(KMAland) -- 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 our third of five state championship teams that will be a part of our inaugural KMA Sports Hall of Fame class. The Tri-Center baseball team finished second in 1986 and used that motivation and momentum to take the 1987 championship.
Hall of Fame coach Gaylord Schelling was the Tri-Center head man before carving out his great career at Atlantic, which he would lead to a football title in 2002.
"I had very great players," Schelling said of his Tri-Center squad. "They were great kids that loved the game of baseball."
As a team that year, Tri-Center hit .320 and smashed 56 home runs. That was the perfect complement to their two-headed monster on the mound, led by Scott Krumwiede (now known as Scott McPhillips).
"Between (those two)," Schelling said, "they won 100 games from their 8th grade year to their senior year. That's a lot of games by just two pitchers. They were just great players and very fun to coach."
Many of the members of the 1986 team that lost in the state final to Kee, Lansing headed the '87 team, which knocked off Bellevue 3-1 to win the Class 2A title.
"That was a big motivator," Schelling said of the deep run in '86. "Actually, the '86 team was probably better defensively, but '87 was better offensively. You have to be a little bit lucky to get to a state championship."
Schelling recalled a close win over a very good Lynville-Sully team in the substate final that advanced them to the state tournament. The big hit came from Krumwiede, who smashed a two-run bomb to propel the Trojans to the win.
Tri-Center is one of five state championship teams KMA Sports will honor in our inaugural Hall of Fame class. They will be inducted at a later date to be determined.
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:
Football: Announced August 26th at 7:50 AM
Girls Basketball: Gail Hartigan (Induction: January 2017)
Boys Track: Announced August 23rd at 7:50 AM
Team: Announced August 25th at 7:50 AM
Softball: Announced August 24th at 7:50 AM
Team: 1987 Tri-Center Baseball State Champions (Induction: TBA)