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Waterloo East High School will host their 11th annual Ring of Honor ceremony Thursday, Oct.1 at the high school.

This year's class includes eight former standout athletes, who will be honored when the ceremony starts at 6:00 p.m.  A social will be held starting at 5:00 p.m.  They join the 65 members already inducted into the Ring of Honor.

The inductees this year are: (information provided by Waterloo Schools)

Don Buck:

Don Buck had many opportunities while at East High School including time as a player on the football, wrestling and baseball teams and later as an assistant for Coach Natvig. He received 9 varsity letters for East and was an All-State football player and State Champion baseball player. Buck returned later after a stint in Wisconsin to work with Coach Vernon and Coach Wiegmann as a coach that included being part of four straight mythical state championships.

Lance Dunn:

Lance Dunn was a dynamic athlete during his time at East High School as a football star, basketball star and track athlete and is part of two record-holding teams as a sprinter in the 4x100 and 4x200 teams. Dunn was the 1989 East High Athletic most valuable male athlete which later turned into honors and accolades as a football player at Mankato State University. Dunn is a strong supporter of education in the Cedar Valley as well as mentor to at-risk youth.

Steve Elfritz:

Steve Elfritz was a football, basketball and baseball star during his time at East High School. Elfritz was a 2-year letter winner, All-Metro, All-Conference and All-State football player as well as a state participant on the East basketball team in 1974. Elfritz was an outstanding baseball player in his time earning All-State honors and later played for UNI. Elfritz is a longtime supporter of East High athletics and a 30-plus year employee at Superior Welding Supply.

Mike Hewitt:

Mike Hewitt was part of the beginning of a long and successful run of powerful teams under Coach Howard Vernon. Hewitt came in as a sophomore and left as one of thirteen letter winners in 1964. Hewitt later played football at the State College of Iowa (now UNI). Hewitt began working at John Deere that later led him down the path as an advocate for workers’ rights with the Union. Hewitt’s sons had very successful athletic careers at East High School and his son, Sean, is member of the Football Ring of Honor.

Leonard Raffensperger:

Coach Raffensperger was not only a celebrated coach for East High School and the University of Iowa but was also a college football and basketball player at the University of Iowa. Raffensperger began his coaching career at Reinbeck High School. He moved to Waterloo and had a long career at East for 17 seasons compiling a record of 90-48-8. Raffensperger accepted an assistant coaching position at The University of Iowa where he later retired from the Office of Athletics.

John Tedore:

John Tedore was an All-State quarterback in 1941 and East High’s most valuable athlete in 1942. Tedore later played football at the University of Iowa and was part of the Iowa Big Ten Championship baseball team. More importantly, John was a patriot for the United States serving in the European theatre during World War II in a unit which later became known as the Green Berets. The original unit during WWII was known as the Devil’s Brigade. Tedore was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his time in this unit and his service to his country.

Mark Wilson:

Mark Wilson graduated from East High School in 1979 and lettered in both football and track. Wilson was a powerful fullback and middle linebacker and an All-Metro, All-Conference and All-State player. He was part of the State Championship Track team. Wilson later graduated from Western New Mexico University and gives back to young people who need help the most.

Charles Young Jr.:

Charles Young Jr. was a football, basketball and track athlete at East High School. Young took the lessons he learned at East with him to UNI where he was part of three Conference Championship teams during his time as a Panther. Young has been an active businessman in Iowa City and currently in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Young’s athletic prowess has continued with his children as his daughters are standout basketball players.

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