Mequon - The most recent class of the Homestead Athletic Hall of Fame was a talented and deep one.
Ceremonies for the five-person class were held Feb. 23 at halftime of the Homestead-Germantown boys basketball game (see MequonNOW.com for details).
They include boys gymnastics coach Ralph Druecke, who in his nine-year tenure at Homestead (1971-79), led the Highlanders to WIAA state championships in 1974, 1978 and 1979 as well as runner-up finishes in 1973 and 1975 and also paced them to eight Braveland Conference titles.
Wally Schoessow (class of 1965) was a nine-time letter-winner in four sports and National Honor Society member. He was a two-time all-stater in football and played on the top-ranked team in the state in 1964. He also was a member of the 880-yard track relay that won a state title in 1964 and was a member of the 1963 and 1964 state championship teams, holding numerous school records including the 440-yard dash.
He won a conference title in wrestling his only year in the sport.
Dean Rennicke (class of 1978) was a three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball and track. As a senior captain in basketball and baseball in 1978, he helped lead the Highlanders to state in each sport, with the baseball team winning the WIAA state title.
A top-notch pitcher, Rennicke's overall pitching record was 33-4 and he finished his senior season by going 16-0 including two no-hitters, earning first-team all-state honors in the process. The baseball team won Braveland Conference titles from 1976-78.
Kristen Usowski (class of 1985) was a four-year letter-winner in swimming, and as well as earning numerous individual conference titles, she won the WIAA state championship in the 200-yard freestyle in both 1983 and 1984, setting a state record in 1984. She also won the 100 freestyle at state in 1984 as well as being a member of the state championship 400 free relay team, too, leading the Highlanders to the team title in the process.
Gregory ("Sandy") Custer was a distinguished service honoree for his work from the 1980s-2000 as an active member and two-time president of the Homestead Sports Booster Club. He played an active role in numerous expansion and renovation projects. He devoted countless hours of his time to enhance the experience for Homestead athletes, coaches and fans.
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