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Joe Seay, Dort Clark, Ernie Barrett, Charles Wallace named 2014 Crusader Wall of Recognition Inductees

first_imgErnie Barrett by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The third annual 2014 Crusader Wall of Recognition and Class Night Ceremony is set for Thursday.This year’s Class of 2014 inductees include:Joe SeayDort Clark Charles WallaceJoe Seay – a Wellington High School 1958 graduate.Ernie Barrett – a WHS 1947 graduate.Dort Clark – a WHS 1935 graduate.Charles R. Wallace Jr. – a WHS teacher from 1966 to 2001 and coach from 1966 to present.The honorees will have a busy schedule tomorrow including an appearance at a “Chamber Coffee” at the Daylight Donut Shop at 110 S. Washington at 10 a.m.The inductees will have lunch in the WHS Commons with an opportunity to get to meet the students, teachers, school administration and BOE member.At 2:15 p.m. there will be an all-school assembly in the auditorium where honorees will be introduced formally to the student body, faculty and staff.Then at 7 p.m. there will be a “Class Day” Induction into the Crusader Wall of Recognition and will be one of the first awards.The following is a biography of each individual who will be inducted.Joe Seay, WHS Class of 1958(Selected with Class of 2013 inducted with the Class of 2014)In 1958, Seay won an All Classes state wrestling championship for WHS and upon graduation continued his wrestling career at Kansas State University. Seay wrestled there for three years and was an NCAA wrestling tournament qualifier for Kansas State University. Seay earned a B.A. degree in 1963 and a M.S. in 1964 from K-State. Seay later won three national Greco-Roman championships and was a two-time freestyle champion.Seay had an outstanding career as a wrestler but it is as a coach at all levels that he gained lasting prominence.” He began at Bakersfield South High School in California in 1964 where he compiled a record of 177-12-2 and was named the national high school coach of the year” After eight years Seay was hired at Cal State Bakersfield where he won seven NCAA Division II national championships during his 12-year tenure and compiled a record of 189-56 -2.From 1985 to 1992 Seay lead the Oklahoma State wrestling team to a record of 114-8-2.  During his time at OSU they won two NCAA Division I team wrestling titles in 1989 and 1990. Joe is the only coach to win national titles at both levels Division I and II and he was named the national collegiate coach of the year 5 timesWhen Seay’s collegiate coaching career ended he continued coaching on the international level becoming very instrumental in the success of the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club. He also coached the USA to its first-ever Senior World Freestyle championship in 1993 and repeated in 1995. Seay also led the 1995 USA team to victory at the Pan American Games and coached the USA wrestlers to gold in the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta.In 1998, Seay was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.Ernie Barrett — WHS Class of 1947Barrett was born in 1929 in Pratt, Kansas. He and his family moved to Wellington about a year later where his father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. Ernie is quoted in Zac Burton’s book as saying “growing up in Wellington was good for me”. Barrett learned the values of discipline and hard work from his parents and coaches. “Barrett played football and loved it but basketball was his passion. Barnett honed his basketball skills in the school gymnasium under Coaches Cade Suran and John Floyd and on the goal his father put up for him in their backyard  He also played at his neighbor and good friend Harold Rogers backyard court.  There he and his buddies would spend many hours shooting baskets and playing pickup games at all times of the year.In 1947, Barrett and Harold earned All-State Honors and led Wellington to its first and to date only State Championship with a 21 – 4 record.  After high school Harold had committed to play college ball at Oklahoma State under legendary coach Henry Iba and he tried to get Ernie to go there too.  But under the recruitment of first-year assistant coach Tex Winter, Barnett committed to play for Jack Gardner at Kansas StateHis basketball career at K-State is storied.  He captained the 1950-51 team that opened one of America’s most spectacular basketball arenas, the fabled Ahearn Field House.  Barrett earned All-America honors for the 1951 team that posted a 25-4 record and advanced all the way to the NCAA championship game where they lost to Kentucky, 68-58.  He was named the most valuable player at the East/West All-Star game in Chicago following his senior year.After graduation Barrett was drafted in the first round, seventh pick overall, of the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.  