The Raider Hall Of Fame is set to recognize those individuals who have had a positive impact during their careers and beyond the walls of Stevens High School. Links below will open the Program of the evening.
CURRENT LIST OF MEMBERS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
EVENT PROGRAMS LISTED BELOW BY YEAR
2019 Monday April 22 6:30 PM Carold Heier Gymnasium
2018 NOMINATION FORM
2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
Talylor Baker Rombough
Taylor graduated from Stevens High School in 1998, having excelled in track and field and gymnastics. Taylor rose to Stevens Varsity teams as an eighth-grader and competed in both sports at State Meets for five straight years. Taylor won the long jump as a sophomore and senior and was second as a freshman and junior. She captured the State AA triple jump crowns as a sophomore and senior and was fifth as a junior. She was on three Raider State Championship teams in track and field. Hall of Fame Stevens track coach Lemoine Trout once said: "Her history was - the bigger the meet - the better she did. She was a furious competitor." Taylor, however, is best known for her superior skills in gymnastics. She captured a state record 13 individual titles in the balance beam (1994, 1996, 1997), floor exercise (1994, 1995, 1998), uneven bars (1995), vault (1995, 1998), and all-around (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998). An ankle injury in 1997 prevented her from any competition, except in the balance beam, at the State Meet. The painful injury did not prevent Taylor from winning the State Title on the beam that year. Taylor’s gymnastics career started at age four in Minneapolis, MN, and continued in North Platte, Nebraska at age 8, before moving to Rapid City at age 10. She became a club member at Just Jymnastics in the fall of 1989. Much credit must be given to Bill and Cheryl Allen, as they worked with her for a number of years at Just Jymnastics, developing her skills and mindset towards high level gymnastics competition. She placed in the top 25 in the nation in the National Club Gymnastics competition in 1992 and 1993.
Forry spent 32 years as a Head Cross country coach and assistant track and field coach. He coached 9 Girls Teams to State Titles, 10 Boys Teams to State Titles and 12 Combined State Titles at Stevens High School. He also won 2 girls Cross Country Team Titles at Spearfish HS.
He had 13 Individual State Champs and 137 All-State Top 25 performers.
Forry followed several sayings he contrived while coaching. His favorites include:
Forry has received several State and National awards. He was inducted into the NHSACA Hall of Fame, South Dakota Sports HOF, SDHSCA HOF, Rapid City Officials HOF, and SDTFCCA HOF. Forry was voted the NHSACA Girls Cross Country Coach of the year in 1999 and was a NHSACA COY Finalist in Boys Cross Country in 2000 & 2003. INDUCTED 2019
Sheri attended Stevens High School, where she competed in the first sanctioned State Gymnastics meet in 1974, was on the first Girls Cross Country Team and ran for a runner-up state championship team in Track. She was the Team captain in all three sports and was selected the Stevens’ Girls Athlete of the Year in 1976.
After graduation in 1976, Sheri attended South Dakota State University and competed in Gymnastics and Track, getting one of the first scholarships available for women athletes. Keck graduated in 1979 with a degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation and a minor in Athletic Training. Keck’s first coaching and teaching position landed her in Sturgis for two years before moving on to Spearfish to become the head gymnastics coach for the next six seasons (198388). She was also an assistant cross country and track coach in Spearfish as well. After moving back to Rapid City in 1988, Sheri became one of the most successful high school gymnastics coaches in state history. The Stevens High School grad guided Rapid City Stevens to six state titles and two-runner up finishes in 13 seasons. Keck coached the Raiders from 1991 -2001 and 2005-06. The Raiders won state titles in 1994, ’95, ’97, ’98, ’99 and ’01 and had runner-up finishes in 1996 and 2000. Keck was an assistant at Stevens for another four seasons (1990; 2007-09). She has been an assistant middle school track coach in Rapid City since 1995 and was selected SDHSCA Middle School COTY in 2017.
