Butte Sports Hall of Fame announces new inductees
Wayne Paffhausen usually isn’t at loss for words, but he could barely get out one sentence after being accepted into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday.
“It’s an honor being selected, especially with my son,” is all he could say as his voice cracked with emotion.
Wayne Paffausen was voted into the hall of fame along with his son, Josh Paffausen. This was only the second time in the 27-year history of the hall of fame that a father and son were inducted in the same round.
“I’m never at a loss for words until today,” the proud father told The Montana Standard after the inductees were announced at the Butte Civic Center that afternoon.
Wayne Paffhausen was elected in the Veteran’s Division as an outstanding all-around athlete at Butte High. He played for the 1960-61 championship football teams. Josh Paffhausen was a two-year starting quarterback for the Bulldogs, leading the team to the 1991 state championship.
Josh Paffhausen, who lives in Missoula, said he was “humbled” by the honor and is proud to be from Butte.
“No matter where I go in the world, Butte is always going to be home,” he said.
The hall of fame committee inducted 11 new members to the 2013 class. Hall of Fame Chairman Patrick Kearney said it was difficult to narrow down the inductees from a record-high list of 187 nominees.
“This is the best quality of candidates I’ve ever seen,” Kearney said.
Because there was such a long list of candidates, the committee only voted for inductees for being former athletes and not just coaches.
Kearney noted that of the 11 new inductees, seven played on state championship teams and three played for national championships. Four from the 2013 class also earned a total of 16 gold medals in their athletic careeers.
Following are Tuesday’s the Hall of Fame inductees:
He was an outstanding all-around athlete at Butte High. Ericson was a two-year starter in football at Butte High earning first team All-State honors both years. In basketball, he was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs in 1988 and 1989 earning first team All-State honors both years. Todd was only the fifth Butte High athlete to be picked for that honor in basketball in back-to-back seasons. Ericson became only the eighth Butte High athlete to be selected first team All-State in two sports in one season. He went on to play football at the University of Montana. Todd was picked first team All-Big Sky Conference as a safety twice in 1991 and 1992. He also wore the Grizzlies fabled “37” for three seasons.
He was a standout all-around athlete at Butte High and Montana State in the 1970s. Janhunen competed in football, basketball and track at Butte High earning six varsity letters. He was a two-year starter in football for the Bulldogs in 1973 and 1974. In track, Janhunen won the triple jump at the 1975 state meet with a leap of 44 feet 2 1/2 inches. He was the first Bulldogs’ athlete to ever win the triple jump at the state meet. Jim went to Montana State where he played football for the Bobcats. Janhunen was a starting free safety on the 1976 Montana State team that won the national championship.
She was an outstanding track athlete at Butte Central and Butte High in the 1980s. Mathewson competed at Butte Central her freshmen year. She won four individual gold medals at the 1986 state track meet to lead the Maroons to a third place finish with 25.5 points. In her sophomore year, in 1987, she transferred to Butte High. She was a member of the 1987 Lady Bulldogs’ state championship team. She took the 100-meter dash finals at the state meet in a time of 12.60 seconds. In 1988 and 1989, she won the long jump at the state meet. Overall, she won seven individual gold medals at state meets plus was on a state title relay team. Following her prep career, Mathewson competed in track at the University of Washington.
He was a standout runner competing in cross country and track for Butte Central in the 1970s. McDougall ran cross country three year from 1971-73. In all three years, the Maroons won the state championship. In 1971, he placed at the state meet Dave won the state cross country championship in both 1972 and 1973 as the Maroons again won the state title. In track, McDougall helped the Maroons to win their first-ever divisional track championship in 1973.
In the state meet, he won the one and two-mile runs as Butte Central placed second at the state meet. In 1974, McDougall again led the Maroons to another divisional track title. At the state meet, he won the two-mile race McDougal won five gold medals overall in cross country and track, the most ever by a Butte Central athlete. Following his prep days, McDougall competed in track and cross country at the University of Montana.
He was elected into the Hall of Fame as a contributor. He was instrumental in the development of the Knights of Columbus sports photo display. Michelotti put in hundreds of hours with that display.
He also developed a web page for the Butte Sports Hall of Fame while serving on the committee.
