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Nevada Hall of Fame inductees have impressive pasts

This Friday, Jan. 24, Nevada High School will welcome five new inductees to the Hall of Fame. An open house will start at 5:30 p.m. in the high school commons, followed by Nevada’s girls’ and boys’ basketball games with North Polk and an induction ceremony at half-time of the boys’ varsity game.

Evan Brown, 2006

Brown is a Nevada graduate who went on to accomplish in college something many athletes dream of but few accomplish: He won an NCAA national championship. Brown was an outstanding wrestler throughout his four years of high school. In high school he claimed two district titles, earning a trip to the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament both his junior and senior years, and he was a two-time conference finalist (2005, 2006), two-time sectional finalist (2005, 2006), and a sectional champion in 2006. Evan ended his high school career by setting a Nevada High School record for most career wins at 102.

After high school he went to the University of Dubuque, where he continued his wrestling career. He was a two-time conference finalist (2009, 2010) and won a conference championship in 2010. Nationally, Evan qualified for the NCAA tournament three times (2008-2010), reaching the finals in both 2009 and 2010. In 2009 he won the Division III NCAA Championship at 174 pounds, and he also became the first two-time national finalist in University of Dubuque history. The University of Dubuque honored Evan with the Male Athlete of the Year award in 2010. He still holds the career win record at the University of Dubuque, earning 124 wins over the course of his college career.

As a freestyle wrestler, Evan is currently ranked in the top 10 on the United States Senior World team ladder at 96 kg. In 2013 Evan finished 3rd in two international tournaments: He was the Dave Schultz Bronze Medalist at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and earned the Cerro Pleato Bronze Medal in Cuba. Evan also tied for 5th place at the World Team Trials.

Evan currently lives in Ames and works in the family business, Brown’s Heavy Equipment. He wrestles with the Cyclone Wrestling Club and is pursuing his dream of being a USA World Team member and wrestling in the Olympics. In February, Evan will travel to Belarus to compete in the Medved International.

Todd Sampson, 2006

As Sampson’s high school sports career came to a close, the Nevada Journal dubbed him the “Jack of All Trades,” and this phrase best describes his athletic abilities. He was a gifted athlete in four sports, helping his teams find success in basketball, soccer, track and football.

Sampson enjoyed playing basketball, earning three varsity letters and receiving All-Conference honors his junior and senior years. He was a starter on a very good 2004-2005 team that finished 17-6 on the year, including two big wins against Carroll and Ballard.

In the spring, Sampson balanced a full schedule as a dual-sport athlete in both track and soccer. The long jump and sprint relays were his specialties, and he and his relay teammates were known for living on the edge with their handoffs, to which they attribute their success. He ran and jumped in three state track meets. His senior year he qualified for state in four events: the long jump, the 4 x 100 relay, the 4 x 200 relay, and the 4 x 400 relay. His best state finishes were 5th in the long jump, 5th in the 4 x 200, and 6th in the 4 x 100. Todd earned four varsity letters in track and, at the end of his senior season, was chosen to run in the All-Star Track meet against teams from Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota. Staying busy with success on the track was only one part of the spring sports season for Todd, as he was also a strong defensive player on the Cub soccer team. He was a four-year letter winner, competed in two state tournaments, and his senior year was named First Team All-Conference and Captain of the 1A All-State Team.

As a football player for the Cubs, Sampson started and played both offense and defense all through his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He earned three varsity letters and set several school records: solo tackles in a season (139), total tackles in a season (209), solo career tackles (328), and total career tackles (426). He was named First Team All-District Linebacker his junior and senior years and All-State Linebacker his senior year.

Todd went on to play four years of college football at Wartburg College in Waverly and earned three varsity letters. He played tight end his junior year when the Knights were conference champions and made it to the Division III Regional Semifinals, only to be beaten by the eventual national champions.

For the last two years Sampson has been coaching football for the Nevada Cubs and was part of the coaching staff that led the Cubs to back-to-back playoff appearances. This spring he will be Co-Head Coach of the boys’ soccer team in Nevada. He truly enjoys working with the kids at Nevada High.

Sampson would like to thank all his Nevada coaches, teammates, administrators, teachers, friends, and fans who have been so supportive over the years. A special thank you goes out to his family; without their love and support he would not have had the incredible opportunities he has been blessed with.

Courtney Goosic-Mottet, 1993

Goosic-Mottet, a 1993 graduate of Nevada High School, is a Cub athlete who went on to excel at the collegiate level. During her years at NHS, she earned 15 varsity letters and participated in basketball, softball, volleyball, and track and field, which led to her recognition as the 1993 Tribuneland Female Athlete of the Year.

On the basketball court, Goosic-Mottet earned three varsity letters and conference honors, and on the softball field, she spent four years as a center field starter, earning five varsity letters along the way. In 1992, she earned 1st Team All-Conference recognition in softball and repeated those honors her senior year, adding an All-State Honorable Mention award to her list of accomplishments as well. She also excelled in volleyball. As a member of one of the best teams in school history, she earned three varsity letters and was named a Conference Special Mention player when the 1992 team was district champion.

In spite of her talent in other sports, track and field was the sport where Goosic-Mottet was most at home. She earned four varsity letters as a hurdler and high jumper, setting two school records in 1993. She was a four-time conference high jump champion and contributed significantly to the Cub track team’s conference championships in 1992 and 1993. At the Girls’ State Track Meet, she was a high jump qualifier her sophomore year, and her junior year she went on to earn 6th place. Her senior year, she qualified in three events: the high jump, sprint medley, and 100 meter hurdles; she earned an 8th place finish in the hurdles. Goosic-Mottet was also the first Nevada female athlete invited to the Drake Relays, running in both 1992 and 1993.

