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Inductee Profile

John Leary


John Leary graduated from RLHS in 1981 as a three-sport athlete in football, hockey and baseball. In football, John was a two-year letter winner as a right guard and middle linebacker. InJohn Leary his junior year, John helped his team to their first and only State Football Championship with an 11-0 record. As a senior he was Team MVP, All-Conference guard for the second time and Eau Claire Leader Telegram All-Northwest linebacker as the Warriors were State runners-up with a 10-2 record. John was a three-year letterman for the hockey team as a first line left wing. In his junior year he scored 59 points which advanced Rice Lake to their only WIAA State Hockey Tournament appearance which resulted in a State runner-up and a 20-2 record. In his senior year he was named NHC All-Conference, All-State and Team MVP for the 14-5 Warriors. He is the 5th leading scorer in Rice Lake hockey history with 126 points. John was a letter winner in baseball his junior year and played American Legion Baseball as a shortstop and third baseman. Post high school sports include playing adult hockey for teams in the Chippewa Valley and the Hayward Muskies at the local, State and National levels. Teams he has played on have won 5 gold medals, 7 silver, and 1 bronze in the Badger State Games. John graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He and his wife Judy and family reside in Eau Claire where John is associated with the Ruder Ware law firm.

John Leary
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