Camanche Activities Director Meg Shebler and the Hall of Fame committee has announced its Class of 2018 inductees that includes Jenny (Dierks) Babbitt, Bob Kampe, Jeff Everhart, Leigh Goff, Tom Johnson, Bob Kampe, Cigi Low-Courtney, Sean Seeser, 1983 Boys’ Tennis Team, 1984 Boys' Tennis Team, 1985 Boys' Tennis Team, and the 1986 Boys' Tennis Team. This marks the fifth year of inductions.
Jennifer Dierks Babbitt
Jennifer was a dominant presence on the volleyball and basketball courts during her time as a Camanche Indian. She also participated in numerous other activities including softball and track. A 1994 graduate, Jenny was a unanimous 1st - team All-state selection in basketball, and was named to the first-team all-conference as well. Jenny was selected
captain of the All-Tournament team and was named to the All-Eastern Iowa First team. Jenny was recognized throughout the seasons as a member of the All tournament teams at Muscatine, Bellevue and the River Queen Classic. A prolific scorer as a Camanche Indian, Jenny held school records for points in a game (36), points in a season, field goals in a
game, and field goals in a season. Jenny was selected to attend the Quad Cities Salute to Sports and chosen to participate in the Dr. Pepper All Star game. Jenny was also a unanimous all-conference selection in Volleyball and served as team captain. Jenny attended Dana College in Blair, NE, continuing her basketball career at the NAIA institution. She is a member of the 1000 point club at Dana and was an all-conference performer for the Vikings. She holds school records for field goals made, field goal percentage, and free throws made, as well as most rebounds in a game, most rebounds in
a career, and blocked shots in a career. Jenny also participated in volleyball her sophomore year at Dana. She graduated in 1998 and is currently employed by the state of Iowa. Jenny celebrates her induction with her family today - her husband Nathan, her daughter Mya and her son Jake.
A 1971 graduate of Camanche High School, Bob was active in numerous activities throughout his time as a student. Bob participated in marching band, stage band, and concert band all four years. He marched with the band in the Dakota Days Festival in Rapids City, SD and served as the band treasurer. In choir, Bob was in the robed choir, chamber choir, the Boys’ Glee Club, the Boys’ Quartet and also served as the choir treasurer. Bob was in the Musicals, WildeCat, South Pacific, Finian’s Rainbow, and Annie Get your Gun. He received a #1 rating with the boys’ large group at drama camp and
performed in the Princess and the Pea. Bob also participated in Speech, Drama, and music competitions, earning #1 ratings in small group ensemble, small mixed group, boy’s quartet and mixed choir.Bob was a student council representative his junior year and served as the treasurer his senior year. He was in the Bachelor Club all four years, serving as the Co-Vice President his junior and senior years. He was involved in the Drama Club, Honor Roll, Letterman’s club, and served as a club coach for Powder Puff Football his senior year. Bob was on the football field plenty, playing both sides of the line, and on the special teams units. On offense, he played at Center his first two years, then moved to right guard his junior and senior year. On the defensive side, he played both Nose guard and right tackle throughout his four years. On special teams, he played the front line on kickoffs and kick returns, and he played the line on the punt and punt return teams. Bob was Co-Captain of the homecoming game and was 2nd on the team in total tackles his senior year with 114 tackles. Bob’s accomplishments on the wrestling mat are arguably his most impressive. After wrestling JV his freshman season, Bob began making noise his sophomore year. He finished 2nd in the Pleasant Valley Tournament and 3rd at the DeWitt Tournament. He then won the sectional tournament and finished 3rd at Districts, wrapping up his sophomore year with a 17-7 record. He improved his junior year, finishing the season with a 23-4 record, finishing as runner up at the Dewitt tournament and winning the Pleasant Valley and Midland tournaments. Bob won the sectional tournament again and finished 3rd at the district tournament. His senior season Bob finished 2nd at the Pleasant Valley
and North Scott Tournaments, and won the Midland tournament. He then won the sectional tournament for the third straight year, and was finished atop the podium of the district tournament, sending him to the State tournament. Bob’s senior year culminated in winning the State Championship. His overall varsity record was 64-14-1. He went 47-6 over
his last two seasons and he was named the Most Valuable Wrestler and Wrestler of the Year in 1970 and 1971. Bob attended Boise State University, where he competed in wrestling for two seasons. He worked all over the Midwest as a union boilermaker and is currently enjoying retirement and his family which includes wife Phyllis, daughter Michelle, son and daughter-in-law Jacob and Kristin, daughter and son-in- law Kelly and Nick, and grandchildren Laura, Wyatt, Yvonne, Brody, and Caleb.
