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St. Paul, Minnesota

Hall of Stars Inductees - 1999

Gene (Yogi) Daly '37

Gene was a four sport athlete at Harding.  He played football, basketball, tennis, and baseball.  He would have loved to be on the swim and water polo team but had to forgo the opportunity as he had a paper route to meet family needs.  Gene was a leader - he was captain of the tennis team his junior year and captained the basketball team his senior year.  Gene was very active in all school activities and enjoyed his Harding years.  He has been very active in the community - one of many accomplishments was to help organize the Parkway Little League - which is still going strong today, and gives many of our areas youngsters a great opportunity to play baseball.  He is in the Football Hall of Fame and the St. Paul Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame.

Gene Kelly '41

Gene was a three sport athlete at Harding.  He played football his senior year and the Knights were city and twin city champions.  He was a three year starter in basketball and Harding was city champs his senior year.  Gene was also on the varsity baseball team for three years as an outfielder and pitcher - and excelled in both positions.  His biggest joy his senior year was knocking off the good Washington team.  Gene had a "great" career at Harding - but he did not stop on the east side - he went west to the University of Minnesota where he played both basketball for two years and baseball for four years.  The Gopher baseball team only lost two games in three seasons while he was playing.  After the University of Minnesota, he moved on to play minor league baseball and had a great career.  Gene became the Director of Parks and Recreation in Bloomington, MN.  He helped develop and promote youth and adult activities and sports for 32 great years.  He was an outstanding official for many years - working high school, college, and pro games in football, basketball, and baseball.  Gene's claim to fame in officiating for many years was "he never made a bad call"!

Bernie Ranweiler '50

Bernie played two sports at Harding - varsity football for three years and varsity basketball for two years.  He was captain of the basketball team.  One of Bernie's highlights was scoring 89 points his junior year - which broke the existing scoring record for that time.  Bernie also earned all conference honors in football in his senior year and all conference in basketball his junior year.  The Harding football team was though on defense and made Ripleys "Believe It or Not" by holding Humboldt to a total of "20 yards lost" for the game in a 6-0 victory.  Bernie was one of the big contributors.  After graduation, Bernie continued playing on various basketball and softball teams - having much success and much fun.  Bernie is one of the most loyal Harding supporters.  He has given much time and energy to the Harding community.  He was active in forming the first Harding Booster Club, he has helped with the Harding Alumni Golf Tourney for over 20 years, has been active with the Harding Hockey Association, and helped in the area feeder football program for a number of years.  Bernie is a giver!  When he wears his H - it means he has "great heart"!

Gordy Peterson '71

Gordy was a varsity hockey player for two seasons and a varsity baseball player for three seasons.  He was an outstanding pitcher and had many no hit games.  He pitched every varsity game his sophomore year - and his claim to fame is he lost every one of them.  But that was the foundation year as he went on to earn all conference honors in baseball and was selected as conference player of the year.  He had a great career at Harding and enjoyed great success in both hockey and baseball.  After Harding, Gordy also went to the University of Minnesota where he had an outstanding pitching career.  He helped Minnesota to a Big Ten Championship and to a third place finish in the College World Series.  He pitched five no hit games in his high school and college career.  Gordy had an outstanding career and contributed greatly to Harding High.

Bill Link '77

Bill was a three sport "star" at Harding.  He played football, hockey, and baseball and was outstanding in all three.  Bill earned all conference honors in all three sports and showed great leadership qualities as a captain of both the football and hockey teams.  He was the leading scorer in hockey his senior year and had the highest batting average in the city conference.  Bill was a great contributor and fierce competitor on some very fine Harding teams.  He played one season of junior A hockey and then went on to the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.  He had a fine career - he was a captain and led the team in scoring.  Bill is teaching at Battle Creek Middle School and is doing an outstanding job.  He was an assistant football coach at Harding for a number of years and did a great job.  He is presently helping coach young kids in his area.

Sheila Lowe Cassidy '85

Sheila participated in three sports at Harding.  She played four years of volleyball and softball and two years of basketball.  She had an outstanding career at Harding and was a valuable team member in all three sports.  Sheila earned many honors in her career.  She was named all conference in softball her sophomore, junior, and senior years.  In her senior year, the Knights won the region championship and went on to a good showing in the state tournament.  She was also selected to the all conference volleyball teams her junior and senior years on very successful teams.  One of her great moments in sports was going 4 for 4 in one softball game and two of her hits were grand slams!  She has kept up her interest in sports by continuing to play and also coaching youth teams in her area.

