Perham Athletic Hall of Fame Induction September 17
On Friday, September 17, Perham will reach back to its past and honor the athletes and coaches that built the foundation for its current success. The night will be electric as we honor four former athletic stars and their accomplishments covering the decades of the 1950's-60's-80's and 90's.
Being honored with induction into the Perham Athletic Hall of Fame are Larry Hauer Perham Football-Basketball and Track Coach from 1959 to 1985, Gary Senske Class of 1962 for Basketball and Track, Wendy Meyer Class of 1991 Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Cross Country, and Sarah Happel Class of 1991 Volleyball and Basketball.
The Induction Ceremony will take place at halftime of the Perham-DGF football game on Friday, September 17, at Ted Meinhover Field.
A reception will be held at Mulligan's Pub and Eatery at Perham Lakeside Golf Course after the game in which the public is welcome and there is no cost. Free chili will be available.
Larry Hauer will be inducted for his accomplishments as a coach in Perham from 1959 to 1985 in football-basketball-and track. Larry first started his coaching career in Barrett where he coached football-basketball-baseball and track while posting a 7-0 record in 1955 as conference champs in football and a 20-2 record in 1957 in basketball. Larry then went to Sebeka where he coached football-basketball and track and tied for the conference title in 1958 with a 6-1 record in football.
Larry saved his best for Perham where he took over the football coaching reigns from legendary football coach and athletic director Ted Meinhover. Larry was the head football coach for 11 seasons where his Yellowjackets won three Heart O' Lakes Conference Championships and were Heart O' Lakes Conference Runners-Up three times.
Larry was also an assistant for two years in football. Larry was the Head Basketball coach one year and an assistant track coach one year. It was truly in basketball where the real Larry Hauer came through as an assistant for 25 years at Perham through thick and thin times. Larry had a strong background in sports that started at St. Augustine High School in Austin, Minn., where he lettered three years in football, basketball and baseball. Larry played in the 1944 and 1945 state basketball tournaments. He was the starting quarterback and safety and lettered two years in basketball at Austin CC.
Larry also played in a benefit basketball game against the Minneapolis Lakers George Mikan, Vern Mikkelson, Jim Pollard, and Whitey Skoog.
In college, Larry played safety and ran the 200 and 400 yd dashes at Fresno State for a year and then played running back and safety for Moorhead State and was a guard on the basketball team.
Aside from sports, Larry ran resorts for 45 years and raised six children: Sherry, Larry Jr., Craig, Krista, Dan, and Mara with his wife of 57 years, Lee, who past away three years ago.
Larry's quick wit and strong knowledge of sports and more importantly students made him an exceptional coach and teacher. The PHS Gym is named after Larry Hauer and rightfully so as he developed so many students into citizens and athletes into men that we are proud of to this day. If you played for Larry Hauer you were far better off for having the experience.
Gary Senske will be inducted for his accomplishments in basketball and track. Gary possessed a great combination of size, speed and agility. Gary earned seven letters in basketball and track. He was an exceptional basketball player claiming All-Conference honors two years in 1961 and 1962, along with being named team captain.
Gary showed his determination and speed as he set the Region 6 (Section) record in the mile run at 4:31 and claimed the section championship in 1962 and represented Perham in the State Track Meet. Gary was the Gordon Weise Athlete of the Year in 1962. Gary lettered one year at Bemidji State and three years at Moorhead State in basketball.
While at Moorhead State, Gary played basketball in the NCAA II Regional Finals against Phil Jackson and the UND Fighting Sioux. Gary went on to a stellar coaching career starting at Underwood High School from 1967 to 1972, where he was named area coach of the year in 1968 and had his best record at 21-2. At Underwood, Gary also coached baseball, track and football.
Gary then went to Eveleth High School from 1972 to 1981 putting up a 25-4 record one year and was the Iron Range Conference Coach of the Year and made the Region (Section) finals. While at Eveleth, Gary was named District and Region Coach of the Year in track and Region Cross-Country Coach of the Year twice.
Gary then traveled to the big time coaching basketball from 1981 to 2001 at University of Minnesota-Crookston where his best record was 25-6. At Crookston, Gary's team won the state championship in 1987, had 12 consecutive winning seasons 1982-1994. He had 400 career wins and guided the Crookston basketball program to four-year independent status, then to NAIA II status and finally to NCAA II and the Sun Conference affiliations.
