Brown inducted into Hall of Fame

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Former Oak Park and River Forest High School Athletic Director Jim Brown was inducted into the Illinois Athletic Directors' Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Peoria last month.

Brown, who in 1991 was inducted into the Oak Park-River Forest Coaches' Hall of Fame, spent 26 years as AD at OPRF, beginning in 1971.

Brown helped direct the transition of the Des Plaines Valley league into the West Suburban Conference.

"Commitment of time, energy and effort defines the career of Jim Brown," Athletic Directors Association committee member Diane Pettet wrote in a statement released last week.

Strikers soccer club tryouts

The annual soccer team tryouts for OPRF Strikers will take place May 21 for ages U9-U14. For girls high school age teams, tryouts are on May 22. Pre-registration is free?#34;if forms are received by May 5. After May 7, the tryout will cost $20. Tryout times by age group, see the application. Download the form and read "FAQ" (frequently asked questions) from the website:

For more information, or if you are having difficulty downloading a form, please email: office 771-5269. The U9-U14 teams play Fall '05 & Spring '06 (one year commitment); with team camps in August. High School girls team plays Fall '05 with an August camp.

Concordia announces awards

Concordia University has announced the 2005 recipients of its two most prestigious honors for student-athletes, the A.W. Gross Senior Student-Scholar Award and the George Terry-John Schubert Memorial Christian Service Award.

Katrina Kloess and Will Stelzer are the recipients of this year's Gross Award, given to those senior student-athletes that demonstrate the highest standards in academic achievement, athletic proficiency, character and conduct, and athletic leadership.

Kloess is a four-year letter winner for both cross-country and track. She has been named all-conference twice for cross-country and has represented Concordia on both the NIIC All-Academic and All-Scholastic teams.

Stelzer is a four-year letterman in basketball and has also lettered twice in soccer. He has represented Concordia numerous times on the NIIC All-Academic and All-Scholastic teams. This past fall, he was named a CoSIDA third-team national Academic All-American in soccer, and he has twice been named CoSIDA second-team regional Academic All-American in basketball.

Kloess and Tim Wier are the recipients of the Terry-Schubert Award, given in honor of two former Cougar football players who lost their lives in separate accidents less than a year apart. This award is given to those senior student-athletes who present a positive attitude towards athletics and Christian living, serve and contribute to the best interests of their teammates and team as a whole, and demonstrate concern for the Concordia community as a whole.

Wier has been the mainstay of the Cougar cross-country and track teams with the men's cross-country team having won four conference titles during his tenure.

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