Ann Schultz '85

Ann participated in three sports at Harding and made a strong contribution in each one.  She played varsity volleyball her junior and senior years, varsity basketball all four years, and varsity softball all four years.  She earned many honor and awards during her Harding career.  She was all conference in volleyball her senior year, all conference in basketball three years, and all conference in softball, and capped it off with being selected to the all state basketball team her junior year.  Ann concluded her Harding career by being awarded the H blanket.  She then went on to a college career that she concluded at the University of Wisconsin - Superior, where she did some recruiting and coaching.  She continued to play and did some volleyball and basketball officiating.  Ann currently is teaching in the North Saint Paul Schools and has done some coaching.  She is very active in outdoor activities and still is very competitive.

Sheri Schmidt Scalia '86

Sheri was a three sport athlete at Harding, participating in volleyball, gymnastics, and softball.  That did not keep her busy enough so she also was a member of the Harding cheerleading squad.  Sheri earned many honors - she was all conference in volleyball her senior year, all conference in gymnastics her junior and senior years, and all conference in softball her sophomore, junior, and senior years.  She was honored as "Prep Athlete of the Week" by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  Sheri went on to the University of Minnesota - Duluth and continued her great career.  She played volleyball and softball for the Bulldogs and had a great collegiate career.  Sheri is a working mom and is a senior programmer with the St. Paul Companies.

John Fahey 1932-1949

This legendary coach from the 1930's and 40's would put Harding on the map as a football powerhouse.  He coached basketball and baseball teams too and also handled the chores of athletic director.  He was most instrumental in turning his fledgling east side football squads into contenders in a short period of time.  John was Harding's first football coach in 1932.  It would take him only five years to win his first conference title.  In his 17 years as the Maroons gridiorn mentor, he captured four city titles and finished runner up twice.  In 1940, Harding would win the Twin Cities football game by beating Roosevelt 7-6.  It was the first Twin City title of any kind for Harding.  On October 30, 1946, Fahay's football squad beat Washington 25-14 at Central Stadium to win the conference crown in front of the largest crowd (12,165) to ever witness a conference football game.  John was born in St. Paul and attended Humboldt High School.  He was a three sport star in football, basketball, and baseball.  He led his team in scoring during the season in 1920.  He would also attain all city football status as an offensive lineman.  Fahay attended Marquette University and was named to the Little All American Team as a lineman.  He returned to St. Paul and began his career as a physical education instructor at the newest high school in St. Paul - Harding.  When he concluded his coaching career in 1949, he went to Central H.S. where he continued to teach until his retirement in 1963.  He was also an outstanding football referee, working in the Big Ten Conference.  Upon his retirement, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida were he lived until his death on January 9, 1980.

Jim Davis 1962-1997

Jim has had a long and successful career as a coach and teacher at Harding High School.  He coached hockey at Harding as an assistant from 1963-1966.  He then moved to Highland Park H.S. where he was the varsity coach from 1967-1977 and had many fine teams.  He returned to Harding in the fall of 1977 to coach hockey.  Until he retired from coaching in 1992, he had many outstanding teams.  He concluded his hockey coaching as the winningest hockey coach in the city conference with 183 wins.  His 1979 team won the sectional and made a state tournament appearance.  He has coached and mentored many outstanding hockey players that went on to great college careers.  Jim also coached in the baseball program for many years, was the varsity boys' soccer coach for six years, coached boys' swimming (helped start the program), and helped in the tennis program.  Jim was very active in the various coaching organizations on the conference and state levels.  Jim was not just a "coach" - he was an outstanding math teacher.  Earning the respect of all his students and fellow teachers.  He was always in demand as a teacher and mentor to our students and continues to be sought out by many former students and athletes.  Jim did not leave Harding without one additional innovation.  He developed and promoted the Good Knight program that recognizes and encourages students to achieve at a higher level.  The program is a reward program that motivates our students to achieve higher grades and have better attendance.  The Good Knight Program also reward faculty and staff for "good" teaching and mentoring.  Jim has continued his teaching career after retirement at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.  He is a jogger, walker, biker, traveler, and man about town in his post Harding years.