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Brookfield Central Athletic Hall of Fame: Jack, Rappe, Svetz hold several records

Kelly (Svetz) Szesterniak

Kelly (Svetz) Szesterniak

May 13, 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 third of three series on the Class of 2014 Inductees.

CHARLIE JACK (1962-1966)

Records are made to be broken. However, it took nearly 50 years to break the record Charlie Jack held as the highest scoring basketball player in BCHS history.

Jack is another of those highly talented athletes who competed in multiple sports as a Lancer. For the baseball team, in one season, he pitched a total of 42 innings, giving up only one run, for a remarkable record ERA of .016.

For Jack, though, basketball was his first love and where he truly excelled.

He played four years of basketball under Coach Ron Blomberg earning varsity letters three of those years. In the 1964-65 season, Jack scored 42 points in the Conference Championship game against Homestead — both a school and conference record for most points in a single game. He finished the year as the second-leading scorer in the Braveland Conference and established both single season scoring and rebounding records for BCHS with 554 points and 364 rebounds. Jack led the Lancers to their first state tournament, the first time a team from the Braveland Conference made it that far.

The following year, Dell Pre-Season Magazine rated Jack as the best returning player in Wisconsin and Jack lived up to the billing. He was also Captain and MVP of the team. Along the way, Jack set a conference single-season record for scoring with 447 points in only 16 games; he averaged 28.1 points and 17.7 rebounds per game, both school records. He scored a school record 48 points against Monroe. He was unanimously elected First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-Waukesha County and he was the first BCHS athlete to be named First-Team All-State in any sport.

All told, Jack led his Lancers to a 52-8 record for his career. His career scoring record of 1,243 points was not broken until 2013, and his career rebounding record of 817 rebounds remains today a school record.

Following graduation, Jack attended Valparaiso University on a full basketball scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. He attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning his master of science degree in statistics.

Professionally, he was a management recruiter who established his own national search firm dedicated to physicians and had over 600 clients. In 1989, he received the first President's Award from the National Association of Physician Recruiters for meritorious contributions to the industry.

In 1965, Jack met Diane Rutlin who transferred to BCHS from a rival school; they have been together for over 48 years, the last 45 as husband and wife. Now retired, they reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.

TIM RAPPE (1969-1972)

Although Tim Rappe excelled as a Lancer athlete in three different sports earning a total of 10 varsity letters, his greatest success came on the cinder of the BCHS track where Rappe became simply the fastest man in BCHS history.

Rappe played football for three years under HOF coaches Bob Petruska and Jack Charlesworth, earning three varsity letters on two teams that won the Braveland Conference Championship. As a junior, he was named All- Conference Honorable Mention.

In baseball, again playing for HOF coaches Petruska and Bill Graf, Rappe lettered for three years and was named All Conference in 1972, his senior year.

Rappe excelled all three years of his varsity career. As a sophomore in 1970, at the Conference Relays, he was a member of the winning 880 and mile relay teams, and at the Conference Outdoor Championships, Rappe won both the 100- and 220-yard dash, setting conference records in both events. Then, at the state track meet, Tim finished third in the 100 and second in the 220.

The following year as a junior, during Conference Indoor Championships, Rappe won the 65-yard dash and anchored the mile relay team that took first in record times. In the Conference Relays, he was part of the winning 440, 880 and mile relay teams that took first again, all in record times. And, finally, at the Conference Outdoor Championships, Rappe won the 100, 220 and anchored the winning 880 relay team. An injury prevented him from competing in the state meet.

As a senior in 1972, again he won the 65-yard dash and anchored the mile relay team to victory. At the Conference Outdoor Championships, Rappe won the 100-yard dash and proceeded to place second at the state meet in the same event. His school records in both the 100 and 220 still stand today.

Rappe accepted a track scholarship to UW-Madison where he was a 10-time place winner in the Big Ten Championships and a 2-time place winner in the NCAA Championships. He set a world record in the Sprint Medley Relay in 1973 and was named a USTFF All-American. He graduated with honors with a degree in journalism.

Professionally, Rappe founded and launched the NBA Radio Network. He built and ran youth training programs for both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls from 1994-2000. He also created both the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Camp and the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy and serves as the executive director for both.

Rappe is married with five children and two grandsons. He and his wife make their home in Warrenville, Illinois.

KELLY (SVETZ) SZESTERNIAK (1994-97)

Kelly (Svetz) Szesterniak has more varsity letters than there are letters in her married name, competing and excelling for the Lancers in cross country, basketball and track and field.

In cross country, Kelly was named First-Team All-Conference her freshman and senior years and Second-Team All-Conference her sophomore and junior years; she was voted team captain her senior year. All four years, her team qualified for state, placing third in 1994 and again in '95.

On the track, Kelly set three school records: in 1994, as a freshman, she broke the school record for the 400 dash at the state meet; as a sophomore in '95, she was part of the 3200-meter relay team that finished second at the state meet and set a school record; and, as the team captain and MVP in '97, her senior year, she placed fourth at the state meet setting another school record in the 800-meter.

Kelly excelled on the basketball court as well, where she earned four varsity letters. As a junior, she was named First-Team All-Conference, CNI All-Suburban and Honorable Mention All-Milwaukee. She repeated as First-Team All-Conference in 1996-97, her senior year, and was named Conference Player of the Year. She was both team captain and MVP that year, and she was selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches All-Star Game.

That year, Kelly became the first girl in Waukesha County to score 500 points in a single season. Kelly holds seven school records: career points (1209), season points (502), game points (36), field goals/season (174), free throws/season (117) and steals/career (202).

Her prowess on the basketball court earned her a 4-year, full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she played from 1997-2001 winning four conference titles and appearing in three NCAA Tournaments.

She was on the dean's list all four years and was named to the Conference All-Academic Team. In both 2000 and again in 2001, Kelly received the Joanne Jennings Award for Outstanding Academics and Team Spirit and in 2001 was honored with the Beth Gantz Memorial Award for Leadership.

Today, Kelly lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two daughters. She is the assistant principal at Andrew Mellon Middle School.

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