Keck started the Competitive Cheer program at SHS in 2010. In 2011 and 2012 her teams became the Class AA State Cheer Small Group Stunting/Tumbling State Champions. Sheri has received several awards including the following Hall of Fame inductions: National High School Athletic Coaches Association, South Dakota Sports, South Dakota High School Coaches Association, Rapid City Officials, and South Dakota Gymnastics Coaches Association. Sheri was voted the NHSACA Special Sports Coach of the Year in 2006. Keck was South Dakota High School Coaches Association Gymnastics Coach of the Year 1995. In 2006, she received the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports’ Pathfinder Award and in 2007, she was named SDSU’s Ralph Ginn Award winner. INDUCTED 2019
While at Stevens High School, Greg was fortunate to train under Hall of Fame coaches Forry Flaagan, Doc Michel, and Loren Kambestad, and quickly became one of South Dakota’s top runners. He won three consecutive state cross country titles (1990-1992) and claimed state 3200m titles in 1991 and 1993. In his senior campaign, Greg finished 2nd at the 1992 Kinney National Cross-Country Championships, and also set a South Dakota state record for 3200m. Jimmerson went on to enjoy a standout collegiate career at Stanford University. He competed in the 1994 World Junior Cross-Country Championships, and in 1995 he won Junior National titles in the 5k and 10k on the track. In 1996, he led the Cardinal crosscountry team to the first NCAA title in program history, finishing as the top American runner with a fourth-place showing. As a senior, Greg was awarded the Stanford Athletic Department's "Most Competitive Athlete" title. Greg graduated from Stanford with a degree in Product Design in 1998, and trained for six years with the Nike Farm Team in Palo Alto, CA. He placed 11th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. In 2001 and 2002, Jimmerson represented the United States at the World Cross Country Championships, helping the American men to take home the Bronze medal in the 2001 event. Jimmerson also competed at the 2004 Olympic Trials, running the marathon and the 10,000 meters (12th place). Jimmerson owns personal bests of 7:55 (3K), 8:31 (steeplechase), 13:38 (5K), 28:40 (10K) and 2:16:27 (marathon). INDUCTED 2019
Rand Schleusener graduated from Stevens High School in 1976. He led Stevens to the mythical state title in 1974. He was an all-state defensive selection in 1975 after being honored in 1974 as an offensive lineman. At Stevens, he was a high school All-American in 1975.
The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder attended the University of Nebraska (A Cornhusker). He was an Academic All-American in 1979 and '80 and won the NCAA's coveted Top Eight Award (for best student athlete). Rand also was an all-Big Eight Conference performer in 1979 and '80 and All-American in '80 as well.Nebraska led the nation in total offense in 1978 with 501 yards a game, was best in the Big Eight in 1979 with 464 and again in 1980 with 506. In 198the All-American offensive guard helped the Cornhuskers go 29-7 with trips to the Orange, Cotton and Sun bowls from 1978-80. Schleusener became a noted player in Cornhusker lore when he ran 15 yards to score on a "fumblerooskie" in a 1979 game against Oklahoma. On the play, the Husker quarterback took the snap, intentionally placed the ball on the ground under center and carried out a fake while Schleusener scooped up the ball and ran for the score. Schleusener was named to the Nebraska chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 2002.
John graduated in 1957 from the Nebraska Boys Town High School where he competed in football, wrestling and track. John jumped at an offer from the SDSU wrestling coach to attend South Dakota State University. His involvement in sports and experiences at Boy’s Town lead to 4 successful wrestling and football seasons at SDSU. John graduated in 1963 and began his career in teaching and coaching. Early in John’s career, he taught in North Dakota, where he coached the St. Mary's High School Saints while his twin brother coached the rival Black Devils of Hettinger High School. Sterner came to Rapid City in 1969 and became the first head football coach of Stevens High School. He also assisted in wrestling and track & field for both the boys’ and girls’ teams and helped out with the gymnastics team as well. Jo Ann Sterner states, “He was one of the few men who welcomed women coaches like herself in the early days of girls sports programs.” Sterner built a championship program and a wrestling dynasty, at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He ended a long and successful coaching career there in 2003. John states, after concluding his 40 years of coaching, “teaching and coaching student athletes was a privilege and an honor”. His motto is, “if you improve yourself, you are a Winner! Life is Good!” John has had many notable accomplishments and awards, too numerous to list.