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9/10/2013 1:27:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
LHS Sports Hall of Fame inductee
Ryan Kull earned 16 letters as an Indian
LAWRENCEVILLE - Ryan Kull holds a record at Lawrenceville High School that might be tied some day, but never broken.

A 2004 LHS graduate, Kull won the maximum 16 letters, participating in football, basketball, baseball and track.

Kull will be honored Sept. 21 with induction into the Lawrenceville High School Sports Hall of Fame. A golf outing to raise funds for the organization will take place at Lawrence County Country Club earlier in the day.

"I can't say I really had a favorite sport," said Kull. "But for anyone from Lawrenceville, I think basketball is always going to be their favorite. Ever since I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was play basketball for Lawrenceville and I'm thankful I was able to do that."

Kull played football in the fall, and became the Indians' starting quarterback in the middle of his freshman season.

The highlight was in his junior season, 2002, when the Indians of coach Jerry Phillips finished 7-3 and qualified for the playoffs for just the second time in school history.

"That playoff run was special," he said. "It was something completely different. None of us knew what to expect. There was a lot of excitement around town when that was going on."

Kull is still in the LHS record book for most yards passing in a game, and for throwing the longest pass in school history.

He was twice named to the All-LIC football team and was a National Scholar Athlete Award winner in fall sports.

In basketball Kull surpassed 1,000 career points on his way to twice earning All-LIC honors. He was a third-team All-State choice as a senior and was an All-Southern Illinois selection.

The highlight was in 2004, when Kull starred on an Indians team that finished 21-8 under coach Paul Higginbotham. During his four years in high school, LHS combined for a record of 64-46.

Kull was a three-time all-conference player in baseball and still holds multiple school records, both single season and career.

He is the LHS career leader in stolen bases and home runs. He holds single-season marks for runs scored, hits, doubles, RBIs, on-base percentage, steals, batting average and total bases.

While baseball was his priority, Kull also excelled on the track. He was the MVP of the Little Illini Conference meet in 2003, when he was first in both the 100 and 200-meter dash and was on the winning 400-relay team. He was also second in the long jump. Kull is still the LHS record-holder in the 200.

Kull has an associate's degree from Olney Central College, where he played basketball for one season. He completed his undergraduate degree at SIU-Carbondale and also obtained a master's degree in business. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma law school, and is awaiting the results of the bar exam, which he took in the spring.

"I want to try to use one of those degrees to stick around the area," he said.

Tickets to the banquet are on sale at the Daily Record and the Kull Agency.





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