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As an athlete at Notre Dame, John Unterreiner split his time between soccer, basketball, and track.

In soccer, Unterreiner lettered his sophomore, junior, and senior years, respectively 2006, 2007, and 2008. He was a part of two state champion soccer teams in 2006 and 2007. In basketball, he was a part of the 2007-08 Basketball State Championship team.

“We had a very good couple of years across a lot of sports, so it was a lot of fun,” said Unterreiner.

Unterreiner currently holds the Notre Dame record for career assists in soccer. He was also named Academic All State in 2009.

After graduating in 2009, Unterreiner shifted his focus from his athletic career to studying criminal justice. He attended Southeast Missouri State University and received in Bachelors in Criminal Justice in 2013, and went on to receive his Masters in Criminal Justice Administration in 2015.

Unterreiner is now an instructor at Southeast in the criminal justice, social work, and sociology departments. He teaches many classes, including introduction to courts, law enforcement, and juvenile justice. He married Monica Henggeler ’09 and has two sons, Watson & Clark.

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After 42 years of coaching, Bill Davis covets 10 final four cross-country state finishes, a first place finish in 2005, ample accomplishments, and has plenty of stories to tell.

He wasn’t particularly an athlete in high school, with the exception of going for baseball his senior year -- he was a relief pitcher. He also tried for basketball, but decided he was “too short.”

He began his coaching career in 1975 as an assistant coach in football and track at Doniphan High School. In 1978, he began coaching track at Kelly High School, where he also started a cross-country program in 1995. Davis came to Notre Dame in 2001 to coach cross-country, and eventually restarted the track program after it was dropped in the early 1980’s.

One of the highlights of his career at Notre Dame included building the track.

“When I came in, I knew I wanted to get that going,” said Davis. “Tony Buehrle was instrumental in that project.”

In cross-country, Davis said it took a few years to get going.

“We took kids to state a few times at the beginning, but we never could score enough to make final four,” said Davis.

In 2003, things took a turn for the better: cross-country boys received 2nd in state. The following year, they received fourth place. But in 2005, the boys took home a state championship. Over the next four years the boys Cross Country team placed in the final four in state. In 2010, cross-country girls finished 2nd in state. Davis said this is where they hit a lull, until 2014 when boys received 2nd at state, and in 2016, the girls received 2nd once again.

Davis can recall many great moments over his time at Notre Dame, and the majority of them took place during summer running for cross-country. One story stands out to him.

One early morning in June, students were running various distances on the course in front of school. Davis said one was a freshman boy, and it was his first time on the course. He instructed him to run a simple 10 minutes, with no regard to speed.

Several minutes in, the boy bore his guts to the course.

Davis said he took a good look at the stuff, and used it as an opportunity to impart a bit of wisdom.

“‘Mmm…biscuits and gravy,’” said Davis.

He said the student looked at him, and asked, “How can you tell?”

“I told him, ‘Well, look at it. It’s not even digested!’” said Davis. “I advised him against eating a big breakfast before coming out to early summer running.”

When Davis was asked if he favored one sport over the other, he said he would have to pick cross-country.

“Everybody’s doing the same distance, and the sport created more of a family atmosphere,” said Davis. “It will always be my first love.”

Bill Davis retired early this year with a coaching & teaching career at Notre Dame spanning a little over 17 years. He recently celebrated his 43rd wedding anniversary with Tanya Amrhein Davis ’74. He is the father of two Notre Dame Regional High School alumni Hannah Davis ‘03 & Logan Davis ’09 and currently resides in Scott City.

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Erika (Reinagel) Westrich was known to be a top-tier athlete during her time at Notre Dame. She participated in several sports -- basketball, track -- but most importantly: softball.

She ran track and field for two years, played basketball for 3 years, and started in centerfield in varsity softball all four years.

Several highlights are streaked across her high school career.

In the Fall of 2007, Westrich set the currently held record for highest batting average of 0.558. Until 2010, Westrich held the record for most hits in a season with 53 hits. As a freshman in 2005, her team set the record for most bases stolen bases as a team.

One of Westrich’s favorite memories took place in 2008 of her senior year.

