The fifth class of inductees to the Kimball Area High School Hall of Fame will be honored at halftime of this Friday’s football game between the Cubs and the Rockford Rockets. That’s Friday, Sept 13, and it’s the first home game of the season. A reception will be held after the game in the school cafetorium.
This year’s inductees will be: Duane Benoit, Scot Hille, Bill Liedman, Steve Rice, and Frank Schiefelbein III.
Duane Benoit, class of 1949, was a 3-season participant at KHS participating in football, basketball
and track. Benoit was a right tackle in football, center in basketball and threw the shot in track. In baseball he played first base. He was a letter winner in four sports for four years. Benoit served as football and basketball captain, was the team MVP in basketball and football his junior and senior
seasons. He also was selected to the all-district team in 1948 and 1949 seasons. He averaged
19 points per game and had a high of 37 points his senior season. He was one of the leads in the junior class play, “Little Men.” He also participated in FFA and 4-H. After high school he continued to play basketball for the National Guard 147th Infantry.
Scot Hille, class of 1976, was a three-season athlete participating in football, basketball and baseball. He lettered five times in baseball, four in basketball and three in football.
He was in the National Honor Society. In baseball and basketball he was all-conference three times each. Hille helped lead the basketball team to regions in 1976 where the Cubs lost to eventual state champion Marshall University. The baseball team went to the region finals that year as well. He was named to the all-state team and selected to the Lions All-Star Game. After graduating Hille went on to play baseball and basketball at St. Cloud State University. He played amateur baseball for 25 years at Pearl Lake, Sartell and Sauk Rapids. He was on two state runner-up baseball teams and two state championship teams. Hille was named the MVP of the 1992 Class C State Tournament. He and his wife Mary have two children, Jeff and Kristin.
Bill Liedman, class of 1965 (teacher from 1970-78, 1988-2013) was a three-season participant and coached four sports at KHS. While in high school he was a two-year starter in basketball and baseball. In the fall, he was a football statistician. He was a charter member of the KHS National Honor Society. His first teaching stint was from 1969-80. He then operated the bowling alley in Kimball until he began teaching for a second time from 1994 through May 2013. He coached golf (six years), baseball (10 years), boys' basketball
(14 years), and girls' basketball (five years). Liedman also has officiated more than 350 games in football, basketball, baseball and softball. He also has kept the football scoreboard for the past six years and is helping again this season. He is a charter member of Maine Prairie Ducks Unlimited and has been a scoutmaster of Troop #357 for more than 30 years. He has been active in the Kimball Lions and Kimball Rod & Gun Club, has been an avid bowler for 40 years, and is retired member of Kimball Fire Department. Liedman also was the President of the Kimball Golf Club for 10 years. He and his wife Barb have three sons: Sean, Jesse and Chris.
Steve Rice, class of 1985, participated in football, basketball and baseball and was KHS Male Athlete of Year in 1985. He was a three-year all conference selection in all three sports. Rice earned 12 letters in football, basketball and baseball. In 1984, Rice was all conference in football at running back and kicker, and was selected as the Central Minnesota Conference MVP Offensive Back. He earned all conference six times. In football, Rice rushed for 2,196 yards and gained 344 yards receiving scoring more than 30 career touchdowns. He scored 295 points with 76 PAT and 13 field goals. On defense he had 99 tackles and 92 assists. He also was selected as the St. Cloud Times Player of the Year and was the Associated Press All-State Kicker. He continued his career as a kicker at St. Cloud State University earning All-NCC academic honorable mention in football and the GTE Academic All-American Football award. He graduated from SCSU with honors earning an accounting degree in 1989. He and his wife Carla have two sons, Elijah and Ethan.
Frank Schiefelbein III, class of 1972 (coach from 1976-2013), was a three-season athlete participating in football, wrestling, baseball and track. He lettered in track four years, football three years, wrestling three years, and baseball for one year. He had a 39-18-2 wrestling record and continued wrestling for two years at the University of Minnesota. He has helped the wrestling program over the years in various capacities including being head coach, assistant coach, junior high coach, announcer, and volunteer. He was the founding member of the Kimball youth wrestling program. Schiefelbein has helped coach more than 60 state entrants. He has been selected as CMC Assistant Coach of Year (1997), CMC Coach of Year (2003), Section Coach of the Year (1996), and also was the booster of the year. He and his wife Cathy have seven children and farm near Kimball.
About the KAHS Hall of Fame
On April 25, 2003, KAHS began the Kimball Hall of Fame to remember, recognize, and honor the outstanding achievements and contributions of alumni and staff.
The selection committee was composed of community members, school board members, administration and coaches.
Kathy (Hunt) Eisenbraun - 1978
Todd Spaulding - 1984
Jerry Robinson - 1955
Dennis Muehring - 1958
Howard Konkol - coach, 1958
Howie Bahn - 1976-96
Leo Wirth - 1971-2001
Gary Trimble - 1977-96
David Kothe - 1957
Paul Bruggers - 1986
Jane (Konz) Hanson - 1987
Frank Bennett - 1961
Ted Greeley - 1988
Karen Hendrickson - 1987
Norm Kunkel - 1984
Angela Provost Sandal - coach, 1969-99