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Nicolet High School will induct seven athletes and coaches of various ages, abilities and impact levels into its athletic hall of fame on Friday, Jan. 6.

The candidates include five athletes: James Allison (class of 1963, football, wrestling and track); William Jenkins  (1994, basketball, baseball and volleyball); Robert Jenkins (1994 basketball, baseball and football); Ashley Green (2011 basketball, track and cross-country); and Felicia Townes Sutton (1983 basketball and track).

Legendary recently retired swimming coach Dwight Davis (1985-2015) is also on the list of inductees, along with longtime recreation director/youth coach administrator Mel Wade (1956-1990) in the distinguished service category. The inductees were chosen from a pool of about 50 candidates.

The ceremonies will be held in conjunction with a Nicolet girls/boys basketball doubleheader with Homestead that will start with the girls game at 5:45 p.m. While that is going on, the formal ceremony will be held elsewhere at the school. At halftime of the boys game (approximately 8:15 p.m.), the inductees and their families will be introduced to the crowd at the game. They will receive a commemorative keepsake from the athletic director, principal and superintendent.

The formal unveiling of the plaques will be held in the school hallway at about 8:30 p.m., and tours of the school will be conducted by Ferne Hecker at about 8:45 p.m.

Nicolet said the ceremony will be packed, as over 100 tickets have been sold for the dinner as of Jan. 3.  They will honor a solid gold class of worthy candidates.

Athlete inductees

Allison was a four-year varsity letterman and set several school records in football and track, some of which stood for more than 50 years. He was named all-conference in football three times and was a conference champion in the 100- and 220-yard dashes in track. After graduation, he earned honors at  the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse.

The Jenkins twins are legends at Nicolet. Bill was a star in basketball, volleyball and baseball; played on seven conference championship teams; and was all-conference and all-state in volleyball, as well as an all-conference and all-state basketball player and an all-conference first baseman on the baseball team. His senior year, he was the top-ranked volleyball player in the state. He went on to play basketball in college at Valparaiso University with his brother, Bob, and played in the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1998.

In that NCAA tournament for Valpo, Bill made the famous mid-court pass to Bryce Drew, who hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Mississippi in one of the great moments of NCAA basketball tournament history.

Bob Jenkins played on six conference championship teams and was named all-conference and all-state three times in basketball and all-conference and all-state two times in baseball. He was a three-time captain for basketball and team captain twice in baseball. He and Bill helped Valpo to three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. Bob was later drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Bill and Bob led the 1993 Nicolet boys basketball team to the WIAA state tournament, the last time the Knights made the event.

Townes-Sutton earned eight varsity letters. In track, she set school records in the triple jump and still remains on the top-five record board in the 100-meter hurdles. In basketball, she was named team MVP and first team all-conference her sophomore, junior and senior years. She earned an athletic scholarship and competed in track at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently a major in the US Air Force with 32 years of faithful service to her country.

Green is arguably the greatest basketball player in school history next to her former coach, Corey Bronson Wolf, and led the Knights to their only state championship in 2011. She also earned Now Player of the Year honors twice. She was named first team all-state in basketball her senior year, along with winning the WIAA Scholar Athlete award.

She was also a four-time WIAA state qualifier in track, helping set the school record in the 4x200-meter relay; a three-time varsity letter winner in cross-country; and a four-time MVP of her varsity basketball team, finishing as the all-time school scoring leader. She was named first team all-state in basketball her senior year, along with winning the WIAA Scholar Athlete award.

Green subsequently earned a basketball scholarship to UW-Milwaukee, where she had a great career. She earned first-team All-Horizon League honors after averaging 19.3 ppg. to go along with a team-high 7.9 rebounds a game and is sitting fourth in UWM women's hoops history with 1,653 points, breaking the school record with five games of 30 points or more scoring in the process.

She nearly became the first UWM woman to reach the combined overall statistical level of 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists, coming up just four assists short (246).

Green is pursuing advanced postgraduate medical studies.

Coach Davis

In the coaching category, Davis is a legend. Known simply as "Davis" to his friends and athletes, he won 627 swim dual meets with the boys and girls teams combined in his 30 years at Nicolet. The Knights won two conference championships, 16 WIAA sectional championships and finished in the top 10 at state 10 times under his leadership.

He coached 29 sectional swim champions; 152 individual and 47 relay state qualifiers; 42 All-Americans; and one national champion. Eight of his swimmers went on to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials, and more than 90 of his swimmers went on to swim in college. He also coached two-time Olympic gold medalist Garrett Weber-Gale, but coach Davis is most proud he coached 110 academic All-American swimmers.

Distinguished service

In the distinquished service category, the late Mel Wade was the school's first recreation director and was a pioneer during the early stages of Nicolet athletics, helping develop the Nicolet Tennis Club, the Nicolet Swim Club and the Community All-Star Baseball League.

He was a community leader in sports programming and 13-time state Senior Olympics champion tennis player. Wade worked at Nicolet with his wife, Bette, who was Nicolet’s first English teacher in 1955. Together they were affectionately called “Mr. and Mrs. Nicolet.”

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