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THE CANDIDATES FOR 2019

 

Bruce Bazsali has been nominated for a long time career in coaching high school sports.  After five years of coaching boys track and field, Bruce served as girls track and field coach at Rolling Meadows for nine years, during which his teams won 84 dual meets while losing 8 and capturing three conference championships.  As a head varsity football coach, Bazsali has won 104 and lost 85, posting a .550 winning percentage.  At Elk Grove High, he coached three playoff teams, losing in the semi-finals in 2004 and having an undefeated regular season; at Rockford Lutheran, his teams were 53 – 24 with three conference championships, making the playoffs five times, and reaching the Class 4-A semi-finals in 2013.  Bazsali’s teams set school records with 11 victories at Elk Grove (2004) and Rockford Lutheran (2013, 2014, 2015).  He was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dick Becker – (Elgin High 1957) is a nominee for basketball. Dick was a tri-captain for the EHS basketball team that was 27 - 1, losing in the state final tournament. His game high of 29 points came in the regional tournament that year against McHenry. Becker was selected as a guard on the All-Conference 1st Team, a member of the Chicago Tribune All-Star Basketball Team, and named on Coach Bill Chesbrough's second unit on the "All-Chesbrough" team. Dick was also the quarterback for Elgin's football team, threw 14 touchdown passes and received all-conference honorable mention. He attended Northwestern University and played basketball for two years.

Cindy Bryniarski – (Elgin High 1962) is nominated for golf. Bryniarski has won more than 25 club championships in Arizona, Colorado, and Illinois. She has set course records at four courses in Sun City West and another in Durango, CO. She has been the senior amateur champion in Colorado and Arizona. Cindy qualified for the round of 64 at the USGA Senior Amateur Championship from 2008-2010 and for the USGA Senior Amateur Championship in 2007-2010. She was a medalist in the 2007 Arizona qualifier and a co-medalist in 2008. In 2011, Bryniarski was co-medalist and runner-up in the Senior Division of Arizona Women's State Match Play and took 2nd place in the Arizona Senior Championship.

Jon Charneskey – Nominated for handball. Charneskey, a 1957 graduate of Elgin High, is the only Elginite to have earned the coveted rank of Grand Master from the United States Handball Association. While this rank is only achieved by winning a minimum of 10 national championships, Charneskey has won 13 such championships through 2009. He has claimed the top honor four times in 4-wall singles play, eight times in 3-wall outdoor competition, and once in 4-wall doubles. In addition, Jon won a World Singles handball championship in 1999 and has earned 22 state handball championships in different levels of play.

David Cooklin – is nominated for his coaching career in baseball at Elgin High. During his 25 year career, his teams won 435 (most in the city of Elgin) and lost 339 for a winning percentage of .562. Cooklin coached Elgin to three Upstate 8 championships and three regional championships, with his 1995 team losing in the sectional finals. He coached four players that played professionally in the minor leagues.

David Covey, an Elgin High graduate, has been nominated as a Friend of Sports.  Covey demonstrated interest and support of local sports and student/athletes at all levels for many decades by attending local football, basketball, softball, and baseball games at the junior high, high school, and college levels during the regular season and tournaments.  In addition, he attended high school award programs and banquets.  Dave had a major impact as a member of the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation’s Board of Directors (1985 – 2018).  He was involved in most aspects and served on many committees of the ESHOFF including membership, banquet, outstanding achievement, golf outing, scholarship program, and Vic Masi Award.  Dave served as secretary of the foundation in 1998-1999, then became treasurer in 2005 (until his passing in 2018), maintaining records of all funds and accounts, filing income tax and preparing grant applications.  As Chair of the Banquet Committee, Covey oversaw the details and preparation of the banquet the preparation and ordering of all plaques and certificates.  He was named Larkin High School Super Fan in 2006 and was also a past recipient of the Victor Masi Service Award from the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame (2001).

