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Spotlight on Joliet Central Alumni


’66       Lynne Thigpen*                       Tony Award-winning actress / TV credits: “All My Children,”

                                                             “The District,” “Where in the World is                                                            

                                                             Carmen Santiago:/ Movies credits: “Tootsie,”

                                                            “Bicentennial Man,” “Random Hearts” / Broadway stage: “An American    Daughter”

’72       Warren Dorris                          President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition / Joliet

                                                            City Councilman /Manufacturing Manager Caterpillar

’72       Mary Ann Grabavoy                Miss Teen America / TV personality and newswoman

’72       John Randich                          Principal Joliet Central High School

’81       Lewis Reed                              President of the Board of Aldermen, City of St. Louis

                                                            (first African American elected to this position)/

                                                            Chairman of the St. Louis Port Authority

’73       Steven Rodby                          Professional musician / winner of nine Grammy awards

                                                             member of Pat Metheny Band

’76       Dr. Alan Larson                        Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Rehabilitation/

                                                             Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas

’83       Trina Shoemaker                      Recording engineer / ’98 winner of two Grammy

                                                              awards for her work on Sheryl Crow’s CD “The Globe Sessions”making
                                                              her first woman to win a Grammy for engineering / Nominated for Grammy

                                                              for the second time for Crow’s ’03 album “C/Mon, C’Mon”

’85       David Range                              Professional musician, vocalist, composer, recording
                                                              artist with gospel duo Ekklesia

’85       Ken Strickland                          Deputy Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News / Recipient of prestigious

                                                              Peabody Award / Emmy
                                                              winning former White House reporter & producer. 

’86       Wendy Carlson                         Professional actress/stage & television appearing with

               McCay                                   Burt Reynolds Productions/ Alphabet Soup Productions/The Philip Lynch

                                                             mistress & dresser for major Broadway productions

                                                             on national tours

’97       Scott Adams                             Professional Sports Mascot / Chicago Bears Mascot aka Staley DaBear

’00       Dr. Michele Meade                   Doctor of Pharmacy







            2003 Hall of Fame Class                          Jesse Barfield ‘77

            2006 Hall of Fame Class                          Roger Powell, Sr. ‘72            

                                                                             Chris Prieboy Quigley-Strle ‘79







CLASS            ATHLETE                  ACHIEVEMENT


’85                   Joei Bales                                     ’84 2nd in state wrestling

                                                                             ’85 State Champion wrestling                      

’70                   Mike Barden                                 All-State football / ’70 State heavyweight champion wrestler / University
                                                                             of California wrestling and football

’77                   Jesse Barfield                              Baseball / basketball / Major League ballplayer

                                                                             with Toronto Blue Jays & New York Yankees /

                                                                             Batting coach with Seattle Mariners

                                                                             '86 American League home run champion

’75                   Phil Bauer                                     All-State football 1st team / baseball

                                                                             Triple A Ball with the White Sox organization

’95                   Gary Bell                                       All-State basketball

’87                   Alfredo Contreras                         All-State Soccer / H.S. All-American

’66                   Al Crusoe                                      Triple sport athlete / basketball / football /

                                                                              track / Bradley University basketball

’66                   Marv Evans                                   Triple sport athlete/basketball/track


’89                   Sharron Evans                              State Champion 100m hurdles / 2nd

                                                                              in state 100m hurdles / 7th in state

                                                                              long jump

’86                   Terri Hibner                                   Named one of top 50 volleyball players

                                                                              in Chicago area / All-Conference /

                                                                              Syracuse University volleyball

‘00                   Mary Jaszcak                                All-State softball 1st team / State Champions

                                                                              Named state Pitcher of the Year

                                                                              Scholarship / 4th in state badminton

’71                   Jeff Jones                                      ’70 & ’71 All-State basketball 1st Team

                                                                              ’70- & ’71 Illini Eight All-Conference

                                                                              team / named to All-Star team by Chicago

                                                                              Tribune & Daily News

’77                   Mike Jones                                    All-State basketball 1st team

’73                   Augie Juricic                                  All-State baseball 1st team / H.S. All-American

                                                                               Minor league ball /Chicago Cubs organization

’74                   Greg Maxey                                    ’72 4th in state wrestling

                                                                                ’73 2nd in state wrestling

                                                                                ’74 State Champion wrestling          

’93                   Jacob Mooney                                 All-State soccer

’00                   Katie O’Connell                               All-State softball 1st team / State Champions

                                                                                University of Illinois 2nd baseman

’99                   Eric Parker                                      All-State football / H.S. All-American          

                                                                                University of Tennessee football

’87                   Mike Poloskey                                 ’86 5th in state discus / ’86 3rd in state

                                                                                wrestling / ’87 6th in state shot put

                                                                                Big Ten football U of I                                  

’72                   Roger Powell, Sr.                            ‘71/’72 All-State basketball 1st team

                                                                                Illinois State University basketball  

‘00                   Roger Powell, Jr.                             All-State basketball 1st team / Big Ten basketball University of Illinois

’79                   Chris Prieboy                                  Three-time All-State / 1st team All-Conference

                                                                                basketball /softball/ volleyball All-State and 1st team All-Conference

’97                   Dawn Scheuber                              All-State softball 1st team / Illinois Girl Athlete

                                                                               of the Year / Illinois Softball Player of the Year

                                                                               4th in state discus 

’99                   Brandon Sing                                  All-State Baseball / Most home runs /basketball

                                                                                Minor League Ballplayer Chicago Cubs organization

’00                   Heather Suca                                  All-State Softball 1st team / State Champions

                                                                               Indiana University starting 2nd baseman

’88                   Annette Travica                              '87 & ’88 All-State Softball

’79                   Mark Trizzino                                 ’78 State Champion wrestling

                                                                               ’79 State Champion wrestling

’76                   Scott Trizzino                                 ’75 State Champion wrestling

                                                                               ’76 State Champion wrestling

’92                   Adam Villalobos                              All-State & All-Midwest soccer


Special mention:

“The Diamond Gems” – 5 MVPs and Sun Times Player of the Year, Mary Jaszczak, and shortstop, Colleen Schuster, lifted the Steelmen to a 4-0 victory over Moline in the 2000 Class AA Softball title game. Coach Dale O’Connell’s team was 35-2 and Jasczczak 28-1 with 24 shutouts. Team members Kelly Brumund, Serena Cruz, Katie O’Connell, Maribel Olivas, Elene Planensak, Kristina Saxon and Carissa Schwartz all contributed to claiming the state championship softball crown.

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