A member of the Class of 1989, Sean participated in football, basketball, and track at Camanche. As a wide receiver, Sean was named first team all-conference and as a punter he was selected to the all-conference second team. He was also selected Honorable mention all-conference as a safety. On the basketball court Sean surpassed 500 points and was a first-team all-conference performer. He received All-State honorable mention for basketball his senior year. Sean also exceled on the track and qualified for the Drake Relays as a track and field athlete. Sean attended the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse where he continued his basketball career. Sean was named the team’s most valuable player for the 1993-94 Season and was selected as an all-conference performer for the Eagles. In his two seasons at UW-LaCrosse, Sean led the team in a number of categories, including most points scored in a game, most three pointers in a game, most free throws in a game, most steals in a game and most assists in a game. Sean graduated from Wisconsin Lacrosse and is employed at Seeser Crane. Sean celebrates this honor with his family, wife Stacy, sons Will, Carson, and Tyson, and daughter Emyrson.
Boys Tennis Teams 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986
From 1983 – 1986, the Camanche Boys’ Tennis team dominated the state, winning 4 straight State Championships. The 1983 team had a cumulative record of 12-1, defeating Clarinda in the state championship. The 1984 team repeated the success of the previous year, finishing at 12-1 again, and won the state championship with a victory over Shenandoah. The third straight championship came in 1985, when the team finished with a perfect 13-0 record and beat Sioux City Heelan for the state title, and the four-peat was complete in 1986 as the team finished with an overall record of 12-1, defeating Ft. Dodge St. Edmond’s in the state championship. Led by Coach Gary Foster, the teams consisted of 13 players over the four year run. Six of the team members are here today: John Boyum, Jeff Everhart, Jay Fett, Gary Foster Jr, Jeff Geerts, and Dan Vogel. Those team members unable to attend tonight, Tom Allesee, Bill Buckman, Jeremy Dennis, Ty Dennis, Matt Fuglsang, Jeff Kroeger and Rick Willis. Coach Foster and the team members celebrate with their families who are here with them today, as well as their teammates and family and friends who were unable to attend.
1983 Boys’ Tennis Team Members
- Tom Allesee
- John Boyum
- Ty Dennis
- Jay Fett
- Gary Foster Jr.
- Rick Willis
1984 Boys’ Tennis Team Members
- John Boyum
- Ty Dennis
- Jeff Everhart
- Jay Fett
- Gary Foster Jr.
- Rick Willis
1985 Boys’ Tennis Team Members
- John Boyum
- Jeremy Dennis
- Ty Dennis
- Jeff Everhart
- Gary Foster Jr.
- Jeff Kroeger
- Dan Vogel
1986 Boys’ Tennis Team Members
- Bill Buckman
- Jeremy Dennis
- Jeff Geerts
- Gary Foster Jr.
- Matt Fuglsang
- Dan Vogel
A 1981graduate of Camanche High School, Tom exceled in Tennis and Basketball. Tom won the 1981 State Singles Tennis Championship and played on a number of state tournament qualifying tennis teams. We congratulate him on this honor and welcome him to the Camanche High School Athletics Hall of Fame.
