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Five Inducted into Athletic Wall of Fame

Five new members will be inducted into the LHS Athletic Wall of Fame Feb. 10 during halftime of the boys basketball game against Green Bay Southwest.

James Boeldt, Dave Dorak, Jack Egan, Tom Herzog and Lauren Lukas are the newest inductees honored by the Manitowoc Lincoln Athletic Department. 


Boeldt, a 1952 graduate, lettered in basketball, football and track.

He earned All-Fox River Valley Conference honors in both football and basketball.


Dorak, a 1970 graduate, excelled in football, basketball and track.

He was the WIAA State pole vault champion in 1970 with a height of 13-6.

He competed on the Carthage College football team and once intercepted 11 passes in one season.


Egan, a 1954 graduate, became the first athlete in the state to win back-to-back WIAA State Titles in boys tennis his junior and senior seasons.

He lettered in tennis, football and basketball.


Herzog, a 1955 graduate, was a four sport letter winner in football, basketball, baseball and tennis.

He earned All-FRVC honors in basketball and baseball as a junior and senior.

In 1958, he signed a professional baseball contract with the Milwaukee Braves and in 2001 was inducted into the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame.


Lukas, a 2008 graduate, was a three-time all-state tennis athlete and four-time all-conference honoree.

She amassed 100 career wins and three FRVC titles while qualifying for state all four years of high school.

Alumni Spotlight: Joe Wiesner (1990 Grad)

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Then and now: Mr. Wiesner in 1990 (high school senior photo) and today

Alumnus: Joe Wiesner

Year Graduated from Lincoln High: 1990

Post high school education earned: Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UW - Eau Claire, Master’s in Education in School Counseling from UW - Superior.

Current occupation: School Counselor at Lincoln High School and coach of multiple sports

Where resides now: Manitowoc, WI

Clubs/activities/sports involved in when in high school: Football, Swim Team, Student Senate, Lunch Bunch (non-alcoholic support group that organized events during lunch)

Favorite memories of Lincoln High School or earlier? Jackson Elementary: 5th Grade Mrs. Lucy Glaeser’s class was fun year round. 4th Grade Mrs. Gamlin’s class during snack time - one particular friend had fruits and vegetables during snack time made into cool toys such as a celery drag car. It made food look appetizing. Lincoln: Sports include track, football and swimming. Had friends mostly from the swim team. “I sucked at swimming” but “hung out after sitting in my friend’s kitchen, eating elephant tracks out of the container with spoons.”

Teachers / coaches who made an impact on you and why? Mrs. Nitknocker, 2nd grade - taught counting with fingers. Mrs. Mossholder, 3rd Grade - Little House on the Prairie, learned to make a Christmas present and then exchange it with another student. Also, remembers the Mulligan Stew they made. It taught him what life was like during the Great Depression. Mrs. Lucy-Dollows, 5th Grade - token economy taught him financial responsibility and goal setting.

How have you shown your dedication to Manitowoc Public School District? “I came back to Lincoln. I have been an advisor for Club Sandwich, Link Crew, and coached every single year I’ve worked here. I coached 7th, 8th, and 9th grade football, JV girls fastpitch, assistant coach for JV, freshman, and varsity wrestling and varsity assistant coach for swimming 7 years. I have also coached Wilson track and field for 3-4 years.”

What makes you enthusiastic about helping students with counseling as well as sports? “It’s SUPER FUN! Every day is a little different. I get to work with all students, junior high and high school students, as well as some of the best students and some of the worst students in the school. Watching a kid improve at anything they’re doing is so rewarding. I love helping kids become better people. Working with struggling students and helping them make that connection and overcome their obstacles is rewarding. Due to the fact that I’m an alumnus, it’s more personal to me.” 

Advice to current students? “Can’t cheat work, you either do the work or you don’t.”

Any other info you’d like to add? “My favorite color is blue and I didn’t purchase a single item of SpongeBob in my office.”

LHS, Wilson Play in UW Whitewater Honors Orchestra

Lincoln High grad and current UW Whitewater student Ethan Greening hosted some of our students at the UWW Honors Orchestra event last weekend.

Three students each from Lincoln High and Wilson Jr. High were selected to participate due to their dedication to their music studies, keen interest in orchestra and willingness to take on a challenge! All students reported that they had an excellent time and learned so much – in fact, they’d like to go back next year too!


Left to right:  Dr. Ramaekers, Darren Kluczinske, LHS students Josh Sorge, Rebekah Lazzeroni and Nylene Zabel, Wilson students Josie Geppert and Sarah Rezach, and Ethan Greening (LHS grad, current UWW student).

MPSD Student Rings NYSE Bell

This afternoon a Manitowoc Public School District student will be on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to help ring the closing bell.

You can watch it live here - - the bell ringing will be shown after 2:56 p.m.

Lia Haile, 13, is being honored for her work helping children and families staying at Hope House, a Manitowoc homeless shelter. What started as Lia's effort to make sure every child who has a birthday while at the shelter gets a party and presents has grown into a much larger program called the Hopeful Hearts Club that has brought volunteers and donations to the shelter.

Read more about Lia in the Herald Times Reporter