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2018 HOF inductees announced

The 1995-96 Superior Senior High School hockey team will be inducted into the Superior Academic and Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 6. Superior Telegram File Photo 1 / 2
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The Superior Athletic and Academic Hall of Fame will have six new inductees this year.
The 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees include the 1996 Superior High School boys hockey team; Mark Frodesen, Paul Gidley and Tom Nelson for individual accomplishments; and Jim Ross, coaching achievement.

The Superior Academic Hall of Fame will also induct Tom Borich with the Lifetime Contribution Award.

The 2018 Superior Athletic and Academic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be at Superior Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets will go on sale early September.

For more information contact Ray Kosey at

Following are bios on each inductee:

Paul Gidley

Paul Gidley is a 1984 graduate of Superior Senior High School. He was a three-year letter winner in football, basketball and baseball and earned the Packy Paquette Male Athlete of the Year Award in 1984. He earned a scholarship to play baseball for the University of Minnesota from 1985-1989 where the Gophers were Big Ten champion in 1985 and 1989.Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson is a 1996 SSHS graduate. He lettered three times in football and hockey and twice in baseball (he did not play his senior year due to a shoulder injury).

In hockey he was the leading scorer on three straight state championship teams. After high school he played college hockey for the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs from 1998-2002 and was the team MVP in 2001. He played minor league hockey for the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes farm teams.

Jim Ross

Jim Ross started coaching baseball in the Superior area in 1974 with his father, Harry Ross, for the Babe Ruth Orioles.

He coached in the Little League from 1990 to 1996, started coaching Babe Ruth baseball 1997 and in 2001 became the head coach for the Superior Reds American Legion team. He coached the Reds until 2014.

Ross has also been a Superior Youth Organization Board member since 1998 and is the current facilities managers for the SYO fields.1996 Boys Hockey Team

Seniors on this team won three WIAA state championships — 1994, 1995 and 1996.

In the 1996 title game they defeated Stevens Point 1-0 on Tyler Sawchyn’s goal with 57 seconds remaining.

Remaining team members included Jason Greatsinger, Tom Nelson, Chad Olson, Kris Weiby, Trent Clark, Dan Sapik, Matt LaValley, Eric Plasch, Tim Shepard, Dustin LaValley, Tyler Sawchyn, Chris Milliken, Shawn LaValley, Chad Matushak, Rob Downs, Rob Anderson, Jasen Cairns, Nate Cockerham, Chris Buesgen, Tom Pink and Matt Tollers.

The head coach was David Kukowski, his assistant coaches were Greg Lien and Al Kurtz, and team managers were Kris Hanson and Justin Jonassen. Mark Frodesen

Mark Frodesen graduated from Superior Cathedral High School in 1967. As a senior at the WCIAA Class B State Track meet he placed second in the long jump, third in the 100-yard dash, and fourth in the high jump.

Also in 1967, at the United States Jaycees Junior Championship State Meet, he was the state champion in the long and triple jump.

He attended Lawrence University from 1967-1971 where he was a starting point guard on the basketball team and set school records in the 100-yard dash and triple jump.

Frodesen still holds the Men’s Outdoor Track and Field records he set in 1969 for the long jump and triple jump.

In 2005, Mark was inducted into the Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

He passed away on Dec. 28, 2017.Tom Borich

Tom Borich is a 1971 SSHS grad. He was hired as a ninth-grade social studies teacher at East Junior High School in 1984. In 1986 he became an Experiential Learning Program teacher at SSHS. The ELP was designed to assist students in grades 9-12 identified as needing academic, personal and career planning support while pursuing a high school diploma.

From 2001-2004 he was the Smaller Learning Communities Coordinator and from 2004-2009 he served the as an academic coach and District Secondary Assessment Coordinator. He also coached boys varsity tennis from 1989-1997.