The winningest coach in school history and a coach who achieved international fame head the list of inductees for the Evanston Township High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
Ken McGonagle, who achieved more than 600 victories as a baseball and boy soccer coach, and ETHS product Dan Peterson, a renowned coach and broadcaster in Italy, are just two of the individuals who will be recognized at halftime of Evanston ‘s football season opener at 7:30 p.m.on Friday, Aug. 30, against Proviso West.
Other inductees include Rommie Taylor ’64, who was a two-time All-Stater in football, where he played running back and defensive back, and served as captain in both football and basketball as a senior. He went on to play football at the University of Dayton, where he was selected as the team MVP in 1966.
Jeff Carter ’81, an All-State second baseman at ETHS with a .335 batting average and an on-base percentage of .423 led the Kits’ offense. At the University of Nebraska, he still ranks as the all-time stolen base leader with 103, with the single season record of 43 in 1984, and is second on the school’s career list for walks.
He was selected in the ninth round of the 1985 draft by the San Francisco Giants. He played in their system for 7 years, and also played for the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies, all at the Class AAA level.
Maggie Hatcher ’04 led the Wildkits to back-to-back Elite Eight girls water polo appearances in 2003 and ’04. All-American and All-State, she holds the school season record for assists (40) and steals (146). At Marist College she was named Metro Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. She played professionally in Australia and France.
Teams selected are the back-to-back State champions in girls track – the teams of 1997 and 1998, as well as National and State champions in boys swimming – the 2001 team.
The community is invited to greet the inductees at the opening home football game. The formal induction will take place at a luncheon at the school the next day.
The Evanston Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1994-95.