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2019 Hall of Fame Inductees


Rice Lake Sports Hall of Fame nineteenth induction banquet at Lehman's Supper Club Dec. 1, 2019. From left;  Jim Richie accepting for his son Gary Richie, Lloyd Olund, Dan Destache accepting for his father Darwin Destache and Rachel (Roberg) Engel.

We are pleased to announce that the following nominees have been elected by the general membership for induction into the Rice Lake Sports Hall of Fame Foundation.

Darwin Destache

Darwin was the head football coach at Rice Lake High School for 15 years, from 1960 through 1974.  He built on Rice Lake’s winning tradition in the Ho’N by going 74-31-1, a 70% winningDarwin Destache mark.  His teams won two conference championships; in 1966 (7-0) and 1972 (6-1).  They were runners-up six times and had one 3rd place finish.  In his 15 years at Rice Lake he had only one losing season in 1963 (3-5).  Overall, Darwin’s teams were 76-43-1, good for 3rd for most wins as a football coach at Rice Lake.  One of Darwin’s biggest contributions to Rice Lake was bringing the idea of curling to the city, and then providing the impetus in 1967 to form the Rice Lake Curling Club.  He was one of a group of co-founders and was the club’s only two-term president.  The first curling club consisted of only two sheets of ice, located in a cattle barn at the Rice Lake Fairgrounds.  Darwin obtained a bus driver’s license and then introduced curling to his Phy Ed classes at the high school.  Today the Curling Club is nationally known. In addition, Darwin officiated high school basketball games for many years in Northwestern Wisconsin.  He graduated from Green Bay East high school in 1949 as a three-sport athlete.  He played football at UW-Madison and was a teammate of Heisman Trophy winner Alan “The Horse” Ameche, and the 1953 Rose Bowl Team.  He served as a Marine during the Korean Conflict.  His teaching and coaching career began in Galesville, WI before coming to Rice Lake.  It was in Galesville when he began curling, where the sport was very popular. In 1991 he retired from teaching.  He and his wife raised five sons and a daughter, all graduates of Rice Lake High.  “Dish” passed away in October of 1998 at the age of 67.
Rachel (Roberg) Engel

Rachel graduated from Rice Lake High School in 2004.  She competed for the Warriors in golf.  She was a 4-year letter winner, named 2nd Team All-Conference as a sophomore, and as a junior, named 1st Team All-Conference, Big Rivers Conference Individual Championship, Regional and Sectional winner and placed 29th at State. As a senior, Rachel repeated as Big Rivers Conference Individual Champion, 1st Team All-Conference, Regional and Sectional winner, and Rachel Engelfinished 13th at State. She also was named 2nd Team All-State.  In addition, Rachel was named to the Wisconsin High School Coaches Association Academic All-State Team all four years.  Rachel was recruited to play college golf at Gustavus-Adolphus in St. Peter, MN, in the MIAC conference.  Her accomplishments there included Academic All-American all four years, 4-year letter winner, was named the Minnesota Women’s Collegiate Golf Assoc. “Player of the Year” for the 2006-07 season, NCAA 2nd Team All-American in 2007, Female Athlete of the Month at Gustavus in September of 2007, was elected captain of the 2007-08 team, named MIAC 1st Team All-Conference for two years, NCAA All-Region Team in 2007 and 2008, and in 2008 was named NCAA 1st Team All-American.  After graduation, Rachel entered dental school at Marquette University and has now returned to Rice Lake as a dentist.  Rachel and her husband Josh are the first husband and wife team to be inducted into the Rice Lake Sports Hall of Fame. They and their family currently live in the Rice Lake area.
Lloyd Olund

Lloyd graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1959 having lettered in four sports.  In football he was a 3-year starter at guard on both sides of the line.  During those three years the Warriors were Ho’N Champs in 1956 and 1957; in 1957 going 6 and 0.  From his sophomore season in 1956 through his senior season, Rice lake was 14-4-1 in the Ho’N and 15-7-2 all.  In his seniorLloyd Olund year, Lloyd was voted co-captain and was named to the All Northwest Team for the second year in a row, and 2nd Team All State.  During Lloyd’s junior year in 1957 RLHS fielded their first ever wrestling team.  Lloyd wrestled in the 165# class and was elected captain both his junior and senior years.  He won regional and sectional championships and qualified for the State tournament in Madison both years.  He and Dave Bartels were RLHS’s first State qualifiers in wrestling. In baseball, Lloyd was a two-year starter at first base for the Warriors, and played four years of American Legion baseball including coaching the Legion team after he had just graduated to the District Finals when the State of Wisconsin was all under one class.  Going out for track his senior year, Lloyd lettered while competing in the discus and the 440 for the Ho’N champions. In addition to his athletic ability, Lloyd was strong in leadership, being President of his class for two years and the Student Council.  Following high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin in hopes of wrestling for the Badgers. Lloyd did letter one year for the Badgers but then was called home by his family to manage the family farm.  He eventually returned to UW-Madison and received his Masters degree in business.  He then worked for General Growth Development of Des Moines, Iowa, where he planned and developed large shopping malls nationwide. Two of his favorite malls that he developed were in Eau Claire and Appleton, Wisconsin.  Following retirement, Lloyd currently resides on the family farm in the Sarona area.
Gary Richie

Gary Richie was a two-time state qualifier in high school wrestling, continued his wrestling career at the collegiate level at UW-River Falls and then became Rice Lake High School’s head wrestling Gary Richiecoach in the 1983-84 season. Richie graduated from Barron High School in 1979 and from UW-River Falls in 1983 with degrees in English education and journalism, after which he was an English teacher at Rice Lake High School. But for all his accomplishments in a short time as a wrestler and coach, it was a brain injury in the summer of 1984 that became the springboard for Richie’s most remarkable contributions to his sport and as an inspiration for many people. After coming out of a coma, Richie began a long journey of rehabilitation. Throughout that journey, he has written a number of books and pamphlets on the plight of the brain-injured, while also serving as an assistant wrestling coach at Rice Lake High School, a volunteer at St. Joseph’s School in Rice Lake, and an organizer, along with his father, Jim, of the Rice Lake Brain Injury Support Group. Richie’s efforts and accomplishments, much of which he credits to his physical and mental training in sports, earned him induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with a Courage Award in early 2015. Gary passed away in October of 2018 at the age of 57.