Brian Boehringer - Class of 1987

  • Brian Boehringer, son of George and Marian Boehringer of Fenton, is a 1987 graduate of Northwest High School, a class he proudly considers “the best” in school history.  Brian’s four brothers and sisters Mindy, Sheryl, Mike, and Robert may disagree with that assertion but nonetheless have always been proud of his achievements. 

    Known to friends as “Bo”, Brian began his baseball career in the Murphy Khoury League. Even at an early age, his skills on the pitching mound became obvious as he dominated often overmatched peers. This fueled Brian’s determination to play at the high school level where he went on to play all four years, proving once again to be a dominant force on the mound. Though the team struggled in the powerhouse Suburban West Conference which produced a host of professional prospects, Brian’s individual performances stood out.

    A coach at Meramec Community College recognized this Lion’s talent and, as a result, Brian spent the next two years as a part of the St. Louis Community College system honing his skills. It was here that his talents reached an elite level which caught the eye of four-year universities and professional scouts alike.  Brian made the decision to continue his education and chose to play at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  As a member of the UNLV squad, Brian was named a Pre-Season All-Big West Selection, pitched a no-hitter against Pacific University, was selected as an NCAA National Player of the Week, and ultimately found himself drafted in the 10th round by the Houston Astros,. 

    Brian’s professional career began in 1991 when he signed his first professional contract with the Chicago White Sox.  His professional baseball career highlights include:

    • Being named starting pitcher for the 1993 Florida State League All-Star Game
    • Winning the 1993 Southern League Championship
    • Winning the 1996 International League Championship
    • Recording his first major league win against the California Angels
    • Winning the World Series in 1996
    • Earning a 1997 Wild Card Berth
    • Winning the 1998 National League Pennant and a return to the World Series
    • In 1999, recording his first hit off Javier Vasquez of  Montreal
    • Winning the 2001 American League Pennant
    • Winning the 2006 International League Championship

    Brian has earned the distinction of becoming the most-decorated Northwest Alumni, having played in multiple champion games -- including two World Series appearances for two different teams.  He played a vital role in the World Series win that earned him a ring with the New York Yankees. 

Stan Nelson - Class of 1961

  • George Stanley “Stan” Nelson was born in St. Louis on November 20, 1942, the only child of Dean and George Nelson. Stan’s history as a Lion began in 4th grade when he entered High Ridge Elementary.

    Before graduating as a member of the Class of 1961, Stan amassed an impressive stat line of achievements. In football he averaged two touchdowns a game; in basketball, he averaged 20 points; and in track he finished 4th in the 880 Indoor and 5th in the 880 Outdoor at State.  His talents earned him a number of scholarship offers including a full ride in track and field as well as cross country to Arkansas State which he accepted.

    At Arkansas State, Stan held the record in the 880 yard run and was a member of the Iota-Theta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha as well as President of the Physical education Major and Minor Club. He ultimately obtained a Master’s Degree from the University of Mississippi as well as additional hours from Webster, Loyola, McPherson, and Indiana universities.

    Stan began his teaching and coaching career in 1965 when he returned to the Northwest School District as a History and Physical Education teacher at North Jefferson Junior High. Still a running enthusiast and seeing an opportunity, Stan instituted a cross country program at Northwest. Although this was an unpaid position for the first several years, Stan’s passion was apparent. In fact, his ability to motivate young people to achieve excellence became widely known throughout the state as many of his team members finished at or near the top at state meets. Stan’s teams won the District Cross Country Meet for 25 years. During this impressive quarter of a century run, people would often remark upon seeing Northwest show up that the only real question was who would finish in second.

    Although Stan retired in 2000, he continues to be a fixture on the local cross country scene. He is the official starter for all home meets as well as the annual Stan Nelson Invitational, named in his honor. When time allows, Stan makes it a point to attend both the cross country and track and field meets of Marquette University where his son Mike coaches.

    Stan competed for many years in the Senior Olympics and even tackled the Chicago Marathon.

    Stan has been married to Barbara for 25 years, spending Fall in each of the last 14 years hiking in Europe. Stan is the proud father of Sandra Nelson, Amy Karpa, and Mike Nelson and proud step-father of William M. Sahrmann, Jacquiline Johnson, John Sahrmann, and Joseph Sahrmann. He currently has 13 grandchildren ranging in ages from three months to 33 years and one great grandchild.

Debbie Stark - Class of 1999

  • Debbie Stark, daughter of Rick and Karen Stark, is a 1999 graduate of Northwest High School. One of five siblings, Debbie’s brothers Rick, Ryan, and Robby and her sister Stephanie have always been supportive of her accomplishments. Debbie’s Lion athletic career has been unmatched by few men or women over the course of the school’s 50-plus years of existence.

    A standout in basketball, softball, and soccer, Debbie amassed accolades in each. In addition to being a four-year starter in basketball, Debbie earned All-Conference and All-District honors multiple times. She held NHS records in games played, steals, assists, and free throws made. Her softball career was highlighted by equally impressive accomplishments including multiple All-Conference, All-District, All-Metro, and All-State recognition as a four-year starter. Debbie was twice in a row named Player of the Year by the Conference Committee.

    It was soccer, though, that proved to be Debbie’s favorite sport. Once again a four-year starter, Debbie was repeatedly honored as All-Conference, All-District, All-Metro, All-State, and an Adidas All-American. Her NHS soccer records include: goals scored in a game, goals scored in a season, career goals, and career assists. Debbie was also a member of district and sectional championship teams.

    Other high school awards and recognitions include:

    • Student Council President
    • Homecoming Queen
    • Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week (Basketball)
    • 1998 Spirit of American Women in Sports Women of the Year Honoree
    • 1998 Suburban Journals Jefferson County Athlete of the Year
    • 1999 Post-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete
    • 1999 Suburban Journals Jefferson County Athlete of the Year
    • 1999 Suburban Journals/St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Athlete of the Year

    Debbie was the number two soccer player in the nation for her recruiting class. After many recruiting visits and conferences with coaches, including a visit from the University of North Carolina, she decided to attend Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) on a full-ride soccer scholarship. Her college experience mirrored that of high school with her again accumulating an impressive list of accomplishments including being selected to All-Conference and All-Central teams. Debbie graduated in 2003 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.