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THE CANDIDATES FOR 2021

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Travann Hayes - (LHS Class of 2000) has been nominated to the Hall of Fame for football.  Travann was a three year All-Conference and All-Area wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner for the Larkin Royals football team.  As a senior, Hayes was also named Co-Player of the Year by the Courier News and the Daily Herald for his outstanding performance on the gridiron.  He had 44 receptions for 790 yards and 12 touchdowns, rushed for 994 yards and seven touchdowns, returned 12 kick offs for 427 yards and three touchdowns, and intercepted three passes.  State honors after his senior year included being named to All-State teams by the Illinois Football Coaches Association and the Champaign News Gazette.  During his Larkin career, Travann had 81 receptions for 1386 yards and 18 touchdowns, rushed for 2241 yards and 18 touchdowns (7.3 yards per carry), ran back 38 kick offs for 1131 yards and five touchdowns, 18 punt returns for 472 yards and three touchdowns, had 11 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries.  His total of all purpose yards was 5511 with 47 touchdowns.  At that time, Hayes ranked tied for 5th in the IHSA in kick off returns, 2nd in kick off return yardage, and tied for 3rd in kick off return touchdowns with 5.  Travann was a member of the University of Wisconsin football team for four years as a wide receiver, then played four seasons of semi-professional football.

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.

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.

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.

Lawrence “Mike” McNerney - (EHS Class of 1901) is nominated for football, baseball, and a friend of sports.  Mike was a standout in three sports at Elgin; he was the captain, quarterback and kicker of the Elgin High football team recognized as the 1900 “state champions,” including a 53-5 victory over Oak Park, in which he kicked eight successive goals.  At the University of Notre Dame, McNerney lettered three years in football and baseball.  He was the unanimous selection as captain of the baseball team and was regarded as “one of the most notable Notre Dame figures of the early 1900’s.”  Mike originally played end, then led the football team as the quarterback and drop kicker.  He turned down offers to try for the major leagues to devote his attention to a profitable law practice.  As a standout second baseman, McNerney played for such legendary semi-professional teams as the Chicago Gunthers, as well as teams in Elgin, Aurora, DeKalb, and River Forest.  He frequently faced major league talent, including the Chicago White Sox and the Negro Leagues Leland Giants, against whom he had success against Hall of Fame pitcher, Rube Foster.  Locally, he was a leader of the Elgin High “E” Club and president of he EHS Booster Club.  Mike served as coach and assistant football coach in 1912 and 1915.  He coached the western sectional Elgin team east to play in the championship game against Stamford, the eastern sectional champion.  While losing 7-0, eastern papers described the game as “the hardest fought intersectional football battle seen in these parts for many years.”  McNerney was appointed chairman of a committee to raise money for a suitable marker for the grave of George Gipp by athletic director and Four Horseman member Elmer Layden at Notre Dame, was a close friend of Knute Rockne, and was included among 51 “Notre Dame men who deserve monograms for their accomplishments after leaving school as well as their feats in athletics.”

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.

Max Pokorny - (EHS Class of 1970) has been nominated for tennis.  Max played in the #1 singles position at Elgin for three years and compiled a record of 73-13 while competing is singles and doubles competition.   He was the conference singles champion as a junior and runner-up his sophomore and senior seasons.  In addition, he was the district champion all three years and qualified for state competition each year.  Pokorny advanced to the state quarterfinals his senior year before losing to nationally ranked Bruce King.  At Indiana State University, Max was a four year letterwinner and qualified for the NCAA Tennis Tournament all four years.  He defeated the #1 and #2 top juniors from Australia while compiling a 112-40 record in singles and doubles play.  He was named the Most Valuable Player in tennis at ISU for two seasons and was the runner-up for outstanding achievement of the year in sports and academics for the Class of 1974.  Other notable achievements include being ranked in Northern Illinois Tennis from 1968-1976, winning the doubles championship at the U. S. Lawn Tennis Western Association (1972) and being ranked in the association for three years, winning the #1 Men’s Doubles in the Midwest Sectional (1976) and a Sarasota (FL) Pro tournament.  During his career, Max won 138 tournaments with 23 runner-ups.  He won 33 various city championships in Elgin where he was the #1 player over 10 years.

