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2017 Golf Outing at Elgin Country Club:

This year's golf outing will be held on Monday, September 11th, at Elgin Country Club.

Registration/Sign in begins at 10:00
Fee: $175

There will be a complimentary tailgate party beginning at 10 am
Lunch will also be served at the tailgate party.

Tee off time is 12:00
Dinner served at approximately 5:00

There will be raffle prizes and silent and live auctions.

For further information, please call Kerry O'Connor at 847-899-0415.

2017 Induction and Recognition Banquet:

The annual induction and recognition banquet shall be held at The Centre of Elgin on Sunday night, November 5th. 

Robert "Bob" Pleticha nominated for 2017:

Robert "Bob" Pleticha has been added to the ballot for his achievements in weightlifting and as a friend of sports.  Bob is a four time World Champion weightlifter in the World Masters Powerlifting Association.  Competing in the 242 pound weight class, he won the 1982 Greensboro, NC championship with a combined total lift (squat, bench press, dead lift) of 1945 lbs, the 1986 Sande, Norway championship with a total of 1933 lbs. the 1990 International Powerlifting Association championship (Perth, Australia) with 1779 lbs, and the 1995 World Powerlifting Championship (Columbus, Ohio) with a total of 1733 lbs.  In addition, Pleticha is a 15 time National Powerlifting Association champion and was named among the Top 25 Supermen of the 20th Century in two weight classes: number 10 in the 242 weight class and number 16 in the 275 weight class.  As a friend of sports, Bob founded the Elgin Sharks Track Club in 1980 for the youth of Elgin with the goal of instilling healthy habits and alternatives, as well as maintaining good health through running.  The program has grown to an average of over 100 participants (many come from underprivileged backgrounds) annually from Elgin and the surrounding communities; they are trained and developed to enable many to compete in state, regional, and national competition, where many have experienced great success.  The training and discipline that began with the Elgin Sharks Track Club has assisted numerous athletes to earn college scholarships for running or racewalking.  The Amateur Athletic Union presented Pleticha with its Presidents National Leadership Award (2007), and he was inducted into the Judson University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

Jennifer Haley (LHS 1976) nominated for 2017:

Jennifer Haley (Larkin 1976) is nominated for her achievements in softball.  A pioneer in girls athletics in the 1970's, Jennifer played at the varsity level in four sports.  She led her basketball and softball teams to the first ever Upstate 8 Conference championships for females at Larkin High.  Haley earned an athletic scholarship to Eastern Illinois University where she was a four year starter in softball and also played on the volleyball team.  She always batted in the heart of the batting order, leading the EIU Panthers to the large college IAIAW State Softball Championship.  In the major women's American Softball Association, she was an elite player at the national level, then Haley was named to the All-State Team where she played with and against the best players in the game as a member of the Davenport Builders Rockettes (1980).  Over a seven year period, Jennifer batted .325 with the Downers Grove Dolls and helped lead them into national competition where they placed 4th in the nation twice.  She was the only Dolls player to compete in all four national tournaments in which the team qualified.  She received All-Metro and Regional All-Star honors as the Dolls second baseman and power hitter.  In addition, Haley earned Most Valuable Player and All-Tournament honors in Texas 1986 Warren Paine Invitational (international tournament) and competed in the 1989 United States Olympic Festival.

Dennis DeBoer - Vic Masi Award:

Dennis DeBoer shall be receiving the Vic Masi Service Award (posthumously) at the annual Elgin Sports Hall of Fame banquet.  Denny served the ESHOF as a member of the Board of Director for 32 years, including president.  In addition, he coached in youth sports (including Classic Little League baseball) was an assistant football coach at St. Edward High School for many years.

David Huxtable (LHS 1975) nominated for 2017:

David Huxtable (LHS 1975), a three sport performer at Larkin, is a candidate for serving as a college football coach since 1982.  During that time, Huxtable has coached linebackers, special teams and served as defensive coordinator for numerous major college programs, including Georgia Tech, East Carolina, North Carolina, Central Florida, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina State.  He has coached defenses in several bowl games, including the Rose Bowl with Big 10 champion Wisconsin (2012), the Liberty Bowl (twice) and the Peach Bowl (twice).  Dave was named National Linebackers Coach of the Year by Football Scoop in 2011.

Jessie Henderson nominated for 2017:

Jessie Henderson (Elgin High 1990) was two time most valuable player for the Elgin High basketball team.  He was the leading scorer on the 1990 Elite Eight team and finished his career as the 5th leading scorer at EHS with 1111 points.  Henderson twice was named to the Upstate 8 All-Conference team, the Courier News All-Area team, and the Daily Herald All-Area team.  In addition, the Chicago Sun-Times named him All-State Special Mention his senior year.  Career stats include 18.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.  Jessie played three years at the University of Illinois-Chicago as a top seven player, appearing in 80 games, of which he started 15.  During this period, the Flames won 55 and lost 25.  Henderson was inducted in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in the Player Category in 2016.

Bruce Bazsali nominated for 2017:

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.

Kiley (Holtz) Ross nominated for 2017:

Kiley (Holtz) Ross has been nominated for softball and basketball.  A 2007 graduate of Larkin High, Kiley set the all-time record for points in girls basketball (recently broken) with 1405 points, with a career average of 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and 46% on three pointers.  She was a three time All-Area selection, three time All-Conference selection, Chicago Tribune and IBCA All-State Special Mention (2007).  Ross played four years of varsity softball, setting a school record with a .466 batting average as a senior.  She was the Larkin High Female Athlete of the Year (2007).  In addtion, Kiley was a three time Courier News and Daily Herald All Area 1st Team member, three time Upstate 8 All-Conference selection, Illinois Softball Coaches Association All-State 3rd Team selection and Chicago Tribune All-State Special Mention in 2006 and 2007, and the Chicago Sun Times #6 choice as Female Athlete of the Year in 2007.  Ross played third base at Eastern Illinois University as a four year Division I softball player, where she set the team record with 121 career runs batted in and in the top 10 in three other categories.  She was a two time Ohio Valley Conference 1st team selection and captain of the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Champions when she also made the OVC All-Tournament Team.