The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame has inducted 209 members since 1980. All of the Inductees are celebrated for their outstanding achievements and accomplishments in their respective sport(s). As the highest honor in Elgin athletics, entrance into the Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding contributions to a variety of sports.
Wesley Boelkens, a 1970 graduate of Larkin High School, is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall for his achievements in football, wrestling, and track.
Wes Boelkens (Larkin High 1970) is nominated as an all-around athlete for his achievements in football, wrestling, and track. Wes was All-Conference in the Upstate 8, an All-Area selection by the Chicago Daily News and a Chicago Tribune All-Star squad member his senior year. In addition, he received All-State honors by the Rockford Morning Star, Rockford Register Republic, Champaign-Urbana News Gazette and Illinois Prep Sports Special. Boelkens was also named All-American by Prep All-American Football and Sunkist Coaches and Athletes Magazine and was the University of Notre Dame Club of Chicago’s Knute Rockne Award recipient. As a heavyweight wrestler, Wes won 19 and lost 3 and finished second in the sectional his junior year, then compiled a 23-2 record his senior year when he won the Upstate 8 Conference and District championships, with a record 17 second pin in the district final. He threw the shot put and discus in track, finishing 3rd in conference and 2nd in the Prospect Invitational and qualifying for the state track meet. Boelkens attended the University of Tennessee where he played football and wrestled for two years. He finished 4th in the Southeast Conference in wrestling as a sophomore before injuries curtailed his athletic career.
Kayla Oranger, a 2009 graduate of Burlington Central, is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for softball.
Oranger (Burlington Central Class of 2009) set school records for most career hits (212, then 11th in IHSA), most runs scored (177, then 12th) and most stolen bases with 159 (ranked 9th in IHSA) as a four year varsity starter. She was named 1st team shortstop (2006-2009) by the Kane County Chronicle, All-Area Honorable Mention in 2006 and All-Area 1st team (2007-2009) by the Daily Herald and the Courier News, and to the IHSA State Softball Super 60 All-Star team (2009). Kayla was a Big Northern Conference Scholar Athlete and a member of the Big Northern East All-Conference 1st team all four years. During that time, she compiled 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) where she was a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist (2010) and a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athlete (2010, 2011). Mainly playing second base, Kayla had a .286 career average with a season high of .346 (2012). In addition, Oranger finished in UTEP’s top five with 23 career stolen bases and 289 assists. The National Fastpitch Coaches Assn. named her to the All-Midwest Region 2nd Team in 2013.
Max Pokorny, a 1970 graduate of Elgin High School, is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for tennis.
Max Pokorny 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.
Matt Schabert, a 2000 Larkin High School graduate, is being inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for football.
Matt Schabert 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.
Mark Stettner, a 1974 graduate of Elgin High School, is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for football.
Mark Stettner (EHS Class of 1974) is nominated for football. A two year letterman, Mark played defensive end and finished second on the team his junior season with 144 tackles for the conference champion Maroons. As a senior, he played fullback and led the team in rushing with 685 yards and 11 touchdowns. In addition, he led the Upstate 8 conference with an average of 6.8 yards per carry and in scoring with eight touchdowns and 54 points. Post season honors included most valuable running back, 1st team all-conference, 1st team fullback for the Coke/Chicago Tribune Golden Helmet Award, Chicago Tribune All-Star, All-State special mention, and recognition by the Prep All-America yearbook. Stettner was also named EHS Athlete of the Year for his outstanding accomplishments in football and wrestling, in which he was 29-7 and qualified for the state tournament. As a running back at Eastern Illinois University, Mark was the team’s leading rusher his first two seasons. In 1977, he set the single game team record with 44 carries, which stood for 16 years. In addition, Stettner set school records with 604 total carries (now 8th) and 2638 rushing yards (now 10th). Mark was nominated as a Division II All-American running back in 1977.
Bruce Bazsali – Elgin Sports Fall of Fame Induction – 2022
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