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2004 Hall of Fame Inductees
2004 Inductees

Top left photo; daughter Helen Dejung, center, and granddaughter Barb Thierl accepting plaque on behalf of inductee Earl Clanton from Foundation Treasurer Bob Marsh.  Top right; inductee Dan Boe, right, and presenter Bob Tone. Lower left; inductee Joe Jilck, right, and his son Todd. And lower right; inductee Danielle 'Kittelson' Peterson and her presenter Bob Tone.

Dan Boe:  A 1968 graduate of RLHS, Dan set and still holds the following records in basketball during the 1967-68 season, playing as a 6’8” center: 643 pts. - 26.8 Avg/season, 384 pts.- 27.4 Avg/conference, 49 rebounds in one game, 29 offensive rebounds in one game, 21 defensive rebounds in one game, 561 rebounds one season, 23.4 rebounds per game avg. 889 rebounds, career (66-68). In addition, Dan scored 45 points in one game, 2nd most in school’s history. He scored 963 career points, 2nd most in school’s history. He led the Warriors to a 25 - 3 Heart of the North Conference record in 2 years, including 14 and 0 in conference and 19 and 5 (record all) in 1967-68. Dan was voted 3rd Team All State and 1st Team All Northwest in 1968, and Heart of the North All Conference in 1967 and 1968. In addition, he was a letter winner in football and baseball for the Warriors. He received a scholarship from the Florida “Gators” and went on to become a 3 year letterman. He was Co-Captain his senior year, scoring 214 points and had 237 rebounds. Dan currently resides in Barrington, Illinois.

Earl Clanton:  Earl graduated from Shell Lake in 1921 and was a two sport athlete in football and baseball. He was team captain in both sports his senior year and athletic editor of the school newspaper. Prior to graduating from high school he served his country during WWI in the Army. He attended college at Superior Normal School before graduating from River Falls Teachers College in 1923.

Earl came to Rice Lake High School as a science-biology teacher and Assistant Football Coach in 1945. He brought baseball back into the school in 1947, following WWII. Clanton has the best record in Rice Lake’s history as a baseball coach, having won 112 games and losing 48 for a .700 winning percentage. His teams won or tied 6 conference championships, 8 district championships, 2 sectionals, and played in the State tournament twice, in 1961 and 1964. In addition, he coached the Rice Lake American Legion Post 87 baseball team for 20 seasons, with equal success. Two of his players, Johnny Schieffer and Terry Olson, both pitchers, signed professional contracts with major leagues.

Clanton was Rice Lake’s first recreation director, having been appointed in 1946, until his retirement in 1977. On June 7, 1991, a park on the north side of Rice Lake was dedicated in his honor. Earl Clanton Park contains two ball fields and one football field.

Joe Jilek:  Joe was a 1963 graduate of RLHS who lettered 2 years in football and 3 years in wrestling. He was captain of the football team his senior year, Ho'N All Conference Middle Linebacker in 1961 and 1962, and a member of the All Northwest Team in 1962. He was also captain of the wrestling squad and State Qualifier at 165# his senior year. At UW-River Falls, he was a 4 year letter winner in football from 1963 through 1966, team Captain in 1966 and team MVP in both his junior and senior years. He made WSUC All Conference, MVP, and All American in 1965 and 1966, in addition to NAIA District 14 Outstanding Defensive Player (Linebacker) of the Year. Joe was also a Monogram winner in wrestling for the Falcons. He went on to play professional football in the Canadian Football League for Toronto in 1967. As head football coach at Clear Lake High School, Joe coached 5 Conference Champion teams from 1968 to 1976. He also coached baseball and track, and served as Athletic Director at both Clear Lake and Glenwood City. As a WIAA Official, Joe officiated in wrestling for 34 years, including 13 State Tournaments. He was also a football official and umpire. In 1994 Joe received the National Federation Interscholastic Official Association Award for Outstanding Official and in 2001; he received the Ken Kirby Award for Umpire of the Year for the State of Wisconsin. Joe Jilek was enshrined into the UW-River Falls Athletic Hall of Fame on September 26, 1992.

Danielle (Kittelson) Peterson:  Danielle graduated from RLHS in 1986 as a 3-sport star in fast-pitch softball, volleyball and basketball. In fast pitch she led Rice Lake to three H o’ N championships in 1984, 85 and 86. She was MVP for all four years. Danielle compiled a pitching record of 44 wins and 17 losses. She won 11 games as a sophomore, 11 as a junior and had a 16-3 record as a senior. She pitched 5 no-hitters; 3 as a junior. She struck out 81 batters as junior and 122 as a senior. Danielle led the team in hitting as a freshman with a .486 batting avg. and followed that with an average of .426 her sophomore year. She graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a degree in physical education. She was a 4-year letter winner in softball, a 2-year All-American, and the 1990 MVP in the Iowa Conference as a pitcher and a catcher. After a 14-3 pitching record her senior season, with a 0.89 earned run avg. her college career record was 25-9 with a 0.78 ERA. She also established a school record with 16 home runs. Luther advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament and placed 4th. On October 21, 2000, Kittelson was inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame.