Hall of Fame Night and Banquet at PHS

February 11, 2019

The PHS Class of '19 Hall of Fame was introduced and inducted Feb. 8 at halftime of the PHS boys basketball game (vs. Wilmington) and again the next day at a banquet. Here's who made it this year.

Individual Inductees 

BOBBY BAKER - Bobby, who graduated from PHS in 1983, is a 4-year varsity letter winner in wrestling. His overall record is 110-29-3. That includes a 33-6 record his junior year and 36-3 his senior year. He was named to the All-Conference team twice, qualified for state in the 1981-82 season, when the wrestling team had a record of 22-1 overall.

Bobby is also a member of the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame as well as Byron High School’s Hall of Fame. Between the years of 1995-99, Byron’s wrestling team won two state titles and went 210-36 overall.

Bobby (pictured below) currently resides in Byron with his wife, Sherri. They have two sons, Nolan and Nelson, who are both two-time state wrestling champions. Bobby currently works for the Byron Community School District.


Jon Kolka – Jon, who graduated in 1984, was a three-sport athlete in football, golf and basketball at PHS. As a football player, he was a three-year varsity letter winner. He was on the All-Conference team his junior and senior seasons as a LB, punter and kicker. During his career here, the teams he played on had a combined record of 23-6. The biggest highlight was defeating Yorkville his senior year.

As a basketball player, Jon was a three-year varsity letter winner and was All-Conference his senior year.

In golf, he currently holds two 18-hole course records at both Cedardell Golf Course (62) and Nettle Creek (64).

Jon (pictured below) currently lives in Sandwich with his wife and three children – Johnny, Kyle and Mackenzie – and two grandchildren – Ethan and Finley.

Kevin Jensen – Kevin, who graduated from PHS in 1999, was also a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball. As a football player, he earned three varsity letters and was a three-year starter at LB and on the offensive line.

As a basketball player, he earned four varsity letters, was a starter on the ’98-99 team that placed fourth in the state and was also an All-Area selection his senior year. He is the career 3-point field goal leader with the most three-pointers in a single game (8) and still holds the PHS single season record for most 3-point field goals made with 84.

As a baseball player, Kevin is a 3-year varsity letterman and made the All-Conference team his senior season. He holds the record for wins in a single season and was the winning pitcher in the 1998 regional championship game for the Hall of Fame inducted baseball team.

Kevin (pictured below), who attended Loras College, currently lives in Batavia with his wife, Jackie, and son, Liam, and daughter, Aubrey. He works for the Batavia school district as a math teacher, is the head girls’ varsity basketball coach and is also a football coach.

Dan Peruski – Dan, who graduated from PHS in 2008, played football and baseball. As a football player, he was a three-year letter winner and was named an All-State LB for the 2007 Class 3A state championship team. He was also a part of the All-Area and All-Conference team and was selected to play in the Shriners game in his senior year. He also set the season record for tackles with 100.

As a baseball player, Dan was a two-year letter winner who batted .430 with 46 hits (which was second overall in the conference) and landed a spot on the All-Conference team in his senior year. He had an overall career batting average of .347.

After high school, Dan (pictured below) attended North Central College. He currently works for Com Ed and lives in Rochelle.

Joe Jones – Joe, who graduated in 2012, earned 10 varsity letters through three sports – football, basketball and track. As a football player, he earned three of those varsity letters after 2,067 career all-purpose yards. Three more were earned for basketball, where he finished with 639 career points, 61 blocks and 85 steals. He was also a part of the 2012 regional championship team.

In track, Joe earned four varsity letters and was a two-time all-stater. He was the state champion in the 110 hurdles in 2011 and currently still holds the track and field records in the 110 high hurdles and 200-yard dash.

After high school, Joe (pictured below) played at Northwestern University, where he received a full ride scholarship to play football. He currently plays in the NFL for the Denver Broncos. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Amber, and two daughters, Scarlett and Aurora.


 Jim Schmidt – Jim was the varsity baseball team’s head coach from 1994-2007. He has 230 career wins, which is the most in PHS history. He took five teams to the regional championship game – including the only two regional champion-winning baseball teams in school history, had five 20-plus winning seasons and was the head coach of the two Hall of Fame teams (1998 and 2002). He is currently in his 17th year as the athletic director at PHS and lives in Plano with his wife, Shelley. Jim (pictured below) has six kids – Vance, Mikayla, Bryson, McKenna, Ceda and Braylon.


The 2002 Baseball Team – The Reapers were regional champions with an overall record of 23-10. The head coach was Jim Schmidt with assistants Greg Gould, Dwayne Love, Matt Kee, John Ithal and Kyle Kee. James Vorbau and Tyler Klatt were the two players named to the All-Conference team, and the other players on the squad include Brian Biscan, Brandon Bott, Ryan DeBolt, Ryan Goldsmith, Matt Hausler, Sam Heller, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Pfister, Omar Ramirez, Lane Sibley, Ronnie Stickney and Misael Valles.

The 2007 Football Team – The Reapers were the Class 3A state champions (for the second straight season) with an overall record of 13-1. The head coach was Jim Green with assistants Steve Lucas, Eric Bryant, Dwayne Love, John Chernick, Dan Solecki, Brian Lown, Adam West, Ron Heller, Matt Kee and Dan Schwartz. The All-Conference and Academic All-State players were Luis Alvarado, Brian Green, Alec Haws and Matt Smith. Dan Peruski was an All-State and All-Conference selection, and the other All-Conference players were Colton Carlson, Kevin Jernigan and Kirk Kabala. They were joined by the rest of the team – Jacob Alsvig, Mike Byrd, Kevin Day, Nick Flores, Tim Goldsmith, Adam Iverson, Mitch Krause, Ryan Lee, Jose Lopez, Silvano Lopez, Trevor Magnotti, Chris Martinez, Alex Mendez, Randy Niles, Nestor Ortega, Tyler Peterson, John Roberts, Jared Schimandle, Johnny Simmons, Ty Staton, Taylor Thill, JJ Cannon and Aaron Vega.

The HOF game was followed by a banquet honoring the inductees the next day, Saturday, at Timber Creek.

The inductees also had speakers on their behalf as well as had the opportunity to speak themselves.



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