Kennedy, Tharp join fraternity of Lynx greats in Hall of Fame

WEBSTER CITY – Former all-state football players Kevin Kennedy and Matt Tharp became the newest members of the Webster City Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday during Boom Night activities inside the Prem Sahai Auditorium.

The two were inducted in front of a large crowd and to thunderous applause during the school’s annual homecoming festivities.

Kennedy, a 1971 WCHS graduate who was a star in the Lynx backfield during the 1969, ’70 and ’71 seasons, left the prep gridiron behind with 3,207 career rushing yards and 48 touchdowns. He still ranks third on the school’s all-time rushing hierarchy behind Keagan Parks and Bill Chauncey, who is already a Hall of Fame member.

Kennedy was a third-team all-state running back for the Lynx and he went on to become a three-year letter winner at South Dakota State University.

He later became a prep football coach in South Dakota and is currently the principal at Sioux Falls Washington High School.

Tharp, a multiple-sport standout from 1999-02, was a first-team all-state wide receiver for the Lynx in 2001 and completed his career with 1,223 yards and 25 touchdowns. He ranks in the top five in program history in career receiving yards and single-season receiving yards (656 in 2001).

Tharp was a starting guard for the WCHS basketball team that reached the state tournament in 2001 as well as a three-year letter winner on the hardwood.

In track, Tharp anchored the Lynx 4×100-meter relay to a Class 3A state title in 2002. He was also a four-time state runner-up in the 100 and 200 to Carroll legend Adam Haluska.

Tharp went on to pick up four letters as a member of the University of Northern Iowa football team. He was the starting strong safety on the 2005 Panthers’ team that reached the FCS (at the time Division I-AA) national championship game. He was a team captain as a senior.