Cassie Dumoulin - (ECC Class of 2012) was a National Junior College Athletic Association Third Team (2011) and Second Team (2012) All-American basketball player at Elgin Community College.  After being a three sport athlete at Hampshire High, Cassie set the all-time scoring record at ECC for women’s basketball with 1393 points (since broken).  She was an All-Region 1st team selection as well as making the Region IV All-Tournament Team both years.  In addition, Dumoulin was the Illinois Skyway Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference both years.  She averaged 22.0 and 22.1 points per game which led to her being named WBCA Junior College Honorable Mention All-American each season.  Cassie received the Lea Plarski Award (top award given by the NJCAA) in 2012.  She received an athletic scholarship to the University of Illinois where she played one year.  Dumoulin was inducted into the Illinois Skyway Conference Hall of Fame in 2019.

Becky (Elk) Golas, has been nominated for her achievements in soccer.  As a four year varsity starter at Larkin High (1995 – 1999), Becky was a four time Upstate 8 All-Conference and All-Area selection.  During her senior year she scored 15 goals and had 16 assists, for which Elk was selected by the Daily Herald as an All-Area Co-Captain.
Becky became a three time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team selection while playing at Bemidji State University, setting then school records (since broken) for career and single season goals, assists, and points for a career and a single season points.  She led the team in goals each of her three seasons and was honored with the Bemidji Women’s Sports Foundation Award as College Sports Woman of the Year in 2001.  Elk was an inaugural member of the Bemidji State University Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.

Scott Hofstetter – (Larkin High 1978) performed on track teams that won two indoor and two outdoor championships at Larkin.  Scott set school records in the high hurdles, low hurdles, and anchored the school record 4 x 400 relay team.  Hofstetter won eight conference and county titles and competed in the state competition in five events over two years.  He was the leading point scorer in Larkin High track history and received the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year Award at Larkin in 1978.

Rick Hopkins – (Elgin High 1971) played center for the varsity basketball team during most of the 1969 - 1971 seasons under Coach Bill Chesbrough. During that time, Hopkins set the all-time scoring record at Elgin High with 1292 points (since broken), as well as numerous other scoring records. He scored 30 or more points seven times and 20 or more points 37 times, including a span of 25 consecutive games. Rick averaged 22.1 points per game as a junior and 25.4 per game his senior season. He was named All-Conference Honorable Mention as a junior and All-Conference 1st team his senior season. At Gavilan Community College (CA), Hopkins was named Most Valuable Player of the Coast Conference while scoring 22 points per game and averaging 11 rebounds. He then played one year at the University of Portland, scoring 10.1 points per game and 4.5 rebounds.

Lee Jackson – (Elgin High Class of 1988) has been nominated for his achievements in baseball.  Jackson, a unanimous All-Upstate 8 Conference selection his senior season and two time Courier News All-Area selection, tied the school record for victories when he had a 10 – 0 pitching record in 1988 when he shared MVP honors with Steve Hinton.  At Elgin Community College, Jackson set the single season stolen base record (since broken) and was named to the National Junior College All-Star game (1990).  He was named to the 1st team All-Skyway Conference as an outfielder and twice named Most Valuable Player.  He received a scholarship to Western Illinois University where he was a starting outfielder for two seasons compiling a .287 average.

Scott Johnson – Scott Johnson (Elgin High 1974), nominated as a friend of sports, is recognized as one of the most influential technological innovators among state high school associations in the country.  Scott has worked for/with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) since 1994, first as a data processing manager and, presently, as an assistant executive director (since 2001).  He built the IHSA website, served as editor of IHSA souvenir programs and other publications, has run the state chess tournament since 2002, and initiated IHSA’s ARCHIVES and SCOREZONE projects.  Johnson serves as the IHSA representative on the Board of Directors of the Peoria Riverfront Museum and also currently serves on the National Federation of High School Technology Committee.  His unofficial title is “IHSA HISTORIAN” and has co-authored the books, Once There Were Giants (Hebron 1952 state basketball champions) and 100 Years of Madness (the history of the IHSA basketball tournament).  Locally, Scott compiled the Elgin High School Basketball Record Book that contains every game and most box scores in EHS basketball history through 1985 and has served as a reference for the ESHOF and local sportwriters for info on EHS players and teams.  Johnson received the NFHS Citation Award from the National Federation of High School Associations in 2015, one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school athletics and the performing arts.

