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Congratulations to the ESHOF inductees for 2018:

Rodney Clifton, George Clark, Richard Hersey, Joel Moore, and Kiley Holtz Ross.

2018 Golf Outing at Elgin Country Club:

This year's golf outing will be held on Monday, September 10th, 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.

2018 Induction and Recognition Banquet:

The annual induction and recognition banquet shall be held at The Centre of Elgin on Sunday night, November 4th. 

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees:

Jennifer Haley (LHS 1976) - inducted 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.

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.

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.

Bethany Goldsmith (Elgin High 1944) – inducted for baseball. Bethany graduated from Elgin High School in 1944. She played for three seasons in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (subject of the film A League of Their Own), one of only two Elginites to play in the league. Goldsmith pitched for the Kenosha Comets from 1948-1950. In 1948, she pitched in 31 games and 245 innings, had a record of 14 wins and 14 losses, and ERA of 1.62, and striking out 117 hitters. The following year, Bethany pitched in 29 games and 179 innings, with a record of 8 wins and 11 losses and an ERA of 3.16. In her final year (1950), she appeared in 27 games for 198 innings pitched, won 12 and lost 9, with an ERA of 3.68. Her career record in 87 games was 34 wins and 34 losses, with an ERA of 2.72. Goldsmith was also a member of an All-American girls team that toured Central America.

Robert "Bob" Pleticha - inducted 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.