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Southeast Hall of Fame inductees

Saturday, October 25, 2003

The Southeast Missouri State University Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its second class today with a 1 p.m. ceremony at the Show Me Center. The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of tonight's football game with Murray State at Houck Stadium. Twelve individuals and three teams will make up the 2003 class.

Donald "Diz" Anderson (deceased):Anderson, who played football and ran track from 1942 to '47, was a second-team Little All-American in '46 as a center and linebacker. He earned four letters in football and track and was the founder and chairman of Abe's Boys. Anderson's wife and two grandsons who currently attend Southeast will represent him at today's induction ceremony.

Rick Attig:Attig competed in football and track from 1970 to '73. He was honorable-mention All-American and team captain in football and All-American in the javelin in track. The Southeast and MIAA record holder in the javelin, he is an assistant track coach at Nebraska and was an Olympic track coach in '88.

Wayne Goddard (deceased):Goddard, who competed in football and track from 1934 to '37, was the first Southeast football player selected first-team Little All-American, in '37. He won four letters in both football and track, and was a four-time all-MIAA selection. He later served as Southeast football coach from 1947 to '51.

Pam Kirsch:Kirsch, a volleyball player from 1990 to '93, was the first Southeast athlete to be chosen as Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Year. She was a GTE Academic All-American in '93 and was first team all-OVC in '92 and '93.

Kermit "Moose" Meystedt:Meystedt, a basketball player from 1964 to '67, was honorable mention on the Converse All-American team (all divisions) his junior and senior seasons. He still holds the Southeast single-game scoring record with 52 points and is the Indians' single-season rebounding record-holder with 362. Meystedt is the first Southeast basketball player to score more than 1,000 points and grab over 800 rebounds in one season.

Herb Mulkey:Mulkey competed in basketball and track from 1939 to '42. He was a two-time all-MIAA selection and team captain in basketball, and in track he held school records in the low hurdles, high hurdles and high jump. At one time, Mulkey held 11 high jump records at tracks throughout the Midwest.

Cheri Peterson:Peterson, a gymnast from 1988 to '91, is an 11-time All-American and two-time USGF Division II national champion. She won the all-around and vault national title in '91 to lead Southeast to the USGF national championship.

Walter Smallwood:Smallwood, a football running back and track athlete from 1965 to '68, was a two-time all-MIAA football selection who still holds Southeast records for touchdowns in a game (5), season (16) and career (38), and he held the career rushing record until '94. Smallwood was the MIAA 60-meter champion.

Tom Upton:Upton, who competed in basketball and track from 1944 to '49, led the Indians in scoring for three seasons and led the University of Pennsylvania in scoring while in the service. He was a hurdler on the track team. After graduation, he played major league baseball with the Saint Louis Browns ('50 and '51) and Washington Senators ('52). He lives in California and will be unable to attend the induction ceremony.

Clark Wille:Wille, who competed in track from 1967 to '71, was a five-time MIAA champion in the high hurdles and he claimed All-American honors in the hurdles in '71. He coached Herculaneum High School to 10 state championships in cross country and track and also coached more than 160 collegiate All-Americans at Lindenwood and Missouri Baptist. He guided Lindenwood's women to the NAIA cross country championship and the Lindenwood men to the NAIA men's indoor track title.

Curtis Williams:Williams, who competed in basketball and track from 1964 to '67, was the first African-American student-athlete at Southeast. He was the basketball MVP in '67 and was MIAA champion in the high jump, triple jump and long jump.

John Wittenborn:Wittenborn, who played football from 1954 to '57, was an all-MIAA linebacker, offensive lineman and kicker who played 11 seasons of professional football with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Oilers.

1937 football team:The Indians went 9-0-0 and went through the first seven games without allowing a point to rank as the only college football team in the United States to be unscored on at that point in the season. Coached by the late Abe Stuber, an inaugural Hall of Fame member, the team won a third straight MIAA championship. Three squad members still are alive and none will be able to attend, but several former players will be represented by family members at today's induction ceremony.

1955 football team:This squad also went 9-0-0 and claimed the MIAA championship. The team was coached by the late Kenneth Knox, another inaugural Hall of Fame member. Twenty members of the team will be on hand for the induction ceremony, including All-American tight end John Schneider, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, former Southeast football coach Jim Lohr, and Wittenborn.

1991 gymnastics team:The Otahkians won the USGF Division II national championship and became the first Division II school to ever qualify for the NCAA Division I Central Regional, where Southeast finished fourth. Six team members won All-America honors, including Peterson. Bill Hopkins coached the squad.

-- Southeast sports information


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