Last Saturday, my son Jason and I made a special trip back to Dixon, for two reasons. We wanted to be there for the inaugural inductions into the Dixon High School Athletic Hall of Fame and also to see the Dukes wrestle in the first regional tournament held in Dixon in several decades. And what a wonderful trip it was.
The inductions were held in the beautiful Post House and we were very impressed with the facility, the ceremony itself and the tremendous turnout. Athletic Director Jared Shiner and his committee are to be congratulated for a warm and attractive event. As a newspaperman (retired) for 35 years, I have attended many such events and this was one of the finest I have seen. Though we had come to honor our special friends – Jacob Hey, Micah Hey and Jim Witzleb, all state wrestling champions – we enjoyed hearing about all the other athletes, as well
Then Jason and I trekked over to the gymnasium to see the finals of the wrestling, where the Dukes won. Coach Chris Bishop and his staff, including Micah Hey, have done a tremendous job with the wrestling program and have made all those who support the program very proud.
The Chapman family has very fond memories of our 10 years in Dixon. Jason was a class officer all through his high school days (and was king of the prom his senior year) and was a standout wrestler who now works in a legislative capacity at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, and I was executive editor of the Dixon Telegraph and Sauk Valley Newspapers before moving in 1998 to become publisher of the Newton Daily News, also a Shaw Newspaper. Jason and I really enjoyed meeting with many old friends, and we plan to come back next year to see more Dixon athletes honored and to watch the wrestling team rack up more wins!