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Woodstock High School Hall of Fame welcomes 3 new members

Jenny Schwichow (left), Jason Crawford and Brennae Benda are the newest members of the Woodstock High School Hall of Fame. They were inducted Friday night.
Jenny Schwichow (left), Jason Crawford and Brennae Benda are the newest members of the Woodstock High School Hall of Fame. They were inducted Friday night.

The most recent class was inducted into the Woodstock High School Hall of Fame at Friday’s boys basketball game against Marengo.

Brennae Benda (2008), Jason Crawford (1996) and Jenny Schwichow (1998) were the new inductees.

Benda, who graduated No. 8 in her class, played volleyball and basketball. She earned All-Fox Valley Conference and Northwest Herald All-Area honors in volleyball her senior season. She also was an All-FVC performer in basketball.

Benda moved on to play volleyball at Arkansas Tech and was the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year. She became a team captain as a junior and senior and was named MVP of the Great American Conference Tournament as a senior. Her Arkansas Tech teams were 121-27 in her four years and earned an NCAA tournament berth in her senior season.

Crawford was Woodstock’s Outstanding Male Athlete in his senior year and finished second in Northwest Herald Male Athlete of the Year voting.

He was the Blue Streaks’ football MVP, made All-FVC, Northwest Herald All-Area and was an all-state honorable mention. He also was selected All-FVC in basketball.

Baseball was Crawford’s best sport. He was a four-year varsity player as a pitcher and shortstop and made the All-FVC and Northwest Herald All-Area teams. He hit .361with four homers and 31 RBIs, and also struck out 72 batters in 57 innings to earn Northwest Herald Baseball Player of the Year.

Crawford played at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he still holds the team record for 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. In 2001, he was co-captain as the Panthers qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

Schwichow was a standout in volleyball and track and field and twice was recognized as Woodstock’s Most Valuable Athlete (1994-95 and 1997-98). She also received the Nina J. Witherall Award for Outstanding Female Athlete in 1997-98.

Schwichow still holds Woodstock’s girls triple jump school record, where she took seventh place in the 1998 Class AA state meet.

Schwichow played volleyball at McHenry County College in 1998 and 1999 and was a member of the first MCC team to qualify for the
NJCAA National Tournament.

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