rating. He was also part of the One-Act Play that qualified for the State Meet. He starred in many musical productions including “West Side Story”, “Brigadoon”, “My Fair Lady” and the “Glass Menagerie”.

Patty Kocka Schlader, Class of 1973
Patty was a member of the Choir, Cheerleading team, Pep Club and was named Homecoming Queen in 1973. The school’s first musical, “Guys and Dolls”, was held in 1971 and Patty played the lead role of Sarah Brown. In 1972 she played Anita in “West Side Story” and in 1973 she starred as Fiona in the schools’ performance of “Brigadoon”.

Ron Lybeck, Class of 1972
Ron began to study dance his junior year in high school and in 1972 he choreographed and played one of the leads in “West Side Story”. After graduating, he went on to choreograph numerous musicals for area high schools, colleges and twin cities theatre groups while performing regularly with the Ozone Dance Company.

Scott Berg
Scott was an outstanding coach at Chaska High School for many years. While at Chaska he coached both the Girls and Boys Swimming & Diving Teams before moving outside each spring to coach Boys Tennis. Under his guidance many swimmers and tennis players received many accolades including All-Conference and State Awards.

David W. Dahlke, Class of 1982
Dave excelled in Football and Basketball while at Chaska High School. During his basketball career he was named All-Conference three times and All-State twice. In 1982 he was a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball and a McDonalds’ All-American. He also played in the Minnesota vs. Iowa All-Star game. Dave went on to play basketball at the University of Minnesota and Drake University.

Mary A. Daly
Mary served the student-athletes in many roles including Cheerleading Advisor, Pep Club Advisor, GAA Advisor, and Coach of “Extramural” programs. Her biggest contribution came while establishing and coaching girls’ athletics at Chaska. In 1973, Mary established and coached the Girls Volleyball Program; the Girls Track & Field Program; and the Girls Badminton/Table Tennis Team.

Stephanie Herbst-Lucke, Class of 1984
Stephanie won four State Championships in Cross-Country Running and Track and Field while at Chaska. She attended the University of Wisconsin on an athletic scholarship and won seven Big Ten Titles, five NCAA Championships and six All-American Awards. She was named Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year in 1985-86 and to the Big Ten Top Athletes of the Decade in 2000.

Kristen Lind (Pelowski), Class of 1993
Kristen was a three sport star excelling in Volleyball, Basketball and Track & Field. She won All-Conference awards five times in Basketball and four times each in Volleyball and Track. Kristen was selected to the Basketball All-Metro Team and qualified for the State Meet in both Volleyball and Track. Upon graduation, she accepted a basketball scholarship to Wichita State University.

Merlyn R. Kinkel
Merlyn touched the students of Chaska High School on numerous levels. During his tenure he was a superb teacher being “Teacher of the Year” three times. He coached Football and both Girls and Boys Basketball. He later served as Athletic Director at Chaska and Secretary of the Suburban West Athletic Conference.

John Ryski, Class of 1959
John was a standout athlete lettering in four sports while at Chaska. He was awarded All-Conference honors from the Minnesota Valley Conference in Football, Basketball and Baseball while leading those teams to Conference Championships in the same year. John was Sports Editor for the school newspaper and President of the Senior Class and Lettermen’s Club.

 Mike Beckman
Mike grew up in Lake City, Iowa. He received his undergraduate degree from Wartburg College. He later attended Washington University graduating with a degree in Physical Therapy. Since the fall of 1991, Mike has been putting his degree to good use serving the student-athletes of Chaska as their physical therapist and number one fan.

Jim Dauwalter, Class of 1969
In 2005, Jim retired as CEO of Entegris ending a thirty-six year career. He is always willing to help Chaska by serving on countless public, private and non-profit boards. Jim has been a member of the Chaska Rotary, Christmas in May, Chaska Chamber of Commerce, St. Francis Hospital Foundation and is Chair of the 2009 PGA Championship to be held at Hazeltine. He has been generous with his time and financial support.