Barnett’s basketball career had to wait two years because as a member of the K-State ROTC he had to serve a two-year obligation in the US Air Force as a commissioned officer. After his service, he played one year for the Celtics then sat out a year while getting his coaching career going, then re-joined the Celtics for one more year when Red Auerbach asked him to come back.Following his NBA career, he returned to K-State as assistant basketball coach under “Tex” Winter.  In 1961 he joined the athletic staff as assistant athletic director and in 1969 was named athletic director. He was the first Kansas-born athlete to lead K-State’s athletic program.  Well-known for his firm handshake, Barrett was the man who hired Hall of Fame basketball coach Jack Hartman.He later spearheaded fundraising campaigns for KSU Stadium, the athletic dormitory, synthetic turf on the football stadium, the R.V. Christian Track and Field Complex, the indoor football facility, the Academic Learning Center, Colbert Hills Golf Course, and the new baseball stadium.Barrett, who is known as “Mr. K-State” has received many awards for his many accomplishments which include induction into The Kansas State University Hall of Fame and The Kansas Sports Hall of fame in 1996. “Barrett’s K-State jersey, number 22, was retired in 2005 and hangs in Bramlage Coliseum. Outside of Bramlage Coliseum, there is a Bronze Statue of him honoring “Mr. K-State.”.  In 2014 Barrett was honored by The Blue Key Honor Society with the Outstanding Alumni Award.Dort Clark – WHS Class of 1935Clark was born in Wellington October 1, 1917, and was involved in theater and glee club while attending WHS. After graduation he decided to make a career with his acting and sing talents.  Dort had a long successful career on stage in film and many television shows.  Dort became well known for his burly, tough guy looks and is one of those actors who was recognizable and well know because of his many appearances during his five decades of acting,Clark was truly a pioneer of television acting during the very beginning of that medium.  His first role was on the Philco –Goodyear Television Playhouse in 1948.Clark’s television career continued throughout the 50s, 60s 70s and 80s and he appeared on many of the most popular programs of those early days. Some of his many appearances to his credit are on Car 54, The Donna Reed Show, The Virginian, The Fugitive, The Munsters, Perry Mason, Gun Smoke, The Monkey’s, Bewitched, The Partridge Family, The Mary Tyler More Show and also the soap opera General Hospital and many more.Clark’s had many stage appearances as well. Some of his Broadway plays included Arsenic and Old Lace, Sweet Charity and Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.On the screen Clark appeared in Kiss of Death with Victor Mature and Karl Malden, Never Love a Stranger with Steve McQueen, Skin Game with James Garner, In Harms Way with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask with Woody Allen.After retirement, Clark was on a cruise and reconnected with Louise Myers, a friend from his youth in Wellington. They were later married and Clark moved back to Wellington and lived here until his death on March 30, 1989.Charles R. Wallace Jr. — WHS Teacher 1966 – 2001 Coach – 1966 to the presentMr. Wallace grew up in Broomall, Pennsylvania and graduated from Marple Newton High School. He then attended and graduated from Ottawa University in Kansas and later would get his masters degree at Emporia State University. Mr. Wallace was hired in 1966 and began his teaching and coaching career at the Wellington Junior High. He soon moved to the high school where he taught a number of social studies classes including, Geography, American History, World History, Psychology, Sociology, and Advanced Placement American History.Mr. Wallace was awarded the University of Kansas Master Teacher Recognition Award. He was an adjunct instructor for Cowley College, Director of the Sumner County Teachers Federal Credit Union and a member of the North Central Evaluation Committee visiting team. He was also the past chairman of the Kansas Cross Country Coaches Association and a Special Olympics volunteer.  After retiring from teaching Mr. Wallace continued his involvement with WHS as a member of the Site Council.To many Wellington student-athletes Mr. Wallace is better known as Coach Wallace.  During his long and successful coaching career in Wellington, Coach Wallace has coached football, basketball, wrestling, cross country, and track and field.  Coach Wallace has made a positive impact on many athletes that he has coached in all of these sports.He helped many individuals and teams succeed and win championships. But Coach Wallace will probably always be most remembered as the heart and soul of the Wellington cross country and track and field programs.  To this day after nearly 50 years Coach Wallace continues to coach with the enthusiasm for the sport of running and caring for the athletes as much, if not more than, when he began.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

