Six to join Sports Hall

Event scheduled for June 10 in Beloit

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The Beloit Historical Society Elliott-Perring Sports Hall of Fame will add six new standouts to an already star-studded membership roll on June 10.

A starter on Beloit Memorial’s 1969 state championship basketball team who was even better on a baseball diamond, a national Hall of Fame wrestling coach, a football and basketball star at both Beloit Catholic and Beloit Memorial, a  three-sport female standout at Beloit Memorial, a record-setting swimmer and pound-for-pound one of the toughest Purple Knights ever will become the latest Hall inductees.

The 2015 inductees are the late Dave Kilgore, Bill McCreary, Tim Duffy, Katie Bussan, Matt Miller and John Mauermann.

The Beloit Tennis Association will also be recognized for its long support of Stateline tennis with the group receiving the 2015 Everett C. Haskell/Bernie Barkin Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2015 Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at La Casa Grande restaurant in Beloit. A reception begins at 6 p.m., a buffet dinner at 6:30 and the program at 7. The cost is $25 with the proceeds donated to the Hall. Tickets are available for purchase at the Carroll Allstate Insurance Agency or by calling 362-4800.

The following are brief bios on the 2015  inductees:

• MATT MILLER was already a standout for the Beloit Aquatic Team when he arrived at Beloit Memorial High School. As a senior in 1993, he broke the  school record in the 100 backstroke (54.25 seconds) and 50 freestyle (21.64). He finished second in the state in the 50 free.

Miller earned the Reichstein Award as the top senior male athlete at Beloit Memorial. In addition to swimming, he competed in soccer and tennis.

After graduation, he swam for Division III powerhouse Kenyon College, winning national titles in the 50 free as both a sophomore and junior. As a senior, he anchored the first-place 200 free relay which finished first in an NCAA record 1:20.48.

• KATIE BUSSAN was a standout in basketball, volleyball and softball at Beloit Memorial. At 6-foot-1, she earned All-Big Eight honors as a post player in basketball, a middle hitter in volleyball and a shortstop in softball.

College recruiters believed her best sport was basketball, where she earned All-Big Eight First Team honors in 1998-99. She averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, three steals and 2.1 blocks per game. She finished her career with 1,025 points and Beloit went 60-24 in her four years on the varsity.

She went on to earn four letters playing basketball for Wright State.

• JOHN MAUERMANN was also three-sport star at Beloit Memorial, earning Big Eight Conference Player of the Year honors in football in 1980 when the Purple Knights won the league championship.

Mauermann was just 5-foot-6 and 175 pounds, but he manned the noseguard position for the Knights and had 97 solo tackles, 42 assists, eight quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries. Teammates voted him Best Defensive Lineman and MVP.

Mauermann was also a starter as a catcher in baseball and goalie in hockey. He had started in net since his freshman year, but a knee injury suffered at the end of his senior year in football kept him off the ice. For his career, he had 1,144 saves and his 29-save per game average still ranks fourth all-time. He stopped 60 shots in one 1977-78 game against Madison West.

Mauermann returned to his alma mater to become Beloit Memorial’s fifth head hockey coach. He compiled a 75-36-2 mark with the Knights, guiding them to the 1999 WIAA State Championship.

• TIM DUFFY started his prep career at Beloit Catholic and finished with one amazing senior year at Beloit Memorial.

As a Crusader, he led the football team to a 5-1 mark in the Indian Trails Conference as a junior quarterback. He averaged 27.6 points and 14.2 rebounds as a junior in basketball.

Concerned about BCHS potentially dropping football, Duffy transferred to Beloit Memorial and playing primarily safety, earning All-Big Eight Second Team honors. He was named the 6-4 team’s MVP.

In basketball, Duffy led the Knights to a 14-2 Big Eight mark and their first title since 1990. He earned First Team All-Big Eight honors and was named the Daily News’ All-Area Player of the Year. On a balanced 17-5 team, he averaged 13.1 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Duffy played football all four years at UW-Platteville and for two years he played basketball under Bo Ryan. He was All-WIAC First Team in football in 1999.

 • BILL McCREARY took over a moribund Beloit Turner wrestling program in 1975 and over a 22-year career there turned the Trojans into a perennial power in the Rock Valley Conference.

By the time he retired, he had fashioned a 135-116-4 dual-meet mark at Turner with four conference titles, 40 individual conference champions, 20 state qualifiers and two state champions (Hall of Famers Rob Llorca in 1987 and Shawn Nicholson in 1988).

Hall of Fames are nothing new to McCreary. He already belongs to the UW-Superior Hall (1985), the Indiana County Hall in Pennsylvania (1998), the George Martin Hall in Wisconsin (2008) and the National Wrestling Hall (2014).

• DAVE KILGORE remains one of the most powerful athletes to ever wear a purple-and-white uniform.

The 6-foot-3 Kilgore was a strong rebounder for Beloit Memorial’s storied undefeated 1969 state championship team and also averaged nine points.

He was an All-Big Eight honorable mention pick at linebacker as well as the leading rusher for the football team as a senior.

His best sport, however, was baseball. A slugging standout both for the Knights and the summer Legion team, he was known for his tape-measure home runs. For the Knights, he hit .357 as a junior and .347 as a senior. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the ninth round of the 1969 MLB June Amateur draft as an outfielder/first baseman and played two seasons in the Yankees’ minor-league system.

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