Bert Skinner; Cumberland Athletic Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee

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Bert Skinner

Cumberland High School will be inducting four new members into their Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, October 6. Tickets will be available for the event in September. “This is our fifth year of honoring some of the outstanding individuals that have been part of Cumberland High School athletics over the past 100 years,” said Committee member Ritchie Narges. One of those inducted this year will be former athlete/coach, Bert Skinner.
Skinner graduated from Cumberland in 1969 after earning varsity letters in football, basketball, and track. A quarterback in football and a guard on the basketball team, Skinner would go on to earn All-Conference and All-Northwest recognition in both sports. In track, he would eventually hold the School Record for his discus throw for 12 years, before it was beaten. His senior year, he was named the winner of the Cumberland Chamber of Commerce Sportsmanship Award.
His would move on to play basketball at UW-Barron County, where he was a member of the Northern Division Championship team, but his attempts to play College football at first UW-Stevens Point and then UW- River Falls would unfortunately end following an illness and later a knee injury.
Skinner would move on to teaching and coaching, first at New Richmond, where he coached football, basketball, and baseball and then back to his alma mater. Here, his coaching would continue, as he would spend time in the volleyball program and served as the Head Coach for both the Girls and Boys Basketball programs, twice leading the boys to the Regional Championship games.
An excellent Elementary Physical Education teacher, Skinner would be named by both the New Richmond and Cumberland School Districts as an “Outstanding Young Educator,” during his time there. Currently, Skinner serves the community as Mayor and as a member of the County Board.
“Bert Skinner fits our criteria in many areas, first as an excellent athlete, secondly as a coach, and finally for his involvement in the community as an alumnus. We congratulate him and look forward to his induction on October 6,” added Hall of Fame Committe member Nancy Scharhag.

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