Ken Ok Hyung Kim - (nominated for martial arts) has been teaching and training Tae Kwan Do and Judo to men, women and children in the Elgin area since opening Kim's Black Belt Academy in Elgin (1968).  The Elgin studio is the birthplace of the American Kyuki-Do Federation (1976), whose purpose is to teach an effective system of self-defense, but also to be a martial art that encourages students to realize their own potential, both physically and mentally, while also emphasizing control, patience, persistence and respect for themselves and others.  Since then, many affiliated training academies/studios have opened throughout the United States.  Personally, Ken was awarded his 8th Dan Black Belt and the rank of Grand Master in 1980 and was promoted to 9th Dan in Tae Kwan Do by the International Council of Martial Arts Education in 1985.  Grand Master Kim served as president of the Alumni Association of the Korean Sports and Science College from 1989-1991, was promoted to 7th Dan Head Master in Judo by the KJA in 1990 and awarded the 8th Dan in Judo in 1994.  He is presently one of the highest ranking Black Belt Grand Masters in the United States.  He has traveled the world in his quest to promote and improve the martial arts.  While he has taught thousands of students martial arts, Grand Master Im still places a tremendous emphasis on the importance of family, community and eduation, and this philosophy is reflected in every aspect of this teaching.

John Lohbauer – (Elgin High 1953) was a three sport letterman at Elgin High and is being nominated for football. In addition to being a varsity wrestler and baseball player for two years, Lohbauer was a three year varsity starter on the football team at offensive guard and defensive linebacker. He received numerous honors including Big Eight All-Conference at guard and Elgin High Athlete of the Year Award. In addition, John was named to Coach Emery Ebbert's All-Time Football Team and the Daily Courier News All-Time EHS Football Team (selected in 1969). Lohbauer played three seasons at Northwestern University as an offensive guard and defensive linebacker under Coach Ara Parseghian. He called defensive signals as a junior and senior, was an All-Big 10 Conference guard (1956), and a Football Magazine selection as one of the top linemen in the Midwest his senior season.

Kayla Oranger - (Burlington Central Class of 2009) set school records for most career hits (212, 13th in IHSA), most runs scored (177) and most stolen bases (159, 9th in IHSA) as a four year varsity starter.  She was named 1st team shortstop (2008-2009) by the Kane County Chronicle, All Area 1st Team (2007-2009) by the Daily Herald and Courier News, and to the IHSA State Softball Super 60 All-Star team.  Kayla was a member of the Big Northern East All-Conference 1st team all four years while compiling a .448 career batting average and a .490 on base percentage for the four time conference and regional champions and 2009 Class 3A third place team.  Her state honors included Chicago Tribune All-State Special Mention and Chicago Sun-Times All-State Honorable Mention in 2008 and 2009, the Illinois Coaches Association Class 3A/4A All-State 2nd Team (2008) and All-State 1st Team (2009).  Oranger continued her softball career at the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) the next four years playing mainly second base.  She had a career average of .286, with a season high of .346 (2012).  In addition, Kayla finished in UTEP's top five with 23 career stolen bases and 289 career assists.  The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named her to the All-Midwest Region 2nd team in 2013.

Ben Palmer - (Westminster Christian Class of 2008) was a two time All-Area selection by the Courier News and Daily Herald as a pitcher for Westminster.  Ben was also a three time All-Conference selection and made the IHABCA All-State team his junior year.  He pitched 272 career innings, striking out 391 hitters and compiling 22 wins.  Palmer was 10 – 3 with a 0.59 earned run average his junior year as Westminster went to the Class 1A state quarterfinals.  He went on to pitch two years at Dallas Baptist University (6-2 record) and two years at Judson University, where he pitched in 27 games with an 11 – 5 record.

