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Petruska, Calvert left their mark on Brookfield Central Lancers

April 28, 2014

Editor's Note: The annual Brookfield Central Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is set for Saturday, May 17, at the Westmoor Country Club, sponsored by the BC Athletic Booster Club. This is the first of three series on the Class of 2014 Inductees.

MARGARET CALVERT (1982-1985)

Margaret (Maggie) Calvert was a three-sport star who contributed to multiple state championship teams.

She competed in softball for three years, playing for Hall of Fame coach Bill Graf and earning All-Conference Honorable Mention in 1983; second-team All-Conference and Team MVP in 1984; and first-team All-Conference and Team MVP again in 1985.

On the tennis courts, playing for HOF coach Dave Steinbach, Margaret played doubles for the team that won state championships in both 1983 and 1984. She served as team captain during the 1984 season.

But, it was on the basketball court where Margaret truly excelled.

As a junior in 1983-84, she was named first-team All-Conference, first-team All-Area by the Waukesha Freeman, was named Honorable Mention All-State and was selected as the Team MVP. The following year, she led the Lancers to a state championship, defeating top-ranked and undefeated South Milwaukee in the final. After her senior season, she was named Team MVP, first-team All-Conference, first-team All- Area and Player of the Year by the Waukesha Freeman, first-team All-Area by the Milwaukee Sentinel and third team All-State.

She was also named Academic All-State and Outstanding Female Athlete for BCHS in 1985. Margaret also served as the yearbook sports co-editor and was a member of both Key Club and the National Honor Society.

Following graduation, Margaret attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and became a member of the rowing team, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors in 1987. She rowed in eights that placed second at the Head of the Charles, third at the Eastern Women's Sprints and were the champions of the Midwest Rowing Women's 8 Championships.

Margaret resides in the Portland, Oregon, area with her three sons Henry, Theodore and Oscar and, is principal of Jefferson High School.

COACH ROBERT PETRUSKA (1957-70)

Coach Robert (Bob) Petruska is, pure and simple, a winner. Consider that in the 11 years he coached football at BCHS, his teams won five Braveland Conference Championships, and, at one point, his teams went undefeated for three consecutive years.

Then, while coaching baseball for four years for the Lancers, he won the 1969 State Championship. Then, after leaving Brookfield Central, he coached Lake Mills' girls track team to a state championship in 1980.

As an athlete, Petruska attended the University of Wisconsin and played both football and basketball for the Badgers, earning three letters in football and another two in basketball. In 1950, he was chosen to play in the Blue-Gray All Star football game.

Following graduation, Petruska was a teacher and coach (football and basketball) in Waupun from 1952-55. In 1955, he moved to Kaukauna, and then in 1957, he came to Brookfield Central and taught and coached the Lancers until 1970.

He then moved to Lake Mills as athletic director, football, basketball and track coach.

Petruska served as the president of the Wisconsin High School Coaches Association from 1970-1974. In 1974, he was the coach of the Madison Mustangs semipro football team and was named the CSFL Championship Coach of the Year. In 1978, he coached the South in the annual high school All-Star Football Game, and in 1983, he was inducted into the High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

For years, in honor of Petruska, Brookfield Central has selected a male and female athlete and recognized them with the Robert Petruska Athlete of the Year Award.

Though only with Central for 13 years, Petruska left an indelible mark on the school and his memory lives on in this award.

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