Five new members selected for Janesville Sports Hall of Fame
From a 16-time city championship golfer to three American Legion Athletic Medal winners to a longtime youth coach, the 24th class of the Janesville Sports Hall of Fame offers plenty of diversity.
The Hall of Fame, sponsored by The Janesville Gazette, announced five new members who will be inducted during a May 25 ceremony at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.
A three-sport standout at Janesville Craig High School, Daniel P. Clark won the American Legion Athletic Medal for his success in basketball, baseball and soccer. Clark was the Big Eight Player of the Year when he helped lead the Cougars to a state baseball championship in 1983. He played on two Big Eight championship basketball teams and went on to play four years of basketball and baseball at Ripon College, earning a spot in the school's Hall of Fame.
Loren Clark won the 1953 American Legion Athletic Medal as a standout in basketball and track and field at Janesville High School. Clark was a two-time state champion in the long jump and earned a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin.
Claude Miller will be honored for devoting 34 years to coaching in Janesville Youth Baseball, guiding many of the city's most notable athletes through their younger years.
Holly Nehs LaChance, a Janesville Parker High graduate who lettered for the University of Wisconsin golf team from 1989-91, is a 16-time winner of the Janesville women's city golf championship—a record for both men and women.
And 1986 American Legion Athletic Medal winner Kevin Sippy, a Craig graduate, rounds out the class. A nine-time letterman, Sippy excelled for the Cougars' championship cross country and track teams before becoming Wisconsin's private schools' state collegiate cross country champion at Carroll University.
The May 25 induction is scheduled to begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by the program.