VHS set to induct second Hall of Fame class

Pictured are 1960 Valmeyer baseball players, from left, Allan Goldschmidt, Noel Knobloch, Jerry Berry, Kenny Washausen, Kenny Meyer, Marvin Josten and Eugene Taake as seen in the school yearbook. (VHS yearbook photo)

One legendary team and four sports standouts will be inducted into the Valmeyer High School Athletic Hall of Fame prior to the varsity boys basketball game on Friday, Feb. 10.

The school inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame class last year.

Class of 2017 VHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are the 1960 baseball team as well as Karla Steinmann Bivins, Bob Mohr, Allyn Rohlfing and Michelle Hawkins Miller.

The public is invited to attend this ceremony.

A reception will be held at St. Mary’s Parish Center immediately following the varsity game.

The 1960 baseball team coached by Vern Tomlinson compiled a 5-2 record in the fall and 10-4 record in the spring, capturing conference, district and regional titles in the process.

The Pirates tied for first in the Chartres Conference during the fall. The team defeated Waterloo to win the district title and O’Fallon to claim the regional crown that spring and advance to the Sweet 16 sectionals in the IHSA’s one-class system.

The team batting average was .333, and many of the players went on to play in the Mon-Clair Baseball League.

The baseball team was welcomed home by a crowd of fans located at Jaenke’s Gulf Service Station as the team crossed the bridge coming into Valmeyer following the regional title win.

One of the best benefits of being in the Sweet 16 at that time was that all players with a grade of B or better did not have to take finals for the semester.

Team members included Warren Ahrens, Jerry Berry, Jim Galeski, Allan Goldschmidt, Marvin Josten, Noel Knobloch, Larry Lark, Marvin Lloyd, Ken Meyer, David Pieper, Dale Ritzel, Morris Ritzel, Eugene Taake, Ron Tomlinson, Bill Unterseh and Kenny Washausen. Student managers were Larry Andres, Paul Guttmann and Ray Langsdorf.

Bivins played volleyball and softball at VHS from 1977-81. She was named Most Valuable Player on the volleyball team in 1980, Most Valuable Player on the softball team in 1980 and 1981, and voted Most Athletic at VHS in 1981.

Bivins was a member of the Army Physical Fitness Team in 1980 and 1981, and was an Army Physical Fitness Team National Qualifier in 1981.

She was also a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete in 1981.

Bivins played softball at Greenville College in 1982 and lettered in volleyball there in 1981 and 1982. She also lettered in varsity track at GC in 1981 and 1982.

Bivins served as volleyball coach at both Valmeyer and Waterloo high schools, and currently serves as Valmeyer’s assistant coach. Her 1998 volleyball team won Valmeyer’s first regional title. Her 2008 team at WHS also won a regional title.

Her overall record as head volleyball coach is 277-155-5. In all, Bivins has been a part of seven conference titles, nine regional titles, two sectional titles, one super-sectional title and a state tournament appearance as a volleyball assistant or head coach.

Mohr has been involved in Valmeyer sports programs for 65 years.

He first kept the scorebook for basketball in the eighth grade during the 1951 season, and kept the book for high school basketball and baseball from 1952-56.

He became involved with several summer sports programs.  Mohr played and kept     score for the Bucs and Sailors men’s slow pitch softball teams, and was assistant coach for the K-C’s girls teams and the Zips ladies slow pitch team from 1963-73.

Mohr was the VHS basketball scorebook keeper from 1969-73.

Along with Dale Rose, Mohr restarted the Khoury League program at Valmeyer in the 1970s. He moved to Texas, where he coached and umpired baseball from 1979-87.

Mohr was basketball scorebook keeper from 1978 to the Flood of 1993, and then focused all of his efforts to help rebuild the new town from 1993-96.

Mohr has served as scoreboard operator for both the VJHS and VHS basketball and volleyball home games from 1996 to present, and has been keeping the scorebook for both the VJHS, VHS and summer baseball teams since 2001.

Rohlfing played baseball and basketball at VHS from 1968-72, earning all-conference honors in baseball all four years.

He was a key member of the 1971 baseball team that advanced to the Sweet 16 in a one-class system

In 1972, he led the team in hitting (.386) and home runs (six), and compiled a 12-3 pitching record with a 0.73 ERA.

He was named all-conference in basketball in 1971 and 1972, and led the team in scoring with 19.5 points per game during the 1971-72 season.

Rohlfing played baseball at Southwestern Illinois College in 1972 and 1973, and played basketball there in 1972.

He went on to play in the Mon-Clair League for 19 years (1969-88) and was a 10-time all-star that finished with a career batting mark of .363.

He was inducted into the Mon-Clair League Hall of Fame in 1992 and was inducted into the Greater St. Louis Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Miller ran track and cross-country and played volleyball, softball and cheerleading from 1983-87.

She was an IHSA track sectional champion in the 3,200 meter run in 1985, 1986 and 1987, and was a state qualifier in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races in 1984, 1986 and 1987.

Miller was named to the Belleville News-Democrat’s All-Area Track Team all four years of high school.

She was also an IHSA cross country sectional qualifier in 1985, 1986 and 1987, and made the Belleville News-Democrat’s All-Area Cross Country Team all four years of high school.

In volleyball, Miller was named all-conference all four years of high school and was named to the Belleville News-Democrat All-Area Volleyball Team all four years.

In softball, Miller was named all-conference in 1985, 1986 and 1987 and was on the Belleville News-Democrat All -Area Softball Team those same three years.

She was VHS varsity cheerleading captain in 1987.

Miller earned the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete Award in 1987.

She ran cross country and track for the University of Illinois from 1987-91, competing in Big Ten conference championships in both sports.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.

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