Hall of Fame
Kent Anderson started his teaching/coaching career at Wall High School in 1987. He spent his first two years as an assistant football and assistant gymnastics coach. He took his first Head Football Coaching job in 1989. He was fortunate to coach an outstanding group of young men as his team was a perfect 11-0 until losing in the state 9B Championship game. In 1990, he took many of the same young men to a perfect season of 12-0 and the 9B State Title. This was the first male State Championship in school history. After a few years, Anderson was fortunate to have another outstanding group. They again went 12-0 as they won the 1994 Sate 9B Title. The next year the Eagles jumped to 9A and almost made the title game again only to lose in the semi-final game finishing the season with a 10-1 record. In his first tenure as the Head Football Coach the Eagles had an astonishing record of 64-10. Anderson left Wall for 17 years before returning for the 2012 season. The 2013 season found another year of dominance. The Eagles cruised to a 10-0 record before falling in the semi-final round to the eventual State Champion. Coach Anderson finished his football coaching career in Wall after the 2017 season. In 12 seasons as Head Football Coach, his teams recorded 94 victories. Six years the Eagles had 8-0 regular season records. The eagles played in the State Football Play-offs 11 out of 12 seasons during his tenure, many times going deep in to the play-offs.
Merlin Doyle taught middle school for the Wall School District from 1959-1963. He then taught high school from 1963-1968. From 1968 until his retirement in 1990 he served as the High School Principal and Activities Director. His entire 31year teaching/principal/coaching career was in the Wall School District. He was chosen High School Principal of the Year in 1986-87. He was involved in the SDHSCA for 25 years and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1990. He is still involved as a lifetime member to this organization. He also was very involved in the SD National Guard for 27 years and retired as a Command Sergeant Major.
Jana Fauske Nelson received her K-12 education at the Wall Public School. While in Junior High, Ms. Nelson began participating in both Cross Country and Track, with the long distance events in Track becoming her favorite. In 1985, Ms. Nelson won the 3200 meter run in Track and set the State record for that event in the Class “B” State Championships. In 1986, Ms. Nelson again was the 3200 meter Track State Champion and also broke her own State Class “B” record. Along with being the 3200 meter State Champion, Ms. Nelson was also the 1600 meter Track State Champion in 1986. In Cross Country throughout her high school years, Ms. Nelson placed in the Cross Country State Championships.
David “Big Dave” Fischer began his high school career at Quinn High School. As a junior, he moved to Wall High School where he graduated. He was a standout in Football, Basketball, and Track. He was a four-year letter winner in Track and participated in the State Track Meet while at Wall High School. He still holds the Wall High School Discus record with a throw of 152’ 11”. He also had valuable contributions to other field and running events. In Basketball “Big Dave” was also a standout. He was a four-year letter-winner on the court. He received the All West River Basketball award and also voted to the All State Basketball team. In football he was also a dominate force. He was also active in student council for 3 years, a class officer for two years, on the Annual staff, and attended Boys State.
Marty Huether was a 1983 graduate of Wall High School. During his high school career he participated primarily in Football, Wrestling, Track and Rodeo.
In Football, Marty was an integral part of the Eagle team that finished the season undefeated in 1980 as a sophomore. As a Junior and Senior he would garner All-Conference honors as a defensive back and quarterback. In Marty’s lone season in Track he would go on to win several meets in the pole vault and run the anchor leg of the 4X400 meter relay. In the rodeo arena, Marty qualified for the State High School Rodeo in bull riding 2x and in team roping 1x. Marty excelled most on the wrestling mat where he finished with a career record of 107-7-1. As a freshman his lone loss was in the state finals to eventual 2x state winner and 2x NAIA national champion Dave Harvey from Miller. As a sophomore he was undefeated until an elbow injury forced him to accept a default loss to 2x state champion Al Lawrence from Mobridge in the region championship. Marty’s junior year found him losing 3 times at state but still garnering a 6th place finish. As a senior, Marty recommitted himself and finished as state champion and undefeated at 119 lbs.
Jill Sutter Leonard
Jill (Sutter) Leonard graduated from Wall High School in 1996.
Jill lettered 4 years in basketball, making the All-Conference team all 4 years. She was a South Dakota All-State player 2 years, West River Tournament All-Tournament Team player 4 years, and Academic All- State player. She helped lead the Wall Lady Eagles to the 1994 Class B State Basketball Tournament, and was named to the State Tournament All-Tournament Team.
Jill also lettered 2 years in Track, attending the South Dakota State Track Meet in High Jump, and was a player on the 1st ever Wall High School Volleyball Team. She lettered 6 years Wall High School Band, was a member of the Wall High School Choir for 4 years, and received the 1996 National Choral Award.
Jill was a National Honor Society member for 2 years, a 1996 South Dakota Legislative Page in the South Dakota Senate, and the 1996 Presidents Award for Educational Excellence.
Jill currently resides in Wall with her husband Jason, daughter Jordan, and son Justin. She serves as a Wall School District Board Member.
Brady McDonnell, Class of 2016, was one of Wall High School's most versatile, accomplished athletes. Brady contributed to varsity athletics from his junior high years thru his high school years. Brady earned five varsity letters in football and track. He also was a 4-year letter winner in basketball. Brady also played on the 1994 State Champion football team and received the Joe Robbie MVP award for his performance in the game. Brady was a four-time All-Conference football player, a two-time 9B SDFBCA All-State player, and a two-time member of the “45 Elite” Argus Leader All State team. Brady was also a Gatorade All- American High School Football Player. After his high school years, he had an outstanding career playing football for the Division 1 Colorado Buffaloes. He is the 25th All-Time in Tackles for Loss and 27th All-Time in QB sacs. He received All-American honors through the Successful Farming Magazine for his performance. Brady then moved on to the NFL and played 5 years of professional football for New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills.
Leslie “Deutscher” Merrill
Leslie “Deutscher” Merrill was a 1992 graduate of Wall High School. Leslie dominated competition over her career in basketball and track. She was a four-year letter winner and starter in Girls Basketball and a six-year letter winner in Track.
Dale Patterson won his first race when he took the blue ribbon in the first grade 50-yard dash. He enjoyed track through his grade school and high school days where he captured the Wall High School freshman 100-yard dash school record and eventually the Wall High School 100-yard dash and 220-yard school record and won the gold medal at the South Dakota State Track meet in the 100-yard dash. In 1968 he also won a bronze medal in the 220-yard dash. He was part of several relay records. Dale was also a teammate on the football and basketball teams at Wall High School ending with the conference championship in football in 1967. He was also a member of the varsity club in high school.
Gale Patterson graduated from Wall High School in 1970. He was active in athletics, music, and drama. He earned seven varsity letters in athletics and numerous varsity letters in music. Gale helped the Wall Eagles win the District Basketball Tournament his senior year. He qualified for the State Track Meet both his Junior and Senior years. During his senior year, he set the school long jump record of 20’10”, which he held for 21 years.
Rhonda “McDonnell” Williams
Rhonda “McDonnell” Williams was a 1992 graduate of Wall High School. Rhonda was a major competitor over her career in basketball and track. She was a four-year letter winner in Girls Basketball and a six-year letter winner in Track.
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