Dundee-Crown athletic director Steve Gertz invites Chargers fans to the D-C High School Hall of Fame induction for the Class of 2017 on Oct. 7 at the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin.
The new class will be recognized at the Oct. 6 football game against McHenry. The reception will be at 5:30 p.m. the next day at GCI. Tickets are $40 a person and people can register at dundeecrown.8to18/accounts/login or by mailing the form located on the website 8to18.com/dundeecrown.
The 2017 inductees are Gary Peters (Dundee, 1962), Douglas McConnell (Dundee, 1975), Matt Lynch (D-C, 1991), Vince Neal (D-C, 1997) and Ryan Court (D-C, 2006).
Peters was a three-sport athlete at Dundee, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. He was an All-State honorable mention in basketball and an all-conference player in baseball and football. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1964 and was a college football official for 29 years.
McConnell was a star swimmer who competed at Illinois and earned Most Valuable Swimmer honors at the Big Ten Conference Meet and twice qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Lynch played football and basketball and went on to play football at Illinois State. He was an All-State second-team pick in football. Lynch recently coached at Marengo, where he took the Indians to the 2015 Class 4A playoffs semifinals. He now is the head coach at Fenton.
Neal was one of the best runners in D-C’s history and continued his racing career at Eastern Illinois University. He was a four-time state qualifier in high school track and cross country. He set the D-C school record for the IHSA Class AA State Meet with his run in 1996. He coaches track and cross country at Burlington Central.
Court competed in baseball, basketball, indoor track and soccer at D-C. Baseball was his top sport, and he went on to play at Illinois State. Court was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference baseball team in 2011 and selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 23rd round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft that same year. He is playing this season with Boston’s Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket.