Dundee-Crown announces Hall of Fame inductees

  • Amanda Lutzow hits the volleyball against Cary-Grove in a 2007 regional final. Lutzow is part of the Dundee-Crown Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

    Amanda Lutzow hits the volleyball against Cary-Grove in a 2007 regional final. Lutzow is part of the Dundee-Crown Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Daily Herald File photo

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 12/24/2020 5:19 PM

The Dundee-Crown High School Athletic Hall of Fame has announced the induction of four individuals and one team as its Class of 2020.

Bob Allen, Amanda Lutzow, Christina Thornton Kociszewski, Meri Ziethen Dix and the 1985 wrestling team will be inducted in October 2021.

 

Bob Allen: Allen graduated in 1952 from Dundee High and is being inducted as an outstanding former athlete.

The team captain and MVP led the 1951 basketball team to a 21-4 season that included a 14-0 record in the Little Seven Conference. He led the team in scoring (21.7 ppg) and set the school record in free-throw percentage (71.3).

Allen also participated in football, baseball and track.

In 1952 his story became nationally known when he was featured in SPORT Magazine as a "High School Hero." The six-page coverage resulted in him becoming the athletic hero of Algonquin, Carpentersville and Dundee.

A lifelong resident of Dundee and an Army veteran, Allen died in 2000.

Amanda Lutzow: A 2008 grad, Lutzow was one of the best volleyball players to ever play for the Chargers.

She was a four-time letter winner and three-time all-Fox Valley Conference athlete and was special mention all-state in 2007, as well as a club volleyball All-American.

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At graduation, she held school records for kills in a season and career, plus serve and dig percentages.

She went on to play on scholarship at East Carolina.

Christina Thornton Kociszewski: An accomplished soccer player, Kociszewski is a 2006 graduate who went on to play at Judson College in Elgin.

At the time of her graduation, she held Dundee-Crown girls soccer records for most goals and assists in a season and for most goals, assists, and total points in a career. She was named all-sectional her senior year.

At Judson, she was conference freshman of the year, a four-time all-conference player, a three-time NCCAA all-American, a three-time NAIA honorable mention All-American and a two-time Judson Female Athlete of the Year.

When she graduated, she held Judson's record for most career goals with 79.

She was inducted into the Judson Athletic Hall of Fame this year.

Meri Ziethen Dix: A 1981 Crown graduate, Ziethen earned 11 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track. She led Crown to the 1980 Fox Valley Conference volleyball championship, was a three-time all-conference basketball player and led the basketball team to the 1980-'81 FVC title.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The four-time letter winner in track qualified for state in the hurdles in 1979 and 1980 and the high jump in 1979.

She was Crown's Most Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1981.

The 1985 wrestling team: Coached by the legendary Al Zinke, the Chargers finished fourth at the state tournament after winning conference, regional and sectional titles. The state trophy was the school's first in wrestling.

Two members of the team, Larry Kaifesh and Bob Carrigan, are D-C Hall of Fame members.

The inductees will be honored along with next year's Hall of Fame class at the Golf Club of Illinois Oct. 9.

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