The class of 2012 inductees into the Geneva Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 30 include an all-state soccer star who went on to earn All-Big Ten honors in the same sport at the University of Wisconsin; perhaps the finest Viking running back of the second half of the 20th century; and the school’s varsity football and basketball public-address announcer for more than 30 years.
They are, respectively, Katy Lindenmuth Green, Derek Swanson and Kurt Wehrmeister, all of whom have indicated they’ll be present to receive their plaques at the 12th annual induction ceremonies for the Vikings’ Athletic Hall of Fame, scheduled for Saturday evening, Jan. 28, in the school’s main contest gymnasium, during halftime of the Geneva-vs.-St. Charles East varsity
basketball game, set to tip off at 6 p.m.
The Hall of Fame inductees were chosen by a committee of former Geneva sports journalists, Viking athletic alumni and coaches.
The Geneva Community High School althetic hall of fame committee is chaired by Director Jim Kafer, consists of Jerry Auchstetter, retired Geneva High head football coach who compiled an .801 record over 20 seasons from the 1960s into the 1990s, Allen F. Mead, GHS class of 1933, retired publisher of The Geneva Republican, who covered Geneva High sports for that newspaper from 1939 until his retirement in 1986; Rick Nagel, Class of 1975, editor of the Geneva Patch news website, who has covered Viking sports since 1985; and Dr. Peter Temple,
class of 1981, a clinical psychologist in local private practice who led the Viking football team to 17 victories over nearly three seasons as its starting quarterback.
After the Jan. 28 induction ceremony and basketball game—to which all previously inducted Hall of Fame members are extended invitations—friends and fans will have the opportunity to visit with the 2012 inductees at a coffee-and-cake reception in their honor in the north balcony of Geneva High’s contest gymnasium.
Tune in to Geneva Patch later this week for profiles of the three inductees.