Beloit to add to Warhawk Hall
It isn't officially "Beloit Week" on the UW-Whiwater campus.
But it could be, with the Class of 2009 for the UW-Whitewater Athletic Hall of Fame having a distinct Beloit flavor.
Beloit Memorial High School graduate Ty Evans and Beloit Turner graduates Rob Llorca and Anthony Talton are among the inductees, who will be honored Saturday, during and after the Warhawks' noon homecoming football game against UW-River Falls.
Whitewater High graduate Denise (Cobb) Mueller also will be inducted.
Rounding out the 2009 class are Kristofor Hanson, Becky (Karls) Eloe, Cyndee (Madsen) Kelsey, Mary (Jaskolski) Kilar, coach Kris Russell, and John Rabe, who will receive the distinguished service award.
The induction program will be at the Hamilton Center. The social hour is at 4:30 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. dinner and the program. The event is sold out.
-- Ty Evans: Basketball, 1992-1994. Ty was a two-time All-America selection, a member of the 1994 WSUC championship team, and was named conference Player of the Year and team MVP in 1993-94. He played high school basketball in Beloit, led the Purple Knights to the 1990 Big Eight championship and now lives in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he is an assistant women's coach at the University of Alabama.
-- Kristofor Hanson: Baseball, 1992-1993. Hanson was a Division III All-America selection in 1992, named all-district in 1992 and 1993, All-WSUC in 1992 and 1993, and UW-W Pitcher of the Year in 1992 and 1993. Kristofor holds six school pitching records. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and played four-plus seasons in the Indians' minor-league system. He played baseball at Stevens Point High School and now lives in Cedarburg.
-- Robert Llorca: Wrestling, 1989-1992. Llorca was a three-time WSUC champion, three-time All-American, two-time national champion and two-time national MVP. He competed in wrestling, basketball and baseball at Turner and became the school's head wrestling coach. He now lives in South Beloit, Ill.
-- Anthony Talton: Football, track and field, 1988-1991. Anthony received All-America honors in the 1,600 relay in 1990 and was named an All-American in football in 1991. He signed with the Green Bay Packers as a wide receiver in 1992. During an exceptional era of Turner football, he led the Trojans to a WIAA Division 4 state runner-up finish in 1987 and now lives in Romeoville, Ill,
-- Becky Karls Eloe: Track and field, 1990-1993. In winning the NCAA Division III long jump, Becky became the first national champion for a UW-W woman in any sport. She was a College Sports Information Directors of America first-team academic All-American in 1993. She also was a four-time outdoor All-American and four-time women's WIAC champion. She now lives in Naperville, Ill.
-- Cyndee Madsen Kelsey: Softball, 1984-1987. Cyndee was a four-year starter, earned all-conference honors in 1986 and was named the regional Offensive Player of the Year in 1987. She graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1988 and lives in Madison.
-- Mary Jaskolski Kilar: Volleyball, basketball, 1990-1994. Mary was the All-America strength and conditioning athlete of the year in 1992 and was second-team All-America. She was named a first-team All-American in 1993. She attended high school at St.Mary's Academy in Milwaukee and now lives in Whitewater.
-- Denise Cobb Mueller: Volleyball, 1990-1993. Denise was the team captain in 1993, a three-time team MVP, four-time All-WIAC selection, four-time NCAA All-Region player and four-time NCAA All-American. She is a Whitewater native and now lives in Pewaukee.
-- Kristin Russell: Head volleyball coach from 1981-2004. In a 24-year career with the Warhawks, Russell compiled a 815-231 record, and her teams made 15 NCAA appearances. She was named the WIAC Coach of the Year seven times, Central Region Coach of the Year five times and the National Coach of the Year four times. Her teams won eight WIAC championships, were NCAA Division III runners-up in 2000 and 2001 and national champions in 2002.
-- John Rabe: Distinguished Service Award. John is a member of all the booster clubs and financially supports all teams. He has been a longtime volunteer on the scoring table for basketball and also is a timer for cross country and track.
For 40 years, John has served as an instructor/coach in football, wrestling and gymnastics. He has been the Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Coaching Department chairman for nine years and been on the athletic committee for six years.