On Friday, October 3, the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees were introduced during half time at the UHS homecoming varsity football game. Members of this year’s class also took part in the homecoming parade earlier in the day. Big Tiger Paw of Congratulations to this year’s inductees.
During his time at UHS, Ryne was a major contributor to three different sports programs. Ryne was a two-time golf MVP, an MVP for the boys basketball team, and a two-time MVP for the baseball team, which gives him 5 total MVP awards for his career. In basketball, Ryne was a member of the News-Gazette All-Area Second Team and an Honorable Mention for Big 12 All-Conference Honors in both ’06 and ‘07. As a baseball player, Ryne was a two-time unanimous pick for the Big 12 All-Conference First Team and a two-time member of the News-Gazette All-Area First Team. As a senior, Ryen was selected for the IBCA All-State baseball team, and he represented the East team in the All-State game. In 2007, Ryne was voted the UHS Senior Male Athlete of the Year, and in 2009 Ryne was selected for the News-Gazette All-Decade Baseball Team. For the inductee ceremony Ryne was escorted by his mother, Kristi Brownfield.
Adam Kirby (2007)
Adam Kirby was a three-sport athlete during his time at UHS, as he competed for the Tigers in football, basketball, and baseball. In football and basketball, Adam earned multiple varsity letters, and he was an honorable mention for the News-Gazette All-Area Team in both sports. As a baseball player, Adam earned three varsity letters, was a unanimous selection for the Big 12 All-Conference First Team in ’06 and ’07, and he was a two-time member of the News-Gazette All-Area Second Team. For the inductee ceremony Adam was escorted by his mother, Tammie Kirby.
Aaron Mathis (2007)
Aaron Mathis was a standout track & field athlete during his time at UHS. As a track athlete, Aaron was a seven-time Big 12 Conference Champ with 4 indoor and 3 outdoor titles, a four-time state qualifier, and a three-time IHSA Sectional Champ. In three consecutive seasons, Aaron qualified for the Pole Vault event finals at the IHSA State Meet. In 2007, Aaron broke a 35 year old school record in the pole vault with a vault of 15’ 9”, and he placed 5th at the IHSA State Track & Field Championships. Aaron was also voted the News-Gazette Track & Field Athlete of the Year for 2007. For the inductee ceremony Aaron was escorted by his older brother and former pole vault coach, Corey Mathis.
Chivas Hemphill (1999)
At UHS, Chivas Hemphill was a standout athlete in the sport of track & field. Chivas was a Big 12 Conference Champion in the triple jump in 1999 and a runner-up in 1998. In ’98 and ’99, Chivas qualified for the IHSA State Track & Field Championships. At the state meet, Chivas earned All-State Honors as he placed 7th overall as a junior, and he placed 6th as a senior. After high School, Chivas went on to compete in track & field for Illinois State University, where he earned All-Conference honors in the Missouri Valley Conference as a triple jumper in both 2002 and 2003. For the inductee ceremony Chivas was escorted by his former track & field coach and fellow UHS Hall of Famer, Harbert Jones.
Paula Ogle (1981)
Paula Olge was an outstanding three-sport athlete during her time at UHS. In volleyball, Paula was a three-time varsity letter-winner, Team Co-MVP, a Co-Captain, and a member of the Big 12 All-Conference First Team. As a basketball player, Paula was a three-time varsity letter-winner and a team Co-Captain. Track & field is where Paula earned most of her athletic honors. As a track and field athlete, Paula was a three-time state qualifier, a Big 12 Conference Champion a senior, and she has been the UHS school record-holder in the discus for 33 years with a throw of 126’ 6”. For the inductee ceremony Paula was escorted by her former coach and fellow UHS Hall of Famer, Connie Minnes.
Tom Brown (1970) Honorary Coach
During his lifetime, Tom Brown has been a major contributor to UHS athletics as an athlete and a coach. As an athlete, Coach Brown earned 6 total varsity letters in golf, football, and basketball. He was a member of two Big 12 Conference Champion golf teams, and he was an individual Conference Champion in golf in 1970. Coach Brown was also a member of the ’69-’70 UHS boys basketball team that finished the season with a record of 24-5, which is the second best finish for a basketball team in school history. As a coach, Tom coached the 8th grade boys at Urbana Middle School from 1994-1998. Coach Brown joined the UHS boys basketball staff in 1998 and remained a part of this staff until 2014. Throughout his 20 years of coaching in our school district, Coach Brown has been well-respected and viewed as one of the most knowledgeable basketball coaches in the area. For the inductee ceremony, Coach Brown was escorted by his father Lloyd Brown and his wife Mary Ann Brown.
Tiger for Life Award
In the 2014 Class, the UHS Hall of Fame Committee inducted three individuals into the Hall of Fame for their years of outstanding service and dedication to the Urbana Athletic Program. From this day forward, these individuals will be members of the UHS Prep Hall of Fame as they receive the inaugural Tiger for Life Award.
Tiger for Life Award Winners are:
Rich Barnett for 35 years of service
Bob Smith for 31 years of service
Kevin Booky for 34 years of service