“It was the semi-final game at state, and we played 14 innings. It was a relief to win,” said Westrich. “We ended up losing the championship game that year, but it was still memorable. I’ll never forget that one.”

In softball, she received all-district honors in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. She received all-region honors in 2005, 2007, and 2008. She a part of the all-state softball team in 2005, 2007, and 2008 as well as part of the team that received SEMO all-conference honors in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Her athletic achievements continued past her high school graduation in 2009. Westrich went on to play softball for another four years at Central Methodist University (CMU) in Fayette, Missouri. She contributed to teams honored as Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Champions and received the HAAC Gold Glove award in 2012 and 2013. She was honored as a Softball Scholar Athlete by NAIA Daktronics in 2012 and 2013. In 2017, her 2011-2012 team was inducted into the CMU Hairston Hall of Fame for outstanding accomplishments.

Westrich currently works as a family nurse practitioner at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She has been married to Austin Westrich for three years, and the couple is expecting their first child in May.

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Dylan Drury played both basketball and baseball during his time at Notre Dame.

He played basketball as a freshman and into the next season, but suffered an eye injury halfway through his sophomore year -- thus ending his basketball career.

Drury played baseball all four years, and lettered for each. He contributed to all-state teams his junior and senior years. They placed third in 2008 and won the state championship in 2009. He was an all-district champion his sophomore year in 2007.

One significant moment in his high school career stood out to Drury:

“We got beat pretty badly my junior year at the state playoffs. We set some state records on how badly we played,” said Drury. “But we came back the next year victorious.”

He went on to play baseball for one year at West Virginia University, and transferred to Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where he played baseball for another year. He worked for Drury Hotels for several years before starting school at Southeast Missouri State University. He is currently working on a degree in business administration.

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During his time at Notre Dame, Logan Davis spent most of his days on the running course and the track.

He was the coach’s son, but Davis had an individual passion for both track and cross-country. He ran on the varsity team all four years for both sports.

Some of his athletic achievements in cross country include making all-state for three years, being recognized once as an all-conference champion, and contributing to state-qualifying teams that placed all four years. In track, he was a multi-year conference champion in the 1,600 meter and the 3,200 meter.

After graduation, Davis ran on Division 1 cross-country and track teams at St. Louis University for four years. He received his Bachelors in International Studies and Spanish, and a Masters in Business Administration.

He now works in business development at Jost Chemical Company in St. Louis. He’s spent a lot of time traveling after graduation, having visited 11 countries in recent years. He says he’s on to his 12th country in a few weeks. He is newly married to Madeline (Alexander) Davis.

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At the start of his high school career, Bass didn’t exactly have his heart set on attending Notre Dame. 

“I can still remember the day before my first day at Notre Dame. My dad pulled me out of school during my first day at Jackson High School,” said Bass. “I yelled, screamed, stomped my feet and threw a fit, expounding: ‘I’m not going to Notre Dame!’ I was a freshman in high school, and by golly, I knew what was best for me.”

Spoiler alert: he not only attended, but found much success in his athletic career. Over the course of those four years, he won three state championships, set a school record for shutouts, and, in his words:

“Enjoyed more trash talk than I could have ever wished for! Shout-out to my dad for being right.”

Bass split his time in athletics between soccer and baseball. In soccer, he played on junior varsity his freshman year, and lettered the next 3 years. He started on third base in baseball, played on junior varsity his freshman and sophomore years, and lettered the next two years.

He received all-conference honors for baseball in his junior and senior years, as well as all-district honors for soccer his sophomore, junior and senior years. His junior and senior years, he contributed to the baseball team’s state appearances in 2008 and 2009. They claimed a state championship in 2009. During his sophomore, junior, and senior years, he contributed to the boys soccer team’s state appearances. The boys soccer team claimed a state title in the Fall of 2006 and 2007 and took third in 2008.

In 2009, Bass was honored by the MSHAA as Missouri’s “senior goalkeeper of the year.”

Notre Dame taught Bass life lessons he still carries with him today. Don’t worry, though, he still has the rings, too.

“I learned how to be a gracious winner. Admittedly, it took me until after we won state for the third time, when Mr. Kuper told me I couldn’t use it as an excuse to be tardy anymore,” said Bass.

