Newest Hall of Famers

The Union High School Athletics Hall of Fame inducted its second class during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 13. The school welcomed new members into the hall, which was first established in 2017. From left are Mike Elliott, representing the United Bank of Union who was inducted as a contributor; Jane Strubberg Tanner, Coach Greg Curran, Wendy Taylor Lovell, Gayle Klenke Adams, Tammy Mohesky Mitchell, Michael Olszowka and James McEwen. Not pictured are Stan Heidmann, Lisa Stephens and Pat Rapert.  Missourian Photo/Joe Barker.

Union High School athletes were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday.

Biographies on the inductees, provided by the school, are below.

Stan Heidmann

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.

After graduation, he was recruited as a quarterback to play for William Jewell College outside of Kansas City. Later he transferred to the University of Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. After Mizzou he attended and received his MBA from Webster University.

Heidmann has spent most of his professional career in finance in Atlanta and St. Louis, working for Walmart and Mohawk Industries. He later became CFO of two manufacturing companies.

Most recently Stan worked with his father’s insurance company. Heidmann has three children, Charlie (15), and twin daughters, Ellie and Frances (10).

Jim McEwen

McEwen graduated from UHS in 1984 where he was an All-State athlete in both football and track and field.

In football, he was a three-year letterman. He earned All-Conference in football his sophomore year. As a junior, he was All-Conference on offense and defense, All-District on offense and defense, All-Metro on defense and was named All-State second team on defense and All-State honorable mention on offense.

In his senior year, McEwen was selected first team All-State on defense as well as All-State second team on offense. His senior year he also was chosen to the All-Conference team for offense and defense and All-Metro for offense and defense.

While competing in track and field, he earned the honor of competing at the state meet all four years of high school.

His freshman year he was district champion in the shot put and placed 11th at the state meet. His sophomore year he won most of the regular season meets and also competed at the state meet in the shot put and placed ninth while winning the conference and district titles.

During McEwen’s junior year he continued his success in the shot put. He won conference, districts titles and third at the state meet with a throw of 55-feet, 5-inches.

While competing in discus, he was the conference and district champion.

As a senior, he was undefeated in the shot put while winning conference, district, sectionals and was the state champion in the shot put. He was also undefeated during the regular season in the discus while winning conference, district, sectionals along with a fourth place finish at the state meet.

McEwen went to Missouri Baptist University following high school to compete in track and field. While at Missouri Baptist, he finished seventh at the national indoor meet his sophomore season and was ranked third in the nation his junior year during the regular season.

McEwen is married to Kelly and is the proud parent of Justin Carmen, Ehrinn McEwen, Trinity Buhrle, Courtney McEwen, Chelsie Hill, and Josh Matulek and proud grandparent of Adon Carmen, Jadon Hill, and Madalon Carmen.

Michael Olszowka

Michael Olszowka graduated from UHS in 1991. He was All-Conference in track and field in 1989, 1990 and 1991 in the pole fault.

Olszowka was voted a captain his senior year and was a contributor to the 1990 Four Rivers Conference Championship team and the 1991 District Championship team.

While his best event was the pole vault, Olszowka also was an established triple jumper, ran the 400-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He finished his career with 417 points which still ranks him in the Top 20 All-Time at Union High School.

Olszowka was a four-time Four Rivers Conference Champion, three times in the pole vault (1989, 1990, and 1991) and once as a member of the 1,600-meter relay team in 1990.

As a senior he set both the Four Rivers Conference pole vault record and the Union school record. He held the FRC record until it was broken by Union graduate Colin Sheridan.

Olszowka still holds the UHS record that he set in 1991. He was the pole vault District Champion both his junior and senior years, and a Missouri State Qualifier his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Olszowka’s Union High School career came to an end with him finishing in second place at the 1991 Missouri State Championships.

On the football field, Olszowka was the starting quarterback for the 1989 season. That year the Wildcats had a perfect 10-0 regular season mark that included being the undefeated Four Rivers Conference Champions and District Champion.

That year he was voted first Team All-Four Rivers Conference quarterback by unanimous decision. He also was voted first team All-District, honorable mention All-St. Louis Metro, and second Team All-State quarterback.

He also was one of the quarterbacks of the 10-0 1990 squad. That team won conference and district titles. Olszowka was voted first team All-Four Rivers Conference and honorable mention All-District quarterback.

Olszowka attended Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., on a Football and Track Scholarship. He graduated from theUniversity of Missouri-St/ Louis with a bachelor’s degree in education with certification in science, language arts, and social studies, and has since then added physical education and health certification. He most recently earned his master’s degree in administration from William Woods University.

Like his UHS Hall of Fame father, Donald Olszowka, Michael Olszowka went into coaching. He first started coaching in St. Clair and currently works in Washington.

Olszowka still resides in Union. He is married to Tammy Bauer-Olszowka. They have two children, Sophia and Casey.

Pat Rapert

Pat Rapert is a 1990 graduate of Union High School. Pat was a three sport athlete competing in baseball, basketball and football.

In baseball, Pat was an All-Conference and All-Distirct selection his sophomore, junior, and senior years He was selected to the St. Louis All-Metro baseball team his senior year and also played in the Missouri high school baseball all-star game in Columbia.

In basketball, he received All-Conference and All-District honors his sophomore, junior, and senior year.

In his senior year of football he received All-Conference and All-District honors as a wide receiver and defensive back.

After graduation Rapert attended East Central College. He played two years of baseball and one year of basketball, while receiving his Associate of Arts degree. Rapert finished up his baseball career at Missouri Valley College where he was selected as an All-Region player. He received his B.S. in Education from Missouri Valley College. He later went on to obtain his masters in administration from Baker University in Kansas, and his administration specialist from William Woods University.

