Hall of Fame Award

Each year, one or more person/s are inducted into the Edison High School Hall of Fame at an event which consists of testimonials and awards which convey the merit of the contribution the inductees have made to the high school. Friends, family, and other community members gather to take part in the evening and witness the awards presented to the inductees. The awards consists of two plaques; one of which is retained by the inductee, the other which is permanently displayed in the Edison High School Gymnasium.

Linking the Past to the Present was the idea behind combining the Edison High School Sports Banquet and honoring E.C.S.F. alumni Hall Of Fame Award Winners.

To nominate an alumni for the Edison Hall of Fame you may download an application or you may request an application in writing to the
Edison Community Sports Foundation
PO Box 68032
Minneapolis, MN  55418
edisonhof@gmail.com

Applications are due each year by February 1st.

All applications and questions should be directed to John Banisky, (651) 285-3618, edisonhof@gmail.com.

Past ESCF Hall of Fame Recipients

2020/2021

Due to the Corona Virus Outbreak, the dinner was postponed in 2020 and honorees recognized in 2021.

Annliv Bacon (1960), Mike Sedio (1971), Kevin (yogi) Hanzlik (1972) and Denny McGowen (Staff) will be the individual inductees.  Championship teams from 1972, 1973, and 1974 will be honored into the Circle of Champions.

AnnLiv Bacon (1960) AnnLiv went to Edison During a time when girls sports competition was limited. She lettered in swimming, tennis, and badminton.  There were no all city selections and AnnLiv does not remember any city meet competitions being held.  After high school, AnnLiv attended St Olaf college and graduated with a BS degree in Nursing.  At age 72, AnnLiv started swimming in master’s level competitions.  She has placed in the top ten in individual events at national meets and has been on two relay teams that have finished as high as fourth in the world.  She continues to swim competitively today.

Kevin “Yogi” Hanzlik (1972) Yogi was a five-time letter winner at Edison and selected to the all-city team in both sports.  In basketball he was selected to the WCCO weekly all state team three times.  Playing catcher on the baseball team Edison won a city title with a 9-1 record.  Yogi was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1972 draft but opted not to sign a contract and instead went to Saint Cloud State University where he played for four years and was selected team captain his senior year. Yogi graduated from St. Cloud with a BS degree in Education. He was an English teacher for 36 years, 33 of those years in Rosemount, where he also coached baseball and basketball.  He is the 3rd Hanzlik to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Dennis McGowan (Staff -1983-2003) Denny was hired at Edison as a security staff and soon started to help the athletic program. He started as a member of the football chain gang and after a retirement moved to become the athletic equipment manager.  He was an assistant baseball coach for 10 years and handled announcing responsibilities at Edison for fall and winter sports events.  By the many hats that he wore at Edison, Denny became a reliable and beloved staff member that helped coaches and student athletes succeed both on and off the field.

Michael Sedio (1971) Mike was a three-time letter winner in Track and was selected co-captain in his senior year.  As a nine-time medalist in city meets, Mike was involved in setting many school records as an individual and relay team member.  As a junior, Mike anchored a mile relay team that set a school record of 3:29.  As a senior Mike won the 440-yard dash and came in second in the 220-yard dash which both qualified him for the state meet. Edison school records individually held by Mike include the 220-yard dash (22.8 seconds), and the 440-yard dash (49.8 seconds).  Mike was given his induction a few weeks early at his 50-year class reunion which was appreciated by all in attendance. 

Circle of Champions

Championship teams from 1972-74 were honored at this year’s Hall of Fame Dinner.  Special recognition was given to the 1971-72 football team who at 9-0-1 was the last undefeated team at Edison. Championship teams by year:

1972 – Wrestling, Skiing, Baseball, Danceline (state champs)

1973 – Wrestling, Girls Golf

1974 – Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Girls Golf

2019

Hall of Fame Dinner November 8, 2019 to Honor Ron Solberg and Joe Hanzlik

Joe Hanzlik (1970), Baseball/Basketball

Joe participated in baseball and basketball all three years at Edison. Joe played varsity and lettered two years in baseball and two years in basketball. Joe was a captain in Basketball and was an All-City selection in Basketball and Baseball in his senior year. During his senior season in baseball, Joe threw 2 complete game no-hitters helping the Tommies to a Twin City and District title. Joe was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and played in their organization from 1970-1974. In 1972 he set a Western Carolina league record by striking out 19 batters in a 9 inning, complete game start which is still a record to date for all minor league teams for a 9-inning game. He also was a player of the month and made the All-Star team that year.

Ron Solberg (1964) Swimming

Ron participated and lettered in swimming all three years at Edison. During his Sophomore year he was a city and district champion in the 200 yard Individual medley. As a Junior he won the city and district meets in the 200 yard individual medley and the 100 yard Backstroke. In his senior season, Ron helped anchor the 400 yard Freestyle Relay to a 1st place finish at the city meet and the team set a record at the District meet. Ron’s winning times allowed him to participate in 3 state meets as an individual and relay team member.

