The Union High School Athletic Hall of Fame will grow by 11 this weekend.
The Class of 2018 will be inducted into the Hall Saturday, Oct. 13, at Union High School.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 6 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the main gym.
The new members will be the second class for the hall. The inaugural class was inducted last fall.
Inductees for 2018 are the 1975 football team, Coach Greg Curran and athletes Wendy Taylor, Jane (Strubberg) Tanner, Tammy (Mohesky) Mitchell, Stan Heidmann, Mike Olszowka, Gayle Klenke-Adams, Jim McEwen, Lisa Stephens Manning and Pat Rapert.
Biographies on the inductees, provided by the school, are below.
Greg Curran’s coaching career started in August 1981 when he took the reins of the varsity volleyball team. That year, he coached the volleyball team in the fall, junior high basketball in the winter and junior high track in the spring.
From 1983-84, he switched from track to coach varsity softball.
As coach of the volleyball squad, the Union team won the district and sectional tournaments in 1984 and played in their first state championship match in the school’s history.
The 1987 Union team followed that up with another trip to state to play in the state championship match.
1975 Football Team
The 1975 UHS football team was the first in school to have an unbeaten regular season.
The Wildcats finished the year 10-1, losing to Rock Bridge 42-3 in the state semifinals.
The ’75 squad featured a high-scoring offense and a stout defense. The Wildcats scored at least 40 points in three separate games and had four shutouts on the season.
Stan Heidmann, a 1992 graduate, was All State in both football and baseball.
In 1992, he was selected to play in the East/West Shriners All-Star Game in football and the state all-star baseball game.
On the baseball diamond, he excelled with his best year coming during his senior campaign. He was the Four Rivers Conference and The Missourian Player of the Year.
During his football career starting as a sophomore, the football team lost one time in a three-year stretch for a 29-1 record.
Heidmann also earned All-Area honors seven times in three different sports since the all-area team was started in the winter of 1991.
Jane (Strubberg) Tanner
A 1980 graduate, Jane (Strubberg) Tanner was a multisport star.
In track, she finished eighth in the long and triple jump at the state meet in 1979. The following year, she finished sixth in long jump and fourth in the triple jump.
Tanner held the conference triple jump record until 2011-12.
She earned All State distinction in track in 1980 as well as basketball. She was on the honorable mention basketball team that year.
Her final two years in basketball, the UHS teams compiled a 51-5 record. She was team captain for three years and graduated as the all-time leading scorer.
Gayle Klenke-Adams played volleyball, softball and basketball at UHS. She graduated in 1983.
She spent two years starting on the volleyball team, two years on the softball team and three years on the basketball team. She played varsity basketball all four years.
On the basketball court, Klenke-Adams was a three-time All-Conference recipient, a three-time All-District recipient and twice made the All-State team.
She graduated as the career in individual scoring record with 1,464 total points. She played on teams that won the district title three times and went to the Final Four.
Jim McEwen was a 1984 graduate of UHS.
That year he was the state champion in the shot put. McEwen also was an All-State football player for the Wildcats.
Lisa (Stephens) Manning
Lisa (Stephens) Manning graduated from UHS in 2001 after a stellar career on the soccer pitch.
Her junior year she scored an incredible 30 goals, three of them game winners. As a junior, she netted 18 goals and picked up six assists.
She played the majority of her career as a center midfielder. She earned All-State honors twice — honorable mention as a junior and first-team as a senior. She continued her soccer career for the University of Cincinnati where she continued to rack up honors.
Wendy Taylor, a 1994 graduate, was a state champion in the long jump.
Taylor was a track star at UHS. She took fifth at the long jump in 1991, first in 1992, and eighth in 1993. She also was on a sixth-place relay team in 1992 and finished seventh in the 400-meter dash.
Her accomplishments earned her All-State distinction for four years.
A 1992 graduate, Tammy Mohesky, was a track star at the school.
She was a state champion in the long jump and set numerous track records. She still holds track records at UHS.
Michael Olszowka graduated from UHS in 1991. He was All-Conference in track and field in 1989, 1990 and 1991 in the pole fault.
At one point he held the Four Rivers Conference pole vault records and still holds the school record.
He was All-State in track in 1991 and took second in the pole jump at the state meet.
He also was All State for football in 1989.
After graduation, Olszowka has been a track and field coach in the area — first at St. Clair and currently at Washington.