2005 Memorial Athletic Hall of Famers to be Enshrined

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Longtime Badger fans will never forget the touchdown pass Memorial grad Gregg Bohlig threw to lead their team past number four Nebraska in 1974.

For the man himself, local roots come to mind before all that.

"I was lucky enough to grow up in Eau Claire, a community that valued athletics."

In football and basketball he was a conference MVP, and the 1969 state baseball tournament MVP even turned down an offer to play that sport professionally.

He'll add 'Hall of Famer' to those accomplishments during a weekend full of events. They start with a homecoming parade that will lead up to an induction ceremony down on the field at Carson Park.

Help from the school's booster club will let a committee of about a dozen induct 25 athletes this year, and more during every year to follow.

"It'll be a great great addition not only to the school but to the community," said Memorial Athletic Director Mark Froehle.

Then there's the benefit that current student athletes could gain from having hall of fame plaques in the hall of their school.

"Hopefully that'll provide some motivation for them to work hard and excel here at Memorial as well," Bohlig said.

In Madison, they praised Bohlig for a sensational 77-yard touchdown pass.

In Eau Claire, they'll praise him as one of the greatest athletes in more than 100-years of school history.

"I always look back and feel like my high school experience was the highlight of my athletic career."

Though being a part of the class of 2005 will probably rank near the top of his highlight list.

The charter members who will join Bohlig are:

Jim Van Gorden
Bob Barneson
Howard "Cub" Buck
Vern Curtis
Katrina Hannaford
Jimmy Hendrickson
Bob Hessler
Roger "Whitey" Johnson
Erik Norman
John Novak
Adolph "Ade" Olson
Tom Poquette
Jason Rabedeaux
Jack Rada
Harold "Diz" Kronenberg
Charley Mencel
Stan Johnson
Vic Johnson
Phil Hagen
Bob Hall
Ralph Engebretson
John Gallagher
Andy Akervik
Eilert "Cy" Berg