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2005 Hall of Fame Inductees
2005 Inductees

Inductees, from left: Tom Hugdahl, Bob Marsh, Steve Rhodus, and Jeff Cronk.

Jeff Cronk:  Jeff graduated from RLHS in 1980, earning 2 letters in football, 3 in basketball and 2 in baseball. As quarterback and co-captain, Jeff led the 1979 football team to Rice Lake’s State Championship football title. Jeff was co-captain and an Honorable Mention member of the All Northwest Heart of the North team. In basketball, Jeff was All Conference his junior and senior years. He led the conference in rebounds, averaging 14.5 per game. He was voted Captain and MVP in both his junior and senior seasons. Jeff was also selected conference defensive player of the year and was on the 4th Team All Northwest in 1980. In baseball, Jeff was Rookie of the Year in 1979, and MVP and Captain in 1980. During his senior year, Jeff’s batting average was .429 with 4 homeruns and 16 RBI’s. In 1982 Jeff played for the Brill Millers, which tied for 1st place, with a 23-7 season record, and advanced to the WBA semi-finals. In 1983, Jeff was part of the nucleus to start the Rice Lake Arrows. In the first year, Jeff led the team with a batting average of 383 and 32 RBI’s.

Jeff attended the Palmer University School of Chiropractic Medicine in Iowa. During this time he became involved in Rugby and was chosen to the Midwest Jr. Select Side Rugby Squad two years running.

Tom Hugdahl:  Tom was a 1958 graduate of RLHS and Rice Lake’s all-time career leading scorer in basketball with 1090 points, including 425 points during his senior year. Tom holds the record for the most points scored in a tournament basketball game for Rice Lake with 44 points in a win over the Luck Cardinals in March of 1958. He scored 65 points in the two games, a Warrior record for two sectional games or any two post-season tournament games. He went on to play basketball at Ripon College.

Bob Marsh:  A 1964 graduate of RLHS, Bob was a three sport letter-winner in baseball, basketball and cross country. In baseball Bob assisted the Warriors to four conference championships, 4 sectional finals and two state tournaments. He lettered all four years in baseball. Bob played American Legion baseball for five years and was under the watch of the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Braves and Minnesota Twins. Following high school, he played amateur baseball for the Rice Lake Robins, Cubs and Squires for several years, helping the Squires to the WBA Championship in 1972. In basketball, Bob played at the varsity level for three seasons for the Warriors. He was a 6 foot power forward and led them to the sectional semi-finals in 1964 compiling a 16 and 6 season record, including a 5 and 1 tournament record. As a senior, he was all-conference, scored 338 points for a career total of 536 and hauled down 187 rebounds and a career total of 334. Bob was an accomplished slow pitch softball player for Rice Lake for 14 years that included the 1977 State Championship in which he was chosen all-state for his 17 for 19, 894 batting average performance. He played on three national tournament teams and had a top finish of 11th in the nation. In 1972 he co-founded slow-pitch in Rice Lake as a recreational sport. In addition, he officiated WIAA Volleyball for 18 years which included 2 state tournaments.

Steve Rhodus:  Steve was a three-sport standout athlete (football, hockey, baseball) at RLHS, graduating in 1984. He was an All-Conference player for the three sports. In 1982, Steve was a leading player on the State Baseball Qualifying Team and in the State Football Championship Game. As a hockey player, he captained his team and led them in scoring his junior year. In baseball he led his team in hitting and achieved the honors of All-Conference and All-District. Steve was a great hitter, striking out only one time in three years. In football he was two time All-Conference and All-Northwest Wisconsin linebacker in 1982-83. As linebacker, Steve was selected to the All-State football team in 1983, and played in the Shrine All Star football game. He attended the University of Minnesota, playing in the Big Ten as nose guard for the Golden Gophers for four years. He earned three varsity letters, played in two bowl games, and was awarded most improved defensive lineman. Earning a football scholarship, Steve played under coaches Lou Holtz and John Guteknust.