Edgerton Hall of Fame adding three

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
— Baseball is the theme this year for the Edgerton Athletic Hall of Fame.

Don Trolliet, Darin Haugom and the late Paul Furseth, all of whom were standouts on the diamond, will be honored Wednesday night during the 16th annual induction ceremony at the Buckhorn Supper Club.

The event begins with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and the induction program. Tickets are $30 and may still be purchased by contacting Dale Pope at the Roethe Pope Roethe law office at (608) 884-3391.

Trolliet was a 10-letter winner in football, basketball and baseball at Edgerton High School, where he received the American Legion Athletic Medal and graduated in 1960. He led the Crimson Tide to the Badger Conference baseball championship as a senior, highlighted by his no-hit pitching performance against Monroe.

After receiving the 1960 Janesville Gazette Silver Sluggers award and playing in an-star game at County Stadium, events sponsored by the Milwaukee Braves, Trolliet participated in the Braves’ spring training in 1961.

As a two-year letter winner in two sports at UW-Whitewater, Trolliet was a member of the Warhawks’ 1961-62 conference championship basketball team. He went on from his Warhawk baseball career to sign with the New York Mets as a third baseman in 1962.

Trolliet’s professional baseball career began at the Class A level in Quincy, Ill. He played for Auburn, N.Y., in the Class A New York-Penn League in 1963 and 1964, making the all-star team both years.

He advanced to Class AA at Williamsport, Pa., Class AAA in Buffalo, N.Y., and finished his professional career with Greenville, S.C., in Class A.

As a staff member at York Township High School in Elmhurst, Ill., Trolliet coached football, baseball and golf from 1967-1995.

Haugom also was a football, basketball and baseball standout at Edgerton High. He graduated in 1996 after receiving multiple All-Rock Valley Conference first-team honors in all three sports.

As the all-conference quarterback and Player of the Year in 1995, Haugom led Edgerton’s football team to a 9-0 regular season. He was an All-Rock Valley center fielder and first-team all-state pick in Edgerton’s 1996 baseball season, when the Crimson Tide went 21-1 and finished No. 1 in the Division 2 state ratings.

Haugom went on to a four-year career as a scholarship player in UW-Milwaukee’s NCAA Division I baseball program. He became a first-team All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Horizon League) center fielder in 2000 and 2001, and the conference Player of the Year in 2001.

UW-M’s 2001 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation in hitting and finished No. 2. At the time of his graduation, Haugom was the Panthers’ career leader in hits, doubles, triples, total bases, stolen bases, games and at-bats, and he also was second in RBIs.

Haugom has worked for eight years at the Milwaukee Sign Language School, where the 2007 girls basketball team he coached won the conference championship. He received a master’s degree in Educational Administrative Leadership in 2006.

Furseth lettered five times in football and basketball at Edgerton High in 1942-45, but he got his introduction to high-level baseball in playing for the Edgerton Merchants non-high school team. After serving in the United States Navy in 1945-46, he lettered three years in University of Wisconsin baseball (1949-51).

Furseth was Wisconsin’s Most Valuable Player in 1951, but 1950 was his team’s most successful season. The Badgers won the Big Ten championship, the NCAA District 4 title and placed fourth in the College World Series.

After signing with the Chicago White Sox in 1951, Furseth played one year in Waterloo, Iowa, before injuries ended his professional career.

Furseth, a lifelong Edgerton resident, died Sept. 13, 2010.

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