2005 Hall of Fame Induction

The inaugural Newark High School Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on Jan. 16, 2005. The Hall of Fame committee and the Newark High School sports boosters would like to congratulate the 2005 Newark Sports Hall of Fame Inductees:

Ellen Brook (Furr)- Class of 1999 Career stats: 50-26 pitching record, 2.43 era, 527:125 strikeouts to walks ratio, .195 opponents batting average, .907 fielding %, .329 batting average, 100 hits, 37 strikeouts. Tied for 6th in all-time IHSA strikeout/walk ratio: 175K to 7BB in 152IP. 3rd Team all-state in softball. Part of 3 conf. championships in a row from '97 to '99.

Steve Carlson - Class of 1997 Lettered and all-conference in 3 sports: baseball, basketball and soccer; 1997 MVP in baseball and basketball; holds several baseball high school records; was all-state in baseball in 1996 and 1997; Mizuno All-American baseball player in 1996; played college baseball at U.I.C. and was drafted by New York Yankees.

Wes Christian - Class of 1947 Played on first basketball regional championship team, all-conference baseball player, won 11 varsity letters at Carthage College from 1948 to 1951, has been to every state basketball tournament from 1946 to 2003 without a miss.

Sherwin (Sherm) Gilbertson - Class of 1938
Sherwin graduated in 1938, was a four year starter in baseball. He was also a four year starter for Illinois State Normal University as a pitcher, outfielder, and third basemen. He also played baseball for Columbia University in New York City. He signed a professional baseball contract with the Washington Nationals but he was never able to play for them as he developed a heart problem while serving in the military. Sherwin coached baseball and basketball at Newark High School from 1943 to 1947. He was assistant basketball coach when the Newark HS basketball team won their first regional championship and upset Bradley in the first game of Joliet sectional.

Wayne Gilbertson - Class of 1939
Lettered in three sports: baseball, basketball, and track, played third base and had a batting average of .412, coached basketball and baseball, attended Illinois State University from 1943 to 1947. Wayne coached baseball at Newark from 1947 to 1963. He spent over 30 years at NHS as business teacher, guidance counselor, then finished as principal/superintendent.

Bud Johnson - Class of 1942 Pitched 2 no-hitters in 1942, earned letters from 1940-42, played 4 years of basketball, coached 24 years at Sandburg Jr. High and York High School in Elmhurst.

Spen Knudson - Class of 1939 Lettered in 3 sports: baseball, basketball, and track, batting average in 1938 was .533, part of baseball team that went 22-2 over 3 years, Managed Newark softball team and won 3 championships, won 1st place at 1939 Kendall track meet for "baseball throw" distance of 297 feet.

Sheldon Thompson - Class of 1967 Held 4 high school basketball records at Newark when he graduated: career scoring (1,823), scoring avg. per game (20.1), single game scoring (40), and field goal percentage (.526). Also held two school records at Illinois Wesleyen: career scoring (1,458) and career rebounding (1,008). He also lettered in baseball.

1996 Baseball Team
24-4 overall record, 13-0 Conference record, most wins of any Newark HS baseball team, averaged 7.5 runs per game, .303 team batting average, 2.35 team era, had 4 all-conference players on team and won 3 conference championships in a row. Members: Head Coach Norm Meier, Assistant Coach Jon Helland, Steve Carlson, Tom Ness, Scott Sittler, Ryan Anderson, Kelly Littlejohn, Matt Estensen, Kevin Holman, Dan Cassin, Justin Walker, Brad Scalf, Peter McCanless, Mike Gunier, Ben Christian, Dan Stanford, Jon Toftoy, Brian Johnson, Robert Erickson, Zach Uhrich, Brian Dupont, Matt Hopp, Doug Ness, and Jake Ytterdal.

Wall of Fame

The NCHS Hall of Fame Mural and Logo created by Tyler Vickroy, Class of 2007.



The purpose SPORTS HALL of FAME of NEWARK COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL is to honor and recognize men and women athletes and coaches who’ve been outstanding in athletics. The award could also be given to others who have given meritorious service to the athletic program of NEWARK COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL.


The HALL of FAME Committee is a sub-committee of The Newark High School Sports Boosters and shall consist of 11 members including:
Current Superintendent of Newark High School or their appointed representative,
Two members representing the Newark High School Sports Boosters Club, One past or present Newark High School coach, and Seven at-Large community representatives.

The committee shall elect within itself the following officers on an annual basis: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary. A simple majority of those in attendance is necessary to elect an officer. For the HALL of FAME Committee to conduct business, a quorum of 7 members is necessary. To change the by-laws, 7 of the 11 votes would be needed.


1. Those who participated in Newark High School athletics having earned a letter in a particular sport for at least two years. (the individual athlete must have been out of school for more than 4 years and be a Newark High School graduate who participated in high school athletics or has attained a profession in athletics.)
2. Coaches at Newark High School past or present.
3. Those who have been given meritorious service or a have been a loyal friend to the athletic program.
4. A Newark High School team, which has attained record status or state recognition.


A. Names for nomination should be submitted to the committee by October 1st of each year. The application can be submitted by anyone or by the committee members themselves. Nominations will be considered after an application form is completed.
B. To become a member of the HALL of FAME, the person must be nominated and seconded by members of the committee. To be enrolled, the nominee must receive a minimum of 75% of the votes of those present. (If a quorum)
C. In the event that a member of the committee is being considered as a candidate for the Hall of Fame, he is not to vote when his name comes up. It is not necessary that the award be given every year. The Sports HALL of FAME selection committee in conjunction with the Sports Boosters Club will present the inductee with an appropriate reward. The inductee will also be recognized, if possible, at a school-sporting event.
The expense of recognition of inductees, as well as selection committee expenses will be determined and approved by Newark High School and the Sports Boosters Club.

Approved: _______________________

Date: Feb, 2004