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HIASAA - Highland Community School District 5
Highland Community School District 5
HIASAA - St. Paul Catholic School - Highland, IL
St. Paul Catholic School
HIASAA - Highland Community School District 5
Highland Community School District 5
HIASAA - St. Paul Catholic School - Highland, IL
St. Paul Catholic
School
HIASAA
Highland Illinois Area School Alumni Association
HIASAA
Highland Illinois Area School
Alumni Association
HIASAA
Highland Illinois Area School Alumni Association
HIASAA - Highland Community School District 5
HIASAA - St. Paul Catholic School
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Staff, Classmates and Alumni
Staff, Classmates and Alumni
2015 HIASAA Hall of Fame Member
Mark Capelle - Sports
HIASAA Former St. Paul High School and current Highland High School cross country coach Bob Vance knew he might have something special when a skinny sophomore went out for cross country in 1975. With a minimal warm-up period, Capelle raced around the HHS track four times in just under five minutes. Over the next three years, Capelle would race in three IHSA State Cross Country Finals and three IHSA State track meets. In his first year competing, the fall of his sophomore year, Capelle won several local races in cross country. He repeated the feat in the One and Two mile races in the spring. He would top off his sophomore season with a 2nd place finish in the One Mile run in the State Finals, earning his first of five all-state honors. His junior season was even better as he began to grab more local attention. He placed fourth in the first Class A Cross Country state meet and then garnered second place finishes in both the two-mile run and one-mile run in the spring of 1977. Even more remarkable is that those two events are run within an hour of each other. By Mark’s senior season everyone on the running circuit knew who he was. Area coaches tried all sorts of tactics to slow the fleet-footed Viking down. One coach even instructed his team to try and box him in to allow that squads best runner to finally beat Capelle. The strategy worked for a while, but in the end the results were the same as Capelle finally escaped the pack and ran away with yet another victory. In 1977, Capelle captured the Gold Medal in the Illinois cross country finals. He repeated that feat in the State Track Finals in early 1978 when he won the two-mile run and came in third in the one-mile, missing IHSA’s trifecta by just a matter of seconds.

“I really liked baseball, football and basketball,” admits Capelle. “But, our family had several responsibilities, including our farm and the Community Lumber. We all were expected to help out. So, I had to choose one sport in the fall and one sport in the spring.” What he did was medal seven times in eight IHSA races. That’s an incredible top four finishes in seven of the eight races he competed. To put it in better perspective, only one other male runner from either St. Paul High School or Highland High School has ever finished in the top 10 in any class in Illinois. And, only one other runner, male or female has ever finished any higher than sixth place. Not bad for a kid that really didn’t love running. “I didn’t crave running like some do. But I liked winning and really hated losing,” said Capelle. “For whatever reason, running was easy and it was a way to get into the school I really wanted”. That school was the University of Illinois, where he graduated with an Engineering degree. Capelle competed and lettered for four years in both cross country, Indoor and outdoor track. In fact, his 3000 meter steeplechase time of 8:51.3 is still eighth all-time at the University of Illinois.

He was named to the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Belleville News Democrat all-area cross country team and track teams for three straight years. He was selected as the Area Scholar Athlete. And he was an Illinois All-State runner five times in the two sports.
2017 Inductees
Pat Imming - Arts & Sciences
John "Jack" Cygan - Career Public Service
Dennis Luber - Sports
2016 Inductees
Bruce Case - Arts & Sciences
Tom Ulmet - Career Public Service
Erwin Weder - Business
Jake Odorizzi - Sports
2015 Inductees
Dr. Mark Edwin Frisse - Arts & Sciences
Pat Schwarm - Career Public Service
Otto E. Jakel - Business
2014 Inductees
Dr. Richard Streiff - Arts & Sciences
Jerome Zobrist - Career Public Service
Dennis Rinderer - Public Service
2013 Inductees
Dr. Robert W. Buchheim - Arts & Sciences
Robin McGee - Arts & Sciences
Dr. Carl Ernst - Business
Kevin Hemann - Public Service
2012 Inductees
Melissa Glassmaker - Arts & Sciences
Jerry Dauderman - Business
Brig. Gen. Scott Zobrist - Public Service
2011 Inductees
Allan Killion - Arts & Sciences
David R. Ford - Business
Jay Ward - Sports
Jeanne Baumann Meyer - Public Service
2010 Inductees
Carl Basler - Business
Earl Wirz - Sports
Roland Harris - Public Service
Olin Stratton - At Large
2009 Inductees
Dr. Arlo Landolt - Arts & Sciences
Robert Mueller - Arts & Sciences
Robert Scott Tibbetts - Arts & Sciences
Martin Wick - Business
Jay Boulanger - Business
Terry Riffel - Business
Jennie Kaeser - Public Service
Joe Michaelis - Public Service
Lynn Rehberger - Public Service
2008 Inductees
Brenda (Hemann) Harris - Arts & Sciences
Ron Jacober - Arts & Sciences
Jesse Kamm - Arts & Sciences
Louis Latzer - Business
Ralph Korte - Business
Edwin Frisse - Business
Ed Hilbert - Sports
Darell Bellm - Public Service
Jack Klaus - Public Service
Larry "Biddy" Essenpreis - Public Service
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