The Beaver Dam School District has announced their 2018 Wall of Fame inductees. Austin Ehlenfeldt graduated in 2006 and won eight letters in golf and hockey. 2007 graduate Collin Kuhn was a three-sport athlete and earned eight letters in football, basketball and baseball. Barbara Rawlsky-Willet graduated in 1970 and competed in field hockey, volleyball, basketball, softball and track and field. The three inductees will be recognized during Homecoming activities on September 28. Ehlenfeldt, Kuhn and Rawlsky-Willet will receive their hall of fame plaques fifteen minutes prior to Beaver Dam’s football game against Deforest.
Athlete – BDHS – 2006
Austin achieved great success at BDHS in golf and hockey, winning eight letters. He was named captain in both sports and was MVP for the boy’s golf team all four years. In 2005 and 2006, he was the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference Champion and named to the WLT’s All-Conference First Team for three years. In 2006, he was named WIAA First Team All-State and was also named BDHS men’s Athlete of the Year.
Austin earned a scholarship, in 2006, to UW-Madison. He transferred to UW-Green Bay in 2008. In 2009, he was Horizon League Conference New Comer of the Year and in 2009 and 2010, he was Horizon League First Team All-Conference.
In amateur competition in 2008, he finished first in the NEWGA Amateur Match Play in Green Bay. In 2010, Austin placed second in WPLA Ray Fischer State Amateur in Janesville. In professional competition, Austin won the NEWGA Open in 2011in Oshkosh. In 2012 he was the Wisconsin PGA Section Assistant’s champion in Oshkosh and in 2013 He was the NEWGA Open champion.
For two years, Austin came back to Beaver Dam to win the Old Hickory Golf Club Championships in 2014 and 2015.
Dick Heckel, his BDHS golf coach, stated, “In 33 years as the BDHS Varsity Golf Coach, Austin is the most deserving individual that I have had the opportunity to coach.”
Athlete – BDHS – Class of 2007
Collin Kuhn, an outstanding three-sport athlete in high school, earned a combined 8 letters in football, basketball and baseball. He played varsity football from 2004-2006, earning First-Team Little Ten All-Conference and Team Offensive-MVP in 2006. Following his senior season, Collin held the school record for career receptions, receiving yards, touchdown receptions and 100 YD reception games. He also had the most receptions and 100 YD reception games in a season. Collin was a member of the varsity baseball team from 2005-2007, earning First-Team Little Ten All-Conference in 2006 and 2007. He had a .534 batting average his senior season and was selected first-team All-State and to the WBCA All-Star Team. Collin also played varsity basketball during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He was elected Faculty Honors by BDHS during the 2006-2007 school year and named the BDHS Most Outstanding Senior Male Athlete and American Legion John E. Miller Post 146 Award winner in 2007.
Collin went on to play Division I baseball at the University of Arkansas for the 2008-2011 seasons. His collegiate career statistics are: 179 games played, 26 HR, 112 RBI, 50 SB, 53 HBP and a .297 BA. Collin played in the 2009 College World Series in Omaha, NE. In 2010, he was the NCAA regional MVP and drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 15th round of the MLB draft. After returning to college for his final season, Collin was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 17th round in 2011. He signed and played with the Bristol White Sox and Kannapolis Intimidators.
Collin graduated from the University of Arkansas in May 2013. He currently lives with his wife, Kelsey, in Texarkana, AR.
Athlete – BDHS – Class of 1970
Barbara was a pioneer in girls’ high school athletics at Beaver Dam High School. She competed in Girl’s Athletic Association field hockey, volleyball, basketball, softball and track & field. In her senior year, she competed in hurdles and long jump at the State Track and Field Meet. Barbara was also a varsity cheerleader, homecoming queen, and on the senior honor roll.
She excelled in college athletics at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota. She played field hockey, volleyball, basketball and tennis at #1 singles for four years. She graduated in 1974 with a physical education major and health minor along with a coaching certificate.
She coached at all levels in several schools in Minnesota including: tennis, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and track & field. In 2004, Barbara turned her attention to collegiate coaching and was named head girls’ tennis coach at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire. Before her collegiate position, she coached girls’ tennis at Plymouth Regional High School for 29 years.
She is now the longest-serving tennis coach in the PSU program’s 49-year history. Barbara has led the Panthers to be Little East Conference contenders in tennis. They won LEC tournament titles in 2004, 2006, and 2014, and won the regular season crown in 2005 and 2014. Barbara was named LEC Coach of the Year in 2015.
Barbara was inducted into the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.