Parkview High School will induct three new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame and recognize one of its best teams.
The induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the Vikings’ varsity girls basketball game against Rock Valley Conference rival Clinton on Friday, Jan. 27.
The 2017 inductees, the school’s second class, are David Nelson, class of 1964; Jan Potter, 1980; and coach Chuck Kohlhepp.
The school also will honor the 1949-’50 football team.
Nelson was a three-sport star whose best sport arguably was baseball because he went on to play semipro ball for the Beloit Blues.
He finished with a career pitching record of 31-7, including a sparkling 22-0 mark in league competition. His statistics featured 437 strikeouts and 106 walks while allowing 153 hits and 43 earned runs in 260 innings pitched. Nelson compiled a 0.73 earned run average as a junior and topped it with a miniscule 0.28 as a senior.
Nelson’s three no-hitters helped him earn four letters and three team Most Valuable Player honors while helping the Vikings to four championships.
In basketball, he lettered twice as Parkview won one conference title. Nelson also lettered three times and made the all-conference team twice in football.
Potter lettered twice in basketball and football, playing the latter sport at Milton College.
However, his biggest prep accomplishments occurred on the track, helping the Vikings to WIAA state team crowns in 1979 and ’80.
Potter qualified for state in five events during those final two seasons, winning gold in the 400 as a senior
The four-time letter winner helped Parkview win three conference championships, two regional crowns and one sectional title.
Kohlhepp made his presence felt in three of Parkview’s athletic programs.
He coached softball for 12 years, combining for a 159-68 record that included five regional title squads and four conference championships.
Kohlhepp also was the girls basketball coach for 16 years. His teams went 219-125, earning three league and three regional titles.
He also served as a football assistant for 10 years.
1949-'50 football team
The 1949-’50 football team, which went undefeated, included such players as Richard Roehl, Gerald Roehl, Lawrence Grabow, Duane Reavis, Glen Rumage, James Carlson, Carl Densch, Donald Olson, Robert Francis, Sanford Foslin, John Kinna, Wayne Damrow, Verne Wilke, Marion Millard, Glen Demrow, Lloyd Thorson, George Kretsinger, Lyle Larson, Richard Nyman, Paul Heyerdahl, William Klusmeyer, Bruce Borgwardt, Gerald Johnson, Leroy Staaland, Harris Speich and John Willing.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Participating in a school play or musical gives students an opportunity to showcase their talents, develop valuable life skills and escape reality for a while.
This weekend and the next several weekends are full of high school productions. Here’s what that talented teens in your neighborhood have in store:
Athlete’s name: Kortni Grenawalt
School: Parkview High School
Honors/recognition for each sport: Freshman -- letter winner in softball; Sophomore -- team captain in basketball, letter winner in poms, first team all-conference, most improved player and offensive player of the year in softball, earning letter; Junior -- letter winner on poms; first team all-conference, Most Valuable Player, Golden Glove and letter winner in softball; Senior -- team captain in softball
Stats/highlights: 21-game hitting streak sophomore year as leadoff hitter, sophomore batting average of .404 and junior batting average of .426
Describe yourself on/off the field: On the field, I use my playing experience to show leadership and help encourage the other girls to become all-around better players. Both on and off the field I am dedicated to my work and sport. Off the field I would say that I’m just a typical high school senior looking forward to graduation and moving on to college!
How did you get started playing your favorite sports: I began playing softball at T-ball age. I only played one year and didn’t play the next because I didn’t like it. But I gave it another try and it’s been my passion since. I played basketball from about first grade through my sophomore year. I was also on the football poms squad for my sophomore and junior years.
Who are your biggest influences/role models and why: My dad, Matt Grenawalt, because he’s pushed me and motivated me to work harder. He’s the one that taught me the value of the weight room and working hard year-round. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of each of my coaches since I was little. But I definitely wouldn’t be the player I am today without having my dad by my side all these years.
Most memorable moment(s) in high school sports: The best times are the team bonding nights. Nothing tops the memories we make those nights! But we can’t really talk about them here.
What advice would you give younger athletes about competing at the high school and/or collegiate levels: If you want to achieve success, you need to make yourself better. When your coach tells you to get in the weight room, listen. Even though it’s a team sport, only you can make yourself better. If you work hard, hopefully others will follow you. You are playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back.
Your nickname, if any: Dump, George, Kort or Half-Kort
Favorite athlete(s): (Softball players) Jenny Finch and Monica Abbot, Aaron Rodgers
Favorite team(s): Madison College Wolfpack softball, Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, all Wisconsin Badger teams.
Any other hobbies outside of sports: Being with my friends or teammates. I’m an animal lover. I love to watch movies with my family.
Post-high school plans: I’m going to Madison College to play softball. I plan general studies and then transfer to UW-Madison or UW-Platteville to earn a degree in engineering.
Many of the names may have faded from Stateline area memories.
But on Friday evening, Feb. 19, those who attend Parkview’s boys varsity basketball game against Rock Valley South rival Clinton will walk down memory lane.
The school will introduce during halftime its inaugural class of seven inductees to its athletic Wall of Fame.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Students at Parkview High School are getting firsthand experience about what it’s like to manage and operate field crops.
The school offers the agriculture plot program, in which student volunteers in the FFA and agriculture programs manage a 25-acre field behind the high school. The students are involved with growing and overseeing the crops. The crops alternate between corn and soybeans; this year is corn.
STATELINE NEWS -- Riley Pearson was a four-year varsity performer and three-year starter in football at Parkview High School, earning Rock Valley Conference honorable mention recognition as a sophomore while making the second team after his junior season.
He didn’t add first-team laurels to his resume as a senior. Not because the linebacker and fullback’s play diminished in any way -- he broke his right leg during the fourth game against Big Foot, so he wasn’t eligible.
“I broke my leg and tore ligaments in my ankle and needed surgery,” Pearson said. “A pile (of players) just rolled over my leg. It was all a freak accident. I couldn’t put any weight on my leg for about five months while in a cast, and then I was in a walking boot for another month. I had about a month when I really could start doing rehab and any kind of training to get prepared for my senior year of baseball.”
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