LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Four athletes and two alumni supporters of UWL athletics are latest group named to the university's Wall of Fame.
The six are athletes Laura (Waterhouse) Ball, Greg Barczak, Phil Ertl, Patti (Franckowiak) Krautscheid, and athletic program supporters Dave and Barb Skogen.
While the athletes are honored for their efforts on the field, the Skogens will receive the Donald Gordon Merit Award for their contributions to UWL athletics.
Ceremonies for this year's Wall of Fame inductees are set for October 6 at the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center.
Below are brief biographies, provided by the university, of the Wall of Fame inductees.
Laura (Waterhouse) Ball
For Laura Ball, the swimming and diving team became part of her family — and it included family. Ball says the 1998 team members trained so hard together they became an extended family that went on to win the conference championship. One of her teammates was Julie (Waterhouse) Regan — her sister. Ball earned letters all fours years she competed in the sport, 1996-2000. She graduated in 2000, majoring in art. She is a human resources benefits specialist with the Fairmount Fire Protection District. Ball and her husband, Garret, live in Golden, Colo., with their daughter, Macaela (3).
Greg Barczak ran to success in both cross country and track. He finished first in the 1983 conference harrier run, leading the team that recorded the lowest possible meet points possible — 15. Barczak also set a record in track during the '85 championships, capturing the two-mile and three-mile indoor titles, along with the 5K and 10K outdoor crowns. Barczak lettered in both sports from 1981-85, graduating in '85 with a major in biology. He is a podiatrist with Froedtert and Medical College Community Physicians. In 2012, he was named to the All WIAC Centennial Cross Country Team. Barczak and his wife, Jan, live in Menomonee Falls, Wis., with their four children: Alyssa (20), Jessica (16), Kristina (15) and Joshua (12).
Phil Ertl held the line during college. He was a defensive lineman who led the football team to a national championship in 1985 and a conference championship in 1986. During his four years on the team, 1983-86, the squad lost only eight games. Three games lost during his junior and senior years were by a total of three points. The four-year letter winner graduated in 1988, majoring in physical education. Ertl is superintendent of the Wauwatosa (Wis.) School District. He and his wife, Kristen, live in Wauwatosa with their two children, Austin (12) and Logan (10).
Patti (Franckowiak) Krautscheid
Patti (Franckowiak) Krautscheid threw herself into the national record book as part of the indoor track and field team. Krautscheid set a national record with her 56 – 6 ½ throw of the 20-pound weight at the 1999 national meet. She was a four-time letter winner on both the indoor and outdoor teams. The three-time national champion was also a 13-time All-American. Krautscheid, who graduated in 1999 with a major in biology, is a genetic counselor for ARVP Laboratories. She lives in Pasco, Wash., with her husband, Donny, and their daughter, Hannah (1).
David and Barb Skogen
Sandy Gordon Merit Award
Dave and Barb, '67, Skogen have been team leaders in supporting UW-L for years. They have been major contributors to the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex and Centennial Hall projects. This spring, they pledged $300,000 for baseball field improvements at Copeland Park where the Eagles will play beginning in 2014 as part of a unique agreement with the La Crosse Loggers and City of La Crosse. The Skogens are leading community philanthropists. Among their supported projects: YMCA, United Way, Boys and Girls Club and Onalaska First Lutheran Church. The Association of Fundraising Professional – Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter named them "Outstanding Philanthropists" in 2007.
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