Hall of Fame Class of 2001
John Rossiter, Class of '51
As one of the first great three-sport athletes at Edina-Morningside High School, John was among the most active student leaders in the school. In addition to lettering in football, basketball and baseball, he was editor of the yearbook, president of the student council and a member of the National Honor Society. John attended Dartmouth College, where he earned a BA in political science and economics. Once in the business world, he worked his way up the ranks quickly. He became president and director of Unocol 76 International, Inc. John and his wife of 42 years, Betty, live in San Marino, Calif. They have two daughters, Leslie Ann and Laurel, and a son, John Jr. He is now retired but certainly is not inactive. His hobbies include investments, tennis, travel, reading, gardening and following the activities of five grandchildren.
Tom Page, Class of '67
Edina-Morningside High School's first and only state champion in cross country was Tom Page. But Tom was not just a runner. He earned three letters in cross country skiing and finished sixth in the state meet. In track, he was Lake Conference champion in the mile run. Back in the era when Southdale was the new shopping mall in town, Tom logged many training miles on Edina's residential streets. He stayed in top shape with year-round running. At the University of Minnesota, Tom continued to be an outstanding runner. He helped the Gophers win the Big Ten championship in 1969 and he was second, individually, in that meet. Active in the sport of fencing, Tom is nationally ranked and on the board of directors of the Fencing Institute of Texas. He and his wife, Sharon, a 1969 Edina Graduate, live in Bedford, Texas with their 14 year-old twins, Jordan and Michelle.
Bobby Krieger, Class of '70
The clever skater and playmaker led Edina to its first state prep hockey championship in 1969. As one of the few three-time All-Lake Conference players in Hornet history, Bob was widely considered the state's best forward in his junior and senior seasons. Many years after he scored his final goal for the Hornets, Bob was named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's All-Time All-State Tournament team. Bob was also an outstanding golfer, leading the Hornets to the state championship in 1970. He was the Region 6 individual champion that year. In college, Bob continued his hockey career It the University of Denver, where he was an All-WCHA selection for the 1973-74 season. Bob is currently vice-president of Ian Graham Insurance Co. in Encino, California.
Chris Perry, Class of '80
The former three-time state prep golf champion may be Edina's most successful professional athlete. Chris has earned more than $1 million on the PGA Tour in each of the last two years. In high school, at Edina-West, Chris split his time between golf and hockey. He was state golf champion in 1978, '79 and '80 and was the Cougars' hockey captain for the 1979-80 season. At one time Chris was most famous for being the son of former Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim Perry. Now, Jim is referred to as Chris Perry's father. After a successful career at Edina-West, Chris was an Ohio State University golfer. He won the Minnesota State Amateur and State Open golf titles before turning pro in 1984. Active in the community, Chris helped organize "Fore Hope," a charity for golfers with disabilities. Chris lives in Powell, Ohio with his wife, Kathy, and their three children, Andrew, 8, Emily, 5, and Natalie, 3.
Lea Blackwell Favor, Class of '84
Lea won eight letters in soccer, tennis and basketball at Edina High School and was a Converse All-American in basketball her senior year. In tandem with Betsy Ready, Lea led the Hornets to a state Class AA runner-up finish in girls’ basketball in her senior year. She was a two-time All-State and three-time All-Lake Conference pick. After high school, Lea continued her basketball career - first at the University of Wyoming and later at the University of Minnesota. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection with the Gophers. A career in education followed Lea's college days. She was head girls basketball coach at the Blake School for three seasons and is now the 12th-Grade Dean at Blake. Lea is married to Michael Favor, the former head football coach at St. Louis Park High School. The couple lives in Minneapolis with their two children, Cassidy and Keagan.
Jenny Condon, Class of '86
When she joined the Edina High softball program as a ninth-grader, Jenny had high hopes of being in the thick of the action as a catcher, pitcher or shortstop, but Coach Dave Wood had other ideas. Wood put Jenny in center field and the rest is history. After making the All-Lake Conference team as a junior and again as a senior, Condon played NCAA Division I softball at Iowa State University. She was a three-time All-Big Eight Conference choice and a member of the U.S. team in the Pan American games. She later played on three women's teams that won national fast-pitch championships. Jenny is now an assistant women's softball coach at Oregon State University. Last season, the Beavers defeated UCLA, which was ranked first in the nation at the time. Jenny said she enjoys coaching at the college level and would like to be a head coach one day. For now, she is content to assist in one of the top programs in the country. Her duties include recruiting, planning practices and, of course, working with the outfielders.
Warren Beson, Coach
One of the most successful coaches in the history of Edina High School sports, Warren directed the Hornet football and baseball teams from 1951 through 1956. His teams won three Lake Conference titles in each sport. Under Beson, the Hornets' football record was 35-3-2. The baseball team was 72-12. Warren left Edina-Morningside High to take a position as head football coach and athletic director at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. in the fall of 1956. He was one of the youngest athletic directors in the country at that time. In 1957, Warren was stricken by a major heart attack. He returned to coaching, but another heart attack claimed his life on Oct. 25, 1959. Warren was survived by his wife, Phyllis, and their three children, Michael, Peggy Ann and Mary.