A 2004 graduate, Cigi Low racked up 18 varsity letters at Camanche High School while participating in Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Cheerleading, Track, and Softball. Cigi won state championships in track as a member of the 2003 shuttle hurdle relay and 2004 4x100 relay. She holds school records in the long jump, shuttle hurdle relay and 4x100 relay. And served as a co-captain of the team her senior year. As a basketball player, Cigi served as team captain and upon graduation held the school records for steals in a game and steals in a season. The 2003 softball team won the district championship and Cigi held the record for stolen bases at the time. She was 1 of 10 finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award and participated in the Iowa All-Star track meet her senior year.Cigi graduated as the Valedictorian at CamancheUpon graduation, Cigi attended the University of Notre Dame, where she participated in Club Gymnastics her freshman year and Club Boxing her sophomore, junior and senior years. Cigi graduated from Notre Dame with a Civil Engineering degree in 2008. She is currently employed in the Real Estate industry. Cigi’s family includes husband Pete Courtney son Tate Courtney, and daughter Colette Courtney.
Coach Goff was a constant presence at Camanche, teaching and coaching for the Indians. As a high school athlete, Leigh lettered in Football and Track, earning a number of district and state medals. Leigh played 1 year of collegiate baseball, qualifying for the Junior college world series, and on year of basketball, playing on the Freshmen team at Iowa. He
earned his BS in Science and taught and coached at Camanche from 1960-1996. He continued coaching golf after his retirement, being named the Big East golf coach of the year in 2011. Coach Goff impacted numerous lives, coaching track for 35 years. His athletes qualified for the State meet and the Drake Relays numerous times. State Championship titles with Scott Shaley and Kevin Goff were earned under Coach Goff’s guidance. Coach Goff also started the boys and girls bowling teams, the first in the state to have bowling as a sport and not a club team. He served as the boys’ and girls’ Bowling Coach, leading the girls’ team to two state championships. One year, when schools were allowed to enter two bowling teams in the state tournament, Coach Goff’s teams finished 1 st and 2 nd in the state. Coach Goff started the Junior High football program and accumulated over 100 wins as the sophomore football coach. During his tenure, Coach Goff also served on the coaching staff for boys’ basketball and cross country. Leigh started the Camanche Men’s Bowling Association in the mid 1960’s and was named Man of the Year. He was a top bowler in Camanche and Clinton a number of times, and has bowled two 300 games. Coach Goff was named King of Camanche Days and also served as the
Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal. Coach Goff shared his thoughts on coaching by saying, “Winning wasn’t as important as the men they become.” Leigh celebrates this award with his family, wife Vernett, son and daughter-in- law Mark and Kelly, son and daughter-in- law Ken and Terri, Daughter and son-in- law Vicki and Jeff, and son Kevin.
Jeff graduated in 1985, after an illustrious career at Camanche High School. Jeff was a four-sport athlete, collecting 12 varsity letters while participating in Football, Basketball, Tennis, and baseball. As a junior Jeff was honored in football as a first team all-conference selection on defense. His senior year Jeff was selected first team All-conference on both
offense and defense and was also selected All-Eastern Iowa for defense. Jeff was selected for participation in the 1985 Shrine Bowl. In basketball, Jeff is a member of the 500 point club, and as a senior received 2 nd team all-conference honors as a member of the 1984-85 team that finished as the Runner-up at the State Tournament. Jeff had a significant
impact on the boys’ tennis team as a member of two state championship teams in 1984 and 1985. Outside of athletics, Jeff was involved in numerous activities, including the plays and musicals. Jeff was also named Prom King and Homecoming King. Upon graduation, Jeff attended Iowa State University, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. He has been employed in the Auto industry for 28 years. He is currently the Chief Operations officer of a 26 dealership auto group in Illinois and Wisconsin. Jeff has been married to Kelly for 26 years and has three children, Ali, Brittney, and Jesse, and three grandchildren, Lilly, Ben, and Scarlet.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Camanche High School Athletics Hall of Fame members.
