2022 Hall of Fame

Simley Inducts Hall of Fame Class of 2022
Posted on 09/21/2022
Simley 2022 Hall of Fame inducteesThe Simley High School Hall of Fame honors individuals who distinguish themselves with academic, athletic, and humanitarian achievements. The recognition preserves history, builds community, and connects the past with the present. This year’s members were inducted into the Simley High School Hall of Fame during halftime at the September 17 Simley-Hastings football game.

The Simley Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 members are:

Steve Rohlf (class of 1973)
Steve Rohlf played three sports during his time at Simley. In baseball, he was team MVP in his senior year and a two-year starter. In wrestling, he earned an honorable mention twice. And in football, he was a three-year starter and earned All Conference twice.

Playing football at Inver Hills Community College, he was team captain and twice an All-Junior College safety. Mr. Rohlf played for the NCAA Division II national champion football team at Northern Michigan University, where he’s a member of the university’s Hall of Fame.

As a Golden Gloves boxer, he finished with a 24-6 record.

Mr. Rohlf has volunteered with Simley football and coached youth sports in Inver Grove Heights, St. Michael-Albertville, Stillwater, and Woodbury. For 24 years, he was an assistant team photographer for the Minnesota Vikings. He retired from 3M after 37 years.

Mike Cadwell (class of 1973)
Mike Cadwell played three sports, too. He started for two years in baseball and three years in football.

In hockey, he lettered four years and was All-Conference twice. He was the lead scorer - and twice named best defensive player. He was MVP twice in ISD 199 and twice at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. At UWRF, he led his team to four NCAA Division II national playoff championship appearances and was an All-American twice.

Now, Mr. Cadwell lives in Colstrip, Montana, where he is a member and leader of multiple conservation organizations like Ducks Unlimited. Through it all, he says his greatest honor is being a father and a grandfather.

Jill Richgels (class of 2012)
During her time at Simley, Jill Richgels was involved in National Honor Society and Student Council. She graduated as an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar and earned Academic All State as a Simley gymnast.

In soccer, she earned six letters. She was a four-year All Conference player, a two-year team MVP, a two-time All State player, an All State honorable mention, and a team captain. She still holds the school record for goals scored (72). As a senior, she was also named Minnesota’s Miss Soccer.

As a freshman at NCAA Division I Creighton University, she was on the Missouri Valley Conference’s All Freshman team. She ranks fifth in career assists at Creighton.

Today, she works for Wells Fargo in financial crimes.

Angela Garin (class of 1998)
Angela Garin was recognized as Simley’s 1998 female athlete of the year with the Athena Award. She captained the 1997 state tournament gymnastics team and was team MVP for three years. She earned All Section and All Conference over five years, and she was All State for three years. Of gymnastics’ four events, she holds school records in three and is second in one.

In softball, she earned three letters, was All Section twice, and was named to the 1998 All State team. At the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, she was team MVP and All Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) twice in gymnastics. In softball at UWRF, she was a Great Lakes Region Third-Team All American and twice All WIAC.

Currently, she works as a quality control manager and the president of River Falls Youth Softball.

Colleen Sweeney (class of 1981)
Colleen Sweeney participated in band, tennis, and the dance team, which finished first in the state during her time at Simley. In track and field, she competed in the 440-yard dash, shot put, and discus. Plus, she was the emcee for Simley’s synchronized swim team.

Since high school, she’s competed in dog sled racing, finishing as the top female in more than a dozen races. In 2014, she was ranked third nationally. She participates in the 300-mile John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. She has been nationally recognized by the CBS Network and WORLD magazine.

Tom Begich, Jim Newman, and Russ Hanson (Simley softball coaches)
In 1978, Tom Begich became coach of the inaugural Simley Softball team. Jim Newman and Russ Hansen joined a year later. Between 1980 and 2001, the team had earned a state tournament appearance, four conference titles, and only one losing season under their coaching. They also created the Tri County Softball summer program to help girls get more experience in competitive softball.

Russ Hansen was a volunteer coach and a professional pitcher. Jim Newman was an elementary school speech clinician for 31 years, among the first junior high soccer coaches, a Simley sports official, and a teachers union officer. Tom Begich also served as a teachers union official and worked as an elementary school teacher and librarian for 41 years. He taught students outside of the classroom as a football coach and in various positions with basketball.

Congratulations to the 2022 Simley Hall of Fame!