Hall of Fame Members
The current members of the Watertown-Mayer Athletic Hall of Fame are:
Class of 2012
Sue Morehouse Kawlewski
Sue is a 1985 graduate of WMHS. She was an outstanding athlete earning 13 letters in volleyball, basketball, track and softball. Sue was all-conference in volleyball and held records for most returned pikes in a game (11) and the highest serving percentage in a season. In basketball, she lettered and was All-Conference 4 times and was chosen as team MVP twice. She was a leader in assists, percentage of free throws made and was the first female basketball player in school history to score over 1000 points in a career, finishing with 1137. Sue played two spring sports and lettered in both. She earned 4 varsity letters in track and one in softball. She eas named All-Conference Honorable Mention in softball and at one time held the record for most triples on a season wth 5. Besides sports, Sue was a leader in other school activities. She was involved in band for 7 years, National Honor Society for 3 years and served as the president of the "W" club. After high school, Sue attended Minnesota State University at Moorhead where she played basketball for 2 years and softball for 4 years. She was named to the All-Conference softball team and received the Student Athlete award as a senior. Sue graduated from MSU Moorhead with a psychology degree and went on to earn a masters in school psychology. She continues to work in education as she has done for the past 20 years as a school psychologist. Sue's many accomplishments while in high school and college and her continued work in education make her a very deserving inductee to the Royal Athletic Hall of Fame
Bill is a 1984 graduate of WMHS. While in high school he distinguished himself athletically in three sports. He was a 3-time football letter winner and a starting linebacker and running back his junior and senior years. He was voted the Most Valuable Running Back in the Wright County Conference his senior year as well as being named All-Conference and a WCCO All-State tailback his senior season. He was a key player on the undefeated WCC 1983 football championship team. Bill played baseball in the spring and lettered 4 times. He played a variety of positions including first base and pitcher and earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors once. His true passion was as a wrestler. He earned 6 varsity letters, was a 4 time conference champion, a district champ 3 times and a state participate twice. He earned a 5th place in state as a sophomore and finished a 33-0 senior season with a state championship. He was the first male athlete in any sport at WMHS to be a state champion. In 1984, he was selected to receive the very prestigious Bud Hahn Award. After high school, Bill was an outstanding wrestler at Southwest Minnesota State University. He was the first SMSU wrestler to be a four-time NAIA All-American. His highest national finish was in 1987-88 whe he placed second at 158 pounds. Bill still holds university records for career and single season take downs. He was named the SMSU male Athlete of the Year in 1988 and was inducted into the NSIC Conference Hall of Fame in 2007. He earned a degree in health and physical education and has been teaching and coaching since then. Bill coached wrestling teams tot he state tournament in Fillmore and Plainview before returning to his home town of Watertown. He continues to teach and coach football and wrestling. Bill was a determined athlete and now uses that same effort and energy to help young students and athletes find their own success. Bill's many accomplishments make him a very worthy inductee to the Royal Athletic Hall of Fame.
Class of 2011
David Philp, a 1973 graduate of WMHS, was an outstanding three sport athlete earning 10 letters and team MVP honors 4 times. Dave captained the football and basketball teams, was named All-Conference twice in both sports and was selected MVP in both his senior year. He earned Conference MVP honors as a senior receiver in football with 32 receptions in conference games. He was a record setting rebounder and scorer in basketball and still ranks among the top performers in school history in those categories. In track and field, Dave lettered 4 times, was team MVP twice and earned All-Conference honors 7 times. He set school records in multiple events while participating and still holds the school record in the Long Jump. He was the first track and field athlete from WMHS to compete in the MSHSL State Meet where he participated in three events. He finished 3rd in the High Jump and 2nd in the Long Jump. He amassed 249 points in 12 meets with 40 out of 47 first places his senior year. Besides sports, David was an active participant in other activities and served as Student Council President his senior year. He received the prestigious Bud Hahn Award for excellence in leadership, scholarship, sportsmanship and commitment. After graduation, Philp went to St. John’s University where he excelled in basketball and track. He won the MIAC Conference in the Triple Jump and Long Jump in 1977. David has been in the real estate business for 34 years and has been involved in many volunteer activities. He has chaired events for Ridgeview Medical Center, his church and was the first Lake Waconia Band Festival chairperson. He also was named the WCCO Good Neighbor in June of 1994. His many accomplishments while in high school and his continued success as a business person and volunteer make him a very deserving inductee to the Royal Athletic Hall of Fame.
