A graduate member of the Tomahawk High School Class of 1953. Three male sports was the entire
makeup of Tomahawk athletics and he took full advantage of what was available as he participated all four years in football, basketball, and baseball.
In football Tomahawk was a member of a four team conference with Phillips, Medford, and Mosinee. Tom earned two minor letters, two major letters and earned All Conference honors as a senior at end.
Basketball and baseball were different from football in that Tomahawk was part of the Wisconsin Valley. In baseball he earned one minor and three major letters. It was, however, in basketball where Tom left his mark. He earned a minor letter his freshmen year, earned a major letter and was selected as All Conference Honorable Mention his sophomore year, earned his second major letter as a junior while leading the team in scoring with 284 points and being selected as All Conference at center. While what he had accomplished thus far was noteworthy he was about to have a senior year that would draw attention from around the entire state. As a senior he would earn his third major letter, be selected as team captain, be voted team MVP, and once again be selected as All Conference at center. There were several reasons for the attention that he received. In addition to scoring a team high 502 points during the season he would break two of Johnny Kotz's Wisconsin Valley records. Tom broke the Valley single game record by dumping in 46 points in a 90-44 victory over Merrill while scoring 326 points for the Valley season. 1939 graduate John Kotz of Rhinelander had the record of 44 points in a single game and 316 for the Valley season but remained as the only individual to own four Valley scoring titles. Tom has indeed left his mark on the Wisconsin Valley.
After graduation he received a full scholarship to Notre Dame for basketball and played as their sixth man as a freshmen. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1957, moved to DePere where he married and raised his family while being employed at Badger Northland in Kaukauna as Vice-President of Public Relations & Personnel Manager.