Watertown-Mayer High School will induct Sue Morehouse Kawlewski and Bill McDonald into its Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony at halftime of Friday night’s homecoming football game against Sibley East.
McDonald, a 1984 graduate of Watertown-Mayer High School, was a 13-time letter winner in wrestling, football and baseball who went on to an All-American wrestling career at Southwest Minnesota State University. Morehouse Kawlewski, a 1985 graduate of Watertown-Mayer High School, earned 13 letters in volleyball, basketball, track and softball before going on to play basketball and softball Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
Both inductees will also be honored during an open house before the game from 5-6 p.m. in the school foyer. The public is invited, and should enter through Door 1.
McDonald’s true passion at Watertown-Mayer was wrestling. He earned six varsity letters in the sport, won four conference titles, three district championships and twice earned berths into the state tournament. As a sophomore, he finished fifth in the state and a senior, he went 33-0 to win a state title. McDonald, who today is a physical education teacher at Watertown-Mayer Middle School and an assistant coach for the high school wrestling and football teams, was the first male athlete at Watertown-Mayer to win a state championship in any sport.
McDonald also lettered three times in football for the Royals, staring at linebacker and running back his final two years. He was the Wright County Conference’s Most Valuable Running Back in his senior year, and was also a WCCO All-State running back that season. He was a key player for the Royals’ 1983 undefeated WCC championship team.
McDonald also earned four letters in baseball, playing first base and pitcher. He earned honorable-mention all-conference honors twice.
After high school, McDonald was the first Southwest Minnesota State wrestler to achieve four-time NAIA All-American status. He finished second in the nation at 158 pounds in 1988 and still holds the school record for career and single-season takedowns. He was SMSU’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1988 and was inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame in 2007.
Sue Morehouse Kawlewski
Morehouse Kawlewski was a four-time all-conference basketball player for Watertown-Mayer and was named team MVP twice. She became the first Watertown-Mayer girls’ basketball player to surpass 1,000 career points, finishing with 1,137.
Morehouse Kawlewski was also an all-conference volleyball player who at one time held two school records, including serving percentage in a season. She also played two springs sports, earning four varsity track letters and one in softball. She was honorable mention all-conference in softball, and her five triples in a season was once a school record.
Morehouse Kawlewski played two years of basketball at MSU-Moorhead and four years of softball. She was named all-conference in softball. She graduated from the school with a degree in psychology, and went on to earn a master’s degree in school psychology. She has worked for the past 20 years as a school psychologist.