Michael Pokorny - (EHS Class of 1974) has been nominated and approved for tennis.  Mike was a three year #1 singles varsity tennis player for Elgin.  He was the Most Valuable Player on the team all three years during which time he was conference runner-up in 1972 and 1973 followed by a conference championship in 1974.  In addition, Pokorny was the District champion all three years and finished 9th in the state his senior year.  At Northern Illinois (1974-75), he was the #3 singles player and the #1 freshman in the MAC.  He defeated the #3 and #4 singles conference champs that year, as well as the #3 singles Division champion.  Mike was the #1 singles and state ranked #1 while at Elgin Community College (1976-77) and also ranked #3 in the state as part of a doubles team.  He won the conference and sectional championship in #1 singles, was part of the conference champion doubles team and was named team MVP and Skyway Conference MVP.  In local play, Pokorny was the City Champion (singles and doubles) over 20 times.  He won the Northern Illinois Tennis Association championship four times.  During that time, he was NITA's #1 Under 18 singles player in 1974, #1 Men's singles in 1975, #1 ranked doubles (with brother Max) in 1975, and represented NITA in the Junior Davis Cup as #1 singles from 1974-1977.  Playing mixed doubles, Mike finished in 2nd place (with Cheryl Pokorny) in the 1976 Illinois State Indoor Championships.

Nancy (Petersen) Regul - (Elgin High Class of 2000) is nominated for gymnastics.  Nancy was a four year varsity member of the Elgin/Larkin coop gymnastics team which won five major invitationals, two regionals and qualified for sectionals three times.  Individually, Nancy placed in the top three in 138 events entered, of which she had 56 first place finishes.  She represented the team at the IHSGCA Mixed Pairs meet in 1999 and 2000, finishing in 7th place her junior year and 3rd place her senior year.  In addition, Petersen was one of six girls chosen to represent Illinois at the National High School Gymnastics Championships in Madison WI in 2000.  In state competition, Nancy was 12th in floor exercise (freshman), tied for 11th in vaulting (sophomore), qualified in the vault and tied for 20th in floor exercise (junior) and tied for 17th in floor exercise (senior).  As an individual and part of an event team, she helped break 15 school records.  At the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Petersen was a member of four Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and three National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championship teams.  She received All-Conference honors each year, finishing 6th on the vault (2001), 3rd on the vault (2002), 4th on the vault and 4th (tie) on the balance beam (2003), and 5th on the vault and 2nd in floor exercise (2004).  In addition, Nancy received NCGA All-American honors by finishing tied for 4th in floor exercise (2002), 5th in floor exercise (2003), and 5th in vault (2004).  She was an Academic All-American in 2004.

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. 

Eyad Salem - (Larkin Class of 2005) has been nominated for football.  As a wide receiver, Eyad set a Larkin record for receptions (13) and receiving yardage (305) in a game, which also ranked 3rd in IHSA records at the time (2004).  During his senior year, Salem's  45 receptions, 811 yards, 7 touchdowns, and over 1000 all-purpose yards resulted in recognition as an All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State wide receiver.  He continued his football career at Illinois State University as a Missouri Valley Football Conference First Team selection in 2008 and 2009.  Salem led the conference in receiving yards (943), yards per game (85.7) and receptions per game (8.4) in 2009 while having five games with 100+ receiving yards. Nationally, he ranked 4th in the number of receptions per game.   In addition, Eyad set an ISU and conference single season record with 92 receptions, tied the school record with 14 receptions in a game, and set the school record for receptions per game with 8.4.  In his career at ISU, Salem ranked 3rd in career receptions (186), 6th in receiving yards with 2246, and 6th in receiving touchdowns with 18.  He was the final player cut by the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010.

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.

Matt Schabert – (LHS Class of 2000) quarterbacked the Larkin varsity football team from 1997 - 1999.  In his senior season, Matt passed for 2837 yards and 30 touchdowns, including four games of over 300 yards.  For his career, Schabert had 6550 passing yards (ranking 4th in IHSA history at that time), and 69 touchdown passes (ranking 3rd in IHSA). He also set an IHSA record with most games 100+ yards passing with 32.  In addition, he had rushed for 554 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Matt was named All-Conference two years, All-Area three years, Daily Herald Co-Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999, and the Courier News Co-Player of the Year in 1999.  He was an All-State selection by the Illinois Football Coaches Association and the Champaign News Gazette his senior season and was also named a Prep Star All-American and a member of the North/South Suburban All-Star game.  Schabert played quarterback for the University of Wisconsin, where he had 43 completions and 618 yards with a 114.2 rating.  He is remembered for coming off the bench and throwing a game winning 79 yard touchdown pass against Ohio State, their first loss in 19 games.  At Eastern Illinois University, Matt was selected to the All Ohio Valley Conference second team after completing 190 passes for 2153 yards and 15 touchdowns, twice passing for over 300 yards.

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.

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.