The Class of 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are Todd Bestor, Kendra Frederick, Kevin Grater, Erica Larson-Baron, Marty Paulsen, Gayle Wilfong, Bill Parker, the 1971 and 1975 state champion boys golf teams and 1978 state champion girls golf team.
The Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony was held at Knights of Columbus on Saturday, August 20, 2016. There also was a halftime presentation of the 2016 inductees during halftime of the Fond du Lac vs. Appleton West football game at Fruth Field on August 19. See more photos from the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet
A 1981 graduate, Bestor excelled in track and field and is still the school record-holder in the 800-meter run. He qualified for state in the 800 in 1980 and ’81 and went on to attend Marquette University, where he was a member of the track team.
Frederick graduated in 1997 and was a prolific cross country and track athlete. She was a three-time all-state selection in cross country and was a member of the 1995 state runner-up squad. In track, she was named all-state twice and set school records in the 800 and 1,600-meter runs as well as the 4X800-meter relay.
A 1995 grad, Grater was a first team all-state boys hockey player and the state’s leading scorer as a senior. He was a member of the 1995 state runner-up boys hockey squad and was also an honorable mention all-state selection in baseball as a senior.
Larson-Baron graduated in 1988, earning all-state honors in cross country in 1987 and ’88. She was the FRVC champion in ’87 and was all-state in the 3,200-meter run as a track and field athlete in ’88.
Paulsen, the current coach for the Fond du Lac baseball team, has been coaching the Cardinals since 1969. He led Fond du Lac to the 2000 state championship and has compiled a record of 558-383, a mark that gives Paulsen the WIAA record for most games coached in the spring season.
Wilfong coached the girls golf team from 1972 to 2000, winning 12 conference titles, eight regional titles, nine sectional titles and one state championship in 1978. In addition, he had four individual state qualifiers, including a state champion in Lori Huxhold (1971).
Parker graduated in 1949, helping lead Fond du Lac to a football conference championship and was a two-state track qualifier.