After graduation, Goosic-Mottet ran track on scholarship for the University of Nebraska-Kearney, specializing in the heptathlon, high jump, and 100 meter hurdles. She logged her personal best high jump, recorded five of the school’s top 10 heptathlon points in program history, and was honored as the only non-Division I athlete to receive an invitation to the 1997 Drake Relays, where she finished 9th place.

She graduated with a BA in Health and Consumer Sciences Education, and she completed her Master’s Degree in Education through the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Goosic-Mottet is currently the Family and Consumer Sciences Department Chair at Valley High School in West Des Moines, and she has coached track for Urbandale High School since 1998. She is married to NHS alumnus Billy Mottet, and they reside in Urbandale with their four daughters: Billie (14), Bailey (14), Fae (9), and Sammie (6).

Randy Davis, 1978

Tonight we honor a Nevada graduate who is the first recipient to be uniquely inducted to the Hall of Fame as both an athlete and a coach. When Davis graduated from NHS in 1978, he had spent four years participating in baseball, basketball, track and football. His greatest asset was his speed, and his greatest accolades came in track and football.

Davis was a four-year letter winner in track when Nevada’s track program was considered one of the best track programs in the state. From 1974-1978, he contributed to the Cub track team’s one runner-up finish, one 3rd place finish, and two state championships. He was a Drake Relays qualifier in both the 400 and 1600 meter relays and is the fourth member of the 480 yard shuttle hurdle relay team to be inducted to the Hall of Fame, joining Craig Nordlie, Paul Fincham and Chris Nady. These Hall of Fame members set a school and state record among all classes with a time of 45.6 seconds, which is a record that still stands today.

In football, Davis earned two varsity letters during the years when Nevada won conference championships. He started as a defensive back as a junior on the regular season undefeated team (9-0) that also was the first Nevada football team to make the state playoffs. His senior season, Davis led the team in interceptions while gaining over 700 yards as a wing back and returner, helping Nevada to a 7-2 record and earning the individual honors of 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Tribuneland, and Special Mention All-State.

After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a history degree in 1983, Davis returned to the area to work for his family’s construction business and begin his coaching career. He has dedicated 30 years of his life to coaching Nevada athletes in several sports, but for the last 13 years he has found much success as Nevada High School’s Head Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach. His soccer teams have compiled a 157-71 record under his direction, earning multiple wins over ranked opponents and upsetting the #1-ranked team in the state three times. Nevada has reached the regional finals 11 of his 13 years as head coach and has ranked in the top 15 every year except his first year, when there was only one class and the team was ranked 18th.

His soccer teams have earned numerous conference honors during his tenure: five championships, eight runner-up finishes, and 61 First Team All-Conference player recognitions. At the state level his teams have earned five state tournament appearances. The past two years, those appearances have led Nevada to the semi-final rounds, where they unfortunately lost to eventual state champion Davenport Assumption. Additionally, his teams have included 29 Honorable Mention All-State players, eleven 2nd Team All-State players, seven 1st Team All-State players, four All-Tournament players, two East-West All-Star Game players, and one player honored as Miss Iowa Soccer. Davis was selected to coach the East-West All-Star Game in 2007 and 2009.

Since 2009, Randy has been the eighth grade history teacher at Nevada Middle School. He lives in Nevada with his wife Mary; his two children, Tyler and Malia, are Nevada High School graduates. Randy would like to thank all his teammates, coaches, athletes and family. Without their help, guidance, commitment and support, none of this would be possible. Randy is honored to be part of Nevada’s past, present and future.

Dennis Weuve, 1964

Weuve joins several of his high school teammates in the Hall of Fame as a member of several successful 1960s teams. He was a guard on the 1963-64 basketball team considered one of the best teams to ever play at Nevada. Considered one of the team’s best defenders, Weuve contributed to his team’s success with his double-digit scoring average, quickness and ability to steal the ball. The team never lost a conference game and set school records for average points per game (78) and most points in a single game (107), two records that still stand. Weuve earned 2nd Team All-Conference, All-County and All-State Honorable Mention honors.

Weuve also played on the Cub baseball and football teams. On the diamond, he was the shortstop on a team that won two conference titles, and he led the team with a batting average of .375 his junior year. On the football field, he played just one year but contributed a lot, playing both sides of the ball at the end position. He was part of a strong defensive squad that allowed just 48 points on the season and an offense that scored 238 points that season, with the team finishing 7-1. He received All-Conference Honorable Mention.

In track, Weuve was an outstanding sprinter, and the team won two conference titles. His junior and senior year he anchored the 440 and 880 yard relay teams that set new conference and school records, and as a junior, he anchored the 440 yard relay at the Drake Relays. His senior year the teams got faster. Nevada set new meet records at three meets and new school and conference records at that year’s conference meet. Both relay teams qualified for the state meet where they broke the records they previously set. He also ran a strong 220 yard dash, going undefeated in the regular season and running at state.

Weuve is retired from the USDA and enjoys golf in his spare time, particularly his yearly trek in March to golf in Arizona. His wife Nancy is also retired, and he has one daughter, Brandi, and a granddaughter, Paige.

Weuve would like to thank his coaches Al Arends, Bill Winfrey and the late Jim Mattke. He would also like to thank his teammates and classmates and give a special thank-you to Steve Benson, Stuart McDaniel and Judy Rhodes.

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