Camanche Activities Director Todd Borrison and the Hall of Fame committee has announced its Class of 2017 inductees that includes the 1987 State-Championship Baseball Team, Todd Borrison, Ed McMahon, Shea Meyermann and Danny Vogel as this year’s class.
1987 State Baseball Team
Coach Dan Bolte, Coach Geroge Miller, Jeremy Dennis, Kenichi Mitsui, Jeff Greene, Randy Vogel, Mike Burmahl, Dan Vogel, Terry Donovan, Ethan Bolte, Tom Coon, Eric Rasmusssen, Bill Buckman, Jerry Carber, Rich Campie, Kip Peters, Clay Sanders, Larry Brennen, and Cory Goldbeck.
The 1987 team went 30-11 and went on to defeat Perry 9-0 in the state championship game. Dan Bolte was the head coach and was named state coach of the year. Clay Sander and Randy Vogel were also all-state selections. “They were a really dominant baseball team that was playing really well at the end of the season,” Borrison said. “The team had everything. They had good depth. They were state champs. It really neat they are going in this year. A lot of those guys are still around this area. It should be a really fun banquet.”
Was a four-year letterwinner in tennis that included 60 career wins and being named Most Valuable Player in 1982, his senior year. Borrison also was a two-year starter in football and basketball. He has the school record for most consecutive made free throws at 25, and scored 538 career points. In college, Borrison was the MVP of the Hawkeye Athletic Conference at Mount St. Clare in his sophomore season. He then played basketball and tennis at North Dakota State of Minot where he got a third-place tennis finish in the No-Dak Conference Tournament. “I never was at the (playing) level of a state champion, I was a baseliner,” Borrison said. “I grew up playing tennis, and played on some great matches.” Borrison’s greatest successes have come in his coaching career. He has three state championships with two at Preston and one with the 2007-08 Davenport Assumption team. Preston won back-to-back state championships in 2000 and 2001 in Class 1A. Borrison has coached teams in the original four Iowa high school classes by enrollment, and is the first one to do so. In all, Borrison has coached in 11 state tournaments, and has a 14-8 record when doing so. He reached the 400-win milestone earlier in January. “That group loved to go out and play the game, and they wanted to beat everybody,” Borrison said about his Preston teams. “They wanted to destroy people. They worked so hard and respected each other so much. They just were relentless and played the game that way.”
McMahon was a three-year varsity participant in four sports. He was part of the 1985 runner-up team in basketball. McMahon was a first-team selection on the All-Eastern Iowa team and was on the all-tournament team at the state tournament.
Meyermann was a four-year starter in volleyball and was a Herald All-Area first-team honoree in 2004 and 2005. She graduated in 2006.
Vogel used to coach the Indians’ girls basketball team, but before that, he was a skilled Camanche athlete, too. Vogel was a member of the 1987 baseball state-championship team and also played a role with the 1985 runner-up team as a sophomore. In college, Vogel was a three-year varsity tennis player at Northern Iowa after compiling a 116-21 record on two teams that won it all. He then coached Northeast to a state tournament, and before Borrison took over, Vogel coached the Indians’ girls basketball team.
Camanche Activities Director Todd Borrison and the Hall of Fame committee has announced its Class of 2016 that includes seven individuals and its first team.
The Hall of Fame weekend will be held the last weekend of January. The team will be introduced in between the two varsity games on Jan. 29, 2016, with the reception that next night at Vista Grande in Clinton. Social Hour will be 5:00 - 6:00pm, with Dinner from 6:00 - 7:00pm and the Awards Ceremony from 7:00 - 8:30pm. For more information please call the athletic office at 563-259-3010.
Gerald "Buck " Stamp
Todd Borrison calls Stamp a “legend” of Camanche athletics as well as a pioneer. Stamp started the football, basketball and wresting programs and coached all three programs. Stamp’s coaching tenure lasted 35-plus years.
Roy won Camanche’s first state wrestling title as senior at 103 pounds in 1965, and he finished fourth as a junior. He also wrestled at Iowa State.
