Coaching legend Pliner dies of cancer
Terry Pliner, an inductee in St. Norbert College's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, died Monday, Jan. 7, after a battle with cancer.
He was 74.
Pliner was the head men's track and field coach at St. Norbert in De Pere from 1980 to '89 after serving as an assistant for six years. He also was the Green Knights' head women's track and field coach from 1985 to '91.
At the time of his death, he was an assistant coach with the track and field program at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay.
Pliner coached track and field at Green Bay Premontre High School and St. Agnes grade school before going to St. Norbert.
He was inducted into St. Norbert's hall of fame in 1994. He led the Green Knights to Midwest Conference titles in both indoor and outdoor track and field every year from 1986 to '91. The 12 MWC titles are the college's only conference championships in track and field.
Laura Salm, the Green Knights' first national champion, won the NCAA Division III women's indoor track and field high jump on Pliner's watch in March 1991.
Pliner is survived by his wife of 52 years, Virginia, and three children: Todd, Shelley Schumacher and Lynne Van Hollen, all of whom he coached at St. Norbert.
Pro wrestling matches Saturday
Wisconsin Pro Wrestling will host "Fight Night 8: New Year's Evolution" on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Baba Louies, 419 Main Ave., downtown De Pere.
The more than 2 hours of wrestling action will feature former WWE star Raven in the main event against Dysfunction in a Raven's Rules match.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Bell time is 8 p.m.
Ringside seats are $15, and general admission is $10.
A portion of the proceeds from the event, including a 50/50 raffle, will go to the Green Bay chapter of Alzheimer's Association.
For more information, go to www.wisconsinprowrestling.com or search "Wisconsin Professional Wrestling" on Facebook.
Sargent earns Scholar-Athlete honor
Clarke (Iowa) University's Tara Sargent was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar-Athlete.
Sargent, a senior from De Pere, was a defensive specialist/libero for Clarke's women's volleyball team last fall.
The De Pere High School graduate is a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete honoree.
To qualify for the distinction, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and achieved junior academic status.
Youth free throw contest Jan. 26
De Pere Knights of Columbus Abbot Pennings Council 3955 will hold its annual Free Throw Challenge starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Hemlock Creek Elementary School, 1900 Williams Grant Drive, Lawrence.
Boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are eligible to participate in the free event.
Each competitor will have 15 shots. A made free throw is worth one point.
The top three individuals in each age group will be eligible to compete at the district level.