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Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Beloit Sports Hall of Fame adds six

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Bill McCrary played for the Kansas City Monarchs and barnstormed with the Satchel Paige All-Stars. Bill McCrary played for the Kansas City Monarchs and barnstormed with the Satchel Paige All-Stars. Photo courtesy of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

STATELINE NEWS -- The annual Beloit Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be Thursday, June 5, at the Country Club of Beloit.

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Social time starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and sold in advance. Call Rick West at (608) 314-8421 or Jim Franz at (608) 364-9223 for details.

Here are athletic highlights of the six inductees:

Chris Brown

• All-Area in basketball as a senior at Beloit Memorial.

• All-Big Eight as a catcher for Beloit Memorial as a senior in 1989, she batted .387 with a team-high 30 runs batted in. She had two doubles, three triples and five home runs with an on-base percentage of .466.

• Signed a Division I letter-of-intent in June 1989 to attend UW-Green Bay. Her best season was her junior year in 1992 when she batted .336 with a .466 slugging percentage and was first team All-North Star Conference. She was the league’s offensive MVP, driving in 26 runs, which still ranks ninth all-time on the school’s career single-season records.

Don Zickert

• He competed in football, basketball and track at Beloit Catholic. He earned all-conference honors and was a team captain in football.

• Four-year letter winner in football at UW-Whitewater and a three-year starter. He was a second team All-Wisconsin State University Conference defensive lineman in 1964, but switched to the offensive line and was first team All-WSUC as a senior.

• He played seven seasons of semi-pro ball with the Richmond Rebels of the Continental League and the Delavan Red Devils and Rockford Rams of the Central States League. He was an all-league performer for the Red Devils, where he also was the line coach.

• He returned to BCHS, where he coached football in 1983 and took over the girls varsity basketball program. He led the Crusaders to second place in the WISAA Class B state tournament in 1989-’90.

John Schroeder

• He was inducted into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in February. He also was one of the association’s founders in 1982.

• Originally hired by Beloit Memorial to be head hockey coach in 1977, he ended up being an assistant when the school reinstated Mike Welsing to the top job. He also served as the sophomore football coach and in the spring became the head softball coach. He served in that capacity through the 2006 season.

• As BMHS softball coach, Schroeder fashioned an overall record of 346-178 and reached the state tournament three times. He coached in the first-ever Wisconsin All-Star Tournament in 1996.

Ty Talton

• Three-sport standout at Beloit Turner, graduating as the school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball, a two-time state champion in track in 1994 and a standout running back/defensive back in football.

• At the 1994 WIAA state track meet, he won the 300 intermediate hurdles and the 200-meter dash. He was also a two-time MVP in the BDN Invitational in 1993 and 1994.

• He signed with Division I Northern Iowa and became an all-conference defensive back. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions.

Justin “Ace” Hanaman

• Scored the biggest goal in Beloit Memorial High School hockey history. His go-ahead goal gave the Purple Knights a 5-4 win over Stevens Point in the championship game of the WIAA state tourney in Madison on March 6, 1999. The Purple Knights rallied from a 4-1 deficit and finished with a 22-3-1 record as Hanaman scored three goals in the title game.

• Hanaman led the state champions in scoring for the season with 56 points. He is the school’s all-time leader in points-per-game average at 2.13. In 69 games, he scored 90 goals and had 57 assists. Overall, he ranks third in scoring with 147 career points, trailing Bill Houck (184) and Brad Strain (160).

• Earned second team All-Big Eight honors and All-State honorable mention selected by the Wisconsin High School Hockey Coaches Association/High School Hockey Report.

• He went on to be a standout player at UW-Whitewater. In 2001-02 he was selected as the MVP of the Central States Hockey League, earning all-conference first team honors. He was selected as an American Collegiate Hockey Association All-America honorable mention and was selected to play in Europe while representing the U.S. at the University Games.

Bill McCrary

• Played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the old Negro Baseball League and his photo has hung in the Negro Baseball Museum.

• He grew up in the Fairbanks Flats and learned the fundamentals of baseball from legendary Beloit coach Harry Pohlman. His Legion coach, Pohlman saw to it that McCrary attended a tryout camp for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946 in Beloit. While the scout told him he was the most talented player there, he couldn’t sign him for the Cardinals, but he did line him up for an audition to play for the Monarchs.

• Satchel Paige gave him his nickname, “Youngblood.” That replaced an earlier nickname of “Bootch” he’d picked up playing sandlot ball in Beloit. With the Monarchs, he played alongside “Cool Papa” Bell, Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, Josh Gibson and Paige. After a year as a backup, he became the Monarchs’ regular shortstop in 1948. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder ended up playing with the team two seasons and had a lifetime batting average of .341.

• He barnstormed with the Satchel Paige All-Stars in the offseason.

• He played in the minor leagues for several teams, including the Janesville Cubs. He also played for the Beloit Red Birds under manager Les Dooley during the 1950s.

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