Breehan Chancellor will be inducted into the 2019 class of the Three Lakes Athletic Hall of Fame. —Contributed Photos
Breehan Chancellor will be inducted into the 2019 class of the Three Lakes Athletic Hall of Fame. —Contributed Photos
The Three Lakes Coaches Association will induct their second group of former student-athletes into the Three Lakes Athletic Hall of Fame at the annual banquet to be held July 5.

In an effort to honor Three Lakes athletes who have made an impact in the school district as a student-athlete, coach or fan, Three Lakes High School athletic director Charlie Volk said he and others in the community began organizing the Hall of Fame process a couple of years ago.

Now in its second full year, the banquet set for Friday night will honor members of the 1985 Lady Bluejays volleyball team, Edith Godleski, Rick Murray, Breehan Kelley and Jane Nieu­wendorp

“We’re continuing to recognize past athletes for their contributions to athletics, not only here in Three Lakes, but beyond,” said Volk.

The Three Lakes Coaches Association was formed in 2015 as way to unify the efforts of Three Lakes coaches and to provide ample opportunities for student-athletes. The banquet and Hall of Fame initiative will serve as a way to raise funds to benefit student-athletes and help promote athletics at Three Lakes School District.

All inductees to the Hall of Fame will be honored with a plaque that will hang in the Three Lakes School.

The banquet will be held at the Reiter Center, 1858 S. Michigan St., Three Lakes, beginning with a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by dinner.

Jane Nieuwendorp, the 1985 Bluejays volleyball coach, will be the guest speaker.

The public is invited to attend; however, seating is limited so tickets should be purchased in advance. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased through the high school office or by contacting Volk at cvolk@threelakessd.k12.wi.us

The following is a brief resume of each of the inductees as compiled by Hall of Fame committee member Andy Wyss.



Jane Nieuwendorp

Jane Nieuwendorp coached girls volleyball and basketball at Three Lakes High School from 1981 to 1987, during which time she led the 1985 girls volleyball team to Three Lakes’ first State Tournament appearance.

Among her accomplishments were winning three Northern Lakes Conference Coach of the Year awards in both volleyball and basketball.

Nieuwendorp graduated from UW-River Falls in 1976. She then went on to study sports medicine at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. She earned a Master’s Degree from Marian University in Fond du Lac.

 Before coaching at Three Lakes, Jane spent time coaching volleyball, basketball and track and field at Grand Meadows High School in Rochester, Minn., and at Ladysmith High School. She is also a fifth-degree master in Taekwondo.

Her coaching accomplishments at Three Lakes are many. She posted an overall record of 56-7 in conference play during her seven-year career with the Bluejays. From 1982 to 1986 the Bluejay volleyball team took home a WIAA regional title each year.

In 1985 the Bluejays clinched their only Sectional title and made an appearance at the WIAA State Tournament where they took third place.

In basketball, Nieuwendorp’s career record at Three Lakes was 46-18 in the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC), with an overall record of 59-29. Her basketball team brought home NLC titles in 1983-’84 and 1985-’86.



Rick Murray

During his time at Three Lakes High School, Rick Murray was considered a year-round athlete.

Murray took part in football, basketball and baseball and earned himself the Tom Ainsworth Award in 1956, a prestigious recognition given to a senior athlete at Three Lakes High School.

Murray’s accomplishments at the high school level included First Team All-Conference recognition in football in 1955 as well as two All-Conference recognitions in basketball.

He played on the 1955-’56 Northern Lakes Conference championship basketball team which ended the season with a 14-2 record. 

After his time at Three Lakes, Rick went on to play basketball for four years at UW-Madison, where he was a three-time letterwinner for the Badgers.

As a college sophomore with the Badgers, Murray played in seven games and scored 20 points. As a junior, he earned even more floor time, playing in 17 games with a total of 118 points. That year he was the fifth-highest point scorer on the team.

The highlight of his season was most likely Wisconsin’s upset of Purdue, when Rick scored a team-high 27 points. During his time as a Badger, Rick played in 42 games and scored 214 points. 

After college, Rick went on to run for the U.S. Congress at the age of 29.



Breehan (Kelley) Chancellor

Known for her trademark hook shot, Breehan (Kelley) Chancellor is the only Three Lakes athlete upon graduation from high school go on to the NCAA level and play basketball for an Ivy League team.

Prior to her time at Harvard, Chancellor racked up accolades at Three Lakes High School excelling in volleyball, basketball and track and field.