Kevin played his college athletics at Coe College but made his mark as a basketball coach at Northeast, taking six teams to the state tournament.
Jeremy was a four-sport star who played college tennis and won two state basketball titles as head coach.
Erin (Hagge) Jenkins
Erin competed in five sports and was all-state in volleyball, basketball, tennis and track. She continued her athletic career at St. Ambrose. She and Drew Meyermann got runner-up honors at state tennis in doubles during the 1999 season.
Josh received all-state third-team honors in football and played in the 1997 Shrine Bowl Game. He also placed twice at the state wrestling meet, with a state runner-up his senior year. Liddle went on to wrestle at Iowa.
Scott won multiple shot put and discus titles at Camanche, then received All-America honors as a hammer thrower at Utah State. Schaley was second in the country in the shot put in high school at the Golden West meet.
1971 Boys Basketball Team
Coach Tom McCracken, Coach Gary Cross, Ralph Andresen, Klaus Andresen, Kenny Cox, Dave Cox, Brian Pearson, Mike Neville, Carl Ryner, Kevin Enwright, Mark Enwright, Don Nissen, Ben Jensen, Greg Kubitz, Bob Paasch, Keith Boysen, Chuck Cornish and manager Scott Lund.
The first team to make it to state when the Iowa High School Athletic Association had two classifications compared with the four it currently holds. Camanche lost its first-round Class A game to Montezuma, which later went on to win the state championship. Montezuma won that game, 78-62.“ We wanted to make a statement to our young people and the community that being a part of a team is really important,” Borrison said. “When you look at high school sports, you learn as much about a team than anything else.” That team included players Don Nissen and Klaus Andresen. Both of them received all-state honors in later seasons. Nissen averaged 20 points a game, while the team averaged 74 a night. “It’s really great to see a team get to state,” Borrison said. “It was really hard to get to Des Moines at that time ... there’s always the discussion of who was the best team. That (1971) team comes up a lot. We just felt like it was a good team to put in. Great one to kick it off.”
Camanche will begin its Hall of Fame weekend ceremonies Friday, Jan. 23, by introducing its 10 inductees in between the varsity basketball games and will honor them again with the formal ceremony Saturday.
"We have a really good class going in," Camanche Athletic Director Todd Borrison said. "We kind of got the whole gamut covered from the late 60s up until 10 years ago; we're really excited."
LuAnn is a 1972 graduate of Camanche High School. For over 39 years, LuAnn has been a volleyball coach, a girls track coach, and for a short period of time, a boys track coach. While coaching volleyball at CHS, LuAnn and her team captured the state championship.
Ty is a 1985 graduate of Camanche High School. He was a standout in four different sports, earning a total of 14 varsity letters in his high school career. He led Camanche to tennis state titles for three years, eventually earning him a tennis scholarship to Graceland University where he was also a four year standout, qualifying for the NAIA national tournament in 1988.
Craig is a 1981 graduate of Camanche High school. Craig played football, baseball, and basketball while at Camanche but continued to play football in Yankton College. At Yankton he earned All District Honors, but soon transferred to Wayne State University where he earned All District honors as well as being named CODAC All American.
Ashley Lansign (Steines)
Ashley is a 2004 graduate of Camanche High School. She was a 4 sport star athlete earning an astonishing 17 varsity letters. She was named 13 times to all conference teams, 4 times all districts, and 7 times all state. Ashley holds 6 records in all. She went on to play volleyball and softball at Wartburg College, leading in both sports and starting in each.
A 1974 graduate of Camanche High School. He was a three sport standout at Camanche, excelling in football, wrestling, and track. Guy excelled in football, earning him a full ride scholarship to division two Morningside College, starting every game in college except for the two very first games his freshmen year.
A 1969 graduate of Camanche High School. Four sport star athlete and one of the best football players to ever come to Camanche High, ending his senior year with a total of 700 yards on 70 carries. This earned him a football scholarship to Taylor University where he was a four year starter in football and basketball.
