Seven athletes might be inducted into the Springfield Sports activities Corridor of Fame subsequent month as a part of a 31-year capital metropolis custom.
“To be thought-about, it’s important to have been retired from the game for no less than 10 years and performed for considered one of Springfield’s excessive colleges,” stated Chris Leming, president of the corridor of fame.
The athletes might be inducted in a ceremony on the Financial institution of Springfield Heart on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. This yr’s inductees:
Nathaniel Browning is a 2004 Lutheran Excessive College graduate who received back-to-back Class A state observe 400-meter championships in 2003 and 2004 and scored greater than 1,000 factors in basketball. He earned a observe scholarship to the College of Kentucky within the Southeastern Convention, and whereas there he was a two-time All-American within the 4×400 relay.
Dominique “Main” Clay is a 2007 Lanphier Excessive College graduate who excelled in observe and discipline in addition to basketball. He was a two-time state champion within the excessive bounce and set the Illinois highschool indoor excessive bounce file at 7-0 ¼. He earned a observe scholarship to Indiana State College the place he cleared 7-0 in 35 of the 38 indoor meets. Clay ranked within the high 20 on the earth when he was at his highest degree and competed on the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials.
Doug Collins is a 1987 Lanphier graduate who performed two varsity seasons for the Lions and scored 986 factors. He performed at John A. Logan School in 1987-88 and 1988-89 and was freshman of the yr within the Nice River Athletic Convention. He transferred to Iowa State within the Massive Eight Convention the place he performed for Johnny Orr and scored 224 factors as a junior in 1989-90 and 442 factors as a senior in 1990-91. He has spent the previous 22 seasons as the women’ basketball coach at Lanphier.
Phil Eck is a 1980 Springfield Excessive College graduate who earned All-Metropolis honors in soccer as a junior and senior after which attended Quincy School, the place he performed on NAIA nationwide championship groups in 1980, 1981 and 1982. As a senior he served because the assistant soccer coach at Quincy Notre Dame Excessive College, which completed second within the Illinois Excessive College Affiliation state event. He was employed as a trainer and head boys’ soccer coach at Springfield Excessive College in 1985, and in 22 seasons his groups compiled a file of 352-131-43, together with the 1997 Class A state title.
Jim Recordsdata is a 1980 Lanphier graduate who turned the primary and solely boys’ runner in Springfield historical past to win the state championship in cross nation, protecting the 3-mile course at Peoria’s Detweiller Park in 14 minutes 18.3 seconds in 1979. He’s nonetheless the lone large-school particular person boys’ champion from Sangamon County for the reason that state meet started in 1946. He served 4 years within the Military upon commencement from highschool.
John Fox is a 1976 Lanphier graduate who earned 9 varsity letters – 4 in basketball, 4 in baseball and one in golf. Throughout his basketball profession he scored greater than 1,400 factors and was a two-time All-Metropolis choice. In baseball he was a pitcher and a catcher and earned a pair of All-Metropolis picks. He acquired a baseball scholarship to Jap Illinois College and performed there for 2 seasons earlier than transferring to Quincy School, the place a knee harm ended his collegiate profession.
Tracy Tate Wilson, a Springfield Excessive graduate, is the one highschool participant in metropolis historical past to seize two state championships in golf, successful by three strokes in 1980 and defending her crown by one shot in ’81. She earned a scholarship to Oklahoma State College and was a member of the Cowgirls in 1985 earlier than transferring to the College of South Florida. She was a PGA instructing skilled and director of golf operations at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Additionally being inducted into the Corridor of Fame are 5 “Pals of Sport:”
Mike Chamness was the State Journal-Register sports activities editor from 1986 to 1991 and created The State Journal-Register Baseball Basic in 1990. He was a part of the group that established the Springfield Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 1990. After spending greater than 20 years within the newspaper enterprise, he entered state authorities in 1991, working within the secretary of state and governor’s workplaces. He was chair of the Illinois Terrorism Job Power from 1999 to 2020.
Larry Chaney served as a coach, trainer and administrator in District 186 for 33 years, together with 16 seasons as head baseball coach at Southeast Excessive College and eight years as athletic director at Southeast. Throughout that point, he performed a serious position within the formation of the Central State Eight Convention. He was inducted into the Illinois Athletic Administrators Affiliation Corridor of Fame in 2006, and in 2001 he was named a Class AA Excellent Athletic Director.
Cress Maddox and John Raynolds have been each instrumental in bringing women’ soccer to Springfield College District 186 within the late Nineteen Eighties. They made displays inside the college district quite a few instances to ask that the game be provided. Not solely did they carry women soccer to 186, they labored to get Lee Area secured so all the college district’s soccer groups may use it as their residence discipline, elevating all the cash for the lights and the development of the sector. Lee Area is utilized by 4 of town’s excessive colleges and was used this previous season by College of Illinois Springfield males’s and girls’s soccer groups.
Paul Pachlhofer is a 1974 Griffin Excessive College graduate. He started his baseball umpiring profession in 1976 and continues to work video games at present, together with quite a few regionals, sectionals and supersectionals in addition to the state finals in 2021 and 2022. He has been an Illinois Excessive College Affiliation clinician since 2016. He officiated highschool basketball from 2008 to 2015 and highschool soccer from 2009 to 2015. He additionally served as the general public deal with announcer for soccer video games at Memorial Stadium from 1981 to 2005 and because the PA announcer for the Metropolis Basketball Match from 1984 to 2022. He did sports activities reporting at WTAX from 1991 to 1996 and at Neuhoff Media-Springfield from 1996 to the current.
Jim Ruppert was a State Journal-Register sports activities author from 1976 to 1991 and SJ-R sports activities editor from 1991 to 2016. He was a part of the group that established the Springfield Sports activities Corridor of Fame. He joined the Neuhoff Media broadcast staff in 1991 and continues in that position. He has served as grasp of ceremonies for the Springfield Sports activities Corridor of Fame since 1999.
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