WHS Athletic Hall of Fame class chosen

The 2016 Waterloo High School Athletic Hall of Fame class was announced last week. A ceremony honoring the newest class of inductees will take place at halftime of the Waterloo boys basketball game against Triad on Friday, Feb. 3.

An induction dinner will take place the following evening at Annbriar starting at 5 p.m., with the public invited to attend.

To order tickets or for more information, email halloffame@whsathleticboosterclub.org, or call Steve Lenhardt at 939-4898.

In addition to the 1984 baseball team and 1984 girls track team, this year’s Hall of Fame class includes the late Roy Bickelhaupt (Class of 1945), Bud Knoke (Class of 1947), Wally Hoffmann (Class of 1961), Bill “Rocky” Huff-Moore (Class of 1973) and Mark Yochum (Class of 1985).

The 1984 baseball team coached by Lon Fulte finished 22-5 and advanced to the IHSA Class A state tournament after winning regional and sectional titles. Team members included Greg Basse, Paul Marquis, Chris Price, Craig Mueller, Mark Vogel, Doug Rabberman, Jim Stueve, Frank Smith, Ronnie Tedder, Jeff Miller, Jeff Kaiser, Jay Tyson, George Brandon, Kim Ahne, Jim Turley and Kevin Wheat.

The 1984 girls track team coached by Mary Jo Huber and Kevin Dooley advanced to the IHSA Class A state meet after winning the Cahokia Conference crown and sectional championship. Team members included Shelly Curran, Susan Mathews, Kelly Caldwell, Michelle Bailey, Tracy Fults, Angie Wild, Angie Dashner, Becky Bailey, Tammy Reynolds, Laurie Yearian, Tina Ruhmann, Chris Wolz, Jennifer Berry, Julie Hartmann, Susan Stratman, Stacie Wuertz, Nancy Hesterberg and Debra Matzenbacher.

Bickelhaupt starred in baseball and basketball for the Bulldogs. He was a pitcher and outfielder on the 1945 team, which finished 20-1. Bickelhaupt had 12 pitching wins and hit .579 that season. He pitched multiple one-hit games that many times included 10 or more strikeouts. Bickelhaupt led the Bulldogs to an undefeated fall season in 1944. In 1947, he was offered a contract by the Chicago Cubs. He also starred on the WHS basketball teams in 1944 and 1945.

Knoke was the dominant pivot man on Coach Rushingโ€™s WHS basketball teams of 1945-47 that only lost one conference game. The Bulldogs played in both the Kaskaskia and Cahokia conferences, and Knoke was regarded as one of the best players in the area. It is believed he only missed scoring double figures once during that span and was consistently one of the top scorers in both conferences. He was also a starter on the 1947 baseball team and was considered one of the team’s best hitters.

Hoffmann was a leader on the 1961 basketball team that won the Cahokia Conference, averaging 16.4 points and nine rebounds per game. In baseball, Hoffmann posted a 5-1 pitching record with a 1.59 ERA and also hit .365. As a senior, he finished 10th in the conference on the WHS cross country team that won the Cahokia Conference. Hoffmann also held the 120-yard hurdle record of 15.2 seconds that lasted 29 years. He also held two additional school records in 1961. He received a basketball scholarship to the University of Tennessee-Martin.

Huff-Moore earned second team all-conference honors in basketball his junior year and was first team all-conference and conference player of the year as a senior. One of the top scorers in WHS hoops history, Huff-Moore narrowly missed 1,000 career points. Many of his points were scored while facing a double-team. Huff-Moore scored 30 or more points on several occasions and still managed more than six assists and seven rebounds per game. He was voted fourth team all-state in 1973 by the Chicago Sun Times. Huff-Moore received a basketball scholarship to Mineral Area Junior College and then transferred to Northeast Missouri State. He was also a two-year varsity starter in tennis at WHS.

Yochum starred in track and golf in the mid-1980s. He still holds the WHS record in the pole vault (14’1″), which was set at the state meet and tied for first place. In 1984, he placed first at sectionals and in the conference in the pole vault. In golf, Yochum was runner-up in the IHSA Class A state tournament in 1985. He was named MVP of the WHS golf team his senior year, and held the high school golf record of 32 strokes for nine holes. He placed third in the regional that season. Yochum was also the MVP of the 1984 golf team and tied for 11th place at state after winning the sectional. He won the Vernie Moffitt Award in 1985.

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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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