Graduate of 1996. John was awarded 13 varsity letters in High School, excelling greatly in football. After High School, John was offered scholarships from Northwestern and The Air Force Academy which he accepted, but transferred after to Truman State. John started every game at Truman, except for 2 due to injuries. He is one of the best football players to go to Camanche and Truman State.
Peggy was a 1980 graduate where she was a four sport standout in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. In Softball she led the team in batting average, steals, and hits for 3 seasons straight. This earned her a full ride scholarship to Kirkwood and after one year at Kirkwood, a four year scholarship to University of Nebraska. The 3 years she played at Nebraska, they won three Big 8 Conference championships and twice national runner up.
Dawn (Oleary) Rheingans
Dawn is a 1990 graduate of Camanche High School where she was a three sports standout in volleyball, basketball, and track. Dawn earned a full ride scholarship to play volleyball at Drake where she is still ranks top 10 all time for ace serves. While at Drake, she also broke a record for indoor and outdoor shot put.
Rick was a 1965 graduate of Camanche High School and played many different sports like football, basketball, track, and baseball. In baseball Rick was a part of a very successful team where in 4 years as a starter he had a 4 year batting average of over .420. Rick went on to play baseball at Iowa State for 4 years.
The inaugural Hall of Fame class will be introduced on Friday, Jan. 24, during the school's pack-the-gym boys-girls basketball doubleheader. A banquet will be held the following night.
A standout football and basketball player in the 1970s who was invited to play in both sports' Shrine Bowl games. He averaged more than 20 points and 20 rebounds as a senior.
Played baseball and football at Camanche, was a catcher for Iowa State, then returned to Camanche and won 330 baseball games as coach, including the 1987 state title.
A state champion wrestler for Camanche, who placed second in the 1970 NCAA Championships at 134 pounds for the University of Iowa.
Started the football program and holds the school record for 74 wins. He also won 96 games as baseball coach and coached basketball. He then served as athletic director and principal. "He was an early pioneer in Camanche athletics who molded the athletics programs and affected a lot of students,
Won six state titles in track and still holds the 12th-fastest 400 hurdle time in the state. She was a two-time first-team all-stater in volleyball and a four-year starter at Texas A&M, where she twice was named All-Southwest Conference.
Won nine state titles as tennis coach, had two runner-up teams and was a four-time state coach of the year.
A all-state player in volleyball and basketball who won four state titles in track and was a 15-time NCAA Division III All-American at Simpson College.
An all-state volleyball player and two-time first-team all-state basketball who earned All-Big Ten honors in volleyball for the University of Iowa and played in the World University Games. She still owns six school records at Camanche, where she also played on state championship tennis teams.
Another pioneer who started the volleyball, basketball, track and softball programs. She won four state titles as a track coach, took a team to the volleyball state tournament and was an assistant on the 1986 state qualifying volleyball team.
A four-time state qualifier in wrestling who placed third in the state three times. He also was all-Eastern Iowa in football, was a three-year starter in baseball and was a four-time state qualifier in track. He competed in wrestling at Northern Iowa.
An all-state player and the school's record-holder in the high jump. He became a star an NCAA Division II Morningside, then took his basketball talents overseas where he was a nine-time all-Europe player.
At one time held 20 school records and still holds eight, including all the school pitching marks. He also scored 44 points in a basketball game.
A star basketball and tennis player who earned first-team all-state honors in volleyball and then was a unanimous All-Big Ten player in that sport at the University of Iowa, played professionally and was an Olympic alternate.
A standout player in football, basketball and baseball at Camanche. He was a two-sport all-conference player for Cornell College and currently is head football coach and athletic director at Wartburg College.
The inductees had to have been out of Camanche High for at least 10 years to be eligible.
The Hall of Fame class was selected by Athletic director Todd Borrison, boys basketball and volleyball coach Josh Davis, principal Chuck Wiebenga, booster club president Albert McManus, Gary Foster and several former coaches, including Vern Deters, John Harlson, LuAnn Borrison and Willard Larsen.