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Quarterback’s Club inducts four into hall

By Guy N. Limbeck

glimbeck@postbulletin.com

Sports can certainly be a learning experience.

That theme was evident during the 17th annual Rochester Quarterback’s Club Sports Hall of Fame Awards banquet on Monday at Mayo Civic Auditorium.

Four new members were inducted, running the total to 69 in the Rochester Hall, which opened in 1991. The class of 2007 includes former John Marshall standout athlete Mike Newman, former Lourdes athlete Pat Clark, current Lourdes girls basketball and cross country coach Myron Glass and Rochester youth hockey coach Jack Lampman.

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Newman, who earned 11 letters for the Rockets, recalled how the teachings of his high school coaches proved to be beneficial years later.

"You look back on what you were learning and the lessons they were teaching you and how they stay with you your whole life," said Newman, a 1973 John Marshall grad.

Newman, 51, and Clark, who lives in Oregon and could not attend, were the athletes of the group while Glass and Lampman are coaches. "It’s a great honor to be mentioned with other heavy hitters," the 82-year-old Lampman said. He helped start youth hockey in Rochester, back in a time when there were no indoor rinks.

Newman said his high school coaches, Al Wold in basketball and Ron Werner in track and cross country, had a big impact on him. Both are Rochester Hall of Famers.

"Those two men had a huge influence on my life," Newman said. He uses those lessons in business today as a financial advisor in Rochester.

Glass has also stressed hard work to his athletes over the years. He is one of the most successful coaches in Minnesota State High School League history. He has a 588-79 record in 23 years as the girls basketball coach and eight state championships. He has coached cross country for 33 years and is a former track coach. In all, he has guided Lourdes to 16 state championships. "I’ve had great players and people," Glass said. "I thank them all."

Newman, while enjoying his current individual achievement, was envious of Glass’ numerous state team titles. "He’s got what I wanted just one of, a state team championship," Newman said.

Newman came close. He helped guide the Rockets to the state basketball tournament as a senior. In track, he was on a JM team that was the Class AA state runner-up his final three varsity seasons.

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"My senior year, I remem-ber laying on the track and crying because we were so close," Newman said. Newman did win four state titles, two as an individual and two as part of a relay.

Clark was dynamic on the track. He led Lourdes to state team titles in 1955, ‘56 and ‘57. He won individual titles in the 100- and 220-yard dashes as both a junior and senior, setting state records in both events. He also won a state long jump title. In football, he was all-state as a junior and an All-Catholic All-American as a senior.

Clark had a football scholarship at Northwestern University before leaving to join the Marines. He stayed in California after the service and opened several restaurants.

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