Circle of Champions (1970 & 1971)

Players on championship teams from 1970 (Wrestling, Skiing, Tennis, Golf, Baseball) and 1971 (Wrestling, Skiing, Tennis, Golf) were honored at the dinner.  Athletes from the ski teams, wrestling and baseball received a certificate with their team picture from the yearbook.  Some teammates had not seen each other for over 30 years, which is one of the main reasons for promoting this recognition of team success. As much as other schools in the district like to brag of their school’s success, Edison quietly won over 25% of the championships during the decade of the 1970’s.  The next hall of fame event will honor championship teams

2018

Hall of Fame Dinner November 11, 2018 to Honor Champions from 1950’s and 60’s

This year’s Hall of Fame Dinner saw some changes to the program.  For the first time, two athletes entered the hall as tennis doubles partners.  Tim Grivna and Mike Mogen (1968) were undefeated in doubles for two seasons during ’67 and ’68 tennis seasons and were a key part in the team winning back to back city and district titles.  Charlie Kangas (1968) a three sport athlete, excelled in tennis and as a two year starter in football and Basketball.   Mar Jung (2002) will be entering the Hall of Fame as a 3-Time conference meet Champion in Cross Country.

2018 ECSF Hall of Fame
2017

2017 inductees into the Edison Hall of Fame!

Kia Xiong, 2004
Darrin Johnson, 1995
Tim Dziedzic, 1986

2017 ECSF Hall of Fame
2016

2016 inductees into the Edison Hall of Fame!
Mark Drabczak (86)
Terrance Young (00)
Erica Rhodes (06)

2015

2015 HOF Honorees
Mike Hood
Nathaniel Beulah
Gerry Wall
Gary Peterson

2014

At its March 2014 meeting, two new members were elected into the Edison Community & Sports Foundations’s Hall of Fame.  They were honored and inducted into the HOF at EHS October 2014.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EDISON’S 2014 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Mark Simmonds (Right) class of 2000
Kurt Dybdah (Left) class of 2001

2014 ECSF Hall of Fame
2013

CONGRATULATIONS TO EDISON’S 2013 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

ED ROETHKE 1959
Football: 10-12th grade (Varsity) Letters 2: MVP 1958
Hockey 10-12th (Varsity) Letters 3; captain 1958-59
Track 9th-12th (Varsity) Letters 4; Captain 1959
Ray Parkins Award Recipient
Taught Technology Ed. and Coached for 29 years, many State participants and Champions.

SAM MEAD 1985
Football: Team Captain, 2 Year Letter Starter. All Conference, All Metro Team. Played in 1985 MN High School All Star Game. 3 Year State Tournament Participant. Star & Tribune Pre-Season Top 100.
College of St. Thomas Football 3 year Letterman;
2 year starter. Honorable Mention All Conference.

2013 ECSF Hall of Fame
2012

2012 Inductees Are Mike Shupien, class of 1978,  Laura Robillard, class of 1984, and former teacher and coach, Art Maillet.

To earn this distinction, each inductee had to go through a preliminary selection held during the February meeting during which all of the nominated candidates were discussed.  Ten finalists for consideration were advanced to the final selection process.  During the selection process, a candidate had to receive 70% of the votes cast to attain selection to the HOF.

2011

At its March 2011 meeting, three new members were elected into the Edison Community & Sports Foundations’s Hall of Fame.  They will be honored and inducted into the HOF during the Edison spring athletic banquet on May 20, 2011. 

This year’s inductees are Tom Ashley, class of 65,  Pam Schwartz, class of 78, and Dave Kalina, class of 68. 

To earn this distinction, each inductee had to go through a preliminary selection held during the February meeting during which all of the nominated candidates were discussed.  Ten finalists for consideration were advanced to the final selection process.  During the selection process, a candidate had to receive 70% of the votes cast to attain selection to the HOF.

Tom Ashley was a standout athlete at Edison.  He led the basketball team to the city championship in 1965.  Tom was team captain and voted MVP.  He also was elected to the All City team in 1964 and 1965.  Tom continued his basketball career at the University of Minnesota.  Additionally Tom has won several amateur golf championships.  An Edison alum stated that in the history of Edison basketball, “Only Tony Jaros (who went on to play for the Minneapolis Lakers) may have been a better basketball player.”  Tom is described as “a great leader, great student, great person.”  He worked as an executive at General Mills for many years.

Dave Kalina has an impressive athletic history.  He was an outstanding skier: member of the 1968 City Conference, City Slalom, and City Cross-country champion teams.  Dave was a 3 year letter winner and co-captain.  He won 1st place in the 68 City Slalom and placed in the State Slalom.  Davi also lettered in golf at Edison.  He continues to ski and has won multiple awards from 21 years of participation in league ski racing, including winning 1st place in the 2008 NASTAR ski championship for his age group (55-59).  Additionally, Dave has completed 40 marathons.  Dave is the CEO/co-founder of Dynamic Group (90 employees, precision molds & moldings).

Pam Schwartz graduated in 78 with stellar athletic accomplishments:  all conference in volleyball in 76, 77, 78; all conference in basketball in 76, 77, 78; all city in track and field, 78.  Pam continued her record of achievement after graduating with winning the National Tournament Class AA Home Run Championship in 1990 and the National Tournament Class AA Batting Champion in 1996.  Pam was named to the National Tournament All American team on 6 different years.  That’s just a partial list of Pam’s athletic accomplishments.  Pam was offered scholarships at the University of Denver and the University of Iowa.  She chose to attend Dunwoody and received a degree for Auto Mechanics.  After a few years, Pam changed trades and became an electrician.  She has worked for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation for the last 25 years.  Laura Pilon (Kuchinski), who herself is a HOF member, said; “ Pam always set a good example for fellow teammates.  Pam had a great calming effect on everyone and was a great leader on the court or playing field”

2011 Inductees were recognized on Friday evening May 20th at Edison High School. 

2010

May 2010 Edison High School Sports Banquet
and Edison Community & Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Event

2010 ECSF Hall of Fame
2010 ECSF Hall of Fame
2010 ECSF Hall of Fame