Illinois Valley Central High School inducted five new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame Friday, Feb. 2.
Kristina Frank, Brandon Ratcliff, Brock Adcock, Tawnie McGann and Dan “Boo” Semtner were inducted during a ceremony following the sophomore boys basketball team’s 43-32 victory over Monticello.
Frank, a 2009 graduate, was inducted for her participation in track and field. She was a four-time state qualifier in discus and still holds the school record of 130’ 9”. During her senior year, her throw of 126’ 2” earned her a seventh-place finish in the discus at the IHSA State Track and Field Meet. That throw earned her All-State honors during the 2009 season.
Ratcliff, a 2008 graduate, was inducted for his participation in football. He played on varsity teams that finished 9-1 and 8-3 his junior and senior years. During his junior year, the 2006 team was undefeated in regular season play, champions of the NCIC conference and state playoff qualifiers. In 2007, the football team went 8-3 and again was a state qualifier. The team also garnered the football program’s first-ever playoff victory. Ratcliff was an NCIC first team All-Conference selection for his outstanding play as a lineman and was a member of the Peoria Journal Star’s All-Area Team. He continued his football career at Chadron State College in North Dakota, where he was voted the Most Inspirational Player of the year by his teammates during his Senior year. Ratcliff was unable to attend the ceremony because he is currently completing his training to become a United States Army Ranger.
Adcock was inducted for his participation in baseball. During his junior year in 2010, he helped lead the Grey Ghosts to a third-place finish in the IHSA State Tournament. He went a perfect 6-0 in 49 1/3 innings, struck out 70 batters and allowed just 18 base on balls with a 2.13 ERA. During his senior year, he continued his success on the mound; striking out 77 batters, while walking just 23. Adcock pitched in 10 games his senior year, posting a 1.32 ERA. Over the course of 53 innings, he struck out 68 batters and posted an 8-1 record. Adcock was just as good at the plate, hitting .345 with a .582 slugging percentage. His performance earned him first team All-Conference honors in the NCIC and was named to the Illinois High School Coaches Association first team All-State squad his senior year.
McGann was inducted for her participation in track and field. She is the current school record holder in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.8 seconds and is a member of the school record holding 4x400-meter relay team. She was a double NCIC Conference champion in 2009 and 2010 in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. During her senior year, her track season culminated at the 2010 IHSA State Track and Field Meet at Eastern Illinois University. McGann qualified for the state meet in a relay and two individual events. The 4x400-meter relay team finished fifth and Tawnie placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. These performances earned her All-State honors in track and field for 2010.
Semtner was inducted for his participation in the football program. As a junior, he led the team in rushing with 1,487 yards and scored 19 touchdowns along the way, helping his team earn a spot in the IHSA playoffs. His junior performance earned him a spot on the NCIC All-Conference first team, he was named to the Journal Star All-Area Team and he was named the 2009 Journal Star Small School Player of the Year. During Semtner’s senior year, he continued to run through opponents amassing 1,281 yards and scoring 19 more touchdowns. During his senior year the football team was perfect in regular season play. Again, he was named to the NCIC All-Conference First Team, was a member of the Journal Star All-Area Team and was named to the first team Illinois High School Coaches Association All-State Team.