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Inductee Profile

Jim Sevals


Jim’s contributions and accomplishments in Rice Lake are spanned over 40 years. His teaching career began in Rice Lake in 1967 after graduating from Superior State University that included practice-teaching at RLHS. He coached varsity basketball for the Warriors for 9 years beginning in 1969 with a conference record of 90 and 44 (67%) and 103 and 68 all that included two conference championships. He coached boys golf for 17 years and girls golf for 7 years. Jim was an outstanding shortstop in Amateur Baseball, helping Barron win the WBA Championship in 1965 and the Rice Lake Cubs in 1972. In 35 years as a slow-pitch player he has played on several national teams, winning the Wisconsin Class A State Championship twice. Most recently Jim played on two 50 and Older teams that won the World Championship in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he played on the 55 and Older World Championship team at Seattle, Washington. In addition, Jim is the leading scorer in the Rice Lake Men’s Basketball League in 30 years (1976-2006) and the Eau Claire Senior Men’s Basketball League with over 4000 points in 20 seasons. In 2006 Jim won a gold medal in combination free throw and 3-point shooting for men 60 to 64 years old at the Huntsman’s World Senior Games at St. George, Utah. Jim also excels in the game of badminton, once taking a silver medal at the Badger State Games. At UW-Superior (1963-67), Jim was a 4-year letter winner in basketball and baseball. He still holds basketball conference records, including most points in one season (564) and most field goals in one game (22). UW-Superior records still standing today include 48 points in a single game, 564 and 555 points in a single season and 1794 points in a career. Jim led the WSUC conference in scoring his sophomore and junior season and finished 2nd his senior year. He was named 1st Team All-Conference 3 years, and 1st Team NAIA District 14 for 3 years, as well as Honorable Mention All American during those 3 years. Jim averaged 13 points/game his freshman year, 21.4 his sophomore year, 26.9 as a junior and 26.4 his senior year. He was inducted into the UW-Superior Hall of Fame in 1982 and had his number retired in 1988. As the two-time captain of the Superior baseball team, Jim led his team to the school’s only conference baseball title in 1966. Jim graduated from Barron high school in 1963, earning 2 letters in football, 3 in basketball and 3 in baseball. He was captain of the basketball and baseball teams his junior and senior years. Jim won the Heart of the North scoring title his junior year (21.1 pts./game) and also his senior year (24.5 pts./game), leading the team to two straight conference championships. He was named All-Conference and All-Northwest twice. He owns many Barron records, including most points in a season (495 in 19 games), most points in a career (1106 in 3 years) and 2nd in most points in a single game (44). Jim was also All-Conference in baseball for 3 years, leading that team to 3 straight conference championships. Jim retired in 2001 after 34 years of teaching physical education at RLHS and currently resides in Rice Lake with this wife Carol.

Jim Sevals
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