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Southeast hall of fame inductees

Sunday, November 3, 2002

Laura ByrneByrne, a track and cross country athlete from 1986-1989, won four Division II individual titles during the 1988-89 school year when she won the cross country national championship, the indoor 1,500 and 3,000-meters and the outdoor 5,000-meters.

Pat ColonColon, a basketball player from 1982-1987, was the first female athlete at Southeast to have her number retired. She earned basketball All-America honors in 1984 and still stands as the leading rebounder in Otahkian history. A Central High School product, she had 2,034 career points and 1,003 career rebounds.

Jayne CreekCreek was an All-America softball player who was the first Southeast athlete to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. She played from 1978-1981 and also was on the volleyball team for one season.

Kenneth DementDement, a football lineman from 1951-1954, was an All-American who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. His Southeast number was retired in 1989. He was the first Southeast player ever drafted by an NFL team but joined the Marines instead of playing professionally. He is a former member of the Southeast Board of Regents.

Bill GiessingGiessing, 1959-1963, ranks as the third leading scorer in Southeast basketball history who earned All-America honors in 1963. He had 1,686 career points.

Ken ImanIman, 1956-1959, was an outstanding lineman at Southeast who went on to a highly successful career in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams. He was the Rams MVP in 1972. His Southeast number was retired in 1974.

Kenneth Knox (deceased)Knox was head football coach and athletic director at Southeast from 1952-1967. His football teams won six Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships. His 1955 team was undefeated and untied. The Sikeston native compiled a career football coaching record of 89-58-4 and also coached several MIAA championship track teams.

Carl RitterRitter, an Advance High School product, is the all-time leading scorer in Indian basketball history with 1,916 points from 1959-1963. He still holds seven school records. A member of the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame and also a coach in basketball and volleyball at Bell City High School, he had his number retired in 1994.

Marvin RosengartenRosengarten was a football player at Southeast who later served as an assistant football coach, track coach, athletic director and director of athletic development before retiring in 1991. The Marvin Rosengarten Athletic Complex on the Southeast campus is named in his honor.

John SchneiderSchneider was picked for the Associated Press Little All-America football team as an end in 1955 after the Indians' 9-0 season. He later served Southeast as an assistant football coach, athletic director and chairman of the department of physical education.

Abe Stuber (deceased)Stuber was football and track coach at Southeast from 1932-1946 and basketball coach from 1932-1935 and from 1943-1946. His track teams won seven MIAA championships and his football teams claimed three league titles, including the 1937 team that was unbeaten and untied. He had a career football coaching record of 72-42-6. The Abe Stuber Track & Field Complex on the Southeast campus is named in his honor.

Joe Uhls (deceased)Uhls was baseball coach at Southeast from 1960-1984 with a record of 373-257-5 and he led the 1976 team to third place in the Division II national tournament. He served as an assistant basketball coach in the 1960s. The baseball locker room at Houck Field House is named in his honor.

Mike VanattaVanatta, track and cross country from 1981-1984, won four Division II al national championships. He won the steeplechase in 1982, 1983 and 1984 and the cross country championship in 1984 while leading Southeast to the team title.

Mike Wood

Wood established a NCAA record for career field goals during his senior season in 1977. The record of 64 is still the school mark. He holds school records for 17 field goals in a season, four field goals in a game and longest field goal of 61 yards. He played in the NFL with the Cardinals and Chargers. His Southeast number was retired in 1978.


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