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OSAGE | Osage Community Schools has formed its first Athletic Hall of Fame. Honorees will be recognized during the 2019 Homecoming festivities this fall.

The Hall of Fame committee has selected the following individuals to be a part of the inaugural 2019 Athletic HOF class (in no particular order) - Gerald Leeman, 1923 Boys Basketball Team, Doug Schwab, Mark Schwab, 1992 Girls Basketball Team, Susan Helfter and the 1940 High School Wrestling team.

The purpose of the Osage High School Hall of Fame is to honor those Green Devils who have accomplished extraordinary feats in extra-curricular activities and to honor those who have made great contributions to Osage High School activities over a period of many years.

The intention of the Hall of Fame is to recognize friends of athletics who have fostered and preserved good sportsmanship, service, scholarship and citizenship in the Osage school and community and encourage them to continue to motivate Osage students to excel.

“I have been amazed at the quality and quantity of tremendous athletes who have come through this school,” said Osage Schools Athletic Director Michael Henson. “I wanted to create a way to honor and recognize them and all of their achievements.

"Osage has a great tradition and I believe it is important we take time to recognize some of these athletes.”

The committee has also selected “friends” Dr. Mark Haganman and Ron Betts to also be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“As you look at the list of Inductees in our Inaugural class, you can't help but be impressed. We have state champions, Olympic qualifiers and medalists, as well as individuals who have given decades to Osage athletics as coaches and/or volunteers,” Henson said.

Nominees can be inducted in one of four ways –

• Friends of Osage High School, who have made outstanding contributions to Osage High School, generally over a long period of years. This could be through volunteer service or various contributions.

• Coaches/Sponsors, those who have served Osage High School, as coaches or sponsors, at any level of an activity for a minimum of five years.

• Teams/Groups, who have reached outstanding achievement by a particular team or group while representing Osage High School.

• Individuals, who have had outstanding individual achievement, while representing Osage High School.

"This annual event will coincide with Homecoming and we hope alumni near and far, young and old, will attend this event to honor these individuals and teams,” said Osage Schools Superintendent Barb Schwmann. “We are excited and look forward to this annual event.”

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