"The Class A and State Record is 14 Flat Set by Tom Dakin of Whitefish Bay in 1962." Anybody who attended the State Track Meet from 1965 to 1979 heard PA announcer Bill Cross blast out those memorable words in that unique, booming voice. Bill had been the Bay's head track coach from 1958 to … Continue reading So Just How Good Was Tom Dakin’s 14.0 In The 120 High Hurdles In 1962?
In 1948 LeRoy Collins of Green Bay East became the first WIAA athlete to run the 440 in under 50 seconds at the State Meet, turning in a 49.5 at Camp Randall. The number of sub-50's run in the years directly after at any Wisconsin high school meet were few and far between. And no … Continue reading The Bay 440 School Record Progression
At the State Track Meet nobody cares what you've done during the season or during your career. The only thing that matters is what you do on the day of the State Meet. Heading into his senior season in 1975, Tom Callahan had put together a solid career in the Pole Vault. In his first … Continue reading Tom Callahan: The Great Ones Do It On The Day
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Brian Bergemann, class of 1962, is one of the great pole vaulters in state history. This is a difficult write-up. Since Brian was so over-the-top dominant, there simply isn't all that much that can be added to the record. As a sophomore in 1960, Brian was an understudy to senior Bob Pepper, one of the … Continue reading Brian Bergemann: A Reliable Boy
Howie Zien, class of 1967, was one of the great Bay athletes, a true Mount Rushmore type. He won an astounding 10 letters -- three football, three basketball and four track and field. His senior year was as good as it gets: team captain on Suburban Conference champion football, basketball and track teams. Howie’s well-deserved … Continue reading Howie Zien: The 10 Letter Man
John Seefeld is the younger of the Bays great throwing Seefelds. Phil Seefeld won the State Discus title in 1961 and then John won it in 1964. Here are John's results in Suburban, Sectional and State meets in 1963 and 1964, with distance if known: Discus 1963 Suburban Relays: 1st 151-0 1963 Sectional: 1st 160-4 … Continue reading John Seefeld: Hurling The Platter
Bob McCahill, class of 1938, was one of the great Bay athletes of the early years. Bob was at minimum a nine-time letterman, earning three each in football, basketball and track. He was All-Suburban in football as a senior and in the fourth Glory Cup game scored the winning PAT on a line plunge, 7-6 … Continue reading Bob McCahill: Heaving The Iron Pellet
Here is the fact sheet on the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association website for Tom Dakin's well-deserved and long overdue Hall of Fame induction in 2013. I'm very thankful to the person who put forth the time and effort related to Tom's nomination. But things have a way of getting mucked up over time. Let's go … Continue reading Just The Facts, Part II
Bob Nicolet, class of 1955, is one of the giants of Whitefish Bay athletics. Simply one of the best ever Bay athletes. He amassed an amazing 14 letters in Football, Basketball, Baseball, Golf and Tennis. He's one of two Bay guys in the Suburban era that I'm aware of that were named 1st Team All-Suburban … Continue reading Bob Nicolet: Nic Is Tops In The State
Buzz Humke moved into the Bay in the early 1950's for his junior year. Anybody that had his father Bob for Freshmen Algebra over the next couple of decades knows all about the necessity of having a proper license. (Mr. Humke passed away in 2007 at age 98.) Buzz was an outstanding pole vaulter, winning … Continue reading Buzz Humke — Where Is Your License To Do That?
From the Wisconsin State Journal after the 1951 State Meet: Allen Butler and Jim Englander at Camp Randall in 1948 after the Bay doubled up runner-up Richland Center 43 - 20 1/2: Five-time State Champion Bill Eichfeld winning the 200 in 1951: Three-time Badger track letterman Jim Englander from the 1951 Badger: … Continue reading Short Lads Who Can Run Fast
Below are team scores and 880 Relay results from the 1966 State Meet at Monona Grove. Which do you like better, the Wisconsin State Journal or Milwaukee Journal? Wisconsin State Journal: Milwaukee Journal: Me? I like the Milwaukee Journal's results much better. They also have the advantage of being correct. The Bay got a monster … Continue reading Just The Facts, Part I