Six new members were inducted into the Western Dubuque High School Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 12, during a ceremony at Thunder Hills Country Club — Mike Leibfried (Class of 1988), Jim and Sheila Dougherty, Aaron Burds (Class of 1999), Lynn (Test) Schueller (Class of 1992) and Tom Danner.
During his time as a Bobcat, Leibfried earned nine varsity letters. He was a four-time varsity letterwinner in wrestling. During his junior year on the mat, he qualified for state. In his senior campaign, Leibfried served as a team captain.
On the football field, Leibfried made the all-conference team. He was also named the team’s offensive MVP, and was named to the TH All-Area Team.
Leibfried collected three varsity letters as a member of the baseball team. As a senior, he served as team captain, earned first-team all-conference honors, and was named to the TH All-Area Team.
After graduation, Leibfried went on to attend Mount Mercy College, where he continued his baseball career. He was a four-year starter for the Mustangs and eventually served as team captain. He earned first-team NAIA District accolades.
While in college, Leibfried returned home during his summers to coach in the Bobcat Baseball program for three years. He was the sophomore coach for two of those years, capturing the conference title in both of those seasons.
Leibfried currently works as an Investment Advisor for Investment Planners Inc. He and his wife, Vickie, reside in Asbury with their three children, Kayla, Ashley, and Zach.
Jim and Sheila Dougherty
Jim and Sheila Dougherty both graduated from Epworth High School. Jim was involved in baseball and basketball and graduated in 1954. Sheila began playing basketball in the seventh grade and continued to play until she graduated in 1956. In a game against Monticello, she scored 69 points. During her career, she scored 3,604 points.
Both Jim and Sheila are retired now. Jim worked with the Epworth Fire Department for 26 years. Both have been involved in WD school athletic programs and have attended baseball, softball, football, track and wrestling events for years. They are always in the stands rooting for our student-athletes.
Burds earned 10 varsity letters across four sports in his time as a Bobcat. He was a two-time letterwinner in wrestling and once in baseball. As a member of the track team, he collected four varsity letters and qualified for state three times. He also qualified for the Drake Relays.
On the football field, Burds garnered three varsity letters. He was the first sophomore to play varsity football. Twice he was named first-team all-district. He also made the TH All-Area team twice. He was named a team captain and was recognized as the team’s defensive MVP. He was also recognized as the United States Marine Corps Athlete of Distinction for Western Dubuque.
Following his time at Western Dubuque, Burds attended Waldorf College, where he continued to play football and was a two-year starter. From the safety position, he earned all-region honors, while leading the team in tackles. He was also named a team captain.
Burds resides in Peosta with his wife Mindy, and their four children, Drew, Ella, Kate, and Cambrie. They are the owners of Burds Waterproofing Inc. Burds has served on the Peosta Community Centre board, as well as a volunteer coach for the WD Little Bobcats Wrestling Club and the WD youth football club.
Lynn (Test) Schueller
Schueller dominated the links in her time as a Bobcat. She was a four-year varsity player and still holds the record for the lowest 18 holes played in program history when she shot a 72. She was the individual conference champion as a senior. Schueller also played on three conference championship teams. She recorded the team’s lowest 18-hole total as a sophomore, junior and senior. She also recorded the team’s lowest nine-hole total as a junior and a senior.
After Western Dubuque, Schueller played golf at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City for two years before transferring and graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in nursing. She then moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where she started her family with her husband, Scott. She continued her schooling and earned a master’s degree in nursing from Marquette University. Schueller currently resides in Northville, Mich., with Scott and her three children, where she still finds time to squeeze in an occasional round of golf between her work and family activities.
Before he ever became a Bobcat, Danner was making noise all on his own, first as a member of high school band and then as Wahlert Catholic High School’s first state champion as a 98-pound wrestler. That match also happened to be Iowa Public Broadcasting’s first televised championship match. He earned the rank Eagle Scout and was also named the recipient of the Moco Mercer Awarded, which recognized Dubuque’s Most Outstanding Athlete.
Danner attended Northwest Missouri State University where he was a four-time letterman for the wrestling team. He also served as a team captain and qualified for nationals. He graduated with honors.
After college, Danner worked at Newman High School for one year before coming to Western Dubuque, which was his home for the next 41 years.
Danner taught health, leadership, biology and physical education. In 1986, he was recognized as the Western Dubuque High School Teacher of the Year. That same year, he earned his master’s degree in secondary administration from Loras College. In 2003, he was awarded the Wickham Excellence in Education Award. He was also the recipient of the Gold Star for teaching excellence in 2016.
Danner served as prom advisor from 1977-2018. Starting in 2002, he became the student council advisor until 2018. During that time, he was named the Iowa Advisor of the Year, the Midwest Region Advisor of the Year and was a finalist for the National Advisor of the Year.
Danner was a member of the football coaching staff from 1978-2018. He has been on the wrestling coaching staff since 1976. He served as the head wrestling coach from 2006-11. He was named the district coach of the year four times. In 2011, he was named the Iowa coach of the year, and he became a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016.
Danner retired in 2018, which gave him more time to spend with his wife (Mary Jo), and his three children (Sarah, Katie, Drew) and their families.