He also used the feeling of failure and falling short to drive more success in the future.

“Even if you miss a PK (penalty kick) in the semi-final of state on your quest to win a 3-peat, and you let the whole team down, always remember you will have other opportunities to succeed.” said Bass. “And every stumbling block is something to learn from.”

Most importantly, he learned about sacrifices.

“I always thought I was the one working hard in trainings, in watching tape, and in games. It wasn’t until later I considered the sacrifices of others as an essential driver in my success,” said Bass.

Bass went on to play soccer for four years at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. He now works as a manager of the governance IT department at the Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Florida.

“I want to thank Brother David Migliorino, all of my teachers, teammates, and coaches, including Coach Wittenborn, Coach Vollink, Coach Worley, Coach Graviett and Coach Garner. I also want to give a very special ‘thank-you’ to my family, to those still here, and others with me in my heart for supporting and believing in me every step of the way,” said Bass.

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Despite an injury during his sophomore year, Austin Greer is still able to mark many accomplishments from his athletic career at Notre Dame Regional High School. He played baseball his freshman, junior, and senior years and basketball all four years, earning three varsity letters for each sport.

Although Greer is an alumnus of nearly a decade, his time at Notre Dame High School as an athlete is still very special to him.

“I was given the opportunity to meet a lot of really great people, play for two Hall of Fame coaches in that of Coach Paul Hale and Coach Jeff Graviett, and reap the benefits of playing alongside some extraordinarily talented individuals, both on the court and ball field,” said Greer.

He received all-district honors for baseball his junior and senior years, as well as all-district honors for basketball his sophomore, junior and senior years. As a junior, he contributed to the state champion boys basketball team in 2008, and the following year, to the state champion baseball team.

But, Greer said it wasn’t winning two state titles that he remembers most.

“To this day, the memory that sticks with me is my sophomore year in basketball when we were playing Sikeston in Districts at the Fieldhouse, and we were the underdog. I was standing underneath the basket with 3 seconds left on the clock in the 4th quarter, and Abe Dirnberger made a buzzer beater from 30 feet to win Districts,” said Greer. “Every Notre Dame Bulldogs fan that was in the building that night rushed the court. To this day, that moment when Abe made that shot still gives me goosebumps.”

Greer went on to play baseball for two years at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He then moved back to Southeast Missouri State University to pursue a degree in business, and graduated in 2014. In 2016, he received his masters of public affairs in administration with a specialization in city management from the University of Kansas in 2016. Greer is now the assistant city manager of Gladstone, Missouri -- a position he has served in for nearly three years.

“I’m extremely humbled and honored to be inducted into the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame, and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this milestone if it wasn’t for my coaches, teammates and my family, especially my parents Robert and Sandy Greer,” he said.

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Mark Himmelberg was a top-tier athlete during his time at Notre Dame High School, splitting his talents between soccer, basketball, and most notably, baseball. If he had to recall his favorite memories of playing sports at Notre Dame, he would likely choose his involvement in two soccer state championship games in 2006 and 2007, and a baseball playoff in 2008.

“The games were all so fun, and so were the seasons leading up to them,” said Himmelberg.

But the 2007 soccer season stands out to him more than any. This was the year the team dedicated their season to Bruce Brinkmeyer, who passed away while they were entering the playoffs.

“That was a great season, and we ended up coming out on top,” Himmelberg said, in reference to the 2006 soccer state championship. “And, I was fortunate enough to score the winning run at the state championship game that year.”

Himmelberg  also received all-state honors for baseball in 2008.

But, Himmelberg humbly admitted he didn’t do a single sport very well, and that he just happened to be part of several very skilled teams during his high school career.

“I was passionate about being an athlete at Notre Dame, and I was just happy to be a part of it all,” said Himmelberg.

After graduating Notre Dame, Himmelberg attended Rockhurst University in Indiana, where he played baseball for four years as a starting pitcher. After a fifth year in college, he received his Masters in business administration, and his license as a certified public accountant (CPA). He then moved to Bentonville, AR to work at the company headquarters for Walmart. He is now married with two kids, and works as a pharmacy consultant.

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