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Lanark High School "Beaver" athletes enjoyed a great deal of success on many different levels. IHSA hardware was
won in five different sports. The most successful seasons according to the IHSA web site (www.ihsa.org
) are listed below. LHS enjoyed MANY other great seasons of success but did not win IHSA hardware. If you know of
Conference Champions or teams with excellent records you would like to share, please drop us a line.
Before the days of playoffs,
the 1967 football team won the Northwestern Conference Championship with a perfect 8-0
season. Only one touchdown was scored against this team. On the first play in the game against Stockton, an opponent ran 60 yards for a touchdown, but
the Beavers went on to win the game, 14-6. One of the games played by this team was on a snowy Halloween. The students from study halls were recruited to clear the field of snow by rolling snowballs.
Members of the team included Dan Harms, Gregg Sisler, Larry Dietz, Mike Eckberg,
John Mosher, John Weber, Bruce Christensen, Richard Gordon, Mike Mowen, Gary Dambman, Ed Grant, Justin Merchant, Jack Rowley,
Perry Hartman, Randy Martz, Leslie Gordon, Steve Smith, Norm Varner, John Barnhart, Paul Crofton, Daryl Deets, Larry Weber,
and Bob Manning. The coaches were Wally Isham and Ed Nelson.
In 1984, the Lanark
Varsity Football Team won the Northwestern Illinois Conference title with a record of 9-0. A highlight of the season was defeating Stockton
for the first time in 15 years, 7-6. The same two teams met in the play-offs
where the Beavers won again, 6-0. The team made it to the semifinals where they
were defeated by Carthage.
Players on the team were: Michael
Misiewicz, John Huggins, Tim Nicodemus, Darrin Lott, Scott Sturtevant, Steve Blair, Rob Shipley, Kim Moyer, Mike Scott, Mike
Morgan, Don Ferry, Stephen Nelson, Bret Rogers, Rob Shetter, Dave Janssen, Scott Brinkmeier, Phil Hasz, Dean Buckwalter, Eric
Person, Kurt Bremmer, and Ryan Byington. The coaches were Tim Mc Gowan, C. Eickelschulte,
Louie Lamoreux, and Greg Olson.
1967 8-0 Northwestern Conf. Champs Coach Wally
Coach Bill Sosnowski
1984 11-1 Class 1A Final 4
Coach Greg Olson
Lanark 19 Millegdeville 0
6 Stockton 0
to Carthage 13-0 in semi-finals
Carthage would finish 2nd
The 1970-71 Varsity Basketball
Team was a surprise to everyone. The first half of the season was slow with a 3-9 start. At mid-season they were seeded 8th in the Stephenson Conference Tournament. They won the tournament title by defeating Lena-Winslow (“Le-Win”) by 13 points, playing in
front of a full house in the Freeport High School Gym. Several team and individual
records were set.
members included Don Fisher, Mike Carroll, Gregg Derrer, Burnell Wehmeyer, Jim Ludwig, Jim Zuck, Gary Dambman, Duane Diehl,
Mike Martz, Jeff Snyder, David Woessner, Duane Ludwig, Doug Jenkins, Rod Hartman, Terry Blair, and David Hill. The coaches were Terry Stroffregen and Jerry Jenkins.
into the Class A Sectional tournament, the 1972-73 Varsity Basketball Team had the best winning record in the state of
Illinois with 24 wins and no losses. They won the first game of the sectional against Stockton,
but then were told by the Illinois High School Association that they could no longer continue in tournament play because of
the illegal play of a sophomore on the team. The obscure rule that had been broken
had never been published in the official IHSA Handbook. The Lanark School Board
decided to seek an injunction staying the IHSA ruling. On the day of the game, the
team spent the afternoon in court, waiting for a ruling from the judge. The ruling
was in favor of the Lanark team. The team and fans rushed to Port Byron to meet
up with the Fulton Steamers for the sectional final. Unfortunately the team was defeated,
ending a very exciting and successful season.
of the team were: Cory Hoffman, Richard Delp, Rod Hartman, R. Ortiz, Russell Newendyke,
Mike Feltmeyer, P. Brantner, Mike Martz, R. McInnis, Mark Carroll, David Woessner, Doug Jenkins, and Duane Ludwig. The coach was Jerry Jenkins.
1928-29 N.R.A. District Champions
Coaches names unavailable
1940-41 N.R.A. District Champions
1970-71 N.R.A. Stevenson Conf. Tny. Champs Coach Terry
1971-72 25-1 Regional Champions Coach
1972-73 25-1 Regional Champions Coach
1973-74 N.R.A. Regional Champions Coach
1979-80 23-4 (Good Record)
Coach Tom Welch
Coach Tom Welch would go on to have a successful coaching career with a stint in Flora as well. He had
a career record of 407-141.
Boys Track & Field
1944-45 Howard Cassens 1 Mile Run
We have limited information on wrestling at Lanark High School. We do know the first coach of this program
was Kenneth Scott. If you ahve any further information to share please drop us a line.
In 1974, Title IX was
passed, giving women the same opportunities to compete as the boys. In the fall
of 1974, the first interscholastic teams for girls at Lanark
High School began to compete. In
the initial year, girls competed in volleyball and track & field. In 1976, basketball
was added for girls' participation interscholastically. Members of the first Lanark High School varsity team for girls were Leann Shaner, Renee Strohecker, Peggy Hartman,
Deann Pollard, Laurie Young, Betty Grindey, Roxanne Smith, Lori Martz, Mary Heeren, Lynn Jones, Cindy Ludwig, Marcia Heeren,
Kari Ewing, and Coach Linda Ludwig.
