2020 Hall of Fame
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The Hall of Fame highlights and immortalizes all individuals who shined on the athletic field, classroom, as an administrator or staff member or as a Wizard booster within the community.
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Windsor High School to Induct 2 Student-Athletes, 2 Icons of the Community & an Entire Team into 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame
Student-Athlete: Brent Vail (Class of 2000)
Student-Athlete: Lori Pitz (Class of 2001)
Legacy Award: Martin Lind (Class of 1979)
Murray Kula "Spirit of the Wizard" Award: Kevin Bowles
Team: 1981 Football (AA State Champions)
The Windsor High School Athletic Hall of Fame recently announced the addition of two former student-athletes, a long-time maintenance professional and coach within the district, a community icon and the entire 1981 football team as new members to the school’s distinguished club.
In late 2019 the committee members unanimously voted to add the former WHS graduates and educators as its eighth induction class.
Those being enshrined into the hall are student athletes Brent Vail (Class of 2000), Lori Pitz (Class of 2001), longtime Windsor High School lead maintenance employee Kevin Bowles, community icon and 1979 graduate Martin Lind and the 1981 AA state championship football team coached by John Burke.
Vail, a stand-out golfer, and Pitz, a record-setting track and field athlete, will be enshrined as student athletes while Lind will be honored with the Legacy Award for community service and dedication to improving Windsor school facilities, programs and education, and Bowles as the Murray Kula “Spirit of the Wizard” Award.
The 1981 football team is only the third full team to be inducted, and the first football team. The 1981 Wizards were the first team at Windsor to win a state championship since the 1951 boys’ track and field team, and only the second since the 1924 boys’ basketball team.
The 2020 induction ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Pelican Lakes Banquet Room, 1600 Pelican Lakes Point, in Windsor. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling Duvall at 970-686-8110, or email email@example.com.
The previous evening, Oct. 2, the Windsor football team will host Broomfield in the school’s first-ever Hall of Fame Game. All 2020 hall of fame inductees will be recognized at halftime of the game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at H.J. Dudley Field.
Burke was the head coach of the 1981 football team, a team that went 13-1 on the season and defeated Brush, 14-13, to capture the AA title. His team’s only loss on the year was a 27-6 defeat against Valley in the season opener. The team rattled off 13-straight wins including the Welco Championship against Valley, 16-14, Denver Christian, 12-6 in the first round of state, Woodland Park, 33-8, in the second round and Olathe, 17-14, in the state semi-final.
Mike Hergenreder, a 2016 Windsor High School Hall of Fame inductee, was named as the AA football player of the year while Burke was named the Colorado AA Coach of the Year.
Joining the football team will be a pair of Windsor athletic legends in Vail and Pitz.
Vail was the first acclaimed boys’ golfer at WHS, as well as the first ever boys’ or girls’ golfer to be enshrined. He was a four-year letter-winner and despite missing qualifying for the state golf tournament his sophomore and junior seasons by one stroke each time, he qualified as a senior. He shot back-to-back 77s to place in the top half of the tournament. His prep golf prowess awarded him a golf scholarship to Fresno State University.
Vail primarily played golf during his prep career and set the school record for lowest 18-hole round with a 67 at Boomerang Golf Course on Sept. 2, 1999 and again 13 days later at Twin Peaks Golf Course.
Vail and his wife Christy, also a WHS graduate, lives in Plano, Texas where he’s a retail account manager for Samsung. The Vails have two children, four-year-old Madison and two-year-old Charlie.
Pitz left WHS as one of the most decorated track and field athletes and will be enshrined as the first female track and field standout. She won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at the Class 4A state meet and was part of Windsor’s state-record winning 800-meter relay. She also took fourth in the long jump and 200.
The 2001 WHS graduate also participated in softball, diving and basketball during her high school career but narrowed her devotion to the track her senior year. The dedication paid off as she earned a scholarship from Central Missouri State. While at UCM, Pitz was a five-time All-American.
Pitz is an area director at Vasa Fitness in Denver and spent three seasons as an assistant track and field coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, where WHS graduate Brian Kula is the head coach. She has a son named Jayce, who she is currently coaching in USA Track and Field meets.
Lind is a fourth-generation Windsor resident and a 1979 WHS graduate. He participated in football and wrestling while in school, but his primary involvement with WHS, as well as the rest of the Windsor School District, has been as a community supporter and fundraiser.
Lind, the CEO of the Water Valley Land Company in Windsor as well as the owner of the Colorado Eagles American Hockey League team, is one of the Windsor community’s largest, if not the largest, boosters for athletics, activities and academics. All four of his children were educated and graduated from WHS and his contributions have made a lasting impression to the facilities, educators, administrators and students in the district.
Lind lives on the family farm with wife of 34 years, Viki, and together they have eight grandchildren.
Bowles has been employed by WHS since 1993 and is currently the maintenance lead at the school. The recipient of the Murray Kula “Spirit of the Wizard” award coordinates and prepares all the WHS athletic, academic, and activity venues for practices, games and events as the primary facility lead.
He is also the communication bridge between administration and coaches when scheduling extracurricular activities for all WHS building events. Originally from Oregon, Bowles moved to Colorado as a child and graduated from Loveland High School in 1983. Following graduation, Bowles served from 1983-88 in the United States Army before joining WHS in 1993.
Bowles and his wife Melissa have one child, a son named Deric.