Two locals get Hall of Fame call
Two longtime area track coaches will be inducted along with five others into the Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Oak Park-River Forest High School.
Irv Sanderson began his coaching career in 1961. For most of that time, he was the track coach for the Erie-Prophetstown co-op. From 1969-1989, he coached Prophetstown's cross country team.
Th cross country teams qualified for state three times. In 1981, his team won district and placed third at state.
In track, he coached 11 conference championship teams and two sectional championship teams. At state, he coached 28 individual place-winners, including five state champions, and eight relay place-winners. His team placed fourth in Class A in 1975.
Doug Engle was one of the state's most successful throws coaches in his 20 years at Oregon. Engle coached 64 state qualifiers, 16 of whom earned all-state honors. In six of his seasons, Engle coached at least four different athletes to the state meet. One year, he qualified six.
He also won the ITCCCA's assistant coach of the year award in 1999.
Other inductees are Derrick Calhoun (Chicago Morgan), David Jokisch (Carlinville), Jim Martin (Wheaton North), John McInerney (Eastern Illinois University) and Pete Struck (Rich Township and Carl Sandburg).