In 2004, Gary was inducted into the UMC Athletic Hall of Fame. Gary has taken the lessons learned in Perham and developed them into a life of outstanding coaching accomplishments in high school and college. Gary is married to Carol and raised three children Dawnn, Trenny and Steele. Perham is very proud of you Gary and your accomplishments throughout a storied career as an athlete and coach.
Wendy Meyer will be inducted for her accomplishments in Volleyball, Basketball, Cross-Country and Track. Wendy had a great combination of speed strength and agility. To say Wendy was tenacious was an understatement. Wendy was the epitome of how you should play wide-open all of the time. Wendy displayed a competitive nature not often seen on a court whether it is basketball or volleyball. Wendy was an all-around athlete who excelled in volleyball, basketball, track, and cross-country. While in volleyball at Perham, Wendy recorded 716 kills while leading her team to three Heart O' Lakes Conference titles, three District 23 titles, two Region 6 (Section) titles, two state appearances and a fourth place finish at state. Her varsity team record was 69-23.
Wendy collected three All-Conference awards, was the Heart O' Lakes MVP 1990, and was a Class A All-State Player in 1990, along with making the All Star Squad. Wendy lettered three years in Volleyball. In basketball, Wendy scored 1224 points, had 483 assists, 473 steals, leading Perham to three HOL Conference Championships, three District 23 Titles and one Region 6 (Section) Championship while placing fourth in the State Class A Tournament.
Wendy was selected to the Class A All-Tournament Team and lettered four years.
In track Wendy lettered six years and held the PHS Shot Put Record. Wendy was an outstanding runner, long jumper and shot putter. Wendy was second and third as a long jumper, third in the shot, and ran on a first place 1600-meter relay team at the HOL meets. At the District level, Wendy was first and second in the 800-meter relay. In the shot put, Wendy was second, third and sixth. In the long jump, she was third and sixth. In the 1600-meter relay, Wendy was fourth and sixth and at the Region (section) level was sixth in the shot.
Wendy also lettered one year in cross-country at PHS. While at UND, Wendy lettered four years in basketball. Starting two years, she helped lead the Fighting Sioux to two NCC Conference Championships, and four NCAA II National Tournament berths. Wendy and her husband John have four children Kennedy, Lauryn, Addyson, and Payton. Wendy is a Registered Nurse Anesthetist and the Manager of the Anesthesia Department in Wadena.
Sarah Happel is being inducted for her accomplishments in Volleyball and Basketball. Sarah was a rare combination of size, strength and pure determination. Sarah owned the net in volleyball and the paint in basketball. Sarah was a coach's dream and an opponent's nightmare.
To beat Perham you had to decide how were you going to handle Sarah and that wasn't accomplished very often. Sarah was a four-year letter-winner in volleyball, was named PHS Most Improved in 1987, was named PHS MVP in 1989, was the WCCO Prep Parade Athlete of the Week 1989, made three Heart O' Lakes All Conference Teams, and was selected to the 1990 All State Tournament Team. Sarah led Perham to three Heart O' Lakes Conference Championships, three District 23 Titles, two Region (Section) Titles, and a fourth place finish at the State Class A Tournament with an overall varsity record of 69-23.
Sarah excelled in basketball equally as she lettered four years. She held the PHS scoring record for 19 years with 1264 points, was a 3-time All Conference Player, was named the 1989 PHS Most Inspirational Player, was the Lake Region Community Television Female Athlete of the Year 1991, and was selected to the All State Tournament Team in 1991.
Sarah led Perham to three Heart O' Lakes Titles, three District 23 Championships, one Region 6 (Section) Title, and a fourth place finish at the 1991 State Class A Basketball Tournament. Sarah became the first Perham Female athlete to receive a full-ride for Division I athletics while playing volleyball at Kansas State.
Sarah lettered as a freshman middle hitter at Kansas State before a shoulder injury cut her career short. Sarah has fond memories of leading Kansas State to a victory over UCLA in front of 13,000 Wildcat fans.
After shoulder reconstructive surgery Sarah has played competitive volleyball across the U.S. and Europe. She has had to learn to communicate in volleyball in four languages. Sarah and her husband Jarkko have two children Mika and Mati. Sarah works as an Intercultural Trainer and Consultant in the U.S. and Europe.