Michelle Pelka – (Elgin Academy Class of 2007) swam and qualified in three events for the state swimming meet as an individual as a sophomore (200 m freestyle) and junior (200 m and 500 m freestyle).  As a member of the Carthage College Swim Team, Pelka was an undefeated 24 time conference champion swimmer in four years of competition in the 200 and 400 individual medleys and 200 fly, as well as being a member of numerous 200 and 400 free and medley relay teams.  While being the most decorated swimmer in Carthage history, she was a two time All-American and three time Academic All-American.  Michelle set conference records in the 200 m individual medley, 400 m individual medley, and as part of the 200 freestyle relay team.  She qualified and competed all four years in the NCAA DIII National Meet, finishing 4th in the 400 individual medley, 6th in the 200 fly, 6th in the 200 freestyle relay and 8th in the 400 freestyle relay (2008-09), placing in those same events again in 08-09 with an 8th in the 200 free relay, and placing 6th in the 200 fly and 10th in the 400 individual medley her senior season (2011).  Pelka was inducted into the Carthage College Hall of Fame in 2017 still holding three individual records and a member of four school relay records.  In total, she was a six time 1st team All-America and a nine time honorable mention.

Jason Richardson (Larkin High 1999)  – is nominated for baseball and tennis.  As an accomplished youth tennis player playing in the Northern Illinois section, Jason was regularly ranked number 1 in all age groups he competed in.  At the invitation only Western Section (made up of seven states), Jason was ranked in the top 5 the second year of each age group in which he competed.  Within the United States Tennis Association, he was ranked #42 in the nation at the invitation only competition for the 12-16 age group.  At Larkin, Richardson was a two year All-Conference shortstop.  In his senior year, Jason was an Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State selection after setting the IHSA state record with 73 runs batted in (now ranks 4th) and hitting 14 home runs, including four grand slams (2nd in IHSA ranking).  He is also tied for 1st in the state with four home runs in a game, 2nd in the state with five consecutive home runs, and 6th in the state with 11 rbi in a game.  In addition, Jason’s five consecutive home runs is tied for 2nd and grand slams in a year is tied for 3rd in the National Federation of State High School Association records.  Additional honors his senior year included All-Area by the Daily Herald and Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Month.  Jason continued his baseball career at Elgin Community College, where he was All-Conference both seasons, batting.393 with 21 doubles, 26 stolen bases, seven home runs and 41 runs batted in as a freshman and     .367 with 17 doubles, 14 stolen bases, four home runs and 50 runs batted in and earning All-Region honors his sophomore season as ECC had its best season in team history and finished 3rd in the nation at the JUCO Division II World Series. 

Eric Sauceda – Nominated for basketball. A graduate of St. Edward High School (1991), Eric set a single game scoring record of 43 points, a single season record of 716 points, and varsity scoring record with 1866 points. His three year varsity career scoring average was 21.3 points per game. In addition, he was Illinois #1 three-point scorer for Class "A" in 1990-91. Eric was named All-State in Class "A" by the Sun-Times in 1990, on the Illinois Coaches Class "A" All-Star Team in 1991, was named Suburban Catholic League All-Conference in 1989, 1990, 1991, and was the Northwest Daily Herald Class "A" Player of the Year in 1991. Eric was elected to the St. Edward Hall of Fame in 1998.

Terry Schabert – Nominated for his baseball coaching at Larkin High, served 22 years as head coach at LHS.  During that time, Terry was the first baseball coach in Elgin history to record 400 wins.  With a winning percentage of .598, Schabert led Larkin to five conference championships (including three consecutively), four regional titles, a sectional championship and appearance in the Elite 8 in 1991.  In addition, he coached high school football in different capacities, including assistant varsity, for 33 years.

