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Five to be inducted into EV-W Hall of Fame

The 2013 inductees into the Eden Valley-Watkins High School Hall of Fame include a principal/superintendent, a wrestling coach/assistant principal, a football coach and a couple of exceptional student athletes. They will be honored at half time of the Sept. 27 Eden Valley-Watkins Homecoming Game. The game begins at 7 p.m. at the EV-W home football field.

The inductees are:

• Larry Peterson – He arrived at Eden Valley-Watkins High School in 1989 and served as the high school principal for 12 years before becoming superintendent, a post he held for 10 years. Peterson helped start the elementary basketball program as well as the College in the Schools program. Peterson and his wife, Marilyn, also were part of beginning the EV-W Booster Club to increase funding for the arts, academics and athletics. Besides winning several awards for academic administration, Peterson is proud of the EV-W School District being named three times by U.S. News and World Report as a School of Excellence.

• Jay Johnson – For 35 years (1973-2008) Johnson was the head wrestling coach. Along the way he served in other capacities as well, such as athletic director (1992-2002); assistant principal (1998-2012); health and physical education instructor (1973-93); assistant football coach ((1975-92); and assistant baseball coach (1978-79). During his tenure as an educator and coach, the awards Johnson and his team’s accomplished were many, including his being named the EV-W Teacher of the Year twice, Central Minnesota Conference Head Coach of the year, and seeing his wrestlers win seven conference titles, one section championship and having his team and individual participants compete at the state meet.

• Ray Tri – In 1977, Tri arrived at Eden Valley-Watkins where he taught elementary and high school physical education and health. But his love of athletics took him out of the gym and onto the gridiron, the baseball diamond and even the track. Besides coaching junior high school track and ninth-grade basketball, Tri was the assistant football coach from 1978-82 before becoming the head coach from 1984-2009. During that time his team made state appearances in 1997 and then from 2004-09 winning the runner-up trophy and the State AA Championship in 2005. Tri was named the Central Minnesota Conference Coach of the Year for 1994-95 and 2005-06.

• Don Dockendorf – A long list of accomplishments mark Dockendorf’s athletic career at EV-W, including being named the Athlete of the Year during the 1972-73 school year. An
athlete who excelled in three sports, Dockendorf’s name is in the record books for being an all-conference performer in basketball during the 1972-73 campaign when he was the fifth leading scorer in the conference with 16.4 points per game. In 1972, he led the football team in receptions and averaged 19.3 yards per catch. On the track team he placed first in the conference, district and region meet in the 100-yard dash and sixth at the state meet; in the 220 he was first in the conference and district meet, second at regions and seventh at state.

• Andrew Rossmeisl – From 1953-57 Rossmeisl was a fixture on and off the field for Eden Valley High School. He was a four-year performer on the basketball court where he served as co-captain his junior and senior seasons. He was a four-year member of the baseball team that was crowned conference champions in 1957. He played football for four years and again served as co-captain his senior year. The football team tied for the conference championship his junior season. Rossmeisl also ran track his junior and senior seasons. When he wasn’t playing sports, he was involved in the variety show, literary club, class play, Boys State, class vice president his junior year and working on the Memoria staff his senior year. He was also a four-year member of the Letterman’s Club serving as vice president his junior year, and president his senior year.