Hall of Fame Members
The current members of the Watertown-Mayer Athletic Hall of Fame are:|
Class of 2010
GORDON PASCHKA INDUCTED 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 INDUCTED 2010
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 LENZ INDUCTED 2010
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 SCHMIDT 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 KELZENBERG 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 KING 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 Schumacher ...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.
Allan Burtman ...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 out