Six former Blue Streaks have been inducted into the Woodstock High School Athletic Hall of Fame’s class of 2017.
Kayla Beattie, Matt Lehl, Rob Mecklenburg, Jen Nichols-Hogle, Niki Schulty and Becky Wagenaar all were honored during an induction ceremony held in January during a varsity boys basketball game at WHS.
This year marked the 16th time former Blue Streak athletes were honored with a Hall of Fame induction.
“As athletic director, it’s one of my favorite dates on the calendar,” said Glen Wilson, WHS AD. “I thoroughly enjoy watching the entire night unfold.”
The nomination process is designed to have community involvement and follow strict criteria set forth in the nominating and screening process. The Hall of Fame is dedicated to the memory of Bill Blaksley, a longtime, avid Blue Streaks fan who died in 1994.
Beattie is a 2011 graduate known for her prowess as a cross-country and track runner. In 2011, she was a Pan American Junior Track and Field Championship gold medalist for the USA. She won cross-country, 3,200 and 1,600 state titles – all in record times.
Lehl graduated in 2005. He was a standout on the golf team and is the only WHS athlete to have won the Fox Valley Conference Golf Championship.
Mecklenburg is a member of the class of 1985. He played baseball and basketball and was named an All-Conference Fox Valley athlete. He has taught and coached in Woodstock School District 200 for 23 years.
Nichols-Hogle, the WHS girls basketball coach, graduated in 2006. She was honored for basketball and track. She was the first WHS player to place in IHSA 3-point Queen of the Hill competition and won the title by defeating the winner of the IHSA Class A group.
Schulty, a member of the class of 2006, was recognized for her work on the Blue Streaks softball team. She was named to the all-state team in 2006 and was a member of the all-conference team, as well.
Becky Wagenaar, a 1992 graduate, broke multiple school records for swimming and track. She holds the record for individual conference championship titles.
“It is incredible to witness … our packed bleachers and student section providing a standing ovation for inductees,” Wilson said. “[That] always reconnects me to the special experience that being at WHS provides.”
WHS has inducted 85 individuals and eight teams in its Hall of Fame.