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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • 2009 inductees selected for NHS Athletic Hall of Fame

  • The 2009 Newton High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction class has been chosen five members including an administrator and a postumous selection.


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  • The 2009 Newton High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction class has been chosen five members including an administrator and a postumous selection.

    There is one woman in the class Jodie (Musser) Sutterbeck. Sutterbeck set school records for scoring, field goals made, field goal percentage, highest scoring average, steals, deflections and deflection average while playing basketball for the Railers. She also played volleyball and softball for Newton High School before attending Wichita State, where she earned all-conference honors as a softball player.

    Wade Brubacher, class of 1965, also was a three sport athlete for NHS. Brubacher played basketball and football and ran track for the Railers. In 1963, he broke the high school discus record a record that had stood for more than 20 years. He was team captain in three sports his senior year and all-conference in football. He attended Kansas State University and played football before transferring to Bethel, where he was an all conference selection for both football and track.

    Also recognized for his accomplishments on the hardwood is Naaman Brown, class of 1931. Brown was a member of the only undefeated boys basketball team in the history of Newton High School, coached by Frank Lindley. Naaman later played for the AAU national champion McPherson Globe Oilers. He also played for Hesston King Motors and the Boeing Bo Jets. He passed away in 1981.

    One member of the class comes from the 1980s wrestler Vince Walker. Walker was a four-year letter winner in wrestling before graduating in 1984. He also lettered in football twice and track once. He won back-to-back state championships on the wrestling mat in 1983 and 1984. He compiled a 94-21-1 record at NHS, including a 27-1-1 record his senior year. Walker was named to the all-league team for football after his senior year.

    Jim Lewis enters the hall this fall as an administrator. Lewis became the athletic director and vice principal at Newton High School in 1982. He was named the state athletic director of the year in 1982 and 1988. Lewis also founded the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.

    The induction ceremony will be Sept. 4 at Fischer Field.

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