Steamboat Springs graduate heads to National High School Hall of Fame
Following a terrific career in football, basketball and track at Steamboat Springs, Tom Southall will head into the National High School Hall of Fame as a member of the 2016 class, headlined by Steve Spurrier and Marlon Briscoe, according to a press release, Tuesday, from the National Federation of State High School Associations.
As a member of the Sailors from 1979-82, Southall excelled in football, basketball, track and music.
Born without his right hand and wrist, Southall was two-time football player of the year in Colorado and led his team to the 1979 Class 2A state championship.
He set the state’s single-game rushing record in 1979 with 412 yards.
In track and field, he set the state’s 2A long jump record in 1981 with a 23-4½ effort and helped Steamboat Springs to three consecutive Class 2A state titles from 1980 to 1982.
On the performing arts side, Southall was a member of the jazz band and concert band and was all-state in music on the trumpet.
He received the Fred Steinmark Award as Colorado Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 1981.
Southall’s success continued at Colorado College, where he led the nation in punt return yardage and set an NCAA Division III career mark for kickoff return yards.
He was track MVP all four years at Colorado College and set school records in the long jump, 200-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay.
With his playing days long over, Southall currently works as a teacher and coach at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colorado.
COLORADO NOTE: Southall joins 21 other Colorado athletes, coaches, performing arts sponsors and administrators. Colorado’s inductees include: athletes — Chauncey Billups (2013), Earl “Dutch” Clark (1995), Tanya Haave (2001), Tracy Hill (2012), Jayne Gibson-McHugh (1996), Joe Romig (1990) and Byron White (1987); coaches — Jim Baggot (1994), Bill Fanning (1998), Lloyd Gaskill (1992), Laurice “Lo” Hunter (1999), Dick Katte (2004), Warren Mitchell (2008) and Pat Panek (1995); officials — George Demetriou (2014), Kaye Garms (1995) and Alvin Schalge (1996); performing arts — Frank Sferra (2003); and administrators — Alice Barron (2002), Ron Conklin (2002) and Sharon Wilch(1998)
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