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Hammond Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Six Athletes March 10, 2020

The Hammond Sports Hall of Fame will honor six individuals from the city’s proud athletic past during its annual induction dinner program, Tuesday, March 10 at the Hammond Civic Center.

Also, in this 100th anniversary year of the establishment of the American Professional Football Association—subsequently, renamed the National Football League in 1922—the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame will pay homage to the Hammond Pros, a 1920 APFA/NFL charter member.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are:

Richard Barnes, 1950s/60s Hammond High and Drake University track sprinter;

James (Chief) Brown, 30-year Hammond High boys track & field coach;

Jack Gabor, Bishop Noll boys basketball & baseball coach;

Brittany Piaseczny, Clark 2000s 3-sporter and Purdue North Central volleyball standout;

Robert Prymuski, 1940s Hammond High & University of Illinois football lineman;

David R. Snedden, 1980s Morton 3-sporter and Indiana University baseball MVP.

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, House of Pizza, Cheers (Munster), Rich’s Barber Shop and Cavalier Inn. Any remaining tickets the night of the induction dinner will go on sale 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)
John Bobalik (2018)
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)
Wilbur P. Buerckholtz (2018)
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)
Albert Carpen (2019)
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)
Dan Hernandez (2019)
Dr. Aletta Hicks (1999)
Dan Higgason (2012)
David Tyrone Higgs (2018)
Larry Hines, Jr. (2019)
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)
Randall J. Lewis (2019)
William Lightsey (2017)
Bob Livingstone (1987)
Nicholas G. Luketic (2012)
Wes Lukoshus (2007)
Clyde Lyle (1997)

Horace Mamala (1990)
Tom Manning (2015)
Russell E. Marcinek (2009)
Russell J. Marcinek (2009)
Fredrick “Freddy” Marisett (2009)
Elias Lee) Marks (2018)
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)
James R. Murphy (2019)
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)
Steve Runyon (2019)

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)
Rudy Skorupa (2019)
Bill Smith (1995)
Marcus Smith (2018)
Peter “Pete” Smith (2103)
Shayne P. Snider, (2013)
George Sobek (1988)
Dan Spitale (2016)
Steve Stanek (2015)
Rick Stanford (2018)
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)
Frank Tokoly (2018)
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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