1956 Clarinda XC Champions

(Clarinda) -- Each weekday from now until August 26th, KMA Sports will be announcing the inaugural KMA Sports Hall of Fame class. Throughout the 2016-17 sports year, these 20 inductees will have special induction ceremonies, but August is designed for the announcements.

Today's inductee is the first of four state team champions and dates back to 60 years ago. The 1956 Clarinda cross country team was in just their second year of competition when they took the state cross country meet by storm, scoring nine points to win the Class A championship.

"We were a young team," that year's runner-up John Woolson told KMA Sports, "and we didn't really know what we were doing. We just started the year before."

Woolson said the cross country team developed in 1955 when Bill Ray needed to get some distance experience in order to earn a scholarship to Southern Methodist University. They ran at the state meet that year and didn't garner any places.

"The next year, Ken Hughes and I worked out," Woolson said, "and we were joined by Jerry Carlson, who played on the Clarinda football team the night before."

Woolson placed second, Hughes was third and Carlson came in fourth place to help the Cardinals edge out West Des Moines' 12 points. 

While the school's first cross country championship was exciting, state titles had started to become commonplace around Clarinda.

"This was our third Class A championship that calendar year," Woolson said. "We had won the state indoor the spring before and the state outdoor. We kind of capped that off with a cross country victory."

Woolson and his 1956 team will be inducted into the inaugural class of the KMA Sports Hall of Fame on September 6th at the Clarinda XC Invitational.

KMA Sports will announce a new inductee each August weekday morning during the 7:50 AM sportscast. Track the Hall of Fame announcements/inductees below:

FALL

Football: Announced August 26th at 7:50 AM

Volleyball: Angie Spangenberg, Red Oak/Harlan (Induction: 9/27)

Boys Cross Country: Announced August 4th at 7:50 AM

Girls Cross Country: Missy Buttry Rock (Induction: 9/29)

Team: Clarinda Boys Cross Country 1956 State Champions (Induction: 9/6)

WINTER

Boys Basketball: Announced August 5th at 7:50 AM

Girls Basketball: Announced August 18th at 7:50 AM

Wrestling: Announced August 12th at 7:50 AM

Team: Announced August 11th at 7:50 AM

SPRING

Girls Track: Announced August 10th at 7:50 AM

Boys Track: Announced August 23rd at 7:50 AM

Girls Golf: Announced August 16th at 7:50 AM

Boys Golf: Announced August 19th at 7:50 AM

Girls Tennis: Announced August 17th at 7:50 AM

Boys Tennis: Announced August 9th at 7:50 AM

Soccer: Announced August 15th at 7:50 AM

Team: Announced August 25th at 7:50 AM

SUMMER

Baseball: Announced August 8th at 7:50 AM

Softball: Announced August 24th at 7:50 AM

Team: Announced August 22nd at 7:50 AM