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Hammond Sports Hall of Fame to induct 7 on March 13, 2018
HAMMOND, Ind. – The Hammond Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven individuals from the city’s proud athletic past during its 32nd annual induction dinner, Tuesday, March 13 at the Hammond Civic Center.


The inductees are:

John Bobalik - marathon runner, local road race pioneer and longtime exercise/wellness advocate;
Wilbur P. Buerckholtz - 1930s 3-sport Clark athlete and St. Louis Cardinals minor league baseball player;
David Tyrone Higgs - 1970s/80s Hammond High football quarterback and multi-sport athlete;
Elias (Lee) Marks - 1990s Hammond High wrestler;
Marcus Smith - Minnesota Twins farmhand and 1990s multi-sport Bishop Noll performer;
Rick Stanford
- award-winning high school football official/baseball umpire and 1960s multi-sport Hammond High athlete;
Frank Tokoly - high-scoring 1960s Morton basketball front liner;

Tom Zasada to receive Special Recognition Award for longtime service and contributions to the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame Steering Committee, as a Hammond coach and School City of Hammond athletic director.

Time/Schedule - Hall of Fame festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a social time. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m.; the induction program follows at 7:30.

Ticket availability - Single tickets can be purchased in advance for $25; tables of eight seats for $200 are on sale at the Hammond Civic Center. Single admission tickets also can be purchased at Rich’s Barber Shop (Hammond), Cheers (Munster), House of Pizza (Hammond), Purdue University Northwest (Hammond), Cavalier Inn (Hammond), The Office (Whiting) and the athletic offices of all Hammond high schools. Any remaining tickets the night of the induction dinner will be sold at the door for $35 each.



Hammond Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Norb Adams (1988)
Al Adzia (1999)

Michael C. Allen, Sr. (2007)
Bob Anderson (1991)
David Anderson (2006)
David V. Anderson (1992)
Arvo Antilla (1994)
Bill Atkins (2011)

Stan Bafia (1993)
Joseph "Joe" Baliga (1988)
Norm Banas (1994)
Brian Banks (2005)
A. Jamar Banks (2012)
James Baron (2016)
George Benson (1997)
George Bereolos (1993)
Hercules (Herky) Bereolos (1987)
Joe Betustak Jr. (2013)
Rick Biancardi (2007)
Mike Bicanic (1993)
Lou Birkett (1987)
Bob Biscan (2015)
Ernest D. "Ernie" Blackburn (1989)
Gib Blackmun (1992)
Rich Blastic (1997)
Frank Blocker (2002)
Richard "Dick" Blythe (1995)
Richard Bobby (2008)
John T. Bonic, Sr. (1988)
Chuck Bounds (1999)
John Boyajian (1992)
Mike Bradburn (2001)
Bob Bradtke (2001)
Don Brumm (1990)
Samuel F. Budnyk (2009)
Allison Buell (2001)
George B. Buksar (1989)
Crystal Burns-Moore (2002)
Robert E. Burns (2009)
Tom Burns (2011)

Jack "Kid" Callahan (2005)
Thomas E. Cameron (2000)
Dan Candiano (2002)
Wendy Carle (1991)
Frank Carroll (2011)
Darrel Chaney (1987)
Rodolfo "Rudy" Chapa, Jr. (1987)
Irving N. Chayken (1991)
Jack Chevigny (1988)
Tom Chintis (1991)
James "Jimmy" Clabby (1988)
Donald Clark (2001)
Robbie Clark (1995)
Jeffery Colby (2016)
Harry W. Colias (2002)
Carol Core (2010)
Terry Cotham (1998)
Carl Creekmore (1991)
Irv Cross (1987)
Ray Cross (2001)

Hugh A. Dawson (2000)
Karl Deak (2005)
Leslie "Skip" DeCamp (1990)
Gerardo "Jerry" De Luna (2006)
Ruben De Luna (2006)
Eugene “Peanuts” Demkovich (2010)
Rodney Dennis (2003)
LeeAnn DeYoung (1993)
Cathy (Herring) Dilbeck (2009)
Bobby Donelson (2008)
Robert E. "Bob" Donham (1987)
Fred Donnersberger (2015)
Tom Doolin (1998)
Pamm Dorsey (1994)
Joan (Ryann) Drutis (2015)
Chuck Duncan (2008)

