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Don Mapes

Inducted 1993

Elgin High School Class of 1953


This Elgin High School halfback was Honorable Mention All-State in 1951, a first team All-State selection in 1952, and All-Conference both years. His senior year he broke the Big Eight Conference scoring record when he scored 98 points on his way to a 116 point total for the season. His total yards gained his senior year was 774, which was half of the team's total, and a 6.23 yard per carry average. During his high school career he scored 49 touchdowns - 3 as a freshman, 15 as a sophomore, 12 as a junior and 19 in his senior year. His 31 touchdowns during his junior and senior years set the school record for a varsity player. He also played defense all four years.

Don was also a standout for the EHS varsity track team for four years. His sophomore year, he was the top sophomore at the Blackhawk Relays where he earned 1st place in the 100 yard dash tying the record of 10.5 seconds. He went to the state finals that year in the 220 yard dash and was a member of the 880 relay team which finished 1st in Kane County and the District. His senior year he had 1st place finishes in the 100 yard dash, the low hurdes and the 880 relay at the Kane County Meet and 1st place finishes in the 100 yard dash and the 880 relay at the District meet. He went to the state finals in the 100 yard dash and on the 880 relay team.

After high school, Don was one of the frst coaches for the Pee-Wee Football League. He coached for eight seasons with his teams winning two championships.