Her accomplishments as a Bluejays athlete are many as she was an 11-time varsity letterwinner at Three Lakes.

She was honored as a WIAA Scholar-Athlete in 1999, a Northern Lakes Conference Scholar-Athlete in 1998-99 and she also won the Clark Kuehl “Go-Getter” Award and the Edith Godleski Award.

In volleyball she earned three varsity letters and First Team All-Conference recognition in 1997 and 1998 while also being named team MVP.

In track and field, she earned four varsity letters and set school records in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Her 1600-meter run record still stands today. She qualified for State in the 1600-meter twice, in 1998 and 1999. Both times at State she placed sixth.

Basketball was Chancellor’s best sport in the long list of recognitions and accolades.

In 1998-99, Chancellor led the Lady Bluejays to a State Tournament appearance where the team wrapped up its season at the state semi-finals. Chancellor was recognized as one of the state’s top scorers during the 1998-’99 season when she averaged 26.1 points per game. That year she also earned the Green Bay Press Gazette Basketball Player of the Year and News Channel 7 Girls Basketball All-Star awards. She scored more than 1,000 career points during her time at Three Lakes.

Chancellor went on to play on the Harvard women’s basketball team from 1999 to 2001, where she earned a spot on the All-Ivy League Rookie Team, becoming only the second Harvard freshman to receive those honors.

She retired from basketball in 2001 to concentrate on academics. She completed undergraduate studies at Harvard and then earned her master’s and doctorate in medicine from Cornell University. Dr. Breehan (Kelley) Chancellor is now a board-certified neurologist in New York.



1985 Lady Bluejays Volleyball Team

In 1985, the Lady Bluejays Volleyball Team made history as the first Three Lakes girls team to make a State Tournament appearance, posting a perfect 16-0 record on their way.

The team took home championship trophies at the Hodag Tournament and Gilman Tournament during the 1985 season. They also finished as runners-up at the Lakeland Tournament.

In conference play they finished the year 9-0 with four NLC All-Conference First Team individual awards handed out to Tunie Rychlock, Michele Gensler, Annie Widule and Molly Widule. Sharon Stefonek also earned All-Conference honorable mention that same year.

In tournament play, the team brought home a WIAA Regional championship and Sectional trophy. At the State Tournament the team placed third with a 4-4 state tournament record. They beat Riverdale (3-0) while losing to Sevastopol (1-2) and Webster (0-2).

The 1985 team includes the following players, managers and coaches: Michele (Gensler) Brown, Kay Coates, Bevin (Soder) Hahn, Terri (Tillman) Lorbetske, Sharon (Stefonek) Pingel, Michele “Cricket” (Hegeman) Proctor, Molly (Widule) Rohan, Tunie (Rychlock) Sowinski, Julie (Pitlik) Stefonik, Anissa Widule, Manager Nanci (Miller) Foster, Manager Brent Gensler and coach Jane Nieuwendorp.



Edith Godleski

Long before women’s basketball officially become a WIAA-sponsored sport, Edith Godleski was already making her mark on the hardwood. From 1947 to 1951, she played on the Three Lakes High School Girls Club Basketball Team which got her off and running in the basketball world.

Although she is most wellknown as being the head coach of the Indiana State women’s basketball team during the 1970s and 80s, Godleski’s impact on women’s athletics went far beyond the basketball court.

Godleski went to Indiana State in 1967 as an assistant professor in women’s physical education and was the director of women’s intramurals. After the formation of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in 1972, Godleski went on to serve on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and the Midwest Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

From an era when, in her words, “it was illegal to compete,” Godleski recalls when the director of athletics at Indiana State University began women’s intercollegiate athletics in 1971 with a budget of $700 split among 13 teams. However, she never let those obstacles stifle her love for competition.

Godleski coached Indiana State womens’ basketball for 11 years (1972-1983) and Indiana State golf for four years.

She ranks second all-time in career wins and win percentage as an Indiana State coach. She also ranks first in postseason tournament ap­pearances at Indiana State, with half of all post-season appearances in the sport’s school history.

In golf she won six Terre Haute Women’s City Championships and has recorded a hole-in-one seven times.

She was inducted into the Indiana State Sycamores Hall of Fame in 2009. 

At Three Lakes her name is still attached to the award which annually gets handed to the most outstanding female student-athlete. That trophy remains one of Three Lakes School’s most prestigious awards.