Inducted Class of 2009

Katie MacDonald Bade, Class of 1941
Katie was an honor student at Chaska High School. She was a member of the state ranked girl’s octet choral group. Though organized sports were not offered to young women in 1940, Katie was recognized for her athletic ability in softball and basketball. She organized a city softball team which played the Shakopee Women’s Reformatory team each summer. Katie attended St. Olaf College and was elected the first female student body vice president. Upon graduation she became an instructor in the physical education department of the college.
In 1948 she married Chaska High School agriculture teacher/counselor Doug Bade, and they settled in Chaska. Their four children, James, Liz, Meg, and Becky all graduated from CHS and the girls were each elected homecoming queen of their class. An active member of the Chaska Moravian Church, Katie was superintendent of the Sunday school for 30 years. She was president of the Carver County Church Women United and on the board for eight years. Katie was selected the Moravian representative to Minnesota United Church Women. She became the first woman board member of the Western District of the Moravian Church. Katie served as the Chaska coordinator of Meals on Wheels, was a charter member of the Chaska League of Women Voters and was always very active politically.

Wilbert “Twill” Kelm, Class of 1938
Wilbert “Twill” Kelm was an outstanding three sport athlete at Chaska High School. He started playing varsity football as an eighth grader and was named all-conference his senior year. He served as football captain his junior and senior year. In 1937 Twill lead the team to the Minnesota Valley Conference championship. He played on the first organized baseball team from 1935 to 1938. In basketball, “Twill” was a four year starter for Coach Al Mooney.
Twill served in World War II as a warrant officer in the Philippines. He married Irene Steinberger of Chaska in 1946. Of their six children, five graduated from Chaska High School and all four sons were involved in athletics. He was a long time employee of the Chaska School District.

Dennis Welter, Class of 1963
Dennis Welter grew up on a farm and attended Chaska High School where he played football, basketball, and baseball. Denny’s athletic career continued at Mankato State University where he played four years of baseball and football. He is a graduate of MSU-Mankato. Coach Welter served in the U.S. Military from 1969-1971 and is a Viet Nam veteran. Denny accepted a teaching and head coaching position at Chaska High School in 1972. After three years as an assistant, he accepted the head basketball position and held that position for 22 years. During his time at the helm, the Hawks won 11 outright conference championships and advanced to the state tournament as Section Champions in 1981, 1982, 1990, 1992 and 1993 earning two third place finishes, a fourth place finish and a consolation championship. The 1992 Hawk team posted a state best 27-1 record. Coach Welter finished with a career record of 360-140 (72%) all at Chaska. Denny was selected as section Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1992. He is a 39 year member of the Chaska Legion Post #57 and is a 45 year player/member in the Chaska Cubs Baseball club. Denny taught health for 29 years at Chaska High School before retiring in 2000.

Tracy DuToit Swanson, Class of 1955
Tracy DuToit Swanson is a 1955 graduate of Chaska High School. After an active high school experience, Tracy graduated from the University of Minnesota in secondary English education. After moving back to Chaska and starting her family, Tracy began a career of significant community involvement, which helped to define our community and its future. Tracy has been the Director of the Chaska League of Women Voters, chair of the Chaska Parks and Recreation Commission, President and Founder of the Chaska Historical Society (her very special passion), Executive Director of the Chaska Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board, the first female to hold the office of Mayor of Chaska 1978-1884 and the first female elected to the Carver County Board of Commissioners, 1986-2002. Tracy has been a true community leader, forging a path for female leadership at local city and county units of government. Tracy’s efforts have left a very special and lasting impact on her community. Denny and Tracy Swanson’s three children all graduated from Chaska High School.

Dick Shima, Class of 1957
Dick Shima graduated from Chaska High School in 1957. Dick served as senior class president and valedictorian of his class. He won twelve varsity letters, four each in baseball and football, two each in basketball and track. Dick was co-captain and all conference in basketball and football. In 1957 he was the first recipient of the “Al Mooney Award” given annually to the outstanding senior male athlete. Upon graduation from CHS, Dick accepted a scholarship to Harvard where he continued to excel both in academics and athletics. At Harvard he won three varsity letters in baseball and was named to several all-star teams. Dick graduated cum laude with a major in mathematics. He became an actuary and served as vice chairman and chief investment officer of the Travelers Insurance Companies.

