Five men and women who have had major impacts on Janesville sports will be inducted into the Janesville Sports Hall of Fame in May.
Mike Brooks, Diane Jacobson, Rick Kingsley, Leslie Perry Murphy and Bill Semmens are the 2018 inductees into the hall, which has been sponsored by The Gazette since the project’s inception in 1990.
The new members will be enshrined during the 29th annual event May 19 at the Janesville Country Club.
- Brooks was a standout baseball player for Janesville Parker, including being a team captain and most valuable player for the Vikings’ 1985 state runner-up team. Brooks went on to be a four-year letterwinner at UW-Oshkosh, where the Titans were national championship contenders.
- Perry Murphy was a three-sport standout at Janesville Craig in the 1980s. Perry placed at state three times, including a second-place finish in the Division 1 long jump her senior year. The Cougars were unbeaten in dual meets and regular-season tournaments that season.
- Kingsley was a five-time letterwinner at Craig in the 1970s. In basketball, he was a starter for state-qualifying teams in 1974 and 1975. In baseball, he was a first-team all-Big Eight Conference outfielder who could play almost any position. And he started on Janesville American Legion teams that won state titles from 1974-76 before he graduated and went on to play both sports at Milton College.
- Semmens spent 27 years as the head coach of Craig’s boys track and field team, during which the Cougars won 78 percent of their Big Eight duals and were conference champions 12 times—including one stretch of 10 straight titles. Craig also won 11 regional and seven sectional titles. Semmens, a track and cross country official who was also the long-time poms coach at Craig, has been a driving force around the area and state for the Special Olympics Wisconsin Summer Games.
- Jacobson has long been widely regarded as the woman for all seasons at Parker High. She has volunteered in athletic and non-athletic capacities for more than 35 years, including being an official scorekeeper in varsity basketball for 25. The longtime president of the Parker Booster Club, Jacobson has been a force in organizing fundraising efforts and received the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association’s award for distinguished service to high school athletics in 2012.
Tim O’Driscoll, the official scorekeeper for the Milwaukee Brewers for more than 2,000 home games, will deliver the keynote address at the induction event. O’Driscoll taught at Hartland Arrowhead High for 40 years and spent 35 as the school’s head baseball coach.
Tickets for the event, which is open to the public and includes a 5 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. dinner, will cost $35 and go on sale in the coming weeks, with more information to follow in The Gazette.
PAST INDUCTEES TO THE JANESVILLE SPORTS HALL OF FAME
• 1990—Pat Dawson, Stan DuFrane, Evelyn Kettle, Kenneth Kitelinger, Robert Krueger, Bob Luchsinger Sr., Robert J. Morgan, Ted Scalissi
• 1991—Kenneth F. Bick, Kent Burdick, Robert E. Cone, Jim Davies, James F. Fitzgerald, Carol Sorenson Flenniken, Beulah Paynter, Edward F. Quaerna
• 1992 -George Clatworthy, Jerry Davis, Dr. Timothy Paterick, Harold E. Rebholz, Donna Rusch, Johnny Saxer, Fred T. Westphal
• 1993—Roy Coyle, Len W. Gersmehl, Jan Hoffman, Carol Luther, Barbara Dietz Mayer Steve Neece
• 1994—Harold Kotwitz, Sharon Dollins Landsee, Frank Rabiola, George Raubacher, Keith Sterk, Robert E. Strampe Jr., Rolland Sultze.
• 1995—Ronald O. “Don” Boyd, Carol Enke, Ross Kingsley, Sam Leete, Fred Townsend
• 1996—Mark A.Cullen, William G. Lathrop Sr., Arnold E. Quaerna, Patrick J. Schloemer, Maureen Sheehan
• 1997—Ronald W. Fraser, Gary Gloede, Jody Rittenhouse White, Terry Ryan, Brian Steinke
• 1998—Dale W. Barry, Dick Hemming, Dan Madden, Charles W. Weber Jr., Susan Von Behren Witte
• 1999—William L. Henke, Robert Luchsinger Jr., Richard C. Meier, Nancy K. Russo, Ervin “Jimmy” Johnson
• 2000—Lori Kemnitz Bell, Gerald “Jed” Black, Charles Bolton, Joseph Coulter, Stan Fox
• 2001—The Rev. David Boyd, John Brodie, Jennah Burkholder Hartwig, Wesley Mayer), Steve Van Galder
• 2002—Charles D. Fisher, Lyle G. Gifford, John E. “Jack” Herrington, Camilla L. Owen, Thomas R. Schumacher
• 2003—Shane Fleming, Lois A. Gilmore, Lawrence A. Hough, Ralph. W. Truesdrill, John W. Westphal
• 2004—Michael C. Davis, Paul A. Hanewall, Michael Liebenstein Jr., Evelyn Sieg, Chris Weber
• 2005—John Bobzien, Tom Carpenter, Roger A. Fenrick, Dan Hauser, Brenda Smith-Beagley
• 2006—Richard S. Brodie, Mark Greenhalgh, T. William Schleisner, Kristen Yahr Cope, Daniel T. Kowal
• 2007—Walter Burkheimer, Gregg Clatworthy, Lynn Klipstein, Eric Liebenstein, Sam Mylin
• 2008—Jayme Anderson, Richard Kingsley, Robb Logterman, Steven Nickols, John Thiede
• 2009—Ann Pastula Benner, J.P. Cullen, Steve Ellis, Dan Ryczek, Bob Suter
• 2010—Ben Berlowski, Laura Glass, Jenny Gullickson, Richard Lambrecht, Dr. Ray Martinez
• 2011 -John Brikowski, Tom Scalissi, Joel Schmitz, Gary Schieve, Alicia Pelton
• 2012—Ron Cramer, Nya Geschke, Ron Loveland, Dr. Eric Stabb, Dave Wedeward
• 2013—Daniel P. Clark, Loren Clark, Claude Miller, Holly Nehs LaChance, Kevin Sippy
• 2014—Eric Burdette, Joe Dye, Shawn Fredricks, Joe Kaster, George Lynch
• 2015—-Jeannie Cullen Schultz, Rob Kukla, Mike Lexa, Casamiro Prime, Erika Schansberg Kitson
• 2016—-Al Fagerli, Tom Klawitter, Jim Kauss, Caroline Schieve Kneser, Alyx Stalheim Brandenburg
• 2017—-Tucker Fredricks, Ernie Furrer, Tony Huml, Curt McGinness, Gerry and Cathy Luiting