J. Thomas McNamara

    “A good solid class” is the way Greg Collingwood described the most recent District 61 Hall of Fame Class that the committee he chairs selected at its Monday (June 29) meeting which was well-attended with some members personally convening in a third floor Keil Building conference room and others participating virtually through zoom.

Eisenhower’s 1992 semi-final football team will be inducted October 2nd at the annual Eisenhower/MacArthur game.  Their coach, Steve Smith, was voted “Coach-of-the-Year” and will be enshrined with his team at that same game.

    The game is scheduled to kickoff at 5 o’clock at Matheson Field.
    Moe Dampeer headlines the 10-member class for his play with the football Generals and later at Oklahoma and for Division II national champions Northwest Missouri State.
    The other nine included the elder Al Lawson, who excelled in football and basketball at MacArthur, Eisenhower’s cross-country and track and field runner Lindsay Martin, MacArthur’s basketball Lexy Carson, Stephen Decatur’s brilliant tennis player Mike Nolan, Eisenhower’s all-around athlete, but especially baseball, Harry Cook; MacArthur’s standout track and field sensation Adrian Walker, Eisenhower’s late superb lineman Leon Fonville, Lakeview’s football standout Tim Cox and Stephen Decatur’s outstanding swimmer Kostaki Chiligiris.
    Dr. Fred Bouchard, assistant superintendent for support services, including athletics, asked the committee to create a special category to recognize non-District 61 athletes, who have contributed significantly to district athletics.  He called it “Significant Contributors to District 61 Athletics.”  He suggested this writer and Scott Busboom as the first two to be honored in this category which the committee approved.
    They, too, will be recognized at the October ceremonies.
    The only possible hangup for the October program will be if the Illinois High School Association cancels the fall sports season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    If the game is not played, everyone will be recognized at the Friday luncheon which is held for every class.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune. 

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