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  • Four to be inducted into Crusader Wall of Recognition

  • Four icons of Wellington sports will be inducted into the Crusader Wall of Recognition Thursday at an awards ceremony at the High School. It will be part of awards night set for 7 p.m. at the high school.
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  • Four icons of Wellington sports will be inducted into the  Crusader Wall of Recognition Thursday at an awards ceremony at the High School. It will be part of awards night set for 7 p.m. at the high school.
    The four inductees are:
    Charles R, Wallace Jr. - WHS Teacher 1966 - 2001 Coach 1966 to the present
    Dort Clark - WHS Class of 1935
    Ernie Barrett - WHS Class of 1947
    Joe Seay - WHS Class of 1958
    A full day of activities is planned for those inductees that will be able to attend.
    The Wall of Recognition was started in 2012. Four were inducted that year, three in 2013 and four this year.
    Below is information about this year's group.
    Joe Seay - WHS Class of 1958
    In 1958 Joe won an All Classes state wrestling championship for WHS and upon graduation continued his wrestling career at Kansas State University. Joe wrestled there for three years and was an NCAA wrestling tournament qualifier for Kansas State University. Joe earned a BA degree in 1963 and a MS in 1954 from K-State. Joe later won three national Greco-Roman championships and was a two time
    freestyle champion.
    Joe 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 I77 -12-2 and was named the national high school coach of the year. After eight years Joe was hired at Cal State Bakersfield where he won seven NCAA Division ll national championships during his twelve year tenure and compiled a record of 189-56 -2. From 1985 to 1992 ioe 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 ll and he was named the nationalcollegiate coach ofthe year 5 times
    When Joe'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. Joe 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 Joe was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
    Ernie Barrett - WHS Class of 1947
    Ernie 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". Ernie learned the values of discipline and hard work from his parents and coaches.
    Page 2 of 4 - Ernie played football and loved it but basketball was his passion. Ernie 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 Ernie 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 lba and he tried to get Ernie to go there too. But under the recruitment of first year assistant coach Tex Winter, Ernie committed to play for Jack Gardner at
    Kansas State His 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 Ernie was drafted in the first round, 7th pick overall, of the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. Ernie'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.
    Ernie 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
    Page 3 of 4 - 1996. Ernie'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 Ernie was
    honored by The Blue Key Honor Society with the Outstanding Alumni Award.
    Dort Clark - WHS Class of 1935
    Dort 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,
    Dort was truly a pioneer of television acting during the very beginning ofthat medium. His first role was
    on the Philco -Goodyear Television Playhouse in 1948. Dorts television career continued through out
    the 50's, 60's 70's and 80's 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.
    Dorts 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 Dort 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 Dort was on a cruise and reconnected with Louise Myers, a friend from his youth in Wellington. They were later married and Dort 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 present
    Mr. 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 Countv 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.
    Page 4 of 4 - To many Wellington student-athletes Mr. Wallace is better known as Coach Wallace. During hls 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.
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