Penning, patrons recognized with press box plaques
In last week's article titled "Penning, patrons recognized with press box plaques" the dates for the back-to-back football conference titles won under Coach Penning should be 1959 and 1960. The Herald apologizes for the error.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 5:27 AM
Two plaques have been affixed to an exterior wall of the new press box at Blayne Onsgard Memorial Field. The larger lists the many donors and contributors that made the new building at the football field possible.
Leon Schuttemeier, second from left, who played high school baseball for coach Maynard “Barney” Penning (in 1959), stands in front of the new press box plaques along with his three grandsons currently part of the Lion football program. From left are eighth-grader Brock Schuttemeier, Leon Schuttemeier, senior Brandon Schuttemeier, freshman Brady Schuttemeier and Booster Club president Todd Olerud.
The boosters have supplied the plaques to honor coach Penning and his championship baseball and football teams as well as the many patrons who contributed to construction of the new press box at Blayne Onsgard Memorial Field.
There is also a plaque to honor Maynard "Barney" Penning, who by percentage is the winningest Lion coach in both football and baseball.
His baseball teams had a combined 29-10 record winning three conference crowns in four seasons - shared titles in 1961 and 1962 following an outright championship in 1960.
The '60 and '61 Lions went on to win district baseball titles with the '61 crew being region runners-up, one step away from state.
In football, Penning had a .636 winning percentage with a 21-11-1 record in four seasons from 1958 through 1961. His 1958 and 1960 squads won back-to-back conference championships, a feat not repeated for 50 years until a co-championship in 2010 and last year's outright 2011 title.
Penning, who now resides in Grand Rapids, Minn., was on hand at the Homecoming football game a year ago. He was the honored guest with 50 or more of his players as well as five family members joining him on the field for a halftime ceremony.