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Hall Of Fame Inductees Woodworth And Wedel Talented In Multiple Sports

Posted 1/4/2018

By Jared JanzenJOHN Woodworth, No. 81, runs the ball for Cowley County Community College. Woodworth is one of two men being inducted into Halstead High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame this Friday. JOHN Woodworth, No. 81, runs the ball for Cowley County Community College. Woodworth is one of two men being inducted into Halstead High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame this Friday.

HALSTEAD—This Friday night Halstead High School will be inducting the two newest members into its Athletic Hall of Fame: John Woodworth and Maurice Wedel. Both were successful multi-sport athletes during their high school careers.

Hall of Fame activities begin Friday at 4:30 p.m. with a time of socializing in the high school auxiliary gym, followed by a banquet at 5 p.m. The induction ceremony will take place at 7:30 in between the girls and boys varsity basketball games against Smoky Valley. The night will end with a reception at 9:30 p.m. following the boys game.

John Woodworth

Woodworth, a 1968 graduate, said he was surprised yet proud to learn he had been chosen for Halstead’s Hall of Fame.

“I’m just proud to be considered a great in the likes of Conrad Nightingale,” he said.MAURICE Wedel, class of 1981, goes for a lay-up for Halstead. MAURICE Wedel, class of 1981, goes for a lay-up for Halstead.

Woodworth played football, basketball, track and golf for the Halstead Dragons.

In football, he was wide receiver, but Halstead used more of a running game.

“Our football team revolved around running downhill and over people,” he said.

He was named all-state honorable mentions his junior and senior year.

Halstead didn’t make it to any state competitions during Woodworth’s time, which he attributed to tough competition in the Mid-Kansas League they were part of, but he said he and his teammates played hard. He remembers having good coaches and friends during his years at Halstead.

It was in college where Woodworth’s athletic career really took off. He is already a member of the athletic halls of fame at Cowley County Community College (in 2003) and Fort Hays State University (in 1990).

Maurice Wedel

Wedel, class of 1981, had successful athletic careers in football, basketball and track while in high school.

“It’s a neat honor,” he said about being selected for the Hall of Fame. “I was pretty proud when I heard about it.”

Halstead went 11-1 in football during Wedel’s junior and senior years, making it to state semifinals each year. His junior year they lost to Sacred Heart and his senior year they fell to Plainville, and both of these teams went on to win state. Wedel was quarterback for Halstead.

His junior year he was named second-team all-league as quarterback and defensive back. As quarterback he completed 19 of 36 passes for 401 yards, making him third in the league.

“We had a dominant running team,” he said. “We didn’t pass a lot.”

The team increased its passing game his senior year, and that season he completed 58 of 87 passes for 1,034 yards.

That season he was also named one of the Wichita Eagle’s top 11 football players in all of Kansas, the only player in Halstead’s history to receive this honor, although Wedel noted that he thought 2016 graduate Blake Beckett had deserved it.

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