Sports Hall of Fame – 2022
|Vicki Pitz Blake
Vicki Pitz is a 1986 graduate of Dubuque Senior HS. While attending school, Vicki was involved in
Volleyball, Basketball, and Track & Field for the Rams. Vicki Pitz was part of state qualifying teams in both Basketball and Volleyball; the 1984-85 Basketball team placed 3rd in the state, while the 1983 Volleyball team were state champions. Vicki held many school records in Women’s Basketball for the 6-on-6 program, which moved to 5-on-5 the following year, ensuring many of her records won’t be broken! Following graduation, Vicki attended NICC and worked for a local company for many years. In 2000, Vicki purchased the Rhomberg Dairy Queen and has run that business for the past 22 years. Vicki is a contributor to the Dubuque Community through her business and support of local charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Miracle Network, and Whispering Hope.
Trent Corey is a 1997 graduate of Dubuque Senior HS. An avid runner, Trent was a member of the Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams for the Rams. Trent was coached by Jim Boughton in XC and was part of a string of 6-consecutive State Individual Champions from DBQ Senior from 1991-1996; Trent earning his Individual State Championship in 1996. Trent attended the University of Iowa to run XC and T&F, and to study Physical Therapy. A biomedical engineering degree from the U of Iowa in 2002, was followed up with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2005 from Iowa. Trent currently resides in the Vancouver, Washington area with his family and practices physical therapy there, including teaching ChiRunning and ChiWalking methods.
Jim Dunne is a 1977 graduate of Dubuque Senior HS. Jim was active in 3 sports while attending school, Football, Wrestling, and Track & Field. In addition to his involvement in athletics, Jim was a great student and was a member of the National Honor Society. Jim’s coaches at DBQ Senior included Sweet, Murphy, Ferry, Dawson, Boeckmann, Jantsche, and Bentley. Jim attended Coe College, graduating in 1981 with a BAE degree, later earning a MAE degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1992. Jim Dunne, recently retired, but was a long-time school educator at Grinnell Public Schools. Jim has 34 years of coaching football, 23 as head coach and had a career record of 174-67. His teams earned 9 district titles, qualified for the state playoffs 15 times, was 3A Coach of the Year (1998) and coached 59 All-State players during his coaching career. Jim Dunne was inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2020. Jim Dunne still resides in Grinnell with his wife Sara.
Aaron Herbst is a 2002 graduate of Dubuque Senior HS. Aaron was an active participant in Football and Track & Field, earning 2 major D’s in Football and 3 major D’s in Track & Field. Aaron had great success with the Track & Field team during his HS career. A long jumper and sprinter, Aaron was a part of many relays, as well as individual events, which qualified for the Drake Relays and IHSAA State Meet. Following graduation, Aaron played Volleyball and ran on the Track & Field team at Clarke University. Aaron has worked in sports related fields with his Athletic Training and Exercise Science degrees as well as a doctorate in Education. Some stops include Clarke University, DBQ Senior, University of Iowa and Coe College, not only as an athletic trainer, but as a coach as well. Aaron currently resides in Dubuque with his family.
|Arthur “Deac” Wolters
Arthur Wolters is a 1918 graduate of Dubuque Senior HS. He was active in student government at Dubuque Senior as Class President his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. Was on Student Council and served as President his Senior year. Athletically, Arthur was on the Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track & Field teams as a Ram. Perhaps his greatest sport success was on the Track & Field team for the Rams. Following graduation at Dubuque Senior, Arthur attended Iowa State University, playing Football and running on the Track & Field team. Deac, as he was called, was a All-American in the 440y dash in 1922, and MVC Champion in the 440y and 880y events. Arthur Wolters was a teacher, coach, and administrator in Illinois following his graduation at ISU. He worked at Highland Park and was both Principal and Superintendent of Schools. Highland Park High School’s football stadium is named after Arthur “Deac” Wolters (Wolters Field). Arthur’s extended family, including Dave Cushman (grandson) still lives in Dubuque.
Glenn Walters is 1957 graduate of Dubuque Senior HS. Glenn was a 3-sport athlete for the Rams, participating in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. During his senior campaign, Glenn was a captain on all 3 teams! Following graduation, Glenn attended Lake Forest College where he played the same three sports, Football-Basketball-Baseball. He earned 9 Varsity letters during his college years and graduated with a Business Administration degree. He was inducted into the Lake Forest Hall of Fame in 1977. Glenn served in the US Army following his career at Lake Forest, before finding employment at Caradco (where he started their Junior Achievement program) and then at John Deere until his retirement in 1987. Glenn and his wife Becky reside in Titusville, Florida.
Ken Montgomery is a 1959 graduate of Dubuque Senior HS. A standout athlete and student, Ken played 3 sports for the Rams: Football, Basketball, and Track & Field. Ken was named 1st team all-state running back in 1958. Following graduation, Ken attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison to play football for the Badgers. He was a part of two Big Ten Championship teams and the 1960 and 1963 Rose Bowl teams, all while being on the Badger Football team Academic Honor Roll. Following graduation from UW, Ken went to work first for Texas Instruments, then Flexsteel Industries. In 1992, Ken started Crestmont Corporation, a furniture business. Ken was an important part of his community, most recently in Evansville, Indiana at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Ken was married to Connie Pierce Hughes for 56 years, before he passed away on November 20, 2020.
Jayme Murphy is a 2006 graduate of Dubuque Senior HS. Jayme participated in Football and Track & Field teams for the Rams. Jayme continued his football career at the University of Iowa. His role at the U of Iowa, was one as a dynamic player on Special Teams for the Hawks. He made a name for himself in 2007, playing Wisconsin, knocked a Badger player free of the ball he was carrying and created a turnover for the Hawks. His tenacity and passion to run full speed trying to make a big impact is what led to at least 4 concussions during his RS Freshman and Sophomore seasons. After the 2008 season, concussions kept him from the field and sent Jayme on a different course of coaching and further learning about concussions in a master’s program at the University of Minnesota. Jayme still resides in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area with his family.
Merle Tanner is a 1934 graduate of Dubuque Senior HS. During his tenure at Dubuque Senior HS, Merle participated in Football, Basketball and Track & Field for the Rams. As a track & field athlete, Merle was a middle-distance runner, focusing on the 880 yard and mile races. His personal best mile time came as a senior, running in 4:20. Following graduation, Merle eventually began a 35-year career at Dubuque Pack, retiring in 1976. Merle was also an avid bowler and golfer in the Dubuque area. Merle served on the Executive Board of the Dubuque Bowling Association as President and Secretary/Treasurer. He would often organize youth bowling tournaments and help coach young kids in the sport. He was inducted into the Iowa State Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1978, and Iowa Seniors Bowling Hall of Fame in 1990. Merle Tanner passed away on October 31, 2001.