Swimming, gymnastics and track were the sports of choice for Jan Berreth starting in 7th grade and continuing until her graduation in 1979. Her accomplishments in swimming include being one of the first two girls to qualify for the regional meet in the 50 and 100 yard breaststroke in 1975, the year of the first girls’ swimming and diving team. She went onto qualify for sections each of the next two years. As a gymnast, Jan competed 285 times on varsity and won 83 events in her career. She competed for the first time as a 7th grader in the region meet and won the All-Around competition four consecutive years in the conference. The team had a 56-3 record while she was on the varsity including 34 straight dual meet wins. She helped the team win 6 conference titles and numerous district and region awards. Her 1977 gymnastics team was the first at WMHS to qualify for a state meet, placing 4th. Individually, Berreth qualified for the state gymnastics meet four times when there was just one class for all schools, regardless of their size. Track took her attention in the spring where she qualified for the state meet twice in the hurdles. She was an all-conference performer numerous times and competed on the school’s first girls’ track team to win a conference title in 1976. Jan’s coaches describe her as a talented athlete who was an extremely tough competitor. She was a strong leader who brought considerable recognition to WMHS because of her many accomplishments. After high school, Berreth went onto St. Cloud State University and then became a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines. She continues to volunteer in her community while being a committed parent to three daughters. Berreth was a champion athlete and deserves to be included in the Royal Athletic Hall of Fame. In Jan’s own words, she is “Forever proud to be a Royal.”
Harry Elliot graduated from Watertown High School in 1942. He played 2 years each in football, basketball and baseball. He led his 1941 football team with 8 touchdowns. Elliot was an all-conference performer for two years in basketball and led his team in scoring both years. He was named all-district in 1941 as the team advanced to the district semifinals before losing to Waconia. Harry was a pitcher and catcher in baseball and also played for the town baseball team that went to the state finals in 1940. He enjoyed success in other areas of high school as well, including band, chorus, and class plays. He was a leader in all that he did and served as a class officer and president of the band. After high school, Elliot enlisted in the Navy and served as a pilot from 1943-45. He then attended the University of Minnesota where he earned 3 varsity letters in both football and baseball. He was the first Gopher to earn first team Big Ten honors in baseball in 1949. After college, Elliot taught in Austin for a short time and then signed a professional baseball contract. He worked his way through the minor leagues earning numerous honors for his hitting. The St. Louis Cardinals purchased his contract and invited him to spring training in 1953. His best major league year was in 1955 when he played in 68 Cardinal games. Elliot appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with four other Cardinal teammates in March of 1956. Harry called it a career in 1958 after appearing in 854 games, collecting 1034 base hits and hitting for a .325 batting average. All who know Elliot agree he was a fierce competitor, a leader on and off the field and he never gave up regardless of the challenge. Elliot is very deserving of the recognition that goes with induction into the Royal Athletic Hall of Fame.
Class of 2010
Gordon Paschka was an outstanding three sport athlete at Watertown High School participating in football, basketball and baseball. His achievements in high school enabled him to continue as an athlete at the University of Minnesota and receive a degree in education. He earned a starting position at guard for the Gophers and was named All Big Ten three times. He was a member of the 1940 and ’41 National Championship teams coached by Bernie Bierman. He helped lead the way for Bruce Smith to win the Heisman Trophy for the Gophers in 1941. Paschka was selected to play in the Blue-Gray game his senior year and served as the captain for the North team. In 1942, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and later played for the New York Giants. He had the honor once of being named “Giant of the Week.” After his professional playing career, Gordon turned his attention to teaching and coaching. He taught history and successfully coached in the Anoka, International Falls and Winona school districts. He ranks 4th in all-time wins in football at International Falls and while at Winona, he turned around a program that had won only one game in two years into being the runner-up three consecutive years in the tough Big Nine Conference. Besides football, he coached wrestling, track and baseball. Gordon was inducted into the Winona High School Hall of Fame in 2009 for his contributions as a coach. In his son David’s words, “My Dad had a desire for learning and teaching which he passed onto his students and players.” Gordon took advantage of his opportunities at Watertown High School and used those experiences to help him excel as a player, teacher and coach. He touched the lives of many young people and definitely deserves to be recognized as a member of the Royal Athletic Hall of Fame.
