The Athletics Department took a moment to honor its past last Friday, recognizing the 2015-16 inductees into the O’Fallon Township High School Walk of Fame.
During the halftime of the boys varsity basketball game, Stephen Toles from the class of 1987, Anthony McClellen of the class of 2000, and the 2004-2005 Panther Football Team were honored and presented plaques.
“I’m honored and excited. It feels great to come back. This is my first time back in the Panther Dome and its something special. It’s like night and day from when I was here. This facility is beautiful,” Toles said.
Toles was a four year varsity letter winning basketball player. During his junior year, he was named to the All Conference 1st Team, the Mater Dei 1st Team, Belleville East 1st Team, St. Louis Post All-East Side 2nd Team, the BND All-Area 2nd Team, and received IBCA All-State Special Mention and the Chicago Daily News All-State Special Mention. During his senior year, he was named to the All Conference 1st Team, Mater Dei 1st Team, Belleville East 1st Team, St. Louis Post All-East Side 2nd Team, BND All-Area 1st Team, Journal All-Area 1st Team, and he received the IBCA All-State Special Mention and the Chicago Daily News All-State Special Mention. Additionally, he was selected for the IBCA AA All-Star Game, where he placed fifth in the IBCA AA All-Star Game dunk contest.
Toles is third in the record books for steals in a season with 88 and second in rebounds in a season with 443. He also ranks third for career steals at OTHS with 223 and first in career rebounds with 1,096.
Toles would go on to play four years of basketball at McKendree University.
Anthony McClellan travelled all the way from his home in Georgia to take part in the ceremony. He said it was a wonderful honor to be inducted into the Walk of Fame.
“It feels good. This is an honor. Very humbling. It was a bit of a trip, but I have family here. It was a chance to come back and see everybody and say hi,” McClellan said.
McClellan was a multi-talented athlete, participating in football, basketball, and track.
During his OTHS football career, McClellan was named the Chicago Tribune All-State Tight End and the BND 1st Team All-Area Tight End, as well as the South Seven 1st Team All-Conference Tight End. He is currently eighth all-time with 864 yards receiving for a career at OTHS. He is also seventh all-time with 526 yards receiving for a season.
McClellan also holds the second all-time high jump at OTHS with a jump of six feet, eight inches.
Following high school, McClellan played four years of college football at the University of Illinois where he was a member of the 2001 Big Ten Championship Team and competed in the 2002 Sugar Bowl versus LSU. He started in 49 college games and finished his career with 25 receptions, 320 yards, and three touchdowns. McClellan served as captain during his junior year.
OTHS Athletic Director Todd Moeller didn’t just hand out the awards during the ceremony. He was also honored along with the rest of the 2004-2005 Panthers Football Team that he coached. The team, which went 11-1 overall, 9-0 during the regular season, holds the record for most games won in OTHS history. The team was the 2004 Southwestern Conference Champions and was handed the number one team in the entire St. Louis Metro Area and number three team in the IHSA class 7-A.
“It was a very special time in my life. A very special year,” Moeller reflects. “The guys on that team were tremendous athletes. No matter what their role, they all bought into the program and made it great. There were lots of great moments in that season. Lots of great moments.”
Moeller said it was great to see some of the players again at the Walk of Fame ceremony.
“It was great to see their faces and catch up. It was nice to find out about their lives and meet their families. It really was great.”