James Donald Earl (2000)
M.E. (Bill) Easton (1987)
Frederick (Fritz) Ebert (1987)
Richard (Dick) Eggers (2003)
Dr. Nick Egnatz (2004)
Gary Eldridge (2009)
Carla Eskridge Rogers (2011)
Jim Etter (2007)

Craig Fantin (2010)
Mike Farkas (2003)
John Fetzko (2003)
Rudy T. Folta (2001)
Albert Ford (2017)
Rodney Ford (1994)
Elva Falk Forsberg (2016)
Joe Franklin (1996)
Ray Frankowski (1989)
Tommie D. Franks (2000)
Casey L. Fredericks (1991)
Wally Fritz (2002)
Sharon Fullgraf-Hilliard (1999)

Amy (Greer) Gapen (2005)
James M. Gasvoda (2002)
Thomas Geffert (2007)
Jack Georgas (1994)
John George Sr. (2012)
Len Gish (1991)
Jennifer G. (Johnsen) Gohmann (2007)
Jerry Golem (1998)
Sigmund Golonka (2013)
Durward Gootee (2008)
John W. Granack (2006)
Tom Granack (2006)
Spencer M. Greer (2014)
Robert J. Grenda (2007)
Bob Guzek (1990)
Ted Guzek (1998)

Bob Haak (1992)
Richard Haack (2003)
Bob Haley (2002)
George Hall (2005)
Fred Hammond (1998)
Estell Harper (2007)
James Harper (2008)
Randy Harrison (1988)
Leroy J. Harwell, Sr. (2017)
Rich Haskell (1997)
Bud Hasse (1992)
Dick Hemingway (2016)
Dr. Aletta Hicks (1999)
Dan Higgason (2012)
Paul Hoemann (1995)
Jeri L. Hoffmann (1990)
Lisa (Johnsen) Howard (2010)
Edgar "Ed" M. Hudson (1991)
Richard L. Hudson (2016)
Karl "Huff" Huffine (1989)
Annette (Peters) Huseman (2012)

Chuck Iorio (1999)
Terry Irk (2001)

Larry Jackson (2000)
Mike Jakubowicz (1999)
Marty Jakubowski (2011)
Marty Jamrose (2006)
Greg Jancich (2008)
Jerry Jefchak (1996)
Dana Jeffries (2016)

Ted Kaegebein (1993)
Bob "Moose" Kahle (1999)
Joe Kaminski (2010)
Don Kasperan (1997)
Wally Kasprzycki (1996)
John "Cannonball" Keagle (1987)
Margaret Kelly (1998)
Tim Keough (2000)
Matt Kerger (1992)
Robert W. "Bob" King (1990)
Nick Kolisz (2006)
John R. Kouris (2015)
Robert "Dutch" Kramer (1989)
Jack Krause (1994)
Bernie Krueger (1989)
Steve Kucer (1999)
Del Kuchaes (1998)
Thomas L. Kujawa (2014)
John Kuppinger (1994)
Don Kurcz (1995)

Godfrey Labda (2004)
Mike LaLaeff (1999)
Timm W. Lamb (2003)
William Lightsey (2017)
Bob Livingstone (1987)
Nicholas G. Luketic
Wes Lukoshus (2007)
Clyde Lyle (1997)

Horace Mamala (1990)
Tom Manning (2015)
Russell E. Marcinek (2009)
Russell J. Marcinek (2009)
Fredrick “Freddy” Marisett (2009)
Mike Marshall (2017)
Tom Martin (2004)
Patricia Massoels-Miskus (2000)
Duane McClendon (2006)
Ulysses N. McClendon (2017)
Don McCune (1993)
Thomas McDermott (2011)
Mike McGill (1988)
Russ McLeod (1995)
Sharon Meier (2003)
Milan (Meech) Metikosh (2014)
Victor H. Mettler (1987)
Dr. Tony C. Milazzo (2015)
Joseph Mis, Jr. (1990)
Kerry Mitchell (2014)
Pat Montalbano (2014)
Joe Moore (1992)
Hal Morris (2001)
Larry Moore (1998)
John A. "Johnny" Mostil (1990)
Dan Mudd (2004)
David Mudd (2004)
David Mueller (2003)
Mark Murakowski (2002)
Floyd Rufus Murray (1988)
Harry J. Muta (2006)
Bob Mygrants (1989)

