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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • The Newton High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2009 inductees

  • The Newton High School Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1992 with funding from the Phil E. Anderson Memorial Fund. The 2009 Hall of Fame inductees are Naaman Brown, Wade Brubacher, Jim Lewis, Jodie Musser Beck and Vincent Walker.


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  • The Newton High School Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1992 with funding from the Phil E. Anderson Memorial Fund. The 2009 Hall of Fame inductees are Naaman Brown, Wade Brubacher, Jim Lewis, Jodie Musser Beck and Vincent Walker. Plaques will be presented to the recipients by NHS Principal Ken Rickard during the NHS home football opener this evening ...

    Jodie Musser Beck

    Jodie overcame adversity to become a three-sport standout during her high school career, lettering seven times in volleyball, basketball and softball. Her coaches overwhelmingly recognize her as one of the finest student-athletes to ever represent Newton High.

    In basketball, Jodie led the Railers to a state tournament appearance, an AVL championship and an unprecedented streak of 41 consecutive league wins.

    She was named to the Class 5A All-State team her sophomore and senior years.

    Jodie also was named first-team AVL twice.

    As a softball player, Jodie made the transition to pitcher during her freshman year. By her sophomore year, she was nearly unhittable, pitching 35 consecutive innings without allowing a run. During her senior season, Jodie led the softball team to the all-class state tournament, where the Railers were the only 5A team in the field.

    Jodie went on to earn second-team all-conference honors in softball at Wichita State University, one of the few Railroaders to achieve such a distinction at the Division 1 level.

    Naaman Brown

    Naaman is the third of three players from Frank Lindley’s 1931 state basketball championship team to be inducted into the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

    He teamed with fellow Hall of Fame members Johnny Edwards and Russell “Sticker” Briar in leading NHS to an impressive 44-3 record during the 1930 and 1931 seasons.

    Naaman was captain of the 1931 team, the only undefeated team in the school’s storied 125-year basketball history. He received All-State honors in both his junior and senior seasons.

    Following graduation, Naaman played basketball for the famous national champion AAU McPherson Globe Oilers, the Hesston King Motors and the Boeing Bo Jets. He was employed by Boeing Aircraft for 44 years and passed away in 1981.

    Wade Brubacher

    Wade began his athletic career as a freshman at Chisholm Junior High, lettering in football, basketball and track.

    He continued to excel in these three sports in high school, earning nine additional letters.

    In his junior year, Wade broke the school discus record, a record that had stood for more than 20 years, while also setting a new Ark Valley league record.

    Wade’s senior year, 1965, was outstanding. He was a team captain in three sports.

    In football, he achieved all-AVL honors.

    In basketball, he was named second team All-Ark Valley.

    In track, he broke numerous records in the discus, received Ark Valley honors and won first at the state track meet.

    Wade held the NHS discus record for 43 years, until it was broken in 2008.

    Wade played football at Kansas State and finished his athletic career at Bethel College, receiving all-conference honors in football and track.

    Jim Lewis

    Jim Lewis, a teacher of coaches, transformed the NHS Railroader athletic program through his visionary leadership.

    Jim came to Newton in 1982 after a successful coaching career at Pratt.

    As a vice principal, he led NHS in its school improvement effort, worked with hundreds of students each year, helped classroom teachers, and promoted academics at every opportunity.

    As the athletic director, Jim studied and communicated the correlation between activity participation and student academic performance, encouraging students to be involved in athletics.

    He was the driving force behind the creation and implementation of the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame and Booster Club. Other Kansas schools continue to utilize the by-laws Jim developed in the early 1980s.

    In addition, he developed a substance-abuse policy designed to help students, emphasized the teaching of safe techniques in all sports, and initiated an athletic study hall to encourage students to earn passing grades.

    Following his retirement in 1996, Lewis returned to Pratt, where he has stayed involved with student athletes by coaching golf.

    Vincent Walker

    Vince Walker was a four-year letter winner in wrestling.

    He also lettered in football and track during his remarkable high school career.

    Vince won state championships in wrestling during his junior and senior years, and finished with a career record of 94-23-1.

    Vince’s wrestling honors also included second-team AVL his sophomore year and first-team his junior and senior seasons.

    His 27-1-1 record his senior year resulted in a ranking of fifth nationally in his weight class.

    In football, Vince was a first-team AVL selection, and he played in the Kansas Charity All-Star Classic.

    Following graduation, Vince went on to earn national junior college All-American honors in wrestling and competed in the NCAA tournament twice for California State University in Fresno.

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