"The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is one of the most gratifying events hosted in the district all year long," said Stu Eversole, Lakota's former athletic director who chaired the event. "It unifies Lakota, not just East and West, but old and new."
Ten new members were inducted into the Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame last night, bringing its membership total to 186. The induction ceremony was sold out, and always draws capacity crowds of current Hall of Fame members, coaches past and present, former athletes, community leaders, and of course, the family and friends of the new inductees. Mike Ballard, the voice of the Lakota East Thunderhawks for many years, served as master of ceremonies, introducing each inductee and reviewing their accomplishments at Lakota.
"It is amazing to see just how much it means to inductees as they come 'home' to be recognized for their accomplishments," said Eversole. "It is always uplifting and positive to hear them talk about their glory days at Lakota." Those inducted last night include:
Taylor Candella, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Cross Country & Track)
Joey Clark, Lakota Class of 1995 (Baseball & Wrestling)
Joshua Colliver, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Baseball)
Brianne Eisenhard, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Soccer)
Danny Landrum, Lakota Class of 1987 & Lakota East Coach (Soccer)
Mitchell Reynolds, Lakota East Class of 2005 (Track and Field & Football)
Vic Roberts, Lakota Athletic Maintenance Engineer (Retired)
Dane Romero, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Football & Basketball)
Elisabeth Starr, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Swimming)
Robert Tickel, Lakota Coach (Track & Field)
Taylor Candella was one of the 10 inductees at Thursday night's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
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the biographies of the new inductees. This was the 18th annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, spanning the 58 year history of Lakota.