The Lanark HS Lady Beavers also faired quite well bringing home IHSA hardware in volleyball. One LHS athlete
excelled in the State Track Meet. The lady athletic successes for Lanark High School are listed below.
1974-75 N.R.A. District Champions
Coach Linda Ludwig
1981-82 N.R.A. District Champions Coach
1982-83 N.R.A. Regional Champions Coach
1983-84 N.R.A. Regional Champions Coach
1984-85 N.R.A. Regional Champions Coach
Girls Track & Field
1985-86 Justina Appel 400 Meter Dash
The Northwestern Illinois Sports Hall of
Fame was established in 1987 to honor individuals who have made a contribution to athletics in their communities. The following individuals have been selected for Lanark.
1988 – Conrad Aschenbrenner–taught
Industrial Arts at Lanark High School
from 1954-1986. He coached fresh-soph football for two years and then was assigned
to coach all junior high teams. He continued with these duties until 1981 when
he took over the duties of head girls' basketball coach, which he did until his time of retirement. Conrad probably coached and influenced more young individuals than any other coach at Lanark. Asch is unable to report any records for his teams, as he would tell you wins and losses weren’t important–it
was the everyday one-on-one!
1989 – Linda Ludwig–A 1970
graduate of Lanark High School,
she was very active in the Girls Athletic Association. After graduating from college,
Linda was the first coach for girls athletics at Lanark High School. She started the Volleyball, Basketball,
and Track & Field programs. She continued with the volleyball program until
the consolidation with Shannon High
School in 1986. She had the privilege of coaching
many talented young athletes. Her record for coaching volleyball was 181 wins
and 82 losses. Her volleyball teams won 5 Regional Titles in 12 years.
1990 – Keith Wall–is a 1958
graduate of Lanark High School. He earned 12 varsity letters in sports including basketball, football, baseball, and
track. As a senior, he was selected as honorable mention all-state in basketball. While in college, he coached the Lanark town team during the summers. Keith coached for 33 years, 29 as a head coach and took 5 teams from Green Bay Preble High (Wisconsin) to the state tournament. He was selected
to the Wisconsin High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997. One of his
players made it to the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets and is now the associate head coach at Washington State University
in the Pac-10 Conference, Tony Bennett. He was voted Mr. Basketball in the
state of Wisconsin in 1988. The
same year, Wall's team was rated #1 in the state for virtually the entire year as they took a 24-0 record to state.
1991 – Mel Hawbecker–was a 1959 graduate of
Lanark High School. During his high school career, he participated in four years of football, basketball,
and baseball. He attended Nebraska
Wesleyan University, where he
played three years of varsity basketball and baseball. The 1960-61 basketball
team placed 4th in the nation in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Mel was selected
to the Nebraska Wesleyan Hall of Fame as a member of the 1961-62 team that went 24-3. During
his teaching career of 32 years, he was head basketball coach for 25 years, assistant football for 8, and head golf coach
for 5 years. The honor of “Coach of the Year” at both conference and statewide
districts in baseball were awarded to him in 1971, 1976, 1980, and 1986.
1992 – Ed Nelson-began his teaching
career at Lanark in 1962. He was the assistant football coach under Wally Isham
from 1967 to 1974. He recalls that prior to 1965, football games were played
in the afternoon until lights were installed on the field. He became athletic
director in 1968, which he continued until his retirement in 1995. Ed has a great
recollection of sporting events and details that happened during his career.
1995 – Marilyn Berge–was a 1958 graduate of
Lanark High School. Marilyn’s teaching career was in the Flanagan
School District. She was the advisor
for a very active Girls’ Athletic Association. In 1974, she started that
girls’ interscholastic sports program at Flanagan and had many successful teams.
Upon retirement from teaching, Marilyn moved back to the Lanark community where she has taken an active interest in
1996 – Mike Mowen–was a 1968 graduate of Lanark High School,
playing varsity football for 3 years. He continued to play football for 2 years at
Rock Valley College
and 2 years at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In 1972, he was an Academic All-American. He
has been a football coach at Winnebago High
School for 25 years. Mike has been a paid or volunteer
wrestling coach for 20 years and track for 10 years. He has been a volunteer softball
coach for girls softball at Winnebago High
School, summer leagues and traveling teams for 12 years.
1997 – Cindy Ludwig Tigges–a
1976 graduate of Lanark High School,
she participated on the first volleyball, basketball, and track & field teams at Lanark.
Cindy holds the record at Lanark High
School for the most points scored in one basketball game (41) and the highest point average per
game (26). After graduating from college, she returned to Lanark to coach the frosh-soph
volleyball and basketball teams. Cindy had a remarkable athletic career at Northwestern College
where she is also a member of the Hall of Fame.
1998 – Kraig Kniss–was a
1976 graduate of Lanark High School. He had a very successful high school athletic career.
As an adult, he has volunteered to coach youth football and assisted with the high school football programs.
1999 – Bill Miller–was a
1951 graduate of Lanark High School.
2000 - Doug
Johnson–was a 1973 graduate of Lanark High School, where he participated in high school athletics. After completing college, Doug returned to Lanark to teach and coach at Eastland High School (consolidated). He coached varsity football and girls softball. Doug coached
several successful softball teams. In 2000 his Eastland team placed 2nd in the
Seeking More Information
We would like to thank Linda Ludwig and Chris Dertz for bringing to us most of this useful information that
you see here. We hope you find the information as wonderful as us writers have. Thanks again!!!
We are always seeking more information regarding the city of Lanark and its high school. If you wish to share any
information with us, please complete a School Submission Form or a Guest Commentary Form. As always, we are particularly interested
in photos of the old high school building or of the successful sports teams or individuals at Lanark. You can e-mail
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