CHS Initial Hall of Fame Class (2015):
Steven Moore (’71), Annesa (Conrad) Bergstrom (’94), 1994 CHS State Championship Softball Team
Moore is Carlisle High School’s first state champion wrestler, earning his title at 138 pounds in 1971. Moore graduated from CHS in 1971 and currently lives in Loveland, CO, with his wife, Mary. Moore was drafted into the army after high school and is currently retired.
Bergstrom led the CHS softball team to the school’s first state softball title in 1994 as a senior outfielder. She was selected first-team all-state elite (all classes) and Iowa Player of the Year in 1994 after leading the Wildcats to a 48-3 overall record. Bergstrom still ranks among Iowa’s all-time leaders in single season hits (101), batting average (.601) and tops the season stolen base record board with 91 and career stolen base list with 210. Her 91 consecutive stolen bases in a season remains a national record, as does her 158 consecutive bases mark set from 1992-94. A five-year starter, Bergstrom was named a 1994 Fast Pitch World High School All-American and recorded a .496 prep career batting average. Earning 13 letters during her high school career, she was a standout basketball player and 12-event state track qualifier. After high school, Bergstrom was a member of the Central College softball team and Iowa State University softball programs. She graduated from Iowa State in 1998 with a sociology degree. She is married to John Bergstrom and they have two children, Maya and Miles, and reside in Carlisle.
1994 State Championship Softball Team: Michelle Erb, Kylie Sloan, Mickey Shenk, Jennifer (Cope) Swihart, Mandy (McCarl) Lee, Milissa (Avitt) Olson, Terri (Black) Tudor, Jill (Lindaman) Prall, Penny (Cope) Freeman, Katie (Erickson) Hernandez, Molly Pickering, Tonia (Pezzetti) Ryan, Celeste (Kading) Hollingshead, Tanya (Wilson) Enos, Alicia (Avitt) Clark, Gina (Keul) Ward, Lori (Greubel) Reha, Annesa (Conrad) Bergstrom, head coach Jim Flaws and assistant coach Lee Brecht. The team went 48-3 overall en route to a conference title and the school’s first state softball title.
CHS Hall of Fame Class 2016:
Dr. Robert E. (Bob) Sweeney (’55), Penny (Cope) Freeman (’97), 2003 State Championship Baseball Team
Sweeney is Carlisle High School’s first state champion in any sport, earning titles in pole vault and high jump in 1955. Currently living in Blair, NE, with his wife Libby, Sweeney was a track and field standout in addition to playing football, basketball and baseball for the Wildcats. He also sang and played in the band. Sweeney earned his first state title with his record 11’2” pole vault at the Iowa State Class C Indoor Championships. He then bettered that mark and earned the state title in the outdoor meet when he vaulted 11’4”. Sweeney was also named state champion in the high jump when he recorded a 5’10” leap at the outdoor meet, which was also a state record.
In addition to his state titles that spring, Sweeney teamed with his twin brother, Dick, Larry Ballard and Jim Burns to place fifth in the mile relay and his brother placed second in the 440-yd dash and third in the pole vault to help rack up enough team points to lead Carlisle to a fifth-place team finish in the state meet. Upon graduation, this prolific Wildcat held 10 state, district, conference or school records in relay and individual events.
Important to note, at the time of these monumental moments in Carlisle Wildcats athletic history, the school had no track on which the students could train. The kids ran on the streets in town in preparation for meets. “Good” tracks were all cinder and the flexible fiberglass pole for vaulting had not yet been invented. Sweeney used a rigid aluminum pole purchased by his father after first learning to vault with a broom handle and tree sapling at home. The high jump competitors jumped into a pile of sand that was shoveled and leveled between jumps.
Following graduation, Sweeney earned letters in cross country and track at Drake University before transferring to Iowa State University where he earned his BS degree in Farm Operations. He then graduated from Louisiana State University with an MS in Agriculture Economics in 1965 and Georgia State University with a Ph.D. in Economics in 1969. Sweeney is retired president and CEO Emeritus of the Applied Information Management Institute.
Penny Cope Freeman, one of the most decorated pitchers in Iowa history, led the CHS softball team to state titles in 1994, 1996 and 1997 and five consecutive conference championships. She was a four-time all-state selection and three-time 2A Player of the Year. Elected to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame in 2002, Freeman accumulated a prep career record of 173-15 in the circle. Leading her team to state in four of her five years, the high school all-American posted an unblemished 12-0 record in state tournament games and was named to the all-tournament team three times, including the illustrious captain title twice. She also received the Jack North Player of the Year and Bernie Saggau Award her senior year.
Following graduation, Freeman attended the University of Alabama and then the University of Nebraska where she was a part of SEC and Big 12 Conference and Tournament Championships, while earning individual softball and academic accolades.
2003 State Championship Baseball Team: Hupke, Cataldo, Joey Bauman, Nyle Claypool, David Dunn, Ryan Edwards, Jacob Flaws, Scott Gladson, Todd Gladson, Drew Laidig, Bill Nelson, Jeremy Parker, Bill Reynolds, Josh Sims, Travis Smith, Tad Stoner, Mack Worthington, manager Zac Anthony, head coach Dave Dirkx and assistant coaches Mitch Krumweide, Brian Baker and Ben Barry.
On August 2, 2003, the Carlisle High School baseball team brought home the program’s first state title, ending an amazing season with a 32-5 overall record. The Wildcats, who were also Raccoon River Conference Champs that summer and ranked among the top-5 2A teams all season, recorded three wins in Marshalltown, including a dramatic come-from-behind 6-2 victory over Dyersville Beckman in the finals, to secure the championship after entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed.
After bowing out in the opening round of the state tournament the year prior, Carlisle shut out Sergeant Bluff-Luton 10-0 in a shortened six-inning game to open play in Marshalltown before outlasting No. 5 Jesup, 7-5, in the semifinals to advance to the championship. In the title game, the Wildcats found themselves down 2-1 heading into the sixth inning when Drew Hupke led off with a double and TJ Cataldo followed with his second home run of the contest to put the Cats up for good, 3-2. Carlisle would add three insurance runs in the top of the seventh to secure the school’s first boys team championship.