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Presenting the 2013 Elgin Sports Hall of Fame inductees

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  • Anton Kossakowski

      Anton Kossakowski

  • Al Lettow

      Al Lettow

  • Jeff Myers

      Jeff Myers

  • Dave Russell

      Dave Russell

  • Vince Webber

      Vince Webber

 
Daily Herald report

The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame foundation will induct five new members on Sunday evening when the organization holds its 34th annual induction ceremony and banquet at The Centre of Elgin. Below are short biographies on each of the five inductees.

Anton Kossakowski

Anton, a 1986 Larkin High School graduate, is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for wrestling. He qualified for the state wrestling tournament as a sophomore and junior (record of 28- 6). Then in his senior year, while competing in the 167-pound weight class, he finished the season as an undefeated state champion (29 0) winning the first state wrestling championship in Royals' history.

He attended Northern Illinois University and in two seasons he had records of 30-8 and 25-8 in the 177-pound and 190-pound weight classes. He qualified and competed both years in the NCAA Wrestling Tournament. As a freshman at 177 pounds, Anton finished in second place at the NCAA West Regional, in third place at the Michigan State Invitational and he won the Illini Open Championship. The following year he again won the Illini Open Championship at 177 pounds and he won the NCAA West Regional Championship in the 190-pound weight class.

He was a three-sport athlete at Larkin competing in wrestling, football and baseball. He was named all-conference and all-area in football as a senior and was Larkin's Male Athlete of the Year in 1986.

Alan Lettow

A 1967 graduate of Larkin High School, Lettow is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for being an outstanding all-around athlete.

Al was a three sport varsity athlete as a junior and senior and was the Royals' first All-State football player. A fullback and linebacker, he was named All-State by the Rockford Register Star and Champaign News-Gazette in 1966. In addition, he was named Special Mention All-State by the Chicago Daily News and a Chicago Tribune Prep All-Star. He was also first team all-conference and was named Honorable Mention Prep all-American. In a newspaper poll, Al was selected to the All-Time Larkin High School Football Team.

Al was a varsity basketball player for two years and selected captain his senior year.

Competing in track & field, Al qualified for the state meet six times. He qualified three times individually, twice in the shot put and once in the 220-yard dash. He also qualified three times as a member of the 880-yard relay team. Al finished 10th in the state in the shot put in 1967 and once held the Larkin High School record in the shot put (58 feet, 2 inches) and as a member of the 880-yard relay team.

Al earned a football scholarship to the University of Wisconsin where he played three seasons, first as a running back prior to moving to linebacker. Knee injuries ended his career after his junior year and he was then offered a job as an assistant football coach for the freshman team. He worked two seasons for coach John Jardine at the University of Wisconsin.

Jeff Myers

Jeff is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame as a friend of sports. He has been broadcasting sports in the Elgin area on local radio, cable television, and the Internet since 1989.

During that time, Jeff served as the voice of Elgin High School football from 1990 to 2007 and covered St. Edward football from 2008 to 2012. Currently he is doing football home games for Elgin High School and Larkin High School for High School Cube on the Internet.

Jeff has also done the radio play-by-play for Elgin High School basketball games beginning in 1989 including Maroons' games in the Elgin High School holiday tournament and in the state tournament. He provided coverage of Elgin High state tournament action in Peoria in 1998 and the 2008 supersectional.

In 2012 Jeff began broadcasting Larkin High School basketball including the Royals' trip to the DeKalb sectional in 2013. Further broadcasts have included the Elgin-Larkin football and basketball games on local cable TV from 1993 to 2001, girls volleyball sectional finals and girls softball regional action.

Other local sporting events that Jeff has covered include the Elgin crosstown bowling classic, Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation banquets and excerpts on the cable television program "Elgin Today." He has hosted sports talk shows on local radio, done interviews with such athletes as Chicago Bear greats Dan Hampton and Otis Wilson and former baseball major leaguer Billy Werber on his 100th birthday. Jeff was the voice of the Chicago Bandits professional women's softball team in 2008 when the Bandits played in Elgin and went on to win the world championship trophy. He has also covered the Kane County Eagles football team and the Elgin Racers basketball team.

Dave Russell

Dave, a 1961 graduate of Elgin High School, is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for wrestling. He became the Maroons' first state wrestling champion, finishing 31-0 in the 180-pound weight class during his senior year. Dave won the Big Eight Conference title, the district title and the sectional title, and helped the Maroons to a sixth-place team finish at the state tournament.

Dave attended the University of Illinois and lettered twice, in 1963 and 1964 on the varsity, wrestling as a heavyweight. At Illinois he studied engineering and since that time has gone on to write technical books and lecture on environmental engineering all over the world.

