The Pat Gilligan-Alumni Track Meet will be held on April 27 this year with Reid Johnson being named Honorary Referee.
Reid Johnson grew up in Estelline and graduated from EHS in 2002. His parents are David W. Johnson (‘70) and former EHS English teacher, Jan Johnson (’75-‘03). Reid earned letters in basketball, football, cross country and track and earned several Dakota Valley Conference and team awards
Larry Saathoff, a 1968 graduate of Estelline High School, has been chosen as the Honorary Referee for this year’s Pat Gilligan-Alumni Invitational Track Meet, scheduled for April 23.
Larry was born and raised in Estelline. He was a member of the largest class to ever graduate from EHS. There were a lot of great athletes at that time, Larry said, so intramural basketball was a big activity and participants had a lot of fun.
Thomas Caron, a 1978 graduate of Estelline High School, has been chosen as the Honorary Referee for this year’s Pat Gilligan-Alumni Invitational Track Meet, scheduled for April 24. Tom was born in Brookings to Charles and Lorraine Caron and raised in Estelline where he enjoyed a standout athletic career. He earned 12 letters in football, basketball, and track at EHS. His high school athletic career was highlighted by a SD state championship run in the 120 yard high hurdles in 1977.
Gordon Groos was born and raised in Sisseton, SD. He graduated from Sisseton High School in 1966. During his high school years he participated in basketball, football, and track. Gordie attended Northern State college in Aberdeen, SD where he played basketball and football. He received his BA degree in 1970.
Struwe taught in Estelline for 25 years. He was the head boys basketball coach from 1989 through 1996. He also taught business education and was the network administrator from 1998 through his departure in 2014. He wore the athletic director hat as well from 1997 through 2014. He was a leader in the school’s transition to a 1 to 1 computing environment. He also coached cross country and track during his time at Estelline.
Mike & Ann Gorder
Ann and Mike Gorder were chosen as the honorary referees for the 2015 Pat Gilligan-Alumni Track Meet held April 28. Ann Erickson grew up in Elk Point, SD and graduated from Elk Point High School in 1978. Mike is a 1977 graduate of Estelline High School where he was a letter winner in football, basketball, and track. He earned all-conference honors in football his junior and senior years. As a senior, Mike was named to both the South Dakota Sports Writers All-State Football team and the Argus Leader All-State Football Team.
Dan Clarke was born in Mitchell, SD to Gilbert and Mary Clarke. The family moved to Estelline in 1955 when Dan was two years old. Mary was a long-time sixth grade teacher when she passed away in 1994. Dan lettered in football, basketball, and track all four years of high school. As a senior, he was named to the All-State Basketball Team and was also voted the Most Valuable Player in the Hamlin County Conference. In track, he ran the 100, 220, and 440 dashes and relays. He was a
member of the 440 relay team that held the school record for a number of years. Dan played Legion baseball and amateur baseball for several years.
Rich Jefferis, a 1961 graduate of Estelline High School, is the Honorary Referee for this year’s Alumni Invitational Track Meet. Rich attended Estelline Schools for 12 years and continued his education at South Dakota State University. He earned 12 varsity letters at EHS while competing in football, basketball, and track.
As a student at Estelline High School, Don lettered all four years in Track, Football and Basketball, and in the summers he participated in Post 184 Junior Legion Baseball and the Estelline City Baseball team. He received All-State recognition in both football and basketball. Estelline adopted eleven-man football in 1954, and Don was the quarterback of the eleven-man
teams throughout his high school career. Don also participated in band, choir, and declam, and he was elected President of the Student Council. While in high school he worked at the Red Owl grocery store for Harold Radke, and he assisted Ray Ellsworth at the Ellsworth Funeral Home.
Doug Dohrer was born and raised on a farm and attended school in Milbank, graduating in 1967. He earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball, and track while competing for the Bulldogs. Dohrer was the leading scorer on Milbank=s State Class A BasketballChampionship Team his senior year. He gained honors in basketball as a second team All-
State pick as well as being named honorable mention All-State quarterback in football. Doug placed fourth in the pole vault at the State Track Meet his senior year. He also pitched and played shortstop on the Milbank American Legion baseball team.your team!