The most recent class of the Brown Deer/Granville High School Athletic Hall of Fame cuts across many sports and many ways of life, from the superstar athlete to the great teammate to the coach who led the girls basketball teams to their greatest successes.
They include basketball coach Ken Wall; baseball star and all-around athlete Mike Setzer (class of 1965); state track sprint champion and fine basketball player Kaya Senaya (2008); all-around athlete Bruce Newman (1963); all-around athlete and Yale graduate Rusty Meyer (1976); baseball star Kent Erickson (1977); swimming state champion Shari Countryman (1986); all-around athlete Terry Ball (1964); and 15-letter-winning girls all-around star Sydney Nelson (2009).
They were inducted in ceremonies held Sept. 17.
Wall led the girls basketball teams to a spectacular 140-29 record between 1986-1993, finishing as WIAA D2 state runner-up in 1987 and earning another trip in 1993. The business education teacher finished with an overall record of 230-106 (.684 winning percentage).
Wall said he enjoyed teaching and coaching at Brown Deer for 30 years: "Working with a great faculty that was very supportive of one another."
Setzer, one of the first great baseball players at Brown Deer, was an outstanding scholar-athlete and a sound member of the basketball and football teams. He was a three-time captain of the baseball team. He played baseball at the University of Wisconsin and led the team in hitting with a .565 average his junior year. He spent 33 years teaching, 28 of them at Homestead High School. Setzer said he owes a debt of gratitude to the late Granville and Homestead baseball coaching legend Don Rennicke.
Senaya won a total of seven WIAA D2 state track titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 4x100 relay. At one time, she owned state records in all three events. She also led the Falcons to a D2 state team title in 2007 and a runner-up finish in 2008. She was named 2007 Gatorade State Athlete of the Year. Senaya earned a scholarship to Wisconsin and eventually finished her degree at Southern Illinois. At Southern Illinois, she finished as a team captain having broken a school record in the 60-meter dash.
She has gone on to coach track and earned a master's degree in criminal justice administration. The recent WISTCA State Track Hall of Fame inductee said she is a firm believer in hard work and dedication both athletically and academically.
Newman participated in football, basketball, baseball and wrestling in his athletic career. He was a state place winner in wrestling and a multi-event school record holder in track. He participated in football and track at Northern Michigan and is a graduate of Marquette Dental School. He has owned and operated a dental clinic in the village for the past 46 years.
Meyer ran track with all-time Falcon great Pat Sierra, played third base on a state championship baseball team and set a then school record for rushing behind what was called "the greatest offensive line in Brown Deer history" in football.
He played football at Yale, helping the team to Ivy League titles in 1977 and 1980. He went on to become a highly successful car dealer. Meyer greatly appreciates the efforts of the Brown Deer faculty who taught him hard work, commitment, dedication and discipline.
Erickson was a member of the 1975 and 1977 state baseball champions, one of only three teammates who were two-time champions. He was a first-team all-state catcher in 1977, including leading the Braveland Conference in seven offensive categories, and not surprisingly was named team MVP. Coach Earl Gengler called him the best defensive catcher he had seen in his 26 years of coaching. He received a tryout invitation from the Cincinnati Reds.
Erickson went on to play baseball at UW-Oshkosh. He praised Gengler and and his father, Gene Erickson, for all their help.
Countryman was a three-time WIAA state swimming champion, winning the 500-yard freestyle twice and the 200 free once.The National Honor Society member was also a WIAA Scholar/Athlete award winner. She also swam for Schroeder Swim Club , setting numerous records in her time there.
Countryman went on to be a four-year member and two-time captain of the Arizona State University swimming team. She has taken up a number of new sports as she has gotten older and has coached swimming and youth baseball for many years. She has had a successful career in higher education textbook publishing. She is very grateful to all her family for their love and support and to Brown Deer swimming coach Bob Van Lieshout and all her teammates for the many fun meets and practices.
Ball is one of the great "what-if" stories at Granville as the all-around star never got a chance to participate in collegiate athletics after badly breaking his leg in October of his senior year. Before that, he was an amazing halfback for the football team and a high-level basketball and track participant. He won a state D2 mile title in track his junior year.
A natural leader, he was class president his sophomore and junior years and student council president his junior year. He eventually graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked successfully for many years at the Falk Corporation.
He credits his highly competitive nature and lust for life for his success and credits all his teachers and coaches for their help. He especially praised Brown Deer legend Joe Klucarich for his inspiration.
Nelson is an amazing individual with boundless energy as a volleyball, basketball and track team member, winning state track titles in the 4x100 relay on the same teams Senaya was on. While she was doing this, she was also the manager of the football team for three seasons, co-president of the varsity club and secretary of the National Honor Society, among other things.
She studied around the world while attending UW-Whitwewater, was highly involved in many student organizations and had the honor of addressing her graduating class in 2013, earning both a bachelor's and master's degree in accounting, both of which were inspired by football and track coach Rob Green.