This Friday evening six more former Custer High School standout athletes, educators and contributors will be immortalized when they are inducted into the Custer High School Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place between the Custer High School girls and boys basketball games against Hot Springs at the Armory. If you plan to attend the induction ceremony you may want to arrive at the Armory around 7 p.m., as the Armory can get a little full for this event, and you never know how long the first game of the evening is going to last.
As always, all six of those being inducted are more than worthy of enshrinement. Custer High School has had no lack of outstanding athletes grace its halls over the years, and this year’s class features two of the best track athletes to ever run for the ’Cats, one of the best wrestlers and a pair of men who stood out on both the gridiron and the basketball court. We can’t forget Neil Witt, either, who we learned was more or less the patriarch of the maintenance department for the school district at a time when there was much less technology and a lot more schools and ground to cover for someone in his position.
Bob Judson was All-State in both basketball and football, while Jim Welsh was an All-State in football for the Wildcats in the 1960s.
Tricia Baumann was a multiple state champion track athlete and on a state championship cross country team in 1979, while Jerry Woodward was Custer’s first state wrestling champion and a five-time place winner at the state tournament.
Walker Witt was an outstanding track athlete who still holds two school records and won several individual titles in track and was on a championship team. He also helped coach multiple state championship track and cross country teams.
Photos, trophies, scrapbooks and memorabilia will be on display in the concessions area during the games, and after the games and induction ceremony there will be a reception for the inductees, family and public at the Buglin’ Bull.
If you see one of this year’s inductees, be sure to wish them a well-earned congratulations. It is always fun for us to get to know the inductees as we do research and interviews for the stories. Some we already know their exploits. Others, we are learning about their feats for the first time. They are all impressive and they are all humbled to be recognized in this way. Most of them are just humble in general, downplaying the great accomplishments they achieved in their time as a Wildcat.
Congratulations, Custer High School Hall of Fame Class of 2018. You have earned your immortality.