MHS Athletic Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees
Gene Rabel graduated from Mahtomedi High School in 1961. During his time at MHS, Rabel was a four-year letter winner in football, hockey, and baseball. In football, Rabel was All State in 1960, the Skyline Conference Football Player of the Year in 1960, and a member of three conference championship teams. In 1959, the Zephyr football team outscored its opponents 410 to 0 and the 1960 team outscored opponents 440 to 46. Rabel went on to play football at the University of Minnesota where he was a freshman on the last Gopher team to go to the Rose Bowl. Rabel was inducted into the Minnesota Old Timers’ Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Gretchen Gunderson Wenzel graduated from Mahtomedi High School in 1980. During her time at MHS, Wenzel was the 1980 Class A state gymnastics champion on all around, vault, bars, floor, and 2nd place on the beam. She was the 1979 Class A state gymnastic champion on vault and floor. Wenzel won 10 individual sectional championships and was a three-year all conference and letter winner. After MHS, Wenzel competed on the Gustavus Adolphus team from 1981-82. She was the Division III co-champion on vault in 1981, was a collegiate All-American on vault in 1981 and 1982, and a collegiate All-American in all around in 1981. Wenzel was the first gymnast in Minnesota to perform the Tsukahara vault in competition in 1976.
Pat Bigalk taught physical education and health at Mahtomedi Middle School from 1974 until 2008. She was named the Mahtomedi Teacher of the Year in 1991 and was selected as a Celebration of Excellence Distinguished Teacher in 2006. During her tenure, Bigalk initiated and coached varsity softball from 1975-1978, initiated and coached varsity basketball for 1975 and 1976, and coached varsity volleyball from 1975-1980. At Mahtomedi Middle School, she coached 9th grade softball from 1980-1986, 9th grade volleyball from 1982-1984, 8th grade softball from 1987-1989, and 8th grade volleyball in 1987.
Nate DeMars graduated from Mahtomedi High School 1994. During his time at MHS, DeMars was a three-letter winner in football, all conference in 1992 and 1993, and all state honorable mention in 1993. In hockey, DeMars was a four-year letter winner and was all conference in 1992, 1993, 1994 and all state honorable mention in 1994. In baseball he was a three-year letter winner, all conference honorable mention in 1993, all conference in 1994, and all metro honorable mention in 1994. DeMars was named Mahtomedi Male Athlete of the Year in 1994. After high school, DeMars played hockey for St. Mary’s University where he was all conference honorable mention in 1995, all conference in 1996, 1997, and 1998 and all American 2nd team in 1997. DeMars played one year for the Chesapeake Ice Breakers of the East Coast Hockey League in 1999. In 2011 DeMars was inducted into the St. Mary’s Hall of Fame.
Mindy Myhre graduated from Mahtomedi High School in 1994. Myhre won four consecutive all-around state championships, two state vault titles, two state bars titles, three state floor titles, and 13 individual state titles. She was all conference for four years and was a member of three state team championships. Myhre currently holds the Mahtomedi High School records in all around, vault, beam and floor. After graduation, Myhre went on to compete in gymnastics for the University of Minnesota. She was the 1998 most valuable player, a member of the 1998 Team Big Ten Champions, a member of the 1997 Team Big Ten runner-up, and was a three-time academic All Big 10 honoree.