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|Four to enter LHS Sports Hall of Fame|
LAWRENCEVILLE - For the first time since its inception in 2004, the Lawrenceville High School Sports Hall of Fame will induct a female.
Chelsea Buher, a 2007 graduate, was a standout in volleyball, softball and basketball.
Others who go into the Hall of Fame during a Sept. 29 ceremony in the school gym will be Chester Lewis, a star athlete from the 1960s, Bill Woods, who starred for the Indians in the early 1950s and later had success as a basketball coach, and Eulice V. "Curly" Halt, who guided Lawrenceville football and basketball teams during the 1940s.
Lawrenceville's 1967 and 1968 football teams, both coached by Paul Restivo, will also be honored at the ceremony. Both were voted into the Hall of Fame a year ago.
Buher, now a first-year teacher at Parkview Junior High School, holds LHS girls basketball career records for points, rebounds, assists and steals. She averaged 20.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 3.9 assists while playing in every varsity game for four years. Buher was a three-time Street and Smith Honorable Mention All-American and was a four-time First-Team All-Little Illini Conference selection.
She was a standout volleyball player during an era when the Indians were highly successful, and holds the school record for blocks and kills in a career. She was a three-time First-Team All-LIC selection.
Buher holds the career batting record of .370 for the LHS softball team and was a two-time First Team All-LIC choice.
Lewis was a standout on the gridiron, the wrestling mat and the track before graduating in 1969.
He was twice an All-North Egypt Conference selection as a running back, and also served as the Indians' kicker.
He was also All-NEC in both wrestling and track. He formerly held the 100-yard dash, and is still the 220-yard dash record-holder.
After graduation Lewis had a lengthy career in the U.S. Marine Corps. He recently returned to Lawrence County.
Woods, a 1953 graduate, was a standout in every season, lettering twice in football and three times in both basketball and track.
He played on Lawrenceville basketball teams that reached the Sweet 16 in the Illinois state tournament in both 1952 and 1953, earning honorable-mention all-state honors.
Woods continued his basketball career at Southern Illinois University and played until being drafted into the U.S. Army.
Woods had a 24-year career as a varsity basketball coach in Florida, and reached the state tournament Final Four three times, winning the 1987 Class A state championship.
Now retired, Woods spends his time living in Florida and North Carolina.
Halt, now living in Terre Haute, Ind., coached the Indians in football, basketball and track in the mid 1940s.
The Indians finished 18-12 in 1946, Halt's initial season. Lawrenceville posted a 14-7 mark the following season, winning a regional title in the process. In Halt's final season, the Indians were 21-5.
Halt later coached in the Terre Haute area, including a stint at Wiley High School.
The four new members will bring the total number of those enshrined to 54, starting with the original class of 10 in 2004. Twelve teams have also been selected.
Known as "Restivo's Runts" because the team lacked size, the football Indians of the late 1960s were dominant on the gridiron. The 1967 team finished with a 7-1 mark, while the squad was 7-1-1 the following season.
The Lawrenceville High School Sports Hall of Fame is held in conjunction with the school's homecoming, Sept. 29. The annual homecoming game is set to kick off at 2 p.m., Sept. 29, against Olney. Earlier in the day, the Hall of Fame golf outing will take place at Lawrence County Country Club.
Tickets to the induction ceremony, which will begin with a 6 p.m. social hour on Sept. 28, will be available at the Kull Agency and the Daily Record.
LHS Sports Hall of Fame inductees
Marion "Champ" Cole
Paul 'Tut' Jones
1955 football team
1982 basketball team
Dr. Bob Kirkwood
1983 basketball team
John "Jack" Snyder
George "Red" Stevenson
Paul "Lefty" Weger
1972 basketball team
1974 basketball team
1929 football team
Don "Bud" Heath
1965-66 basketball team
1966-67 basketball team
Robert K. Gosnell
1947-48 basketball team
1967 football team
1967 football team
1968 football team
Eulice V. "Curly Halt"