GODFREY — Eight individuals and two teams will be enshrined into the Alton Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 25. They will be enshrined during halftime of the Redbirds’ 7:30 p.m. game with Northwest of St. Louis in the AHS Boys’ Tip-Off Classic.
The fifth annual Hall of Fame class has a deep 1960s look. It includes: football coach Ed Yonkus, basketball player Larry Smith, football players Frank Holmes and Larry Ceppenati, basketball/football players Mike Jeffries, baseball/football player Gary Hagen, trackster George “Pee Wee” Hunt and friend of athletics Dave Delawder.
Yonkus, Jeffries and Hunt are deceased.
The 1968 football team and the 1959 basketball team also will be inducted. The football squad went 9-0-1 and the basketball team finished with a 26-2 record.
Smith, Holmes, Ceppenati, Jeffries, Hagen and Hunt were All-State players.
The 2014 induction class showcased Brad Baker, Camie and Carrie Becthold, Bobby Everage, Wade Lowe, Floyd Raglin, Rob Simpson, Gene Velloff and the 1984 boys’ soccer team.
AHS assistant director of athletics Joe Hook is the Athletic Hall of Fame chairman. The remainder of the committee includes: Jeff Alderman, Mike Brey, Dan Carter, Scott Harper, Norm Iman, Stan McAfoos, Terry Mitchell, Steve Porter and Oscar Wallace.
Hook said he needs a member of the Jeffries family and the Yonkus family to represent them at the induction ceremonies. In addition, members of the 1958-59 basketball team and 1968 football squad should contact Hook at (618) 474-6961, if they plan to attend the festivities.