Jane DuToit Fox, Class of 1966
Jane graduated from Chaska High School in 1966. She became a member of the Chaska High School choir in seventh grade and was a member of the high school band in 4th grade as a first chair alto saxophone player. In 1965 she auditioned and was selected to sing in Minnesota’s All State Choir, the first student from Chaska ever selected. As a junior and senior in high school, Jane participated in solo and ensemble with superior ratings for both vocal and instrumental, was student director the spring play and formed her own singing group that entertained at various community gatherings. Upon graduation, she attended Bemidji State University with a major in vocal music education. She held teaching positions in St. Cloud, Japan, Eden Prairie and Chaska. Jane retired in 2008 after 20 years teaching music in the Chaska School system. Jane organized the Chaska Community Choir which she conducted for 18 years. Jane is married to Barry Fox, retired director of bands at Chaska Middle School East, and they have three children who graduated from CHS having participated in both music and athletics.

Jodyne Hagins, Class of 1941
Jody is a 1978 graduate of Chaska High School. She was selected as a high school All-American in track and field, earning 14 gold’s and one silver from 1975-1978. As a senior, she was the first female athlete to win double gold in the shot-put and the discus at the state track and field meet, setting all time state records. Jody participated in Junior Olympics winning two medals at nationals. She became a college All-American at Mankato State University and became the first ever Mankato track and field athlete to earn a national championship in discuss. She was ranked 5th in the world in the shot-put. Jody graduated with a degree in law enforcement and corrections and she currently lives in Cumming, Georgia.

Karl-Dieter Crisman, Class of 1993
Karl-Deter achieved amazing honors while attending Chaska High School. The Knowledge Bowl, Quiz Bowl and Science Bowl teams on which he participated were state champions and nationally ranked. Karl is also an Eagle Scout and was active in band at CHS. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in German and mathematics in 1998 from Weinberg College of Arts and Science at Northwestern University. He was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in piano and organ at Northwestern school of Music and a Master’s Degree from Chicago College of Performing Arts. At the University of Chicago, he earned his PH.D in mathematics. Karl is fluent in German and Russian. He is currently an assistant professor of mathematics at Cordon College, MA. Karl- Deter and his wife Valerie (a youth minister at their church in Beverly, MA), have a daughter Miriam and a son Kevin.

John Wilhoit
John Wilhoit has contributed generously to Chaska High School through his outstanding service to the Athletics and Activities Department.  His uniquely personal touch when dealing with staff and our students has made John a valued and trusted friend of all Chaska Hawks.  His unprecedented service is certainly above the norm.  Over the years, John has developed a true connection with our community.  John and his wife Terri initiated the Eric Wilhoit Memorial Scholarship to help students further their education beyond high school.
Daughter Anna ’91 and Son Eric ‘94 proudly graduated from Chaska High School.


Inducted Class of 2010

JOHN C. LENZEN, Class of 1961
A three sport athlete at Chaska High School, John has actively supported Chaska Activities & Athletics since his graduation in 1961. He has sponsored both cable broadcasts of Hawk games and a "Coaches Roundtable" radio program featuring Hawk coaches and players. For 30 years he has sponsored Hawk football programs and Homecoming celebrations. Some programs that have benefited from John's generous financial support include Hawk hockey, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, FFA and band.

IVAN GRIMM, Class of 1956
Ivan Grimm, a 6'8" basketball standout, holds the Chaska High School record for points per game average at 26.3 points. In his senior year he scored 48 and 49 points in two conference games. Ivan was All-Conference his junior and senior years and team captain for the Hawks. At Carleton College, Ivan set conference and college records and was inducted into the Carleton College Hall of Fame in 1981. After graduation, Ivan was employed by Mobil Oil for 37 years and retired as president of Mobile Oil Credit Corp Bank. Ivan and his wife Barb have two sons and four grandchildren and live in Overland Park, Kansas.

RICK POPPITZ, Class of 1969
Rick was one of the best all around athletes to ever compete at Chaska High School. Rick began starting on the football team his sophomore year and in his junior and senior years he was named All-Conference. Rick was named to the All-Metro and All-State teams and received honorable mention on the All American Prep team. In basketball he was a three time all conference player, team co-captain and was selected to the All-State team his senior year. In baseball Rick was a four year starter, All-conference for two years, and team co-captain of the Hawks.

