A 1989 graduate and four-year letter winner in basketball, Duane "Whitey" Herzog was known for his hustle, long-range shooting ability, and pure love for the game. His 1216 points set a boys school record at the time and he also led his team in steals and free throw percentage. Three times he won All-Conference honors and twice was voted the team's Most Valuable Player.
"When Whitey stepped on the floor, the game changed," recounted Ken Solarz, former Upsala Athletic Director. "He was a fun player to watch and a role model to follow for those that wanted to play the game the right way."
After high school, Herzog attended St. Cloud Technical College and Willmar Community College, where he was twice voted "Best Defensive Player." He finished his college basketball career at Mayville State University in North Dakota.
Upon graduation, Herzog returned home and worked for Arnzen Construction before starting up New Age Builders. At age 46, his life was tragically cut short in a work accident on February 28, 2017. Receiving the Hall of Fame plaque in his honor were his father, Donald, and eight siblings.
Receiving the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Duane "Whitey" Herzog were his father and siblings. Row 1 (Left to Right): Shirley Winkels, Don Herzog, Janet Christen. Row 2 (Left to Right): Dennis Herzog, Gary Herzog, Allen Herzog, Janel Marstein, Fred Herzog, David Herzog.