Dan Sheldon  - (Burlington Central Class of 2001) was an outstanding running and defensive back at Burlington.  Sheldon was a two time consensus All-Stater, named 2nd team All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette, 1st Team Chicago Tribune as a defensive back, Class 1A-3A 1st Team by Chicago Sun-Times and Class 3A 1st Team by the IIlinois High School Football Coaches Association.  He rushed for 100+ yards in 28 of 30 games and led the state in scoring in 2000 with 43 touchdowns and 274 points.  In addition to All-State honors, Sheldon was named All-Area 1st Team by the Daily Herald Fox Valley & Tri-City, Kane County Chronicle and Courier News.  He continued his career at Northern Illinois University where he set seven NIU records by having 57 punt returns for 1021 yards and four touchdowns.  He led the NCAA Division I and Mid-America Conference with a 22.7 punt return average and was named to three postseason All-America units (2002), MAC Special Teams Player and Performer of the Year.  Dan was the third player in conference history to gain 1000+ punt return yards, while also having 94 career receptions for 1986 yards and 18 touchdowns and a career total of 3477 All-Purpose yards.  He spent time on practice squads for the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears (2005-2006), then was allocated on NFL Europa in 2007.

Chris Schultz (Elgin High Class of 2005) is nominated for baseball.  Chris was a two year varsity pitcher and 1st baseman at Elgin where he set the school record for home runs with 11 while hitting .455 with 41 runs batted in and a slugging percentage of .848 during his senior year.  For his outstanding season, Schultz was a unanimous All-Upstate 8 Conference selection and named to the Daily Herald and Courier News All-Area teams.  Since he was also All-Conference and Upstate 8 MVP as a golfer, Chris was chosen as Elgin High Athlete of the Year.  He played two years at Elgin Community College, batting .378 and .450 and driving in 67 runs as ECC advanced to the NJCAA World Series both years with Chris being named NJCAA All-Region 2nd Team (2007).  At Purdue University North Central, Schultz played first base and center field.  He hit .445 both years with a total of 22 home runs and 109 runs batted in.  He set school records for a season in batting average, home runs, runs batted in, triples, total bases, hits, runs and slugging percentage.  For his achievements, Schultz was twice named to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team, the CCAC Player of the Year (2009), and a NAIA First Team All-American (the first in school history for any sport)  He was inducted into the Purdue North Central Hall of Fame in 2013.  Chris finished his career playing one year with the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern League (2010). 

Martin Skok, Sr. - Nominated as Friend of Sports. Skok was the owner-developer of the “ELGIN PISTON PIN SPECIAL” race car that raced at the Indianapolis 500 in 1926-1928, 1936-1941, 1946, and 1953, finishing as high as fourth place on three occasions. In 1953, the car was driven by Jim Rathmann in La Carrera Panamericana (The Pan American), a nine stage, five day race that traversed Mexico (widely considered the most dangerous event of its day). As the owner of Elgin Industries, Skok was a constant developer, fabricator, and rebuilder of new and improved engine parts, which greatly advanced the car engines used in all of the major races, especially the piston pin. This innovation was critical to the success of many drivers, such as ESHOF inductee Ken Barnhart. Because of his innovating, Skok became a known leader in the racing community. In 1933, AAA Indy race teams accepted the invitation to come to the Elgin Road Race (part of Chicago’s World Fair), which was scheduled as the only road race in the United States. After the funds for the cash prize disappeared, Skok financed the event. In the early 1950’s. Skok partnered with Dick Doan Chevrolet to build and promote a stock car in a variety of races. This led to a business relationship with Andy Granatelli, who was to become one of the best known engine builders, team owners and promoters in racing

Tony Soskich – (LHS 1987) is nominated for his achievements in basketball.  A three year varsity starter, Tony set the Larkin career scoring record (since broken) with 1319 points, doing most of his scoring with long range jump shots prior to the three point shooting line.  He was two time All-Conference and All-Area 1st Team selections and was All-State 2nd team his senior season when he averaged 24.5 ppg and led the state in free throw shooting percentage (over 94%).  Soskich attended Penn State on a basketball scholarship and lettered four years.  He was awarded the Penn State Coaches Award (1991) for the player who best exemplifies Nittany Lion traditions for positive team attitude.

