A graduate member of the Tomahawk High School Class of 1941. While in high school, Bob participated in the maximum sporting opportunities as well as other co-curricular activities. He played football and basketball all four years and was a member of the boxing team for three years. Bob earned four major letters in football, three major letters and one minor letter in basketball, and three major letters in boxing.
Bob was a member of a football program that went 19-2-3 over his high school career. They also outscored their opponents 435 to 46 and produced 18 shut outs. In basketball, Tomahawk was part of the Valley Conference and battled bigger schools for much of each season. A team highlight was his senior year when they finished second and produced a 15-4 record.
Individual honors came Bob’s way because of his efforts. He was voted co-captain in football and a two time captain in basketball. Bob was selected as Most Valuable in football his senior year. In basketball, he led the team in scoring both his junior and senior years (151 points his junior year and 204 his senior year) as well as leading the Valley Conference in scoring his senior year with 127 points. Bob was awarded the Best Player Trophy as a senior and was selected as Second Team All Conference. Also, during tournament action he was selected as part of The Antigo Journal's All Tournament Team.
In co-curricular activities, Bob worked on the school annual during his junior and senior years. He was class president his senior year, and he took part in the school play his junior year.
After high school, Bob continued his football career in college, playing for Coach Harry Stuhldreler at UW-Madison. Other Valley athletes with him were Elroy Hirsch of Wausau and George Makris of Rhinelander.