PREP SPORTS: Canby High School Athletic HOF induction Saturday

CANBY – The Canby High School Athletic Hall of Fame plans to induct five individuals and honor two more during a banquet Saturday.

The event, which begins at 5 p.m., will be conducted in the CHS gymnasium.

The inductees include Scott Larson, Todd Paulson, Ron Craigmile, Moriah (Christianson) Reiss and Adrian Hemish. The honorees are Marion Oellien and Collen Koenigs.


Scott Larson

A member of the Class of 1990, Larson participated in golf, football and basketball.

In golf, he collected six letters and finished seventh individually at the 1990 state golf tournament.

In football, Larson earned three letters, was selected as Canby’s MVP and an all-conference pick in 1990.

In basketball, he won three letters, scored 985 points and averaged 19.6 points per game from 1988 to 1990.

Todd Paulson

A member of the Class of 1986, Paulson participated in cross country, wrestling and track and field, where he earned four letters in each sport.

In cross country, he qualified for the state meet in 1984 and 1985.

In wrestling, Paulson posted a 117-16 overall record en route to placing fourth in 1985 and second in 1986 at the state tournament. He was a member of four dual teams that qualified for the state tournament.

In track and field, Paulson was the Lancers’ MVP in 1985 and 1986.

Ron Craigmile

A member of the Class of 1959, Craigmile participated in football, basketball and baseball.

In football, he was Canby’s co-captain and halfback on the Lancers’ 1958 team that won their final seven games by a combined score of 189-18.

In basketball, Craigmile earned four letters and was the CHS captain and an all-district selection in 1959. He scored 54 points in a game against Clara City, now part of the MACCRAY School District, before the 3-point shot came into existence.

In baseball, Craigmile was Canby’s starting catcher as a freshman in 1956 and consistently hit .300 throughout his time with the Lancers.


(Christianson) Reiss

A member of the Class of 1992, Reiss participated in cross country, basketball and track and field.

In cross country, she was a three-time letterwinner.

In basketball, Reiss was Canby’s MVP in 1992 and was picked for all-conference teams in 1991 and 1992.

In track and field, she qualified for the state meet four times, placing three times in the 200 dash and one time in the 100 dash. Reiss was involved with five school records as an individual or a relay team member.

Adrian Hemish

A member of the Class of 1951, Hemish, whose nickname was “Hunsy,” participated in football and baseball.

In football, he was the co-captain and halfback for Canby’s undefeated 1950 squad, which was ranked second overall in the state by the Litkenhous Ratings. Hemish is believed to have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in an eight-game regular season.

In baseball, he allowed four hits during the 1951 District 9 Tournament en route to defeating Lake Benton and Balaton before losing to Marshall in the championship. Hemish pitched a 1-hitter and struck out 11 versus Lake Benton, tossed a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Balaton and gave up three hits versus Marshall.

Loyal Lancers

Marion Oellien

Nicknamed “Cowboy,” Oellien spent more than 45 years serving CHS as a groundskeeper, a bus driver, a chaperone and as a Lancer sports fan.

He took special pride in making Canby’s high school athletic fields look their best on game days.

Colleen Koenigs

Employed in the CHS district office for more than 45 years, Koenigs loved to volunteer at the scoring table for many various home events for more than 40 years. Her wit and sports knowledge was especially appreciated by visiting coaches and officials.

Planning to attend?

Tickets for the banquet are available at the CHS office.