The Evanston Hall of Fame committee has announced the inductees for the 2017 Evanston Hall of Fame. The first State Champion Boys Basketball team in 1919 will be inducted, as well as, the first girls team to play in a State Championship from Evanston High School, the 1982 girls basketball team will both be inducted on Saturday September 16th at the Evanston Roundhouse. Individual inductees include: former Coach Ken Demester, athletes April Reynolds, Josh Schofield, and Jason Crompton. The outstanding alumni who will be inducted is Richard (Dick) Taggart.
Members of the 1919 State Champion Boys basketball team are: Frank Brown, Clarence Harris, William McAllister, Henry Meyers, Myril Reed, Lloyd Goodman, Alfred Reeves. The 1982 Girls State Runner-up team lost in overtime after being undefeated in the Conference and winning the Regional Championship. Members of the 1982 team are: April Reynolds, Cathy Hodges, Annette Benn, Jeannie Jacobsen, Joannie Jacobsen, LaNae Jaimez, Nancy Matthews, Cheryl Booth, Toni Lym, Brenda Williams, Gina Madia, Karen Bowns, and JV members Leslie Newsome, Cindy Colton, Marie Whiteman, Dana Smith, and Kelly Bowns. Their head coach was Hall of Fame coach, Wendy Schuler, and she was assisted by another Hall of Fame coach, Hubie Benn.
Coach Ken Demester arrived in Evanston in 1989 from a successful coaching stint in North Dakota. He had a successful run as the Head Coach of the Red Devils but he counts his relationships with his players and assistants as even more important. He met his future wife in Evanston and at one point had his three children in Evanston (two teaching) and one graduating from EHS as the most memorable highlights of his career. Ken and his staff reinforced that their teams show excellent character and be role models. One of his favorite quotes from Duke Coach Krzyewski sums up his feelings on his 44-year coaching experience: Remember that leadership on a team is not singular, it is plural.”
April Reynolds was the first female athlete to receive Honorable Mention All-American at EHS. She was a three-sport athlete competing in volleyball, basketball and track but she excelled in basketball and was a four-year starter at point guard. She was a two time All-Stater in basketball. She led her teams to two Regional Championships and a state Runner-up and third place trophy at State. She still holds school records in steals and assists at EHS. She went on to play at CWC and then to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where she set records at both colleges. She started her career as a teacher, but is now serving as an Elementary School Principal in Salt Lake City.
Josh Schofield was a stand-out athlete at EHS, as he competed over the years in a number of sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey as well as wrestling. He was a 2 time All-Stater in football and a high school All-American. He was also a 2-time State Champion in wrestling as well as a 4-time Freestyle and Greco State Champion. He placed 2nd in the Western Regionals in wrestling and then placed 4th at the high school national tournament, which earned him an All-American accolade.
Jason Crompton will be inducted posthumously due to an unfortunate accident which took a great Red Devil athlete and coach way too soon. Jason was an outstanding swimmer, track athlete, and coach at EHS. He qualified for the State Swimming meet all four years at EHS and he still holds school records in the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay team. He was the EHS boys head Swim Coach from 2002 through 2012 and had great success as well as, turning out numerous All-Staters and swimmers who went on to success in college as swimmers, para rescue swimmers, and Navy Seals. They credit Jason for their ability to work hard and persevere, as he showed his work ethic by swimming side by side them on many of their toughest work outs. Jason also had great success competing in triathlons and marathons and qualified and placed in the Iron Man Triathlon.
Richard (Dick) Taggart will be inducted as a distinguished alumni. Dick graduated from EHS in 1960 and was President of his graduating class. From 1962-64, he served a mission for the LDS church in England. He returned to UW to gain degrees in Agricultural Economics and Natural Resource Management. He then joined the U.S. Navy and was commissioned as an officer and worked for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington D.C. He was released from active duty in 1969. Dick joined the Ford Motor company and worked in Operations Research until 1974. He then worked for Weyerhaeuser in Washington in the Corporate Finance Department. In 1996, he became the Vice President over Investor Relations and in 2003 became the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Weyerhaeuser. He retired in 2007. He has served on the boards of Visteon and 3-tier Corporations as well as, the boards of the UW Foundation, the Ruckelshaus Institute of the Environment and Natural Resources at the UW. He lives with his wife of 48 years, Mary Lou, in Tubac, Arizona.