Kaskaskia College is pleased to announce the following will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 8. The 2013 class includes 1981-82 Men’s Baseball Team, former baseball players Wayne Astrauskas, Robert Hight, Joe Petrea and Jon Behrens, former athlete Cheryl (Galassini) Harre, former softball player Keli Lunn.
The Fall 1981- Spring 1982 Kaskaskia College Blue Devils Baseball team was the last team to claim a Southern Illinois Conference title with a 12-4 record. The team had a non-conference record of 12-6. The spring record was 33-18 and 45-24 for the year. This team won 16 home games in a row. Brian Guthrie, Randy Potts, Chuck Matthews, Alan Lake and Jeff Morris were selected to the All-Conference team. The team finished second in the sectional tournament. Mark Grady, Dennis Rakers, and Jeff Morris were selected to play in the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field in 1982. Team members include: Emmett Shoemaker, Tom Ladd, Kenny Brown, Rick Scoggins, Russ Miller, Dennis Rakers, Alan Lake, Jamie Kell, Randy Potts, Tim Isaak, Dale Cain, Jeff Morris, Pat Shea, Chuck Mathews, Jon Kottkamp, Jeff Jensen, Brian Guthrie, Rick Keller, Danny Wilson, Terry Kelly, Mark Grady, Assistant Coach Chuck Hawley and Head Coach Larry Smith.
Wayne Astrauskas played at Collinsville High School and began his baseball career at Kaskaskia College in the spring of 2001. He caught almost every inning during his two year career at Kaskaskia College. His impressive career stats were batting average .385, including twenty-five doubles, four triples and twelve home runs. Eleven of those homeruns were in his sophomore season. He also had eighty RBI’s and an on base average of .507. Wayne was named to the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Team in 2001. After graduating from Kaskaskia College, he continued his education with an athletic scholarship at Quincy College. He was named to the All-Conference Team, Great Lakes Athletic Conference, using only wooden bats. His batting average for his junior year was .321 and .314 in his senior year; he was named Second Team All-Region. He played in the summers on the Bombers, a wooden bat collegiate league, and was a League All Star in 2001 and 2002. Wayne was Co-Most Valuable Player in the league in 2002. He played for the Gateway Grizzlies for two years and they were Frontier Champions in 2003.
Cheryl Galassini Harre attended Kaskaskia College from 1983-85 and was a three sport athlete playing tennis, softball and basketball. In 1984, Cheryl was a member of the women’s tennis team which placed third at the Lincoln Land Invitational and fourth at the Region 24 Tournament. Cheryl also won her Individual Region 24 flight and was selected to the Region 24 all-Tournament First Team. The 1985 Blue Angel Tennis Team had an exceptional year placing second in the Region 24 Tournament with a score of 13-11 thus qualifying for the National Tournament. Cheryl was also pitched and played outfield for the 1984 Blue Angels Softball Team. This team broke the school record scoring 29 runs in one game against Lincoln Trail. The team also advanced to the state finals that year.
Jon Behrens came to Kaskaskia College from Carlyle High School where he played for Coach Gary Wheeler. Jon played baseball at Kaskaskia College from 1989-91 and during his career recorded very impressive stats. Jon had a batting average of .320, 28 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs, 106 RBIs and an on base average of .408. Jon was selected to play in the Junior College All-Star Game for the South Team at Springfield, Illinois and had a game of which most players dream. In the championship game for Region 24, Jon went four for five, hitting two home runs and five RBIs. In the bottom of the ninth, with his team trailing 9-7, Jon hit a three run homer to win the tournament with a final score of 10-9. He was named Most Valuable Player and was selected to the All Region Team. Jon continued his education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is currently teaching Building Trade classes at Carlyle High School.
Joe Petrea played baseball for Salem High School before attending Kaskaskia College from 1977-79. Joe was a baseball Southern Illinois Collegiate Conference selection in the fall of 1977. Joe’s batting average was .354 in fall of 1977, .306 in spring of 1978, and .303 in spring of 1979. While at Kaskaskia College, Joe held a career batting average of .288, fifteen doubles, eight triples, one home run, 49 runs batted in, and a .432 on base average. Joe stole eighteen bases out of twenty-three attempts and had two triples in one game. He was also solid in the field with a fielding average of .979 handling 620 chances. Joe played for the South Team in the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field in the spring of 1979 and continued his career at Middle Tennessee State University after receiving a baseball scholarship. Joe had a career batting average of .321 with forty-five runs batted in, twenty-one doubles, three homeruns, and one triple. Joe’s stats were all achieved using a wooden bat. Joe was a great defensive first baseman with a .985 average handling 624 chances. Joe was selected to the All Ohio Valley Conference Team his senior year when his team played in the South Regional with a chance to go to the NCAA College World Series.
Bob Hight attended Centralia Junior College from 1959-60 lettering in baseball. After graduating from SIU where he attended on a football scholarship, Bob signed with the Buffalo Bills in 1965, spending a season on the taxi squad and was featured in Jeff Miller’s published history of the Bills. In 1966, Bob won a national field goal kicking competition sponsored by the Dallas Cowboys, signed with that team, and kicked a fifty-five yard field goal against the L.A. Rams. Bob was kicker for the Rockford Rams, Central States Football League from 1971-73, kicking the winning field goal in the league championship in 1972, and held the league record for longest field goal (55 yards) and most field goals in a season. In 1973, Bob played with the Oakland Raiders as a game time replacement. Bob’s coaching career included Assistant Coach, freshman Basketball Coach and Head Golf Coach positions at Effingham High School, winning conference championships twice and the district championship his final season; head football coach and athletic director at Crystal Lake South High School, winning two Fox Valley Conference titles and coaching six of nine playoff qualifying teams; and Offensive Coordinator at Aurora University before retiring in 1994. Bob was named Head Coach of the East Team for the Illinois Shrine All-Star Game in Bloomington and Northern Illinois Coach of the Year in 1982, 1984 and 1986. After retirement, Bob returned to the game of golf. In 2008, Bob returned to the links volunteering with the National Amputee Gold Association. Bob was the 2010 Arm Amputee Champion of the Eastern Amputee Gold Association Regional Championships in Pennsylvania and in September 2009 he tied for 10th in the North American One-Arm Gold Association World Championships in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Keli Lunn was a member of the Kaskaskia College Blue Angels Softball Team from 2003-05 as a starting pitcher and was named to the All-Conference Team in her freshman year. Keli played thirty-three games in her sophomore year and pitched one hundred and ninety-one innings. She had one hundred and fifty-one strike outs and only walked fifteen batters finishing the season with a 1.832 ERA and a record of 18-10. During the season, Keli would routinely pitch both games of a double-header. Keli was named to the All-Conference Team, the All-Region Team and was also named MVP in her sophomore year. Keli received an Associate of Arts Degree from Kaskaskia College and is pursuing a career as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist.
The KC Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held Saturday, February 8 in the Lifelong Learning Center. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please contact Susan Batchelor, Vice President of Student Services at Kaskaskia College or Lisa Bowman at 545-3034.