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2007 Hall of Fame Inductees
2007 Inductees

Inductees, from left; Mike Miller, Mary O'Brien and Louis Foss.

Louie Foss:  Nominated as a “Promoter of Sports”, Louie was a 1962 RLHS graduate.  He established the Rice Lake Men’s basketball league in 1976 and served as Commissioner for its first 9 years. He was a member of the Rice Lake Hockey Association for 19 years, serving on the Board of Directors for 5 years, secretary for 3 years and was editor of the Association’s newsletter for 5 years. He was an officer for the Indianhead Stock Car Racing Association for 3 years and editor of the weekly racing program, “Keepin’ Track” for 16 years. Louie was basketball coach at WITC in 1973, co-chaired 5 WBA semi-finals and 2 state tournaments in Rice Lake from 1970-75, helped form the Rice Lake Arrows amateur baseball team in 1981, was a member of the Rice Lake Parks and Recreation Board of Directors from 1985 to 1989, has been a certified basketball official and baseball umpire, coached youth baseball at all levels; American Legion, Babe Ruth and Little League, coached in the Rice Lake Boys Basketball league and served on the Board of Directors of the Rice Lake Youth Soccer Association. As publicity chairman for different organizations, he wrote numerous sports releases to the area media. Most recently Louie has been a member and board member of the Rice Lake Sports Hall of Fame Committee since its beginning in 2000.

In high school, Louie was a two year letter-winner in football. In baseball he was a 3 year letter winner and co-captain and short stop for the 1962 team that set a Warrior record for consecutive wins at 11. As a junior he helped the Warriors to their first appearance in the WIAA State Baseball Tournament and two Ho’N titles in 1961 and 62. He played 4 years of American Legion baseball, earning co-MVP honors in 1962. As a left-handed hitter and catcher, he played amateur baseball from 1963 to 1976 for the R.L. Robins, Cubs and Squires, which included managing the Robins at age 20 in 1964, 6 Independent League championships and 2 WBA Finals, winning one in 1972. He also excelled in fast-pitch softball for Rice Lake from 1963 to 1972 in the Barron County League.

Louie served in the Army in the Republic of S. Korea from 1968-70, and in 2002 retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Mike "Myron" Miller:  Myron was a 1960 graduate of RLHS. Earning12 letters in four sports, he was the last of the 4-sport athletes at Rice Lake.

Track – 4 year letterman. Ho’N conference record holder in long jump, which stood for 46 years. Broke school records in both long jump and 100 yd. dash. Co-captain his senior year. Qualified for state competition all four years.

Football – 3 year letterman. Ho’N conference champions in 1958 and 59 (undefeated at 8-0) Played both ways at halfback and safety. All-Conference.

Basketball – 3 year letterman. Co-captain and lead guard for the 1960 Warriors. Undefeated conference champs and 4th at State (21 and 4)

Baseball – 2 year letterman playing center field.

At UW-LaCrosse, Myron earned 8 letters: track (4), football (1), and swimming & diving (3) graduating in 1964. He was a phy ed instructor and head swimming & diving coach at Kenosha high school from 1964 to 1969, at UW-LaCrosse from 1969 to 1979 and at LaCrosse Logan high school from 1979 to 1982. He was the Aquatic Coordinator at Wichita State University from 1982 to 1986, Director of Aquatics and phy-ed instructor at the University of Kansas 1986-88, Aquatic Facilities Supervisor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City from 1988 to 2000, and Associate Director of the Kirmayer Fitness Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center from 2001 to the present. Myron has 43 years of professional experience in health, physical education, recreation and administration. He possesses a BA from UW-LaCrosse and a MA from New Mexico State University. He has developed many All-Americans in swimming and diving at high school and university levels. He is a co-author and contributing writer for a number of professional books and manuals on swimming and is a legal consultant and expert witness in regard to aquatic injury litigation. Mike is currently president of his own company called AquaSafety Products, Inc. which produces the “Deep Water Emergency Platform” and the “Learn to Swim Platform” which he invented. He is active in sailing, scuba diving, in-line skating and marathon competition around the country. He currently resides in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Mary O'Brien:  Mary graduated from RLHS in 1965. With no competitive girls sports at that time, she was active in GAA all four years and served as treasurer her senior year. She attended UW-LaCrosse and earned a BS in Physical Education. During her four years there, she again was ahead of the opportunity for women to compete athletically. However there was a club team in field hockey on which she played for three years being selected once to play on a Midwest All-Star Collegiate team that participated at the National Field Hockey Tournament in Atlantic City, NJ. O'Brien was also able to compete in various events called Sportsdays held at Northern Illinois University in volleyball and basketball while at LaCrosse. As part of her major requirements, Mary took an officiating class which eventually led to her being trained, tested and qualified at the National Level for Track and Field.

Before graduating from LaCrosse, she was instrumental in starting the girls high school state track meet in Wisconsin. After graduating and moving to Illinois, she went on to serve as the starter for the first ever Illinois state track and field meet for girls, and served in that capacity for a total of 24 years. O’Brien began teaching at Larkin High School in Elgin, IL in 1969. When the Illinois High School Association sanctioned opportunities for girls to compete interscholastically, she was one of the staff at Larkin who initiated teams for girls there. O'Brien coached the first Larkin teams in field hockey (6 years), basketball (10 years), and track and field (20 years) as well as later also taking over the volleyball program. After 28 years of coaching volleyball at LHS, O'Brien's teams compiled a record of 548-280-15. At that time, she was only the 18th coach in the state to have teams with 500 victories. In 1996 Mary was inducted into the Illinois Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame for her pioneering and successful role in coaching. She received a Meritorious Service Award from the IGCA for track and field officiating and a State Distinguished Service Award for track and field from the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association. O'Brien retired in 2004 after 35 consecutive years as a teacher at Larkin High School in Elgin, IL. She was inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.