There were plenty of laughs, a few tears, and lots of smiles at the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at Spirit River Community Center on Sunday, Aug. 18.
There also was a spirited rendition of the Jimmy Dean hit “Big Bad John” led by former assistant football coach Jerry Carlson playing the ukulele. Carlson used to lead the football team in a rendition of the song after victories in the 1980s.
And the 1987 team, one of the honorees at the banquet, got to sing that song a lot: The Bluejackets won the Class A state title with a 14-0 record that season, the second of two straight state titles that included a two-year mark of 27-1.
The other inductees for 2019 were football standouts Rob Eastlund and Todd Treichel, music director Dick Hardy, wrestling coach Neil Jennissen, gymnastics coach Wendy Rooney, track standout Shawn Stone and girls basketball star Jonelle Streed.
Roughly 100 attendees watched a series of videos produced by Bruce Davidson that feted each inductee. The videos included thoughts from the inductees as well as comments, both humorous and thoughtful, from friends and colleagues.
Then each inductee received a plaque to celebrate the honor.
This marked the third class of inductees to the Bluejacket Hall of Fame, which now boasts 19 members as well as three honored teams.
Bluejacket fans who wish to nominate deserving individuals and teams to the school’s Hall of Fame are asked to go to the school’s website (www.c-ischools.org), click on “Departments,” then click on “Bluejacket Hall of Fame” to find a nomination form to fill out.
Todd Smrekar chairs the Hall of Fame committee, with Wade Labatte serving as vice chair, Adam Curtis as treasurer and Kent Viesselman as secretary. The rest of the committee members are Mark Solberg, the school’s activities director who also served as master of ceremonies for this year’s banquet, along with Jon Dunbar, Mike Bergloff, Steve Chumley, Neil Jennissen, Mike McDonald, and Shane Weibel.