2017 Hall of Fame Induction

The twelfth annual Newark High School Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on Friday, January 6th, 2017. The Hall of Fame committee and the Newark High School Sports Boosters would like to congratulate the 2017 Newark Sports Hall of Fame inductee:

Sam Akre Anderson, Athlete
Sam graduated in 2009, was a four year starter in volleyball and basketball and earned nine varsity letters in basketball, volleyball, and softball. She is sixth in all time scoring for girls basketball at Newark with 1,163 points. As a junior she was selected as Chicago Sun Times 1A All-State and was a key member of the 2008 basketball team that finished second in state. She holds the school volleyball record with 359 kills in a season and 663 kills in her career. She also holds the volleyball record of 101 blocks in a season when her volleyball team set a school record for wins at 32-3. Her high school teams earned three conference championships and seven regional championships. She continued her volleyball career at Olivet Nazerene University. Sam currently coaches freshmen volleyball and serves as assistant softball coach at Newark High School. (Photo: Sam is accepting the Hall of Fame plaque from Bill Lidinsky who nominated her for the award.)

2016 Hall of Fame Induction

The eleventh annual Newark High School Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on Friday, February 12th, 2016. The Hall of Fame committee and the Newark High School Sports Boosters would like to congratulate the 2016 Newark Sports Hall of Fame inductees:

Kyle Anderson, Laura Johnson Anderson
Laura Johnson Anderson and Kyle Anderson were recently inducted into the Newark High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Laura graduated in 2009, played softball and was a four year starter in volleyball and basketball. She is the all time leading scorer for girls basketball at Newark with 1,594 points. As a senior she was selected to the 3rd team 1A All-State and was a key member of the 2008 basketball team that finished second in state. She holds the school volleyball record for number of assists in a year and for career assists. She was one of the greatest players in the history of the Bethel College basketball program as she is in their record book in nine categories. She was first team NAIA All- American and her jersey hangs in the lobby of the athletic center at Bethel.

Kyle graduated in 2011 and was a first team 1A All-State Basketball selection as a junior and senior. His basketball teams had an 84-12 record in his final three seasons. He was a unanimous all-conference basketball selection all four years and he set the Newark High School scoring record with 2,279 points. Kyle played for Division 1 college for the University of Delaware, as a top outside shooter where he set the school record in number of three pointers made. He has played pro ball in Germany and currently plays for the Pontiac 66'ers semi-pro basketball team.

Kyle and Laura are married and have a son.

2010-2011 Boys 1A State Champion Basketball Team
The 2010-2011 Boys Basketball Team had a 33-1 record. They were the first Little Ten Boys Basketball team to win a state championship. They were also undefeated conference champs and conference tournament champs, They won the state championship game by a score of 57-35 as they set or tied six state championship game records, including limiting the opposing team to 33% shooting average.. Team members included Coach Rick Tollefson, assistant coach Jason VanPelt, Kyle Anderson, Jeremy Anderson, Brett Anderson, John Avery, Cameron Berg, Paul Hines, Greg Hughes, Taylor Wright, David Hillard, Jake Ramey, Kenny Kratzer, Andrew Lehmann, and manager Nick Bond.