Steve Gaedtke
Steve Gaedtke A graduate member of the Tomahawk High School Class of 1967 participating all four years in football, basketball, and track.

As a Hatchet athlete Steve earned three letters in football, two in basketball and three in track. His best year was his senior year as he was a valuable part of a football and basketball Co-Conference Championship and on his way to a third State appearance in track when his participation in a new event to help out his team lead to a season ending injury.

In football he was All Conference Honorable Mention on offense and a Channel 7 All Star Honorable Mention selection his sophomore year. He repeated as All Conference Honorable Mention his junior year before exploding for a tremendous senior year. Selected as co-captain of the team he rushed for 1,059 yards for the season and his performance at halfback was highlighted by 243 yards against Park Falls. Being a two way starter resulted in his being First Team All Conference on offense at Halfback and at Safety on Defense. Post season honors also saw him being selected to the Channel 7 All Stars.

His basketball career was highlighted as he helped his team to a Co-Conference championship his senior year.

He also excelled at track and was a member of the 880 Relay Team that qualilied for State his sophomore and junior years. He set a record in the 220 yd dash his sophomore year with a time of 23.6 seconds.

After high school he attended North Dakota State University on a scholarship where he played football all four years and earned his education major in 1971. Some special highlights for Steve at North Dakota State were playing in three Bowl Games (1968 Pecan Bowl in Texas, 1969 & 1970 Camelia Bowl in Sacramento), receiving the Most Dedicated Athlete Award as a senior, and being part of a team that was ranked #1 in small colleges. Steve has also been inducted into the NDSU Bison Athletic Hall of Fame

Steve has remained active in our community as a youth and high school coach, member of the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Tomahawk Scholarship Committee, Board of Directors for Nicolet College as member of the Advisory Committee, worked for the Department of Corrections, taught night school at Nicolet College, employed as a Human Resources Manager for the Tomahawk Paper Mill and Harley Davidson, while most recently becoming People Services Director at Phillips Plastic.

Inducted: 2004