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2003 Hall of Fame Inductees
2003 Inductees

Inductees, from left; Tiffini 'Schuebel' Keefer, Ed Olund, John Schieffer, Don Zaspel and Foster Friess.

Foster Friess:  Foster graduated from RLHS in 1958 where he was both a sports standout and a scholar. He was Valedictorian of his class as well as a star in basketball and track. In basketball as a center he scored a career 813 points and helped lead the Warriors to their first conference championship in a decade. In track, Friess went to state in both his junior and senior years. His time of 14.8 in high hurdles still stands as a school record. He attended UW-Madison, obtaining a degree in business administration and serving as president of his fraternity. He was selected as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Senior Men. Foster studied international finance at the University of Oslo and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation. His firm’s flagship Brandywine Fund has appeared on Money magazine’s list of the world’s best mutual funds every year since the magazine began their ratings. He established the Lynn and Foster Friess Family Foundation in 1992 of which their $100 million grant-making foundation focuses on small, entrepreneurial, faith-based charities in urban environments.

Ed Olund:  While Ed was a student at RLHS, he lettered in football and baseball. In football he played on both the offensive and defensive lines, while in baseball he was an outfielder. After graduating in 1955, he attended UW-River Falls where he excelled as an offensive and defensive tackler, lettering all four years. The 1958 UW-River Falls Falcon football team won the conference championship. From 1960 to 1965 Ed taught high school biology at Plum City, Wisconsin where he was also the head football and baseball coach. He came to Rice Lake in 1965 as a biology teacher and was the assistant varsity football coach from 1965 to 1974. From 1975 to 1985 Ed was an assistant football coach for the Warriors, with those teams winning 8 conference championships, one State Champion title and two second place finishes at State. Ed was the defensive coordinator on all of Will Ferris’s championship teams. During the 1983 football season when Ed served as the head coach, the Warriors won the conference championship with a 10-0 record.

John Schieffer:  The night he graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1953, John signed a major league baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a two-sport athlete at Rice Lake for 3 years in baseball and football. He struck out 92 batters on his 95 mph fastball for an average of 13 per game and allowed only 6 walks for the year. The right-hander led the Warriors to the Heart O’ The North Conference Championship with a 6 and 0 record and an overall record of 8 and 1. In spring training of 1954 he pulled a tendon in his arm and was sent to St. Louis for a month to heal and pitch batting practice for the Cardinals, which included Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst. In 1956, the Brooklyn Dodgers purchased his contract and John pitched for Great Falls, Montana, a Class A Farm Team in the Pioneer League. In 1957 he led Cedar Rapids of the Three I League with 12 victories before a rotator cuff injury sidelined him. Although plagued by arm problems during the final three years of his career, John pitched an average of 180 innings per season and compiled 44 wins with an ERA under 3.00. In 1993, John retired from education after 33 years as a teacher, coach and principal.

Tiffini (Schuebel) Keefer:  Tiffini graduated from RLHS in 1991, holding records in the 100, 200, long jump, 4 x 100 and 200 relays. As a 5th grader, she was Wisconsin State Champion at Hershey’s 5th-6th Grade 100 m finals. She earned Track & Field records at Cameron Middle School. As a freshman, she broke RLHS and Menomonee Indian Arena long jump records her first meet. As a junior she was undefeated in the long jump until she placed second at State. Tiffini placed first in every individual T & F event at every conference finals for four years at RLHS. She was also top all-around gymnast as a freshman. Tiffini graduated from South Dakota State University as 3-time All American, qualifying 7 of 8 National Championships, holding T & F records, Indoor: 55, 200, long and triple jumps, 4x100 relay; Outdoor: 100, 200, long and triple jumps, 4x100 relay. She broke the indoor long jump her first meet at college. In 1995 indoor conference (NCC) held at NDSU Tiffini qualified for the U.S. Olympic long jump trials, took back the State of S.D. collegiate record, broke the arena record and was leading the nation in D-2 with 20’ 5 ”. While completing her Masters in Sports Psychology at Mankato, Tiffini coached Track & Field for 3 years at St. Olaf, was a member of the MN Timberwolves Performance team and won the ESPN Midwest Fitness America. Tiffini and her family reside in Albertville, MN. where she is a volunteer coach for track & field.

Don Zaspel:  A baseball field, known as “Don Zaspel Field”, was dedicated in his honor on June 4, 1998 at Roux Park in Rice Lake. As a strong-armed catcher and powerful hitter, Zaspel played Class C baseball in the minor leagues at Grand Forks, ND, part of the St. Paul Saints chain in 1942 and 1947. In 1954 he was player/manager of the Rice Lake Robins who won the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Championship. He co-founded the Rice Lake Youth Baseball Association in 1967 and in 1983 co-founded the highly successful Rice Lake Arrows Amateur Baseball Team. Zaspel was a scout for the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 to 1958 and has been a bird-dog scout for the Chicago Cubs since 1989. Since 1987 he has been an assistant coach with the Eau Claire Cavaliers. After 17 seasons, he has helped the Cavaliers to a 1,000 – 251 record. He currently resides in Eau Claire.