Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame
Riverside Resort, Rockford
Class of 2009
row Cinda Liefer and Denise Susin. Back row Randy Torgerson, ------------
---Orvel Cox, Phil Higgins, Joel Craig, Mark Shields and
The Fifteenth Annual
Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame Induction banquet was held on Saturday
November 7th at the Cliffbreakers River Resort in Rockford with
more than three hundred people in attendance. Eight individuals
and one team were inducted plus the 2009 Great Lakes Women's Class
D National Champions Kaiser Pizza / Demarini from Lake County were
honored on this evening.
The Illinois USSSA
Hall of fame Class of 2009 includes Orvel Cox from Red Bud in the
'Director' category, Joel Craig from Plainfield in the 'Male Player'
category, Phil Higgins from Brown Deer, WI in the 'Male Player'
category, Cinda Liefer from Red Bud in the 'Female Player' category,
Tom Seddon from Shorewood in the 'Umpire' category, Mark Shields
from Chester in the 'Umpire' category, Dee Susin from Chicago in
the 'Female Player' category, Randy Torgerson from Rockford in the
'Male Player' and the Lantern Softball Club from Naperville in the
'Hall of Honor' category.
The evening festivities took place
after a served dinner with Co-Master of Ceremonies Chuck Fisher
from Louisville, Kentucky opening the evenings program by saying,
"Ladies and gentleman, the ultimate honor, that can be bestowed,
upon a player, coach, manager, director, umpire, sponsor, or anyone
involved in the game of softball in the State of Illinois, is be
nominated, elected, and inducted, into the Illinois USSSA Hall of
Fame. The first Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame induction ceremony was
conducted on March the 23rd 1996. And as of this date one hundred
individuals and eight teams have received this special honor."
Co-Master of Ceremonies Jeff Brown from Rockford
than introduced the thirty-four Hall of Farmers who
where attending this evenings program one at a time as the audience
showered them with cheers and applause.
After each induction speech of by the new Hall of
Famer Brenda Paulson presented the newest member into the Illinois
USSSA Hall of Fame with their Hall of Fame softball oblique, a certificate
that reads "United Stated Slow-pitch Softball Association Illinois
Hall of Fame (individual name & their category), Upon nomination
and election by the Illinois Hall of Fame election committee of
the Illinois USSSA you are hereby inducted as a member of the Illinois
Unites States Slow-Pitch Softball Association Hall of Fame on this
seventh day of November in the year 2009. This high honor is to
be recognized forever in the Illinois United States Slow-Pitch softball
Association Hall of Fame" and their individual Illinois USSSA
Hall of Fame ring.
The evenings festivities were brought to a close
by Brown who had the privilege of announcing the individuals and
teams that will be inducted at next years Illinois USSSA Hall of
Fame Induction banquet to be held on November 6, 2010 in Rockford.
Brown said, "In the male player category from Rockford, Illinois,
Jim Rumple, also in the Male Player category from St. Charles, Illinois,
Dave Villarearl, also in the Male Player category from Sparta Illinois
Steven Walker." Brown went on to say, "In the Pioneer
category from Red Bud, Illinois, umpire Vernon Kueker, in the Manager
category from Belleville, Illinois the manager from Belleville Budweiser,
Alex Studt, in the Pioneer Player category from Naperville Illinois,
Kent Grossheausch, and finally two players both in the Female player
category, I need to introduce them together, they are both from
Rockford, Wendy Renat Fudge and Denice "Toodie" Moss."
Brown finished his announcement of the Class of 2010 with one team
and one field that will be inducted into the Illinois USSSA Hall
of Honor, "RMA Kelly, the 1985 Class B Divisional Championship
team and Forest Hills Diamonds, the site of many major tournaments."
The Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame Class of 2009 individual
player and team profiles plus their comments are listed in the table
on contest - use the link below to open.
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