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St. Paul, Minnesota

Hall of Stars Inductees - 2001

Joseph Walfoort

Joe was as three - sport athlete at Harding. He played football, basketball, and baseball. He was a catcher in baseball and played center and fullback for the football team. Football was his passion. Joe was all conference in football his senior year. After Harding, Joe served in the Navy for four years. Joe married Geraldine O'Connell and raised six children. He had a great career with North-Western Bell Telephone Company for 35 years. Joe was a great supporter of Harding High School. He was a big fan of St. Paul City Conference football and a special loyalty to the Knights. He was a great worker and contributor for the Harding Alumni Golf Tourney that in held the first Saturday in September. Joe passed away in 1933. Joe Walfoort was a classic east sider. 

Dick Jinks

Dick was an exceptional three-sport athlete while at Harding. He played football, hockey, baseball and earned nine letters while at Harding. Dick was selected to All Conference hockey and baseball teams his junior and senior years. In 1954 he was selected to the all state hockey team. In 1950 - his freshman year he was on the first metro hockey team to travel north for hockey games in Eveleth and Hibbing. Coach John Rossi started the tradition and it has continued to the present time. Harding had very good hockey teams during Dick's four years -his senior year the 1954 team won the city championship, twin city championships, and topped off the year by winning the consolation championship in the state tournament. Dick led all scorers in the state tourney by scoring eight goals in three games. Dick received many awards and honors while at Harding including Most Athletic Male, Harding "H" Blanket Award, and Conoco's Stu Mann's WTCN radio award. He was also on the Beacon and Saga staffs and served on the student council. A Quiet and competitive person best describes Dick. After graduation he played amteur hockey and baseball for many years. HE worked for Ford Motor and Hamm's Brewery before going into the real estate business in 1961. The next 40 years were spent helping people own their own homes. Retired in 2001, he now lives in Trade Lake in northwestern Wisconsin and builds bunk beds for home and cabin owners. Dick married for high school sweetheart, Myrna Remund, and they have seven great children and 13 grandchildren. Dick has biked across Minnesota many times raising money for Multiple Sclerosis. He coached peewee and squirt hockey for 18  years in the Mahtomedi area. Dick credits hard work and dedication by his former teammates as the reason he has a spot on the "wall" - "no one can do it alone, thanks guys!"

Jerry Wallin
Jerry played football, basketball, and baseball at Harding - his career was interrupted with infectious hepatitis his senior year. Football was in his best sport and he gives his coaches Clyde McDonald and John Rossi credit for helping him to develop the fundamentals and attitude needed to be able to play Division One football at the University of Minnesota. He also credits his brother Roy - who set a great example of athletic excellence before him at Harding. Jerry also credits his teammates - for support and encouragement - and helped motivate him to work hard and improve. Jerry walked on to the football program at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1954 - which was coach Murray Warmaths first year. He started his freshman year as a 198 pound eighth sting tackle and made steady improvement each year - becoming a starter on the varsity team in 1957 to 1958. He was awarded a Williams Scholarship for three years - becoming a 205 - pound tackle - considerably lighter than opposing tackles. During this period of Division one football, players were required to play both offense and defense - three was a substitution rule that restricted players to enter the game one per quarter. As a result of the rule, Jerry played a lot of minutes both of offense and defense. His biggest thrill was playing 58 minutes of a 60 - minute game against Wisconsin in 1957. His senior year the Minnesota line was rated one of the best in the Big Ten. He played a record of 340 minutes his senior year and recovered a team high number of fumbles, two of which he caught in the air and had the joy of running with the ball - every lineman's dream! After graduation, Jerry traveled to Canada and spent part of a season with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. He also helped coach Minnehaha academy to their first conference championships in 10 years. His last formal coaching was done at the University of Minnesota with the Freshman team in 1961. Jerry entered business after  a short time with U.S. Steel and Prudential, he joined 3M. He spent 34 years with 3M before retiring in 1996. Jerry feels strongly that his background from the east side of St.Paul, and in particular, his positive experience as a student at Harding were fundamental building blocks in enabling him to do well in athletics and life after athletics.

Bob Eng
Bob was a two-sport athlete at Harding - competing in cross country and hockey. He made the All Conference team in 1966 as a goalie and was chosen the "Most Valuable Player" his senior year. While at Harding Bob was an outstanding student and was a member of the National Honor Society, and also a member of the German Club. Bob attended Hamline University and graduated with a degree of physics. He played hockey at Hamline and was selected to the All Conference team three years and honorable mention his freshman year. Bob went to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and graduated with a D.D.S. degree in 1974. With his dentistry degree in hand he attended University of Minnesota Department of Orthodontics and finished in 1978. He was maintained a private orodontic practice in St. Paul - since graduation in 1974 to the present. He has an office in the Harding area and has taken care of many of the "Harding families" for years. Bob was been cery active in the East Side community. He also maintains an office in the midway area. Bob is married to his wife Laura for 27 years - a family practice in dentist in St. Paul. They have two children - David and Carolyn who are both students at Duke University in Durham North Carolina. His fondest memory at Harding; Being a part of the team that beat Johnson in Hockey - that was Johnson's first loss in 56 games in city conference play.

