7/10/2018 7:28:00 AM Mercer honors athletes at Hall of Fame ceremony
Todd Engler, left, and Scott Miller accept their Hall of Fame award on behalf of the 1986 Mercer cross country team during a ceremony on Sunday, July 1.
Scott Miller and former Mercer cross country coach Jerry Johnson accept their Hall of Fame award on behalf of the 1987 Mercer cross country team after being inducted during a ceremony on Sunday, July 1.
The third annual Mercer High School Sports Hall of Fame ceremony was held on Sunday, July 1, in the Great Northern Motel Great Room.
The event was catered by the Wolf's Den Restaurant in the motel complex and was sponsored by the Mercer School's Booster Club.
The Hall of Fame program was hosted by Mercer athletic director Adam Miller.
Larry Yeakle, a three-time track and field state champion was honored for his accomplishments while representing Mercer at the WIAA State Track and Field meet in Madison during his high school tenure.
In 1984, Yeakle placed third in the long jump, and in 1985 was the long jump state champion, while also placing fifth in the 100-meter dash.
In 1986, he was the state champion in the long jump and the 400-meter dash and was also fifth in the 200-meter dash.
Yeakle still holds the school record in the Long Jump at 21 feet, 16.25 inches, the 200-meter dash at 23 seconds, and the 400-meter dash at 50.2 seconds.
He was unable to attend due to work but his parents, Melvin and Connie Yeakle, were in attendance to accept his award.
The 1986, 1987, and 1988 cross country teams known as the original Rat Pack, Rat Pack II, and Rat Pack III were all recognized for their state meet accomplishments.
The original 1986 Rat Pack cross country team of Don Psenicka, Scott Miller, Scott Wahlberg, Joe Peacy, George Eliopoulos, Phillip Graser and Todd Engler, was coached by Joe Lass and placed fifth overall at state.
The 1987 cross country team members were Scott Miller, Graser, Wahlberg, Chris Roeder, Richard Wilson, Wayne Reynolds, Tom Salter, coached by Lass, known as Rat Pack II, placed fifth overall at State.
The 1988 cross country team, Rat Pack III, comprised of Chris Roeder, Graser, Reynolds, Wilson, David Heniff, Salter and Hampton, were coached by Jerry Johnson and placed fourth overall at the WIAA state meet and it was Mercer's third consecutive trip to the state meet.
Coach Johnson started his teaching career in Mercer and met his wife who was also a Mercer teacher at the time. The Johnsons live and teach in Oshkosh and have six children.