The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School Athletic Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for future inductees, the committee has announced.

The Hall of Fame, established in 2003, recognizes persons who have contributed or excelled in high school, college and/or professional sports, and includes athletes, coaches and other citizens of the Northland Pines School District who have contributed to the sports program. 

A 12-member committee developed the Hall of Fame with John Wainwright, a former football coach and teacher at Pines, leading the group. 

“The idea behind the hall is to recognize some of the great athletes and coaches who have gone through the school including the former Eagle River High School,” said Wainwright. “We also want to recognize the person who maybe didn’t play or coach here, but was an outstanding contributor to the sports image of Eagle River and Northland Pines High School.” 

Once a person is nominated, the name will remain on the list for future consideration into the Hall of Fame. Wainwright said the committee is particularly interested in hearing about coaches and players from the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. 

The first class was inducted Oct. 3, 2003. Since that time, many individuals and several teams have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Their plaques hang in the hallway adjacent to the Northland Pines High School fieldhouse and commons area.

Inducted in 2020, though the ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were Tim McCormick, who graduated from Pines in 1982 and earned eight letters in football, hockey and track; and 1982 graduate Rob Mohn, who played football, basketball and track. David Cox, a 1984 graduate who played hockey and golf for Pines and returned to coach the Eagles over two periods, will be inducted as a player and coach. And his sister, Cathy Newton, a 1978 graduate, will be inducted for her success as a high school volleyball and softball coach. 

The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee is always looking for additional sponsors to support the program. The fees are $100 for corporate sponsorship and $25 for individual sponsorship. 

Donations can be sent to Wainwright, Eagle River/Northland Pines Athletic Hall of Fame, 1100 Drager Road, Eagle River, WI 54521. To nominate an athlete, coach or citizen for the Hall of Fame, call Wainwright at (715) 482-9803.