Jim Paddock
Jim was very involved in the facets of Harding High School. Jim's passion was always wrestling which he started as an 8th grader at Mound's Park Junior High School. He was a varsity wrestler his entire career at Harding, making the all conference team for three years. He was also a member of the soccer team. He did not limit himself just to athletics - he was also a member of the debate team., student council, was a junior class officer, and was a member of the Harding bands all three years. Jim attended at the University of Minnesota Duluth and had a very successful wrestling career with the Bulldogs. He was an A.A.U. Junior state Champion in 1979 - and was the team captain from 1979 to 1981. The 1981 - 1982 season he was honored as an All American Division II wrestler. After his great career at the UMD he continued as an assistant wrestling coach for one year. Jim started his teaching and coaching career in St. Paul at Harding in 1982 and continued until 1986, when he moved to rival Highland Park. While at Harding he was coach of the year two times and region 3AA coach of the year in 1985, He had eight state entrants and two state place winners - Ted Luchsinger 5th place and Bryon West 5th place in 1985. While at Highland Park he had 16 state entrants. five place winner, and a state finalist. In 1999 he coached Highland Park to the city and twin city championships. Jim retired from coaching at the end of the past season and has accepted a position as assistant principal at Como Senior High School.

Danielle Lombardi
Danielle was a three-sport athlete at Harding, participating in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was s hard worker and team leader in all three sports earning many honors in her career. She was the Prep Player of the Week in 1979 for softball. Danielle was a top student at Harding graduating in the top 10% of her class. After Harding Danielle attended the University of Minnesota and was  a member of the woman's softball team. Danielle returned to Harding and was the B squad softball coach in 1981 - 1984. Danielle states that her Harding athletic career was a wonderful time in her life. She felt that it was a privilege to be a part of a pioneering movement in girl's athletics in the state of Minnesota. During her playing days, she gained an understanding of the hard work, discipline, and the commitment it take to be a part of a competitive team. Danielle formed great friendships  and enduring pride and loyalty for Harding High School and it's athletic programs. She says "I am both grateful and thankful or the invaluable experience I gained through the athletic program as a student athlete at Harding" 

Sheila Browne
Sheila was a three-year letter winner both in volleyball and track. She was twice selected to the All Conference team in volleyball and received All Conference honors each of her three seasons in track. Sheila's contributions  helped the track team to three consecutive conference championships, and assisted the 1982 4 x 200 relay team to a berth in the state meet. Academically, Sheila graduated in the top 5%  of her class and was a member of the National Honors Society. i both her junior and senior years. Sheila went on to the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she played for the Bulldog's Volleyball team. She helped her team to four consecutive conference championships, and in 1986, as the team's starting setter, led the bulldogs to a berth in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Sheila, who led the conference and region in assists, was selected to the All-Northern Sun Conference Teams. In 1986, Sheila was selected to the Tachikara Coaches-Poll All American Team. She graduated summacum laude with a degree in accounting,m and is a member of the National Deans List and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary Society. Sheila married in 1981 Harding graduate and fello UMD graduate, Bill Brown. He and Sheila lived in Woodbury with their children, Zachary and Trenton. She is a financial executive at the St.Paul Companies, Inc. and serves on the board of various industry associations. Sheila is active in her church and community and is a member of a leadership committee that serves six local Cub Scouts Packs.

Jim Landis
Jim Landis like all educators of his period were called on to not only teach- but be in charge of all kinds of activities, clubs, etc. He coached many sports in his career at Harding - he was an assistant football coach, he was the basketball coach, coached track and helped coach other teams during his tenure. He was the athletic director for a number of years - he was very organized and a leader in the St. Paul High School athletic community. Dollars were always in short supply but he was able to find ways to raise money and stretch dollars so Harding athletics could continue and be successful as possible. Jim Landis was very popular with the students, staff, and parent's a like - many seeking for advice, help and encouragement. He was such a gentlemen, a true sportsman, and this rubbed off on those that worked with and earned his respect from the opposition. He had two sons - Jim and Mark Landis who he involved in much of his after school activities. Jim Landis contributed much to Harding over his many years - and he deserves a place on the wall!

Don Weber
Don came to Harding in the fall of 1971 after teaching four years at Cleveland Junior High. He spent his total career here from 1971 until he retired from Harding. He came to Harding to develop a Graphic Arts (printing) program for Harding students and be available to Harding staff and programs to take advantage of the opportunities and services the graphic arts department offered. Undoubtedly the team had talent. Of the 60 juniors and seniors on the roster, 11 went on to play college football, seven were named to the 1973 all-conference team and one name all-state. But it was the chemistry and the sense of community that distinguished the team from others. They worked hard, played hard, and cared about each other. Perhaps that was most apparent 23 years after the season was over, when teammate and St. Paul police offer Tim Jones was killed in the line of duty. As word of the tragedy circulated throughout the network, many members and coaches of the team, several of whom traveled from throughout the country, returned to the East Side to provide support to each other and offer comfort to the family. It was this type of commitment to one another that exemplified the spirit  of the 1973 Harding Football Team. Coach for the 1973-1974 Knights were head coach Mr. Ken Mauer and assistants Mr. Tim Kiemel and Mr. Bernie VonWald.