Rockford Lutheran enshrines four into Hall of Fame

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Most athletes would probably never admit that the Hall of Fame ever crosses their minds. It’s an honor that is reserved for the very best of the best. Recently, Rockford Lutheran High School (RLS) enshrined four new members in its Hall of Fame.

Eric Clark is a 1994 graduate and scored 1,865 points during his basketball career at RLS. He played on the state basketball team in 1993-1994, held three track records until recently, and still retains the high jump record from 1992 at 6 feet, 4 inches. He went on to play at Rutgers University and played professional basketball overseas. Clark continues to influence athletes at RLS and can regularly be seen in the stands cheering on the basketball teams.

Stephanie Raymond is a 2003 graduate, 2003 Athlete of the Year, and scored 2,113 points while at RLS. She continued playing collegiately at Northern Illinois University and went on to play professionally with the WNBA in Chicago. She was part of the 2000 IHSA State Relay team, and that team still holds the record for the 400M at 50.9.

Bettie Jo Bertram (Hennig) is a 1978 graduate, 1978 Athlete of the Year, and was the first athlete in the history of Lutheran to attend state. She was a four-year, four-sport athlete while winning three MVPs along the way.

Marty Kohlwey is a long-time coach at RLS from 1984-1992 and 1995-1999 having a 28-4 record in 1990-1991 and a 25-5 record in 1995-1996. Coach Kohlwey has a long-standing reputation for going above and beyond his coaching responsibilities and implementing character and strong morals with his players.

Nominations were accepted for any athlete, coach, administrator or contributor who, through his/her commitment, sacrifice, and dedication to the Lutheran High School athletic program, has brought pride and distinction to the school and community and graduated for a period of at least 10 years.

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Posted May 27, 2014

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