Nazareth to add seven to Athletic Hall of Fame
Honorees to be inducted on Jan. 19 during halftime of basketball game
On Jan. 19 Nazareth Academy will induct seven new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game against St. Viator. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.
“We are happy to recall those women and men who have contributed to the Nazareth Academy Athletic Program throughout our history," said Deborah Tracy, Principal of Nazareth Academy, in a press release. "Their examples as student-athletes, coaches and fans help to raise the bar of excellence."
The inductees are Rose Rouse (coach 1978-1989), Tamika Curtis (Class of 2004), Nick DiForti (Class of 1999), Sean Egan (Class of 1998), Emily Hajduk (Class of 2003), Kenan Lavette (Class of 1987) and Robert E. Lee.
Rouse instituted the first Nazareth varsity softball team in 1979 and coached that team until 1985. She also coached girls varsity volleyball from '78-'85 with a 230-118-11 record. Rouse is a member of the University of Illinois Chicago Athletic Hall of Fame for women's volleyball.
Curtis was an East Suburban Catholic Conference all-conference pick in girls basketball in 2004. She went on to play at Benedictine University, where she racked up a number of conference and regional awards.
DiForti helped lead the boys basketball team to a conference championship in 1998. He earned all-area honors from Suburban Life and the Daily Southtown in 1999 and holds the individual record for three-pointers made in a season (69). He continued his playing career at Benedictine and is currently the varsity coach at Plainfield North.
Egan, currently of Glen Ellyn, played football and baseball. He was a two-time Suburban Life all-area quarterback and baseball player. He played baseball for St. Ambrose University.
Hajduk, currently of Brookfield, was a three-sport athlete (swimming, basketball, softball). She was a four-time Suburban Life all-area softball player and went on to play at Drake University.
Lavelle was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) that was a two-time all-conference selection in football and baseball. He played baseball for Benedictine.
Lee, of Berkeley, is honored for his support of Nazareth athletics. The father of three alumni provided all of the concrete work for R.J. Sanders Baseball Field, Valenta Stadium and the John Michalek Softball Field.
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