Who’s the best athlete in Lovell High School history?
That question could launch many a discussion among sports fans, but a new committee being formed will attempt to make a determination – with the public’s help – with the formation of a hall of fame.
A new LHS Hall of Fame Committee was formed this summer and has been working to establish rules and a process for the formation of a hall.
“Every time I go down to a Wyoming game I see their hall of fame, and six years ago Powell had their initial class,” Koritnik said. “I’ve been to other high schools – Thermopolis comes to mind – that have done something like this.”
Koritnik said he was in Cheyenne this summer and ran into an old friend who was recently inducted into the Cheyenne East hall of fame.
“I thought that was really neat and would be something to develop here and recall some of the outstanding athletes who have played at Lovell,” Koritnik said. “I started contacting people for input to see if they felt it was a good idea to pursue.”
An initial meeting was held in late July, and the basis of a committee was formed. Attending were Koritnik, Mike Grant, Joe White and David Peck.
“Their initial thought was that it was a neat idea, so we decided to move forward with it,” Koritnik said, adding that he ran the idea by Supt. Rick Woodford and Principal Scott O’Tremba, who gave their approval.
“We put some information together at that initial meeting, and based on our conversation I put together a selection process,” Koritnik said, noting that Jeff Pearson and Cliff Revelle were added to the committee after the first meeting and others are being considered.
The committee met again last Monday, Aug. 24.
“We put together a framework for a selection process including criteria to use at each level, their performance at the high school level, collegiately and beyond,” Koritnik said.
Nominations may be made in three categories: Athlete, Coach and Service – someone who has made outstanding contributions or provided excellent service to the LHS athletic programs in a capacity other than athlete or coach.
Koritnik said the selection committee came up with an initial list of potential candidates but would like the community to have the opportunity to make nominations during the month of September.
“We want to see if there are duplicates or if people think of a person the committee didn’t,” Koritnik said.
Nomination forms are available at the high school office, the Lovell Chronicle and online on the LHS website. The committee will then meet again at the end of the month or in early October and start to work through candidates for an initial class in the hall of fame.
Any person who is nominated but not selected to the hall of fame will remain on the list of eligible nominees for five years without having to be re-nominated each year. Koritnik said the committee is looking at an initial class of five to seven nominees.
The ceremony for the induction of the first hall of fame class will be held at halftime of the first home basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 12, when the Lovell Bulldogs host Rocky Mountain.
By David Peck