US, Swiss Timed FIFA Graft Raids

first_imgBERN, Switzerland — For months, American and Swiss investigators worked in secret to prepare for the raids that would shake the soccer world.They knew that the moment to strike would come when FIFA, the sport’s governing body, held its annual Congress in Zurich, gathering all of its top officials — including the main suspects in a far-reaching U.S. corruption probe.Any leak could have given the game away, allowing international soccer officials to scramble out of Switzerland or time to destroy important evidence before authorities could seize it.“It was a months-long planning. It was quite intense to try to find out what is the best moment,” Andre Marty, spokesman for the Swiss Attorney General’s office, told The Associated Press.“It was exactly today that most of the people of interest to the U.S. investigation and to the Swiss investigation are still in Switzerland.”The dual investigations have shaken FIFA, which has been dogged by corruption claims. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has sought to manage the allegations, going so far as to file a criminal complaint against “unknown persons” last November.That move followed then-FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia’s protest at how FIFA handled his investigation into wrongdoing during the votes to host of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup — which went to Russia and Qatar.Marty insisted that FIFA wasn’t tipped off that law enforcement officials would strike on May 27, conducting dawn arrests at the luxury Baur au Lac Hotel and raiding FIFA’s Zurich headquarters to seize electronic and paper documents.“It was quite important to have this coordination between the arrests on the one side for the American procedure, and the other side to get into FIFA and get all of the interesting data and information that we are looking for,” he said.For their part, Swiss prosecutors decided to act after the complaint from FIFA was backed up by what Marty described as “rather interesting bank documents” investigators obtained in recent months.“This led to the fact that we were convinced that we have to proceed with these criminal procedures,” he told the AP.Prosecutors planned on May 28 to interview 10 members of the FIFA executive committee who were members in 2010, when the vote on who was to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups occurred, he said.Marty declined to name them, but a review of the FIFA Executive Committee members present in 2010 and now produces 10 names: Michel D’Hooghe of Belgium, Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast, Marios Lefkaritis of Cyprus, Angel Maria Villar of Spain, Senes Erzik of Turkey, Worawi Makudi of Thailand, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, Hany Abo Rida of Egypt, Vitaly Mutko of Russia and Rafael Salguero of Guatemala.Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors are going after 14 people — nine current and former FIFA officials, four sports marketing executives and an accused intermediary — in corruption allegations spanning more than two decades and involving sums in excess of $100 million. Seven were taken into custody in Zurich.Unlike their U.S. counterparts, Swiss prosecutors aren’t yet investigating the possibility of bribery in the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Instead, they are examining whether members of the executive committee acted in the best interest of FIFA.Blatter isn’t one of those under investigation in the Swiss probe, Marty said. “As we are speaking Mr. Sepp Blatter is neither under investigation nor is he one of the persons we would like to talk to tomorrow,” he said. But he added that this could change.Switzerland has been trying in recent years to shed its reputation as a location for secret financial dealings; for example, it now cooperates with other countries investigating alleged tax cheats suspected of hiding money in Swiss accounts.“Be assured that the office of the attorney general won’t hesitate to investigate (anyone),” said Marty.“With these criminal procedures we are trying to underline the efforts of the Swiss authorities in the fight against corruption — international corruption even — and money laundering,” he said.___By Frank Jordans. Rob Harris and Graham Dunbar in Zurich contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more