The sixth-annual Truman High School Hall of Fame class ranks with the best in Patriot history as it includes two state champion individuals, a state championship team, one of the most honored football stars in Truman history, the all-time leading girls basketball scoring champion, a longtime supporter of Truman athletics and former Examiner sports writer Dick Puhr.
The group will be honored at the 7 p.m. home game this Friday when the Patriots play host to the Fort Osage boys basketball team.
Members of the Class of 2013 are:
Dr. Keith Broughton, community member
Dr. Broughton practiced medicine for 32 years in Blue Springs and spent eight years as a certified medical director at several nursing homes. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and had served as chief of staff at St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs and the Medical Center of Independence. He was a fixture on the Truman sidelines for many years. He volunteered his services for football, basketball and other sports from the mid-1970s until 2004.
His son Steve is also a member of the Truman Hall of Fame. Dr. Broughton passed away in 2006. His wife Betty resides in Blue Springs.
Marcie (Esry) Johnson, Class of 1979, tennis
Esry is Truman's first and only state champion in girls tennis. She won the state championship in the fall of 1978. She also won the conference and district championships and was undefeated in singles that year and was the conference singles champion in 1977 and 1976. She was involved in many school activities and was named Miss School Spirit at Truman.
She went on to play tennis at the University of Kansas and was the No. 1 singles player and part of the No. 1 doubles team in 1979-1980. She also competed successfully as an adult, winning national championships in 2000 and 2001. She currently lives with her family in Sarasota, Fla.
Eric Fryatt, Class of 1997, golf
Fryatt won the state championship at Sedalia Country Club in the spring of 1997. He also qualified for state that year in swimming. Fryatt went on to attend the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, where he competed in golf. He lives in Arlington, Va., and still competes in amateur golf competitions
Dick Puhr, Examiner sports writer
Puhr has been a member of The Examiner sports staff since 1959. He officially retired in 2008, but continues to write stories and columns about the local sports scene. Puhr attended Kansas City, Kansas Junior College and worked part-time as a sports reporter for The Kansas City Kansan. Later he transferred to Washburn University in Topeka and worked part-time as a sports reporter for what was then the Topeka State Journal.
He began his career at The Examiner on Nov. 29, 1959. At one point he went more than 44 years without missing a day of work, and he still types his notes, telephone interviews and letters on a manual typewriter. He coined the term “Wagon Wheel Trophy” for the award that is presented the winner of the Truman-Chrisman football game each year.
Randy Rice, Class of 1970, football
Rice was a three-year, two-way starter on both offense and defense. He was named all-area three times, all-conference three times, all-district twice, honorable mention all-metro and honorable mention all-state. Rice also participated in track and basketball in his career. He was involved in many clubs and was the football team captain his senior year.
He played football at the University of Kansas. Following his college career, Rice became a Missouri State Highway patrolman. He lives in Blue Springs. His son Rich is the vice president of communications for the Texas Rangers and helped keep Examiner readers updated on the exploits of Blue Springs High School graduate Nick Tepesch, who is a member of the Rangers staff.
Cindy (Van Iten) Grant, Class of 1992, basketball
Van Iten is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the storied women's basketball program at Truman with 1,606 points. She was honored three times as first-team all-conference, three times as team MVP, two times as first-team all-area and honorable mention all-metro.
She went on to a successful college career at Rockhurst University. She was named honorable mention NAIA All-America as a junior and third-team All-American as a senior. She led the nation in free throw percentage as a senior, at one point making 36 consecutive shots. She averaged 19.6 points a game and 7.3 rebounds a game as a senior.
Van Iten currently is the director of human resources for the Independence School District and lives with her family in Liberty.
1979 state championship volleyball team
This team won the state championship in 1979 at Springfield, by defeating Hickman Mills High School. The Hall of Fame team also defeated Columbia Hickman, McCluer North and Hillsboro during state competition. The Patriots finished with a record of 25-4. This was the first female athletic team at Truman to win a state championship. A number of the girls were also part of the 1980 team that won the state championship as well.
Members of the team included Johnna Meyer, Rene Holsten, Shelly Skoch, Lori Sievers, Mendy Chandler, Pat Justice, Cindy Durham, Angie Schumacher, Penny Waggener, Dixie Wescott and Debbie Matthews. The coaches were Chuck Harris and Donna Schuler.