Jim served as a coach for YMCA youth basketball and also Little League baseball.
After graduating for Carroll College Michelotti served as an assistant football coach at Butte Central
He was a standout pitcher for the Butte Miners’ American Legion baseball team in the 1970s. During his three years, the Miners made it to the state tournament twice in 1974 and 1976. In his first start as a 16-year old, Mueller beat Sheridan, Wyoming, a defending state champion.
In 1976, Mueller won nine straight games to lead Butte to the state tournament. He pitched a no-hitter against Helena striking out 18 batters.
Mueller tied a state American Legion record when he struck out 25 batters in a win against Anaconda.
Mueller tied a record set by Dave McNally in a 1960 win over Butte. He also struck out 24 batters in a win over Miles City. Tim was drafted in the 8th round of the 1977 draft by the Chicago Cubs, but elected to stay in school.
Mueller went on to play two years at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. Mueller went on to play baseball at Washington State.
He was an outstanding all-around athlete who competed in football, basketball and track for Butte High in the 1990s. Paffhausen was a two-year starting quarterback at Butte High. He led the Bulldogs to the 1991 state championship. Josh was named the Class AA Offensive Player of the Year. During the season, Paffahusen threw for 24 touchdown passes, 117 completed passes for 1,941 yards and 2,746 total yards all school records. both school records. In his senior year of 1992, Josh was again selected first team All-State and was the Class AA Offensive Player of the Year despite the fact he played on a team with a 3-7 record.
In track, Paffhausen won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.05 at the 1992 state meet. Josh had a banner year in 1993, his senior year. He won the 300-meter low hurdles at the state meet with a state record of 38.09. Paffhausen also took the triple jump with a leap of 46’ 1/4”. Following his prep career, Josh played football at the Montana Grizzlies. Paffhausen was a member of the 1995 Grizzlies’ national championship team.
He was elected in the Veterans’ Division by the individual members of the Butte Sports Hall of Fame. Paffhausen was an outstanding all-around athlete at Butte High in the 1960s. Paffhausen earned seven varsity letters at Butte High: three in track, two in football and two in basketball. Wayne was a starting running back on two Butte High football teams that won back-to-back state championships in 1960 and 1961. The 1961 football team rushed for 2,337 yards the second most in school history. Paffhausen was picked first team All-State by AP in football in 1961. He went to Seattle to play football for the Washington Huskies in 1962 and 1963. A neck injury cut short his college career.
He was elected in the Veterans’ Division by the individual members of the Butte Sports Hall of Fame. He was a standout athlete for Butte Central. He was an excellent quarterback on the Butte Central football team in 1952 and 1953. In 1953, he led the Maroons to the state title game and also helped the Maroons beat Butte High for the first time in 28 years. He was selected first team All-State following the 1953 season. Dick competed in track for the Maroons. He won the one-mile run at the 1954 state track meet. Dick became the first Maroons’ athlete ever to win the one-mile run at the state track meet. Only one other Maroons’ runner Dave McDougall in 1973 has won the one-mile race at the state track meet.
He was a standout football player at Butte Central and Montana State in the 1970s. Dan was a starting guard and linebacker on the Maroons’ 1971 and 1972 state championship teams. He was named first team All-State both ways in both 1971 and 1972. Ueland was the only offensive linemen selected unanimously first team All-State.
Ueland was also a good wrestler for the Maroons. He placed third at the state tournament in both 1972 and 1973.
Ueland ran track for the Maroons from 1970-1972. Dan played for the West team in the 1973 Shrine game.
He was the only competitor who started both ways. After his prep days, Ueland played linebacker for Montana State. He was a starter on the 1976 Montana State team that won the National Championship.
He was a standout all-around athlete at Butte High in the 1960s. Wilson was the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback in football in 1963 and 1964. Wilson led the Bulldogs to the state championship with the team going unbeaten.
He was selected first team All-State following the season.
Dick also played three years of basketball for the Bulldogs. In 1964, he led the team in scoring with 327 points The next year Wilson again led the Bulldogs in scoring with 403 points. For his career, Dick had 731 points for a 15.2 points a game average. His 15.2 points a game for a career tied him with Don Rae as the top scorer all-time at Butte High. Following his prep career, Wilson went on to compete in football at the University of Utah.