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Four individuals, one team inducted into Hall of Fame
Members of the Stewartville Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2019 include, front row, from left, Gary Aswegan and Kim (Hebl) Severson. Back row, from left, Howard “Zeke” Sloneker and Gordy Koehn. The four were inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday evening, Nov. 23.
Members of the Stewartville Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2019 include, front row, from left, Gary Aswegan and Kim (Hebl) Severson. Back row, from left, Howard “Zeke” Sloneker and Gordy Koehn. The four were inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday evening, Nov. 23.
Stewartville High School’s boys track team, which won the state championship in 1997, was inducted into the Stewartville Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday evening, Nov. 23. Team members who attended the banquet include, front row, from left, Jason Howes, Scott Youdas, Tommy Lofgren, Mike Strei, Rob Burgr and Aaron Meyer. Back row, from left, Coach Earl DeBates, Coach Mickie Tuseth, Jim Owen, Austin Schatz, Andy Kidd, John Prinzing and Brian Johnson.
Stewartville High School’s boys track team, which won the state championship in 1997, was inducted into the Stewartville Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday evening, Nov. 23. Team members who attended the banquet include, front row, from left, Jason Howes, Scott Youdas, Tommy Lofgren, Mike Strei, Rob Burgr and Aaron Meyer. Back row, from left, Coach Earl DeBates, Coach Mickie Tuseth, Jim Owen, Austin Schatz, Andy Kidd, John Prinzing and Brian Johnson.
Speaking to a large gathering at the Stewartville American Legion Post 164, Kim (Hebl) Severson shared her favorite volleyball memories.
"I started playing volleyball at 12," she said. "I wasn't very good at the time. I started as a setter, and I so badly wanted to be a hitter."
She recalled that as an eighth grader, she traveled to Minneapolis to watch the Minnesota Gophers play volleyball.
"I remember saying to myself, 'I want to do this,' " she said. "I want to be a college volleyball player."
Hebl-Severson is one of four individuals named to the Stewartville Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2019. She and the others, Gary Aswegan, Gordy Koehn and Howard "Zeke" Sloneker, spoke to the audience gathered at the fifth Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday evening, Nov. 23. Earl DeBates, the head coach of the 1997 state champion Stewartville High School boys track and field team, introduced members of the team that was also inducted into the Hall of Fame...
For more on this story pick up your copy of the Dec. 3 Stewartville STAR.





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