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SHS Hall of Fame announces class of 2017

The Superior Athletic Hall of Fame committee announced eight new additions among the class of 2017. 

The induction ceremony will take place Sept. 23 at Superior Middle School.

Going into the hall of fame on the athletic side are Todd Florey, Lindsey Lindstrom and Mike Regenfuss for individual athletic accomplishment; Bernie Tomzak for coaching achievement; and the 1974 and 1978 world curling championship rinks for team accomplishments.

Three people will also be inducted into the Superior Academic Hall of Fame with Lifetime Achievement Awards: Gary Banker, Kent Burgum and Joan Parenteau.

Following are bios of this year’s inductees:

Todd Florey

Florey was a 1977 Superior Senior High School graduate. A three-sport athlete, he earned three varsity letters in football and baseball and two in swimming. He was co-captain for the 1976 football team that went 8-1; their only loss was to Fargo Shanley, ND. Florey held the school record for most touchdowns in a season for many years, 14.

After SSHS he played four years of football at Division I Cornell University as a defensive back. In 1980 he was first-team All-Ivy League and honorable mention All-American.

Lindsey Lindstrom

A 2007 SHS graduate, Lindstrom earned 11 varsity letters, four in basketball and track and field and three in volleyball. Basketball honors at SHS include two-time first-team all-conference, Superior Telegram All-Area Player of the Year for three years and third all-time leading scorer in school history.

Volleyball honors include first-team team all-conference two years, and in track she was a member of the state qualifying and school record 4x200 relay team.

After SHS Lindstrom attended Michigan Tech University, where she was a two-year starter and team captain of the basketball team. She was a two-time first-team GLAIC all-conference selection, four-time all-academic all-conference, and three-time all-defensive team all-conference.

She played in three NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Elite 8 Tournaments, participated in the NCAA DII National Championship game where the Huskies were runners-up and was a NCAA Basketball DII Women of the Year finalist in 2012. 

Mike Regenfuss

Regenfuss was a 1966 SSHS graduate. He attended Superior East until his senior year, when SSHS opened. In high school he was a three-sport athlete, football, basketball and baseball. He returned a punt for 56 yards for SSHS’ first ever touchdown.

After graduating top of his class in 1966, he turned down numerous scholarships before enrolling at the University of Minnesota, where he was a three-year letter winner for the Gopher basketball team. He received Mr. Hustle team awards and academic all-Big Ten honors. He was recognized for achieving the highest academic performance among University of Minnesota athletes during his four-year tenure.

1974 and 1978 Curling

Superior boasts the last two world champions in the sport of curling.

The foursome of Bud Somerville, Bob Nichols, Bill Strum and Tom Locken won the Air Canada Silver Broom championship in 1974, defeating Sweden’s Jan Ullsten 11-4 in the finals.

 Nichols skipped the team of Strum, Locken and Bob Christman to the same in Winnipeg, Manitoba, defeating Norway 6-4 in the final.

No other team from the United State has won a world title since.

Somerville was the first inductee to the United States Curling Hall of Fame in 1984.

Bernie Tomzak

1950 Superior Central graduate, Tomzak’s coaching resume includes Little League, were he was selected Wisconsin Little League Manager of the Year in 1959 when his team won the state title. He also coached golf at SSHS for more 20 years and was an assistant basketball coach for the 1963 Superior Central state qualifying team.

Tomzak is currently is a volunteer assistant coach for the SHS girls basketball team, and was so when the SHS girls team placed second in state in 2014.

Tomzak served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War, is an honor flight recipient, a former AD for SSHS, AD of the Year in 1990, and a UW-Superior Hall of Fame Inductee in 2013.

Kent Bergum

Bergum was hired as an assistant principal in 1994 by the Superior school district, and served as principal at SHS since 2000. He is active in several professional and community organizations.

As the leader at SHS, Bergum worked with staff and administrators to develop a system approach to enhance educational opportunities for students.

Joan Parenteau

Parenteau has worked for the Superior school district for the past 40 years and has been the administrative assistant for five superintendents. She has received awards from the school district and community as well as participated in several district, community and state organizations.

Parenteau has been instrumental in helping run the Superior school district during her employment and retires this year.

Gary Banker

Banker, a retired English teacher for the Superior school district and a published author, has a long list of accomplishments from the school district, UWS and community. He has been involved in many professional organizations and community groups.