A local dentist, who excelled at track and field, and a high school wrestling legend joined the Detroit Lakes Athletic Foundation's Hall of Honor during an induction ceremony held at the Historic Holmes Theatre in September.
On Sept. 11, Dr. Ryan Manke, class of 2000, and Shane Tappe, class of 2002, were both celebrated for their athletic accomplishments during their high school careers and the impacts they have made for Lakers high school sports.
"To be able to come back to Detroit Lakes has really been a blessing with my wife, Chelsea, and to raise our four children here," said Manke, during his induction speech.
Manke set three school records during his time on the track and field team. Two records for his participation in 4X100 meter relay and 4X200 meter relay, and a pole vault record of 14-feet, 6-inches. He also was a participant in the 2000 state track meet in the pole vault and 4X100 meter relay, according to his program biography.
He started pole vaulting in middle school and stuck with it through his high school career.
"If anybody has seen seventh graders pole vault, it's pretty painful," he said.
He added the co-inductee Jeff Mohr coached the young pole vaulter and his teammates through some unique coaching tactics and eventually they developed into one of the best pole vaulting teams in the state.
He was also named the Lakers Most Valuable Defensive player for football and received the Super Laker Award, an honor for outstanding work ethic.
Upon graduation from Detroit Lakes High School, Manke went on to attend the University of North Dakota from 2000 to 2004 and played defensive back on the school's football team. He then attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and returned to Detroit Lakes, where he practices at Lakeridge Dental.
Shane Tappe received all-conference recognition for football, wrestling and baseball, but was most prolific on the wrestling mat. He was a six-time letter winner and wrestled in three state wrestling tournaments finishing 6th and two, 2nd place finishes, according to his program biography.
"I couldn't have accomplished any of the things I accomplished in my Laker athletic career without the support of my parents, grandparents, my brother, my teammates, or my coaches" said Tappe, during his induction speech. "The way that my coaches always believed in me, I am forever grateful and appreciative."
In his senior year, Tappe was named to the all-section football team and awarded offensive lineman of the year. He also was a member of the 2001 Lakers state football championship team.
"You have all shaped me into the person I am today, and will continue to be, this recognition and honor is as much for you as it is for me," said Tappe.
Upon graduation from Detroit Lakes High School, Tappe attended St. Cloud University and wrestled from 2002 to 2006. He received a bachelor's degree in technology education and went on to receive his master's degree, as well as his principal and superintendents license from Minnesota State University in Moorhead.
He is currently the superintendent for Staples-Motley Public Schools.
Describing his coaches, Tappe said, "You as coaches sacrificed time away from your families and gave that time to us as athletes."