Oct 19, 2021 2:35 PM

AHS Activities Hall of Fame a special event for Inductees--with photos

Posted Oct 19, 2021 2:35 PM
2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame Class.  L-R  Jim Kettelhut Family, Tracy Kelly Kearney, Kevin Wilkinson, Kayla Friesen Coffee, Shelly Langemeier Eisenreich, Stacy Langemeier Girard's daughter, Paul  Stavropoulos, Dennis Girard, Jamie Tomlin. Not Pictured, Chad Thompson.
2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame Class.  L-R  Jim Kettelhut Family, Tracy Kelly Kearney, Kevin Wilkinson, Kayla Friesen Coffee, Shelly Langemeier Eisenreich, Stacy Langemeier Girard's daughter, Paul  Stavropoulos, Dennis Girard, Jamie Tomlin. Not Pictured, Chad Thompson.

By: Mike Glesinger

Saturday brought a lot of smiles, a few tears, and plenty of good memories for the 10 new members of the Alliance High School Activities Hall of Fame.  This years ceremony included the 2020 and 2021 Class.  The common theme for all the inductees, in their remarks, were family, faith, former coaches, teachers and teammates and the opportunities they had growing up in Alliance.  It was clear that this meant somthing special.  

Class of 2020

Dennis Girard AHS Class of 1972
Dennis Girard AHS Class of 1972
Tracy Kelly Kearney AHS Class of 1992 and family
Tracy Kelly Kearney AHS Class of 1992 and family
Jamie Tomlin AHS Class of 1989 and family
Jamie Tomlin AHS Class of 1989 and family

2020 inductee Chad Thompson, AHS Class of  1994,  was unable to attend.

Class of 2021

Paul Stavropoulos AHS Class of 1974
Paul Stavropoulos AHS Class of 1974
Kayla Friesen Coffee AHS Class of 2008 and family
Kayla Friesen Coffee AHS Class of 2008 and family
Kevin Wilkinson AHS Class of 1975 and family
Kevin Wilkinson AHS Class of 1975 and family
Shelly Eisenreich, 2003 and Stacy Girard, 2005 (not pictured) and Langemeier family
Shelly Eisenreich, 2003 and Stacy Girard, 2005 (not pictured) and Langemeier family
Family of Jim Kettelhut AHS Class of 1961
Family of Jim Kettelhut AHS Class of 1961

A side note about 2021 inductee Jim Kettelhut.  AHS Supt. of Schools Dr. Troy Unzicker, who served as the Master of Ceremonies,  said in researching Jim's sports achievements he came across a Lincoln Journal-Star article from May of 1961,  following the State Track and Field meet. The focus of the article was Omaha Central Athlete Gale Sayers setting the State Long Jump record of 24'10 1/2",  but it also featured a picture of Jim winning the 880 yard run,  in what was then, a record time of 1:57. Not often can anyone say they shared the stage with a future NFL Hall of Famer.   

Thanks to Dr. Unzicker for the photos and to longtime AHS Teacher and Coach Steve Nelson for helping host the event.  Congratulations to the AHS Activities Hall of Fame Class of 2020 and 2021.