Mark Stettner – (Elgin High 1974) is nominated for football. Mark was an All-Conference running back his senior season as well as All-State special mention. He led Upstate 8 rushers with a 6.8 yard per carry average and in scoring with 51 points. Other post season honors include the Coke/Chicago Tribune Golden Helmet Award, being named as a Chicago Tribune All-Star, and as a Prep All-American. As a running back at Eastern Illinois University, Mark was the team's leading rusher in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He set school records with 604 carries (now 8th), 2638 rushing yards (now 10th), and the single game record of 44 carries in 1977, which stood for 16 years. Stettner was nominated as a Division II All-American running back in 1977.

James Stinson – Coaching/Friend of Sports
A two year starter for the Larkin (Class of 1964) basketball team, Stinson went on to play for Elgin Sports Hall of Famer Dick Estergard at New Mexico Military Institute.  After compiling a 94 – 77 record in seven seasons as a boys basketball coach, Jim began coaching girls basketball, first with Springdale High (14-12), then at Davenport High in Spokane, WA.  From 1991 – 1995, his girls teams won 111 and lost 9 while winning consecutive  state championships in Class B with records of 29-1 and 30-0 in 1992 and 1993, followed by second and third place finishes in the state tournament the next two years.  In two tenures at Davenport, Stinson had a record of 151 – 40.  Jim is considered the authority on high school basketball in the state of Washington; in addition to coaching, he has written three books on the subject, including “Remembering the B,” for which he received a special award from the Washington State High School Basketball Coaches Association.  His career also includes coaching track and cross country over 30 years, with over 20 state champions in various events, with five cross country champions.  Stinson was inducted into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame’s Scroll of Honor in Spokane, WA, in 2015.

Dave St. John, an Elgin High graduate, is nominated as a Friend of Sports.  Dave has been an avid sports enthusiast and follower of local sports since his high school days as an athlete at EHS.  Beginning in the 1960’s, St. John has been active in many facets of sports in Elgin.  He was commissioner of the Illinois State Semi-Pro Baseball Tournament in 1963, coached little league and umpired at all levels of baseball in Elgin for 20 years, served as president of Classic Little League and player agent for both Continental Little League and the Elgin Teener League, and also coached Pee Wee football.  Dave has supported high school sports and athletes by attending local football, baseball, softball, and boys and girls basketball games during the regular season and tournaments.  In addition, he annually attends high school awards programs and banquets and presents scholarships to local high school student/athletes.  Dave has attended almost every Illinois High School state basketball tournament since 1953.  Also, Dave has been on the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors as of 1997 and served as the organization’s treasurer.  In 1988, he was named Larkin High School Super Fan, has been the recipient of the ESHOF’s Vic Masi Service Award, and been recognized by Larkin and Elgin High School for his years of support.  St. John was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame as a Friend of high school basketball in 2005.

Tom Tennant – (Elgin High) played baseball for Elgin High and Northern Illinois University before embarking on a 11 year professional baseball career, mostly as a first baseman.  Tom began with the Green Bay Colts in the Wisconsin State League (1906), leading the league with 141 hits while batting .313.  He then played for the Decatur Commodores in the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa (3-I) League for two years, hitting .310 and leading the league in hits (164) in 1908.  Playing for the San Francisco Seals in the Pacific Coast League, Tennant led the league in hits (231) in 1910.  He broke into the major leagues in 1912 with the St. Louis Browns for the month of April.  Playing in two games, he went 0 for 2 with one run scored.  The St. Louis newspaper wrote that Tennant came just one year late to land the regular job.  He finished the year with the Sioux City Packers in the Western League (.312) then batted .299 and led the league in doubles (47) playing for the Sacramento Sacts in the AA Pacific Coast League.  Tennant finished his career in 1916 with Memphis and Mobile.

