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2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Virgil Amundson: Virgil graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1961. He was a two year letter winner in basketball for the 1959-60 Warriors (21-4) that placed 4th in the WIAA State Tournament, and was the starting point guard for the 1960-61 Warriors (24-1) that were runners-up to the #2 ranked Milwaukee Lincoln Comets in a 77-75 overtime thriller in the WIAA State Tournament finals. Virgil had his finest game on the big stage in the semi-finals against the #1 ranked Waukesha Blackshirts (25-1) as he poured through 12 points in a big 82-73 win for the #4 ranked “Boys From Up North” aka “woodpecker Point”. For the season, Virgil averaged 6.5 points per game and led the team in assists to his front line teammates Hugdahl, Mullikin, Shudlick, Shervey and Schwers. Virgil also played third base on the 1961 Warrior baseball team and the first RL baseball team to play in the state tournament. After high school Virgil was a basketball official in the Ho’N, Big Rivers and Lakeland conferences. He also played basketball at the city team level, and softball. In 1972, Virgil was instrumental in organizing the Washburn County Church Softball League, which is still active today. In 1995, the City of Shell Lake presented him with the Citizen of the Year Award. Virgil has been a pastor at the Full Gospel Church in Shell Lake since 1969 where he continues to encourage and inspire athletes from the surrounding area. He and his wife Linda currently reside in Sarona on Lake Ripley.

Gordy Grilley: Gordy graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1943 and lettered in track all 4 years, and football and basketball 3 years. In track, he won every race that he ran in but one. In the 1942 state track meet (the only one held during the war years), Gordy finished second in the mile. During his high school career, on a cinder track, Gordy ran a 4:44 mile. At that time the world record was 4:06. His time stood as a school record until 1966. Gordy started all three years in basketball and football. He was selected by the late Warren Leary as a “Running Back on Warren’s Grid Greats of Yesterday” team. As a running back, he was a catalyst in the team’s 5 and 0 Ho’N record and 5 and 1 all, in 1942. After graduation, Gordy joined the Navy, serving on an LST Landing Craft and taking part in three major landings in the Pacific. After the war, Gordy enrolled in college at River Falls, where he lettered three years as an offensive and defensive back, making All-Conference in 1947. After college graduation in 1950, Gordy became a teacher at Clear Lake High School, coached football, basketball and track for four years. He then moved on to Milltown High School where he was an assistant football coach. During this time, Gordy started a track program and coached their team for eight years. Milltown consolidated with Balsam Lake High School to become Unity High School, where he served as Guidance Counselor for 22 years before retiring in Rice Lake. Gordy passed away in 1997.

Scott Harms:Scott graduated from RLHS in 1976 as a two-sport athlete. He was a running back for the Warriors in 1975, ran for 1,012 yards and was voted offensive MVP. He earned All-Conference and All Northwest honors. In track, Scott qualified for State in discus for three consecutive years. In his junior year, he placed second in State in discus and his senior year he placed second in State in the shot put. Scott still holds the RLHS record in the shot (57’3”) and discus (169’3”). He accepted a full football scholarship to the University of Minnesota. In his sophomore season of 1977, Harms, who was playing nose guard for the Gophers, suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Following college, Scott spent five years in New York studying acting and performing in television commercials. He then moved to California, appearing in movies and television soap operas. Scott later returned to Minnesota and now works for the City of St. Paul in the forestry department, and owns a tree service. Scott and his wife Sheri reside in North Branch MN.