Rapert has worked in education for 23 years. He has worked as a school administrator for 10 years.

Rapert also has worked as a head basketball coach for 18 years and a head baseball coach for nine years, and between the two, has won eight Conference championships and five District championships.

He is currently the head basketball coach at Melbourne High School in Arkansas. He and his wife Jessica have four children Reagan, Raylee, Ryan and Reece.

Gayle Klenke Adams

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 averaged 17.7 points, 7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 steals. She could play guard, forward or post.

She played on basketball teams that won conference titles three years, the district title three times and went to the Final Four her freshman year.

She also earned All-conference her junior and senior year in volleyball.

After high school she attended Missouri Southern State College on a basketball scholarship. She was a four-year player while receiving Honorable Mention All Conference Central State Intercollegiate Conference, MSSC All-Tournament Team and the team’s spirit award her senior year.

She graduated MSSC with a bachelor degree in business administration and an associate degree in accounting. Later she returned to MSSC to obtain her bachelor degree in accounting.

Klenke Adams is the daughter of Glen and Nelda Klenke. She is married to Rick Adams of Bellflower. They live in Montgomery City. The have two sons, Zac Adams and Zane Adams.

She is the senior accountant at Poet Biorefining in Laddonia.

Tammy Mohesky Mitchell

Tammy Mohesky Mitchell graduated from Union High School in 1992.

At the school, she played volleyball and ran track all four years of her high school career.

Some of her accomplishments include being the first track athlete to medal in all four events at the state track meet in 1991. This accomplishment gave her one of her records for the most points scored (33.5) at a state meet at Union High School. She also achieved the record for most career points scored (1,030.5) during her four years in track.

She also has records in the 100-meter dash (12.3), and in the 200-meter dash (26.4) — all of which still stand as of 2018.

She was the state champion in long jump in 1991, took second in the 200-meter dash in 1992, third in the 100-meter dash in 1991, third in the 4x200-meter relay in 1992, fourth in the 4x200-meter relay in 1991, sixth in the 200-meter dash in 1991 and eighth in the 200-meter dash in 1990.

After high school Mohesky Mitchell attended Missouri Southern State College on a track scholarship where she ran indoor and outdoor track for two years. She ran many events from hurdles, sprints, jumps, and relays in college.

During this time, she also began her accounting degree. After finally finishing her double major in accounting and business management from Central Methodist University, she started her own business.

Lisa Stephens

Lisa Stephens graduated from UHS in 2001 after a stellar career on the soccer pitch.

While at Union she was a two-time All State selection during her junior and senior years for soccer where she played the majority of her career as a center midfielder.

Her senior year she scored an incredible 30 goals, three of them game winners and as a junior, she netted 18 goals and picked up six assists.

She continued her soccer career for the University of Cincinnati where she continued to rack up honors.

Stephens played all four being only of a few Bearcats to start every career match (84 matches total). Her freshman year she was named Rookie of the Year, third team All-Conference USA, third team All-Ohio, and was named to soccerbuzz.com Great Lakes Region All Freshman Squad.

She was part of a team that achieved two Conference USA Championships and two NCAA qualifying teams. She was named co-MVP her senior year.

Jane Strubberg Tanner

A 1980 graduate, Jane Strubberg Tanner was a multisport star.

For UHS she played basketball, volleyball, track and field and softball. She was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch scholar athlete in 1980 and the valedictorian of UHS.

She earned state honors in track and field and basketball. In 1979, she was on the UHS basketball team that went 26-1 and took third in state. The following year the team went 25-4 and took fourth in state.

The UHS basketball teams that Strubberg Tanner helped lead enjoyed much success as they went 51-5 her junior and senior years. She served as a team captain for three years and graduated as the program’s all-time leading scorer as of 1980.

Having played three years of softball and volleyball for two years, she decided to try track her junior year. She collected many medals in various events for the UHS track team. Strubberg Tanner competed both years at the Missouri State Track and Field Championships in the 400, 1,600 relay, long and triple jumps earning three state medals.

Strubberg Tanner was a state medalist in the long jump and triple jump in 1979 and 1980. She graduated with several school records and conference meet records.

After graduating from Union High School, she attended Missouri State University on a basketball scholarship and decided to finish on an academic scholarship. She majored in chemistry and graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 in 1983.

Strubberg taught in the UHS science department for 26 years and Blue Springs High School prior to that. She spent several years as a JV basketball coach at Union HS, as a boys and girls assistant track coach at Blue Springs HS and coached various community youth teams.

She is the daughter of Ewald and Carol Strubberg. She is married to Dr. Terry Tanner and their son and daughter are Dr. Chris Tanner and Dr. Meryl Brune.

Wendy Taylor Lovell

Wendy Taylor Lovell attended Union High School where she was a multisport athlete and a state champion before graduating in 1994.

While competing in track and field she accomplished a lot. 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 1992 tripe jump of 34 feet, 2.5 inches set a school record. Her 1992 long jump at state of 17 feet, 11.75 inches won the state title and set a school record.

As a volleyball player for Union she played all four years. She also was named to the Junior Olympic Volleyball team.

She was selected as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete in 1993.

After high school, Taylor Lovell lettered in track at Brigham Young University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in family sciences/human development and minored in visual arts.

She then attended Western Governors University where she earned a masters’ in educational leadership.

She is currently employed by the Granite Utah School District as a elementary teacher and junior high administrator.

She is married to Jason Lovell and they have four children.