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Kirkwood School District Inducts Honorees into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Kirkwood School District (KSD) celebrated the work of athletes, coaches and community members both on and off the playing field, pool, mats and court February 8 and 9 during a full weekend of events to celebrate the KHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

Friday night, inductees were celebrated during a recognition ceremony in between the girls’ basketball game and before the start of the boys’ basketball game. During the ceremony, a video of historical photos of inductees played, and each inductee (or a representative on behalf of an inductee) was recognized.

On Saturday, the group reconvened in the David Holley Assembly Hall for the unveiling of the Hall of Fame plaques and a tour of campus. The group then walked over to the Walker Commons for a pre-event reception before entering the Keating Theatre for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Doug Vaughn (KHS ’74) emceed the ceremony. Each inductee was introduced, had the opportunity for an acceptance speech, and was then presented with a “Crystal K” award.

Over 400 people were in attendance as 15 athletes, members of two teams, three coaches and one community member was inducted.

The purpose of the Athletic Hall of Fame is to honor and recognize men and women athletes, coaches or community members who have made significant accomplishments in athletics or made significant contributions to KHS athletics. Nominations were accepted in three categories: KHS Alumni Athletes (including teams), Legendary Coaches and the Pioneer Award.

2019 Kirkwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

ATHLETES

*Fred Kinyon, 1917

*Carrol Maas, 1949

Lynette Martin Chrenka, 1963

Kerry Hogan, 1968

Kirk Hogan, 1968

Steven P. Sumner, 1968

Mike Wood “Woody,” 1972

Shane Cotner, 1975

Walter Reco Hawkins, 1979

*Kenneth Eliot Flach, 1981

Michelle Couture, 1990

Kent Layman, 1995

Alvin Morrow, 1997

Mary Reeves, 1999

Shania Hurst McLennan, 2007

TEAMS

1947 Wrestling Team

1961 Baseball Team

LEGENDARY COACHES

*Frank Czapla

*Fred Lyon

*Fletcher Walther

 

RECIPIENT OF THE PIONEER AWARD 

Joseph Ritchie, M.D.

Honorees with an asterisk (*) by their names honored posthumously.

This is the third class of inductees into the KHS Athletic Hall of Fame. The inaugural class was selected in 2009 and the second class was inducted in 2013. The fourth class of inductees in tentatively scheduled for 2024. To see a complete list of prior inductees, please visit khsalumni.org.

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Photo caption (KHSHOF1): Kirkwood School District Athletic Hall of Fame 2019. Front row left to right: Charlie Maas and Vera Maas (representing *Carroll Maas, KHS ’49, track and field); Lynnette Chrenka (KHS ’63, golf); Kerry Hogan (KHS ’68, cross-county and track); Kirk Hogan (KHS ’68, cross-country and track); Lisa Mild and Erwin Mild (Erwin: member of 1947 Wrestling Team); Jacob Mild and Caleb Mild (grandsons of Erwin Mild); Mike Wood (KHS ’72, football); Ken Saladin (KHS ’61, member of 1961 baseball team); Michelle Session (’90, swimming); Mary Reeves (KHS ’99, cross-country and track); Shania McLennan (KHS ’07, basketball); and Dr. Joe Ritchie (Pioneer Award).

Back row left to right: Ted Czapla, Andrew Walsh, Libby Walsh, Meg Walsh, Jill (Czapla) Walsh (representing *Coach Frank Czapla, soccer coach); Kent Layman (KHS ’95, baseball, basketball, football and track); Alvin Morrow (KHS ’97, baseball, football and basketball); Steve Bransford (KHS ’62, member of 1961 baseball team); Roger Schmidt (KHS ’61, member of 1961 baseball team); Jim Nickel (KHS ’61, member of 1961 baseball team); Reco Hawkins (KHS ’79, football, track and field, and basketball); Cindy (Flach) Miller (representing *Ken Flach, KHS ’81, tennis); Lisa Brooks and Liz Travis (representing *Coach Fred Lyon, cross-country and track and field coach).

Not pictured: Shane Cotner (KHS ’75, basketball) and Steve Sumner (KHS ’68, swimming) and various members of the 1961 baseball team and 1947 wrestling team.

Recognized posthumously: (notated with * above). Also, Fred Kinyon (KHS 1918, track and field); and Fletcher Walther (wrestling coach).