November 2021

The latest news and updates from Lutheran North
November 2021
    Steve Atwater thanks high school coaches in Hall of Fame speech
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In case you haven't heard, Steve Atwater, LN '84, was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame! And when a Crusader makes it to Canton, your coaches are there to support you. Listen to Atwater's speech, where he thanks his Lutheran North coaches for their leadership and encouragement. >>
Fall Herald
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Coach Russell Honored
Former Coach Mike Russell will be Inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame next month. During Russell's 41 years at Lutheran North (1972-2013), he was the athletic director, coached baseball and football, and taught PE and health. All former football and baseball players are invited to the Enshrinement Ceremony on November 14 at the Chase Park Plaza. RSVP >> 
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HALL OF HONOR: We are pleased to announce the newest members of the Crusader Hall of Honor who were inducted on Saturday, October 2 at Norwood Hills Country Club. These individuals have accomplished significant achievements in their careers. The track teams of 1995, 1996, and 1997 that brought home three consecutive state championships were also recognized!
The 2021 honorees:
Dr. Daniel Crecelius, 1955
Marian Schaper Moon, 1968
Curtis Von Der Ahe, 1968
Larry & Christie Tietjen, 1976/1977
Gerald Kirk, 1980
Stuart Vogelsmeier, 1981
Cain Hayes, 1987
Dr. David Crockett, 1988
Paul Crisler, 1964-2004
The State Championship Track Teams 1995, 1996, 1997
Learn more about the honorees >>
HOMECOMING: Lutheran North welcomed back nearly 100 alumni to this year’s Alumni Tent at the Homecoming game against MICDS on October 1. We additionally welcomed former teachers back to campus for a Homecoming reunion. Between these esteemed educators, they span 58 years of service to Lutheran North. From theology to calculus, these teachers poured into our students with knowledge and love. 
Top picture: Front Row: Art Repp, Carl Ramsey, Paul Crisler, Mike Prange. Back Row: Derek Spears, Steve Tirmenstein, Don Nierman, Kurt Bergdolt, Fred Hinz, Barry Terrass, Rachel Hinz, Mike Russell, Elaine Hunt, Dave Kuenzel, DeAnne Brown and Rich Langefeld.(Not pictured John Kersten and Kirk Mueller).
Bottom picture: Front Row: Carl Ramsey, Art Repp, Paul Crisler, Liz Thomas, Mike Prange, Mike Lorenz. Back Row: Cherae Bullard, Don Nierman, Fred Hinz, Steve Tirmenstein, Rachel Hinz, Rich Langefeld, Sandy (Hearther) Siepman, Mike Russel, Elaine Hunt, Derek Spears.
COACH MANION TRIBUTE:  Members of the Manion family, former coaches, and players joined us at LaMothe Field to pay tribute to one of North's most revered coaches, Jim Manion. Coach Manion was called to his eternal home in heaven last November. He was the first and only Crusader graduate to coach a State Championship team. His 1999 team defeated St. Pius Kansas City, and he was selected as the Post-Dispatch Coach of the Year. Jim was inducted into the St. Louis Metro Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009. Nine of his last ten years of coaching football at North, the Crusaders qualified for the state playoffs. Jim coached 37 years with 20 years as head coach. His record as a Lutheran North head football coach was 102–42. His support of North and our community will be forever cherished.
CHIEF HAYDEN TO RETIRE: St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden, LN '81, announced he will retire in February after four years leading the region's largest police force. Read more here.
VOTE FOR AQEEL:  Aqeel Glass, LN '17, has been nominated for the HBCU Male Athlete of the Year. Vote for him here.
Winners will be announced in December.
PGA AT NORTH: It was a beautiful weekend of golf at Lutheran North with the PGA Tour Champions competing at Norwood Hills Country Club. Alumni and friends got a close-up view of John Daly and enjoyed cheering on Jack Nicklaus and Ozzie Smith versus Tom Watson and Craig Berube on Saturday, September 12.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, attended and sponsored the event. The tournament was a great opportunity for our community and gave us a chance to showcase our school.
Alumni Reunions
1970: The Class of 1970 gathered on September 17 to celebrate their 50th +1 year reunion at the Lake St. Louis Club House. Joining them were five of their teachers, Mr. Hugo, Mr. Crisler, Mr. Trinklein, Pastor Repp, and Mr. Nierman.
The Planning Committee from L to R: Dan Hutton, Jennie (Gansman) Gunzler, Joan (Peimann) Dallavis, Stephanie (Palmer) Doerr, Beth (Grayson) Eads, Jean (Lang) Edwards, Cindy (Grimm) Kirkpatrick
1971: The Class of 1971 met at Cathy Ziegler Meyer’s home on October 2 to celebrate their 50th reunion. Pictured in the photo from left to right are: Bob Mueller, Ed Dorris, Charlie Rolf, Bruce Scheller, Cindy [Todd] Winter, Gary Karsten, Cathy [Ziegler] Meyer, Paul Lauber, Mary [Tufts] Davis, Steve Burchard, Denise [Brameier] Koch, Paul Meier, Richard Brucker.
Not pictured, but attended: Mark Petersen
1981: The Class of 1981 met to celebrate their 40th reunion at Rich & Charlie’s Restaurant on Friday, September 25. Pictured from left to right are: John Hayden, Cheryl Stinson-Gaskin, Jeff Branneky, Michael Starks, Stephanie D. Cruickshank (Conners), John Freeman, Cindy Mueller, Teresa Doerr (Hoffmeister), Mark Twillman, Todd Vierling, Donna Hunkeler-carlson, Katrina Stierholz, Sherry Kapp Mitchler, Andy Welle, Karen Thurnau (Klipp), Alan Westmoreland, Bill Wiecher, Debra Mays, Stuart Vogelsmeier, Kristina Stierholz, Paul Niewald, Jill Nobbe Prosser, Rick Koenig, Christine Hoemann, Robert Cunningham, Edward Schultz, Cheri Mansfield (Versemann). Timothy William (Tripp) came later.
2001: The Lutheran North Class of 2001 met at Westport Social for Happy Hour on Saturday, October 2 to celebrate their 20th class reunion. Pictured are: Angela Brinker, Steven Purcell, Martin Popp, Kristy (Hinkebein) Mandrell.
2010: The Class of 2010 met at Ferguson Brewing Co. on Saturday, October 2nd to celebrate their 10 + 1 year reunion. Some also attended the football game on Friday.
From L to R:
Back row Hannah Price, Lydia Strini, Sarah Atwell, Caitlin Vasser, Chris Mansfield (back), Katie Dietrich, Liz Hanson (back), Jaymi Davis, JaLessa Mabry, Freda Brown, Cassondra Davis, Nyla Coleman, Kyle Harris, Kevin Hagens (back), Josh Jones
Front row (seated) Kristi Luther, Christina Thompson, Jessica Turner, CaQweena Seals, Alexis Morris, Gabrielle Prowl, Ashley Johnson, Breyan Brown
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Upcoming Reunions
As one of more than 5,000 graduates of Lutheran North, you are part of the rich tradition of Lutheran education in St. Louis. We encourage you to join us for an upcoming reunion or take time to plan one for your class with the help of our alumni coordinator, Judy Seiler. You may contact Judy at
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Class of 1982
40th Reunion: Watch for information
Class of 1996
25th Reunion: Contact Jerry Terry at

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