Scot Hille doesn’t know what the big deal is.
The 1976 Kimball High School graduate is honored to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. But, all of it was such a long time ago.
“I’ve been out of school 37 years,” he said with a smile. “I haven’t done (anything) great since then …”
Hille is part of the fifth Kimball High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The Cubs are host to Rockford in a Central Minnesota Conference football game at 7 p.m. Friday.
Hille, Duane Benoit, Bill Liedman, Steve Rice and Frank Schiefelbein III will be introduced during halftime.
The group will be introduced to the student body at a school assembly at 2:15 p.m. There’s a dinner at 4:30 p.m. and an after-game reception.
Hille is considered perhaps the top athlete of his era at Kimball. He helped lead the Cubs to the Region 5A tournament where they lost to eventual state champion Marshall. The baseball team, with Hille on the mound, also made it to the regional final.
“My only regret is we never got to the state tournament,” said Hille, 54, who is a resident of Sauk Rapids with his wife Mary, also a Kimball graduate. “In any sport, that’s the goal and we were never there.”
He went on to St. Cloud State and then actually accomplished a lot in the amateur baseball world. In a career that spanned 25 years, he played for the Pearl Lake Lakers, Sartell Muskies and Sauk Rapids Cyclones.
He was MVP of the state tournament in 1992 when Sartell won the state title. But he doesn’t like to talk about it. It’s not his style.
“It’s an honor to be on it,” Hille said. “I’d like to represent the class of 1976 because every sport I played was about the team. I couldn’t have done (anything) without the rest of those guys.”
Hille attended Kimball beginning in eighth grade, living on a farm south of his town with his grandparents Walfred and Viola Stein because his parents divorced.
“When I came to Kimball I had no athletic background whatsoever, other than a little Little League and Babe Ruth baseball,” he said.
He credits his coaches for his success. Nick Juilerat was the basketball coach, a firebrand from Indiana who had the Cubs competing at a high level. Hille, at 6-foot-1, played post. The starting five included 5-10 Tom Marquardt, 6-0 Denny Juilerat, 6-0 Randy Fabel and 6-2 John Arnold. Todd Haag was the sixth man and a key player, Hille said.
He said he’d put that team up against any that Kimball has had, including the mid-80s squads that featured Todd Spaulding and Paul Bruggers.
His message when he speaks to the students during induction ceremonies? “I’m honored to be in it, but it’s more for the team’s accomplishments rather than my personal accomplishments,” he said. “What I did, that’s done and gone.”
* Also being inducted is Benoit, a 1949 graduate who was a star in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was 6-foot-8 and lettered in all four sports four times.
* Liedman is a ’65 graduate who played basketball and baseball. He also was a teacher and coach. He coached golf, baseball and boys and girls basketball.
* Rice is an ’85 graduate who was all-conference in football, basketball and baseball. He was the Times’ small-school football player of the year and an Associated Press all-state kicker who went on to a four-year career as a kicker at St. Cloud State.
* Schiefelbein is a ’72 graduate who wrestled at the University of Minnesota. He has been a Kimball coach since 1976, working with 60 state entrants and 20 state place-winners.
* St. Cloud Cathedral has 452 students in fall sports in grades 7-12. According to activities director Emmett Keenan, that’s 72 percent of all Cathedral’s students. About 40 percent participation is the norm.
Sartell’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction takes place Sept. 20.
The 2013 inductees include: Stacie Oistad Aamild, Ted Ruzanic, Sarah Schellinger, Brad Determan, Ted Plombon, Steve Kimble, Mike Trewick, Teresa (Smoley) Pilarski, Chris Pikus, Brian Stucke and Sarah Bohlsen. Dave Angell is being inducted as a coach and Tom Jensen is receiving the distinguished service award.
The honorees attend an all-school pep fest at 2:45 p.m. There’s a social at 3:30 p.m. at Mulligan’s Events Center. The honorees will be introduced at halftime of Sartell’s football game with Bemidji. Kickoff is 7 p.m.