Vince Webber

Vince, a 1998 graduate of Larkin High School, is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for football. As a sophomore running back, Vince scored 22 touchdowns while rushing for 954 yards and 10.1 yards per carry. In his junior season, he scored 32 touchdowns and gained 2,032 yards rushing. Despite missing half his senior year due to injury, Vince scored 17 touchdowns and gained 1,156 yards. He set Royals' records for single game rushing yards (381), career rushing yardage (4,142), and touchdowns with 71, which ranks 6th in IHSA history. Vince was Upstate Eight Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, as well as being named to the Chicago Tribune All-State First Team and the Illinois High School Coaches Association All-State Team. He was also a Chicago Tribune All-State Team special mention as a sophomore.

He went on to play running back for three seasons at Central Michigan University, but saw his playing time limited due to injuries.

ELGIN SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

2013

Anton Kossakowski

Alan Lettow

Jeff Myers

Dave Russell

Vince Webber

2012

Beth (Fitchie) Barnes

Paul Hudgens

Jim Kossakowski

Ryan Sienko

David Wurm

2011

Stacy Nagel Cheek

Jay Goedert

Gary Kane

Raul Rodriguez

Phil Sokody

2010

Gary Bohlin

Jeff Brown

Ryan McKenna

Fred Rhoades

Blaine Royer

2009

Mike Coyle

Julie (Kovacs) Fisher

Corry Carter Irvin

Jim Perkins

Dick Stephens

2008

Sean Harrington

Katy (Carter) Potts

Chris Sigourney

Ralph "Gus" Vaughan

Ellamae Williams-Roessler

2007

Tom Aley

Rick Andresen

Dick Durrant

Lisa Stack Pawlak

Curt Whipple

2006

Harry Chamberlin

Ralph Depalma

Steve Hinton

Lee Turek

Doug Wallace

2005

Scott Hulke

Glenn McCormick

Mary O'Brien

Melissa Parker

Leslie Schock

2004

Ken Barnhart

Randy Engel

Amy Kovacs-Young

Brian Rose

2003

Donnell Daniel

Frank "Lefty" Schrieber

Mike Sheehy

John Toomey

Jeff Wilkins

2002

Jim Harrington

Eugene C. Jones

Derrick Mayes

Milt Rein

Dick Roth

2001

Kevin Coleman

Terry Drake

Roger Smithberg

Jim Stowell

Gregg Ziegler

2000

Mark Baugh

Rick Kehr

Jeff Mirabella

Andrew Solyom

Bob Survant

1999

Orlow Davis

Chuck Emmert

Ken McGhie

Dr. John R. Tobin

1998

Tony Adams

Charlene Barnett

Anne Rotundo-Riley

Eddie Williams

1997

Don Brown

Kevin Callahan

Forrest "Fod" Cotton

Beth Hasenmiller-Sauser

1996

Mike Armentrout

Terry Carlson

Bill Hofstetter

Walter Rust

Mark Wilson

1995

Joe Armentrout

George Childs

Gregg Fohrman

Betty Ostdick-Villella

1994

Bob Baldwin

Dick Estergard

Don Kienlen

Larry Nemmers

1993

Mark Hattendorf

Don Mapes

Karl Plath

Jim Smith

Frank Termini

1992

Ray Haley

Dave Huske

Vic Masi

Charlie Weber

1991

Jim Hannula

Robert E. Morton

Ralph "Red" Vaughan

Walter "Wally" Wetzel

1990

Clifton Adams

William "Wild Bill" Mehlhorn

Bob Peterson

Judith Allison Wegner

1989

Mel Cole

Edward McDonough

Larry Michelson

1988

Bob Duffield

Linda Gough

Dr. Ralph Muchow

Bob Thoren

Chapman "Chappie" Wells

1987

Charles C. "Chuck" Brandt

John Kenneth "Ken" Brown

Irwin A. "Irv" Johnston

Charles J. "Chuck" Smith

1986

Donald T. Berna

William R. Chesbrough

Alfred Y. "Al" Kirkland

Richard "Pete" Kovacs

1985

James J. Biggins

Jacque Keeney

Paul Sokody

1984

Emery Ebbert

Willard Schuldt

Ronald Weisner

1983

David J. Casper

William A. "Bill" Hoffer

John F. "Jack" Meagher

Phillip M. Odle

Rick Sund

1982

Mike A. Farroh

Glen E. Lose

Robert E. "Red" Farney

Herman J. "Hermie" Walser

Louis "Soup" Semeny

1981

Al Huske

Wally Graf

Samuel P. "Sam" Sauceda

Greg True

Louis A. "Lou" North

1980

Frank "Lefty" Breen

Earl Tanner Britton

Jack Burmaster

August W. "Gus" Farwick

John A. Krafft

Douglas "Gaga" Mills

Brian Oldfield

John Paul

Flynn Robinson

Don Sunderlage

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