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Swartz on Sports - Who’s the top athlete?

March 11, 2011
By David Swartz Managing Editor

Most pick-up basketball games don't lead to philosophical debates.

However, the other night, the question came up: "Who was the best (male) athlete to come out of the high school in Estherville?'

The question came from a resident who did not grow up in the area, but immediately sparked a debate.

One of the first names that came to the forefront, both during the debate amongst these recreational basketball players and after talking to a couple coaches, was Jeremy Truog.

Under coach Jerry Shultz' tenure, Truog was the only football player to play Division I (University of Iowa). He was a First Team All-State Football player.

He also excelled in the shot put in high school where he won a state championship, finished second at the Drake Relays and was a two-time Lakes Champ.

While others have gone on to athletic success elsewhere, Luke Moffitt also competed at the Division I level, wrestling for the University of Iowa.

His senior year, he was a Big 10 Champion and named Outstanding Wrestler at the Big 10 Tournament.

Most Estherville/Estherville Lincoln Central fans know Eric Willey holds most of the basketball scoring records, but he also accounted for most of the ELC's scoring during is time.

Some suggested Roger Guge, who played some football at Iowa State before finishing up his collegiate career at Augustana (or so I was told).

But that encompasses the modern era.

To go back further, Ken Hugg, who graduated from Estherville in the 1930s, still is tied for the top time in the 100 dash. Hugg took his talents to the University of Iowa where he did well.

George Hess also had success in high school and beyond before returning to coach in Estherville. Hess was a junior college All-American and also played both basketball and football at Iowa State.

These are a few of the names that came to the forefront.

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