Ron Ultes - (Elgin High Class of 1950) was a standout baseball player at Elgin and the University of Illinois.  He led the Maroons in hitting for three consecutive years, batting .403 his senior season and helping lead the Maroons to the state finals, one of two Elgin baseball teams to advance that far.  While EHS lost in the semi-finals to state champion Peoria Manual, Ultes was named to the state all-tournament team.  Ron played three years at Illinois, helping the Illini to co-Big 10 titles in 1952 and 1953.  He was All-Big 10 second team and NCAA District third team his junior year when he led the team in batting average and was pursued by the Boston Braves.  He was captain on the team his senior year and led the team in doubles, home runs, and runs scored.  Ultes then played semi-professional baseball in South Dakota for three years and the Fort Bliss Falcons in the Texas League, winning the Texas Semi-Pro and Southwestern Semi-Pro championships.  Ron was named to an all-tournament team as a left fielder and played for a team of All-Stars in Texas against a touring team of Major Leaguers that included Monte Irvin, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Ernie Banks.  He declined an offer to play for the Chicago White Sox organization.

Fred Versluys  – (Larkin High Class of 1989) has been nominated and approved for basketball. As a junior, he averaged 15.5 ppg and led the Upstate Eight Conference in rebounding with 12 per game. In his senior season, Fred averaged 18 ppg and again led the conference in rebounding. Fred was All-Conference and Most Valuable Player at Larkin both years, while being named All-Area 2nd Team as a junior and All-Area 1st Team his senior season. He played varsity basketball four years at Judson College, where he led the conference in rebounding his freshman year and was NAIA 1st Team. His top scoring average was 13.9 ppg in his junior year. Versluys also played four years of baseball at Judson and was named most valuable player on offense and to the NIIC All-Conference Team his senior year.

Anne Vogt - has been nominated for her outstanding play in softball.  She was a four year varsity player (1989 – 1992) at Larkin during which time she had a career batting average of .442 with 18 home runs and 150 runs batted in.  Vogt was named All-Conference three times as a catcher and once as a shortstop and was awarded All-Area honors three times.  The Chicago Tribune selected her as Prep Player of the Week (April 4 – 11, 1992) for hitting .590, driving in 16 runs and scoring 12, was the Courier News “Player of the Year” in 1992,  and was also named to the Chicago Tribune Super 60 Classic Team.  Anne continued her career at Elgin Community College, where she was All-Conference and All-Region in 1993 and 1994.  For leading all Region IV players in 1994 with a .517 average, she was named NJCAA Division I All-American.  At Judson College, Vogt set the school record for batting average at .524 and received NAIA All-Region honors.

Rick Young - (LHS Class of 1969) was a two time All-Conference standout pitcher and 1st baseman for Larkin.  During his varsity career, Rick threw two no-hitters, striking out 141 and allowing 28 hits in 88 innings.  His senior season, his earned run average was 0.63.  Drafted by the California Angels in the 1969 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Rick began his seven year career at Idaho Falls in the Rookie League.  After a 5 – 3 record and 3.45 ERA, he spent the next two seasons at Quad Cities where he was 13 – 12 with 235 strikeouts in 214 innings and 2.73 and 3.07 earned run averages.  In 1972 Young pitched at AA Shreveport and AAA Salt Lake City with a combined 10 – 10 record.  The following year at Salt Lake City, Rick started 29 games and completed 9, pitched 185 innings, and won 12 games with a 3.11 ERA playing on a team with many future major leaguers.  He was also selected to the AAA All-Star team with future major leaguers Manny Trillo, Mickey Rivers, and Bernie Williams.  Pitching in Winter League, Young suffered an elbow injury which eventually curtailed his career after two subsequent seasons in the minors having won 46 games.