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LIONS 8TH ANNUAL ATHLETIC BANQUET Lions 8th Annual Athletic Banquet A Whopping Success
Seymour Press - May 4, 1972

The Lions Club has been active in the community for 58 years. First organized in Seymour in 1964 the organization continues to live up to its motto "We Serve." The annual athletic banquet is one of the many ways the Lions have served the community over the years. The following article is how the Times-Press reported the banquet in 1972.

There’s no success like an annual success. That’s the way it was again at the 8th annual Lions Athletic Banquet Tuesday night at the Seymour Community High School.
The place was packed and Lion Ben Truyman again did an able job as master of ceremonies. For the first time, girls sports were included as part of the athletic salute. This tremendous addition to athletic endeavor awards seemed to be unusual and delightfully confusing
for the initial start. The two girls who were honored as most valuable players were Jeanette Coonen in basketball and Laurie DuFour in volleyball. The featured speaker was Paul Coppo, the “hawk” coach of the Green Bay Bobcats hockey team. Paul told the Seymour athletes and sports backer the formula of success. It was ability and
conditioning plus desire and attitude equals a winner or successful individual.
The popular Bobcat leader also reminisced about his fulfilled days playing baseball for Seymour in the Dairyland League. He didn’t talk about all the fun. The “Hawk” was introduced by some lion named Elmer. Babe who?
The “backer of the year” award went to Robert Kailhofer. The presentation to the Seymour flower power businessman and sports booster was made by Louie Wendt, president of the Lettermen’s Club. Lion Merton Sherman made the athlete of the year award and scholarship to Glenn “Bubba” Vissers. The Seymour giant participated in football, wrestling, and track. Bubba also earned other hardware for the trophy shelf as “most valuable” and “fastest pin” in wrestling. Bubba set quite a few school records in grappling game. Included in his 33-1 record. Bubba rubbed the hides of 27 opponents into the canvas as he worked to earn third in the big job class at the state. Bubba is number one with the sport fans.
The Seymour Coaches made the individual award presentations. Track, golf, and baseball were not included because the participation in those sports is still on. (Actually because of the beautiful winter weather this spring, it’s been as they say on TV—“The action is stopped on the ice”) The other award winners for the various sports were: Rick Johnson, (son of the renowned Mr. & Mrs. Richard Johnson), two awards as most valuable and number one in free throws. Dave Blohm, who knows his board work, earned his trophy as top rebounder.
Coach Mike Mullen made special mention of an award for courage to Steve Hill and his magnificent efforts after the auto accident last year. Football- Bruce King was without a doubt Mr. Defense. His four-year efforts in track as well as football also rewarded Bruce with a special scholarship by the Lions. Dennis Neuman, a veteran of the trench wars in the front line, blocked out as Mr. Offense. Most valuable player was double duty Louie Wendt. Cross Country – Greg Marnocha with a steady pace trotted off the stage with the “most valuable“ honors.
A sophomore, Greg Puls, sprinted his way into the “most improved”. Wrestling- The Tiny Tiger, Tom Vande Hei, had the honor of being named the “most improved wrestler” The sophomore was the smallest man on the wrestling team and one of the toughest matmen. And so it went. It was a night of deserved honors for the tribesmen who wear the red and white colors of the Seymour Indians. It was a great banquet and fun evening. Splendidly done Lions.

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