David Neely (2012)
Rich Neely (2004)
Edwin R. Nelson (1989)
Rich Nemcek (2010)
Kurt Nondorf (2001)

Ray Papach (2003)
Julius Papais (1990)
George Pappas (1996)
Gordon Paquin (2000)
Roland Parrish (1993)
Paul Patterson (2014)
Wayne Paulson (1996)
Stan Perzanowski (1997)
Bill Peters (1988)
Robb Pettit (2009)
Joe Piatek (1997)
Kristy Pieters-Larson (1995)
Carey Pinkowski (1989)
Joe Poracky (1994)
Dr. J. Wesley Powley (1991)
Stephen J. Psikula (2000)

Barry “Bear” Quigg (2013)
John Quinn (2003)

Frank Radovich (1989)
Mike Ramirez (2017)
Bill Rapchak (1998)
George C. Rasch, M.D. (2000)
Bob "Doc" Raymond (1993)
Sarah (Vine) Reed (2003)
Frank Reynolds (1989)
Gary Ridgley (2009)
Artie J. Rogers (2013)
Dana Romans-Oldendorf (2010)
Fred Rovai (1995)
Ron Royer (1993)

Frank Saculla (1999)
Virgil A. Sanger (2016)
Mark Steven Sanders (2000)
Gene Sartini (2005)
Ed Schoenfelt (2004)
Don Schulte (1999)
AB (Auree Bash) Scott (2007)
Bob Selva (1996)
Jim Sherer (2007)
Ed Sherry (1994)
Ed Shields (1997)
Stanley F. Shimala (1988)
Richard F. Sivulich (2000)
Bill Smith (1995)
Peter “Pete” Smith (2103)
Shayne P. Snider, (2013)
George Sobek (1988)
Dan Spitale (2016)
Steve Stanek (2015)
Frank P. Staucet (2001)
Ronald Steffy (2008)
Michael Strabavy (2014)
Tom Strabavy (2005)
Bob Straight (1996)
Bill Strater (2004)
Rayfield Stringer III (2013)
Bob Stryzinski (2004)

Clarence "Butch" Tapper (2005)
Ken Taroli (1996)
Loren Tate (1992)
Jeff Tharp (2002)
Everett E. Thomas (2009)
John Thomas (2006)
Richard Tinkham, Jr. (1999)
Carlos "The Force" Tite (2007)
David Tomasula (1995)
Mel Trutt (1996)
Patrick Tuleja (1997)
Leslie Tyburski (2012)

Tony Urbanczyk (2005)

Rich Valavicious (2004)
Larry Vaznonis (2005)
Tony Vermejan (2002)
Dale Vieau (1991)
Walt Viellieu (2004)
Jerry Vlasic (2008)
Rick Volbrecht (2012)
Ron Volbrecht (1992)
Christ Voris (2005)

Amy Wadas-Hogge (2004)
Al Waite (1993)
Ted Walsh (2017)
Amy Werkowski-Pleasant (2002)
John G. Whitaker (1987)
Chris White (2017)
Cornelius S. "Bootsy" White (1989)
David M. Wilhelm (2011)
Marvin Willis (2010)
Joseph C. Winkler (2002)
Bob Wilson, Sr. (2001)
Dianna Wingis (1997)
Cissy (Shimala) Wishnew (1996)
John "Whitey" "Wonso" Wonsowitz (1992)
Joey Wright (1998)

Jeff Yelton (2011)

Tom Zasada (2006)
Larry J. Zembala (2015)
Wally Ziemba (1988)
Maurey Zlotnik (1988)

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