More Proviso East Greats to Be Inducted Into Sports Hall of Fame on September 6
September 4, 2014 12:45 PM
Proviso East High School will honor 12 of its past athletics greats in an induction ceremony for its Sports Hall of Fame at its home football game on September 6.
The Proviso East greats will be honored at a reception and induction ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, in the Proviso East Social Room, followed by a ceremony during halftime of the varsity football game versus York High School. They are being inducted along with 12 other Pirate legends who were honored at ceremonies on August 30.
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that all of the Hall of Fame inductees were selected by a committee of community members, former Proviso East athletes and coaches, and administrators. Each inductee had to be nominated by a member of the community or a committee member.
"We spent a year getting nominations," Mr. Valente said. "Based on the overwhelming number of candidates, the committee decided on those who attended Proviso East from 1910 to 1980."
The following will be honored on September 6:
- William Cartwright: As coach of the wrestling team from 1984 to 1994, he coached Proviso East to the state wrestling championship in 1986 and 1991.
- Greg Foster: A state track champion in the hurdles in 1975 and 1976, he went on to win NCAA titles in track in 1978 and 1979 at UCLA and later competed on the world stage. He won a silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and won world titles in 1983, 1987, and 1991, including setting a world record in the 50-meter hurdles in 1985.
- Larry Howard: He won state titles in the hurdles in 1959 and 1960, and later won Big Ten indoor championships in the 70-meter high hurdles and 70-meter low hurdles in 1962 while attending the University of Wisconsin.
- Fred Keys: He was named to the all-suburban football team in 1953 and 1954 and the all-state football team in 1954.
- Jack Marino: A wrestling coach who had won a state title at 145 pounds in 1945, he coached Proviso to a state wrestling title in 1956 and 1957. He coached 23 wrestlers to gold medals in state competition during his career.
- Tom Millikin: He won 213 games during his 11-year tenure of coach of the Proviso East basketball team. In 1969, he coached Proviso East to its first state title in 1969.
- Andy Puplis: He coached at Proviso East from 1940 to 1972 following an All-American playing career at the University of Notre Dame. He was inducted into the IHSA Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1981.
- Terry Ryser: During a 20-year career coaching baseball at Proviso East, he led the Pirates to the state title in 1977.
- Jerome Sally: A 1977 graduate of Proviso East, he played his college football at the University of Missouri before embarking on a seven-year career in the NFL, which included winning the Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 1987. Currently an assistant middle school principal in Columbia, Missouri, he also is a member of the Missouri Tigers broadcast team. He was named to the University of Missouri Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Louis Slimmer: Coach of the Proviso wrestling team from 1936 to 1945, he coached the Pirates to state titles in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, and 1945.
- Glenn Whittenberg: He won 309 games during his 14 years as coach of the Proviso East boys’ basketball team, winning the state title in 1974.
- Michael Woodard: A member of the 1977 state baseball champions, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 1978 and played four seasons in the major leagues for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox.
Nominations are now being accepted for future Hall of Fame classes, including student-athletes who attended Proviso East from 1980 to 2005. Nomination forms are now available at the principal’s office at Proviso East.