O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Athletics Department honored its past athletes last Friday, recognizing the 2018-19 inductees into the O’Fallon Township High School Walk of Fame.
During the halftime of the boys varsity basketball game on Feb. 8, past student athletes from the cross country team, football, soccer, golf, wrestling and basketball teams were recognized.
• Cadian Lawrence, graduate of 2001, was inducted into the Walk of Fame by his achievements with both the OTHS cross country and soccer team.
Lawrence was an all state, 18th Regional champion, all conference individual champion in 2000 and all conference/ all area in 1999 for cross country.
For soccer, Lawrence took home an all- conference/ all- area/ all- sectional award her junior and senior years. In 2001, she was recognized as the OTHS Athlete of the Year.
After OTHS, Lawrence was a NCAA Division I student athlete at Campbell University and competed in the Atlantic Sun Track and Field Conference Championship in 2002 and also was a NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cup participant in 2004.
She led her team with four game winning goals her senior season and completed her career with 13 tallies and five assists.
• Daniel Moore, graduate of 2005, was recognized by his achievements on the OTHS football team.
Moore was a 1st team all conference, all- area and all- state champion and was an OTHS record holder for139 career solo tackles as a middle linebacker.
Moore graduated earning his bachelors and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. He was a starter as a defensive tackle for the number one ranked run defense in the Big 10.
• Josh Boemecke, graduate of 2007, was recognized as having 51 career goals and 24 assists during his soccer career at OTHS.
Boemecke also captained and led his senior year team to their first trip to the state finals in school history for the soccer program.
Boemecke played at St. Louis University his freshman year then played at San Jose State University. He was recognized as Newcomer of the year his sophomore year (2008) and Offensive MVP (2010) and received college soccer team of the week honors (2010).
• Jason Dowdy, graduate of 2000, was recognized for his achievements on the OTHS Wrestling Team.
Dowdy was recognized for 12x career tournament championship, 6x tournament championship, 4x conference champion, 4x sectional qualifier, state qualifier his senior year. He had an overall record of 135-27.
He was considered the Most Valuable Wrestler his junior and senior years and finished his career at OTHS as record holder for: Most takedowns in a season (176), most career takedowns (436), most tournament championships in a career (12), most tournament places in career (20), most wins in a season for a sophomore and junior, most team points in career (633).
• The 2006-2007 Panther Boys Basketball Team and its players were recognized Friday evening.
The Basketball team had a record of 28-8 and took runner up in the IHSA Class AA State Tournament, were IHSA Regional Champions, IHSA Sectional Champions, IHSA AA Super Sectional Champions.
They placed first in the Belleville East Conference Challenge, beat Edwardsville for the first time as a member of the SWC, won the Regional Championship but lost to Derrick Rose and Chicago Simeon, resulting in a second place finish in the state of Illinois.
The 2006-2007 team head coach was Rick Gibson and assistant coaches were Eric Meinkoth, Ryan Blaha, Brian Muniz and LP Wills.
Student athletes on the team included: Beau Benton, Keith Burton, Brock Conley, Brad Copelin, Terrance Gaddy, Malcolm Hudson, George Huff, Chris Hursey, Arsenio Johnson, Kenneth Leverette, Jon Levin, Mike Malat, Cameron Meyer, Wesley Philips and Jared Woolfolk.
Managers included: Kevin Bayus, Adam Hicks and Matt Lezon.
• The 1992-1993 Panther Boys Golf Team was recognized for their achievements on Friday.
The Golf team had a record of 20-0-1 and were Edwardsville Invitational Campions, Conference Champions, IHSA Sectional Champions – the first in school history – and 11th place in the IHSA State Tournament.
The head coach for the 1992-1993 team was Dan May and assistant coach was Jeff Yates.
Student athletes on the golf team included: A.J. Adams, Jason Akley, Brian Bent, Brian Conley, Jeff Johns, Andy Villegas, Rob Reidelberger and Todd Hancock.
All athletes were recognized during the Friday halftime ceremony and given plaques.