STACY CARSKADEN, Class of 1976
A pioneer in female high school athletics, Stacy excelled in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. Her outstanding athletic ability and leadership skills were vitally important in the early days of female sports at Chaska High School. Stacy led the 1975 volleyball team to a third place finish in the State Tournament which began the strong tradition of championship volleyball at Chaska. Stacy was the first Chaska female athlete to win a State Championship, taking first place in the high jump. She still holds the school records for high jump and long jump for the Hawks.

JOHN KINCANNON, Class of 1980
John graduated with high honors from Chaska High School and was a member of the nationally ranked State Champion Debate team. After graduating from Georgetown University, John began a distinguished career as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. He was Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan during the ouster of the Taliban government. John also served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Saudi Arabia. In 2009, he became head of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Karbala, Iraq. In 2010 John lead the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Basra, Iraq, coordinating all civilian and reconstruction activities in four of Iraq's southern provinces leading up to the U.S. military pullout from Iraq in 2011.

Vern graduated from University of Wisconsin - River Falls where he earned both BS and MS degrees. During his college years at River Falls, he played football and baseball. Following service in the United States Marine Corps, Vern began a teaching career in mathematics at Chaska High School that spanned over 30 years. During that time, Vern was an assistant football coach for four years before becoming the head coach for the next 26 years, winning six conference championships. Vern was also an assistant basketball coach for two years, head basketball coach for one year, Ninth grade coach for several years, head baseball coach for eight years, and head golf coach for 20 years. Vernon and his wife have five children, three of whom graduated from Chaska High School.

Joann left an impressive legacy in her pattern of leadership and creative musical talent. She was a member of the choir for four years, and named to the All State Choir, received State solo and ensemble honors, held lead roles in musicals, and participated in one act and fall drama presentations. Joann was a leader in student council, member of National Honor Society, and Chair of the Winter Snow Days for each of three years. She graduated third in her class and received several academic scholarships. She continued her education at the University of St. Thomas and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Speech and Theater Arts, and later a Master of Arts in Education. Joann is the proud mother of three children and is presently a soloist for many community events.

JONATHAN C.T. CARLSON, Class of 1993
While a student at Chaska High School, Jonathan excelled in all aspects of academics. He was instrumental in bringing four State Championships to Chaska while competing in Knowledge Bowl, Quiz Bowl and Science Bowl. He led two national appearances in both Quiz Bowl (placing second) and Knowledge Master (placing third). His other awards include letters in band, Nordic skiing and Soccer. After graduation, Jonathan attended Valparaiso University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BS and BA (1997). Jonathan has earned a PhD in Chemistry and MD from the University of Minnesota in 2006. He is a Fellow in Hematology/Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Presently, Jonathan is a Physician Scientist at Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital. Jonathan and his wife have one son and live in Massachusetts.

Induction Class of 2011

AMANDA ROME, Class of 1998
Amanda started playing on the Chaska High School volleyball team as an eighth grader. During her career the team won three state titles.  She was a four time All-State, All-Conference and All-Metro Player.  In 1996, the Minneapolis Star Tribune selected Amanda as one of the top five high school athletes in the state. She was named the Gatorade Player of the Year and High School All-American by Volleyball Magazine. After graduation, Amanda attended Penn State University on a volleyball scholarship. While at Penn State, the volleyball team won two Big 10 Championships as well as the 1999 National Championship.  She was an Academic All-American in 1999 and team captain in 2000 and 2001. After graduation from Penn State, Amanda attended Georgetown University Law School, graduating cum laude.

Emily Rome Welter, Class of 1992
One of the most decorated athletes in Chaska history, Emily earned numerous honors not only for her athletic exploits, but for her work in the classroom as well. While at Chaska, Emily earned All-Conference, All-State, and was a member of the 1991 state volleyball championship team. She went on to shine at the University of Delaware in volleyball, leading the team to two North Atlantic Conference titles. Emily was a two-time first team All-NAC player. She finished her career No. 1 all-time at UD in blocks (460). The 1996 UD Outstanding Female Athlete also received the Warner Award as the outstanding woman in the UD graduating class. In 1996, Emily was named the state’s NCAA Woman of the Year. After graduation from Delaware, Emily graduated magna cum laude from law school at the University of Minnesota in 1999.

