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Sauk Valley Sports Family Series: Gaumer Family Tree

Max Gaumer

Resides: Anderson, Ind.

Family: Wife, Pat; children, Tyler, 31; Tori, 29; Tricia, 25; Timmy, 23

High school: Sterling, Class of 1972. ... Senior class president. ... 4-sport athlete (track, football, basketball, baseball) for Golden Warriors. ... In track, school record holder in discus (169-10). ... 2-time NCIC & sectional champ, and state qualifier in discus. ... Team captain as senior. ... Part of 4-time conference champion team. ... In football, 2-year starter as offensive and defensive lineman. ... Also played special teams and never left field for 2 seasons. ... In baseball, 4-year player and team captain as a senior. ... Led team in on-base percentage, batting average and stolen bases as senior. ... 1972 team won 15 consecutive games, longest streak in school history. ... In basketball, 2-year varsity player.

College: Augustana College, Class of 1976. ... Member of football and track teams. ... In football, member of 1976 CCIW championship team. ... Assistant coach at Davenport West, Iowa state champs in 1974 & ’77 . ... In track, 4-year letterwinner and finished 11th in 1975 NCAA discus finals. ... Best throw of 157-2. ... 2-time CCIW champ and runner-up in discus.

Post college athletics: 4-time ISC all-state softball outfielder. ... 1977 World softball qualifier with McDonald’s softball team.

FYI: Teacher and coach in high school for 36 years. ... As a football coach, had 112-59 record as head coach and 67-23 mark as assistant coach. ... Sterling teams qualified for playoffs 13 times – 6 as assistant coach and 7 as head coach. ... 4-time state quarterfinalist. ... Now retired, but coaching football at Anderson (Ind.) University.

Pat Gaumer

High school: Sterling, Class of 1972. ... No sports in H.S., but was a cheerleader. ... Member of AAU track program in junior high. ... Long jumped 18-2 as an 8th grader, only 6.5 inches off the current SHS record. ... AAU state finals qualifier in 50 and 75 dashes in 1976-78. ... Dreamed of making 1976 Olympic team.

College: Northern Illinois University

FYI: Worked as a nurse and taught nursing classes at Sauk Valley C.C. ... Became stay-at-home mom after birth of Tyler. ... After 4th child, Timmy, entered school, went back to work. ... Was a kindergarten teacher, then Executive Director of Hope Life Center.

Tyler Gaumer

Resides: Sterling

Family: Wife, Kaileen; daughter, Gwenyth (21 mos.)

High school: Sterling, Class of 2000. ... Played football and ran track for Golden Warriors. ... QB on 1999 team that reached 4A quarterfinals. ... School record-holder in passing yards (1,972) and points (253). ... 6-time state qualifier in track and field (pole vault twice, 110 hurdles twice, 300 hurdles and 1,600 relay). ... School records in 110 hurdles (14.5) and 300 hurdles (38.6). ... 10th at state meet as a senior in pole vault (14-3).

College: Started at Iowa State. ... Was on Cyclones football team won Bowl in 2000 and was ranked in top 25. ... Transferred to Illinois State and ran track. ... All-conference with personal best of
15-11 3/4 in pole vault and as member of 1,600 relay team. ... On distance medley team that ranked 21st in the nation. ... 2-time all-academic honor roll.

FYI: Teacher at Prophetstown from 2005-07, then at Sterling from 2007-present. ... In his fifth season as girls track coach.

Tori Ladner

Resides: Anderson, Ind.

Family: Husband, Bobby; daughter, Brylee (1)

High school: Sterling, Class of 2001. ... FCA president, student council, National Honor Society, junior class vice president. ... 3-sport athlete (track, basketball, volleyball) and a cheerleader. ... In track, holds school records in pole vault (11-3) and triple jump (36-2). ... 3-time state qualifier (HJ, TJ, 300 hurdles) as junior. ... 3-time NCIC champ (PV, TJ, 300 hurdles) as senior. ... Placed 2nd in pole vault (11-3) and 7th in triple jump (35-10 3/4) as senior. ... First SHS girl to win 2 state medals since 1990. ... In basketball, NCIC honorable mention and all-area HM as a senior. ... Top free-throw percentage (71%) and top rebounder.
H.S. awards: Student of the year, Roscoe Eades, Sauk Valley News Female Athlete of the Year, track team MVP as junior and senior, 3-sport team captain as senior,
4 varsity letters in track and 2 in basketball. ... Hustle Award in basketball.

College: Illinois State, Class of 2005; Graduated cum laude with degree in elementary education. ... Track team member all 4 years as pole vaulter and heptathlete. ... Second in Missouri Valley Conference as in heptathlon and school-record holder in pole vault (12-0). ... Named All-MVC six times and all-academic MVC eight times.

FYI: Lived in Costa Rica for 2 years, teaching missionary children. ... Implemented volleyball, basketball, track and cheerleading programs while there. ... Coached track and field at Olivet Nazarene University for 3 years. ... Received masters degree in counseling, and met her husband, who was an assistant football coach at ONU. ... Bobby is now head football coach at Anderson (Ind.) University. ... Now a stay-at-home mom, and runs a detasseling crew in summer with her father.

Tricia Gaumer

Resides: St. Louis

Family: A dog named Sterling

High school: Sterling, Class of 2005. ... Competed in volleyball, basketball, diving and track and field. ... Track team captain as senior. ... Cleared 11-0 in pole vault and finished 9th at state. ... NCIC champ in PV, and also placed in triple jump and 300 hurdles. ... Captain of diving team and placed fourth at sectional. ... Student of the month and Daughters of the American Revolution Award recipient. ... State champion in group interpretation.

College: Eastern Illinois, Class of 2008. ... Member of Panthers track team. ... Top pole vault was 12-3 1/2, in 2007.

FYI: Graduated from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College in St. Louis in Dec. 2012. ... In the process of moving back to St. Louis to pursue nursing career.

Timmy Gaumer

Resides: Columbus, Miss.

High school: Sterling, Class of 2008. ... Competed in football, basketball and track for Golden Warriors. ... Tight end and long snapper for playoff football teams as a junior and senior. ... Center on basketball team that advanced to the Elite Eight as a senior. ... Track team captain as a senior. ... Finished second in three events (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, pole vault) and third in one event (triple jump) in NCIC Meet as a senior. ... Team MVP. ... September Student of the Month and Student of the Year. ... First recipient of Warrior Spirit Award, for involvement in numerous clubs and organizations. ... All-conference, all-sectional and all-state cast member in group interpretation. ... Vice president of National Honor Society

College: Illinois, class of 2012. ... Walked on to U of I track team as a decathlete. ... Competed in Big Ten Conference Meet in heptathlon (2009). ... All-Big Ten Academic Team (2009-12). ... Awarded a Pilot Selection for the United States Air Force in 2011. ... Graduated Initial Flight Screening in February. ... Currently a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force, Pilot Select.


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