Richard Morehouse participated in football, basketball and baseball at Watertown-Mayer High School. He lettered, was a captain and earned all-conference honors in all three sports. In 1981 he set a new school football passing record and school kick-off average distance record. In the 81-82 school year, he set a school single quarter scoring record in basketball. Richard was the first Watertown-Mayer athlete to be selected to play in the Minnesota Lions High School All Star Baseball game in 1982. Because of his achievements while a high school athlete, he earned a football scholarship to South Dakota State University and played both football and baseball there for 3 years. He had the opportunity to participate in the College Baseball World Series in 1984 with his team. Morehouse signed a professional baseball contract with the California Angels in 1985 as a pitcher and continued to play professionally including one year in Australia until 1990. After his professional days ended, he attended Bemidji State University, was their pitching coach while a student, and graduated with a BA in physical education and health in 1993. Morehouse has been a teacher and coach since his college graduation and has earned baseball conference coach of the year awards three times. He currently teaches and lives with his family in Bemidji. Richard was a quiet leader who could get his point across with his actions rather than words. Richard is a very worthy inductee as he didn’t just participate in athletics at WMHS, he excelled at them and took advantageous of his athletic opportunities beyond high school.
Doug participated in football for 3 years, basketball and baseball 4 years and ran track his senior year. He earned 12 varsity letters and was captain and all-conference in both football and basketball. Lenz was a key player on the Tri-Valley Conference Championship basketball team his senior year. Doug held the single game scoring record at 32 in basketball for 15 years and was once referred to in the local newspaper as the “Mayer Marvel.” He has the reputation of being the first 1000 point scorer in basketball in Watertown and held the career scoring record from 1953-1973. He played fullback on a football team that finished second in the Tri- Valley to Bloomington. He is credited with hitting the first home run in Watertown history off the “new” fence at Highland Park and was both a shortstop and pitcher as a Royal. Doug played for the town baseball team starting at age 13 and continued for 17 years, 8 times being selected as an All Star. Lenz went onto Hamline University and played receiver on the football team for one year. In his words, he “ran out of money” so he joined the Air Force and served for 3 years in France. While there, he played on the base baseball team with mostly airman who had played professionally. Upon returning from military service, he attended the U of M majoring in Business Administration. Once he graduated, he began working for Dayton’s and progressed through that company and Target Corporation as a manager in various capacities. Now retired, Lenz works part-time, fishes a little, plays golf a lot, travels and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. Doug’s many accomplishments as a Royal athlete make him very deserving of recognition in the Hall of Fame.
Class of 2009
Elmer graduated from WMHS in 1954. He has the distinction of being the first Hall of Fame inductee from the 50's. He was an outstanding 4 sport athlete in football, basketball, baseball and track who set the standard for excellence and sportsmanship. He was a team leader, earned all-conference honors and scored 20 touchdowns as a junior in football, was the top running back in the conference and led the baseball team in stolen bases for 3 years. He joined the army, returned home and played and managed the town baseball team for many years. Elmer has been a long-time local businessman and continues to be a huge fan of Royal athletics and activities.
Peter graduated in 1986 and was a 3 sport athlete in football, basketball and track for 6 years. He earned all-conference honors in all sports, was captain and in football was named the outstanding lineman in the conference. He played in the All Star Football game and was name to the All-Metro, All-State and All American High School teams. He was a key player on the 1986 State Champion football team. In track, he competed in the discus in the state meet twice and holds the school record in that event and the shotput. Peter earned a football scholarship to the U of M and graduated from there with a psychology degree. He now is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine and owns his own business. His leadership, athleticism, work ethic and commitment to his teammates was exemplary.
James graduated in 1986 and earned 11 varsity letters in football, basketball and track/field. He earned all-conference honors and was a team leader. He was named the WCC Outstanding Back , recognized as an all-state player and participated in the All Star Game. He was an integral part of the 1986 state championship football team. In track and field, he earned numerous honors and participated in the state tournament 5 years, winning the triple jump 3 years in a row. He holds schools records in that event and the low hurdles. James earned a football scholarship to the U of M and graduated with a degree in graphic design. He was an outstanding athlete who made his teams better through his actions and leadership.
Class of 2008
Karin Graduated from WMHS in 1973 so because interscholastic sports for girls weren't available then, she played on extra-mural teams and summer softball. She went onto Mn. State University at Moorhead and was a four year letterwinner in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was nominated for the Flora Frick Award in 76-77 which is given to Moorhead's Outstanding Senior Athlete. She coached volleyball at Moorhead High School for 22 years and has been recognized as the state Volleyball Coach of the Year 3 times.
Allen Graduated from WMHS in 1962. He played baseball, football and basketball and was a member of numerous conference championship teams in those three sports. He also earned all-conference recognition in all three sports as well as all-state recognition in basketball. Al received the Bud Hahn award recognizing the outstanding senior athlete at WMHS.
Class of 2007
Coach, Teacher and Statistician
Three-sport athlete and Olympic team qualifier
Class of 2006
Superintendent of Schools
Class of 2005
Coach and Teacher
Coach and Teacher
Coach, Teacher and Athletic Director
Longtime sports reporter - Carver County News