The Cooper family has been a strong supporter of Chaska schools for decades. Both graduates of Chaska High, Jake and Lil Cooper made education an integral part of their lives. Both lifelong residents of Chaska, they were active members of the community. They were instrumental in establishing educational opportunities for developmentally challenged children. Each year, deserving Chaska High School students received scholarships courtesy of the Cooper family. Jake and Lil respected teachers and showed their support during the 1984 teachers strike by providing food and credit to teachers and their families. Thousands of dollars have been donated by the family to both public and private schools through the ‘Dollars for Scholars’ program. The Cooper family has always been willing to support any program that adds value for a child.

A Chaska High School graduate Gary Cooper and his wife Sandy continue the Cooper family commitment to our school system both personally and professionally through their grocery business, Cooper’s. CHS students who have been involved in the arts, activities, or athletics have all benefited from the generosity of the Cooper family. Thousands of dollars have been donated to both public and private schools in the area through the ‘Dollars for Scholars’ program. The Cooper’s donation to the Chaska Community Center enabled many families to join the Center. For five years, Gary and Sandy ran a group home for teenagers. All of the children attended Chaska High School and achieved levels of success never before accomplished. Gary and Sandy make education a priority in their lives and in the lives of their family.

Dale served as the Hawks varsity baseball coach from 1981 - 2008. During his tenure at Chaska High, his teams won 341 games, earned four state tournament appearances, and won five conference titles. More than 50 former players went on to play collegiate baseball, 10 playing at the Division I level and three professionally. Coach Welter has had 16 former players participate in the high school Lion’s All- Star Game, a game Dale coached in 1986. Dale has earned the Dick Seibert Award for outstanding contributions to the game and he was inducted into the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Hall-of-Fame and the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall-of-Fame. More than teaching the skills of baseball, Dale has dedicated his life to teaching young ball players to be better people who can make significant contributions to society.

BRAD GULDEN, Class of 1975
Brad was a three sport star athlete for the Hawks from 1971 to 1975. In football he earned All-Conference and All-State honors and lead his team to the state championship game in 1974. As a basketball player, Brad was All-Conference both his junior and senior years. However, his real love was baseball. As a varsity player for six years, he earned All-Conference all four of his high school years. He was the conference batting champion for three straight seasons and the team won the conference title all three years. As a pitcher, he never lost a game. That’s one of many team records Brad holds. Upon graduation, Brad was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and went on to play 14 years with six major league teams. He was a part of the 1979 championship Dodger team and went on to become the starting catcher for the New York Yankees.

Janet Forner was an active student at Chaska High School with leadership positions on the National Honor Society and Future Farmers of America. She capped her career at CHS as senior class president. Janet was dance captain in two spring musicals as well as the winner of both the American Legion Leadership Award and the Henry T. McKnight Memorial scholarship. Janet's focus on her work in 4-H and FFA led to leadership positions at the local, district, and state levels during her high school and college career. Janet attended the University of Minnesota, Waseca, to study agricultural communications. In 1982 she was named Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Janet attended the UM St. Paul campus and graduated with a degree in Animal Science in 1985. After graduation, Janet worked in communications at the American Breeder's Service. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Services in 2001.

Jeff Siegfried earned many honors while attending Chaska High School. He was a member of both the Knowledge Bowl and Quiz Bowl teams which were state champions in 1992. In Jeff’s senior year, the Quiz Bowl team repeated as state champions and finished second in Nationals. Jeff was active in Student Council, Amnesty International and as a senior class officer. In 1993, he graduated from CHS with honors; he graduated in 1997 from American University in Washington D.C., magna cum laude. He was named Phi Beta Kappa in his senior year. After extensive study and travel to more than 60 countries, Jeff is fluent in Thai, Japanese, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin Chinese. He is currently Director of the English Department, Thai-Japanese Technology Promotion Association, Bangkok, Thailand.