The Byron School District is pleased to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2015. A school board appointed committee received and reviewed many nominations from friends, family, & community members. After deliberation and voting, the committee produced a list of 7 inductees.
This 2015 members include:
- Bill Ashelford-This BHS 1948 Athlete of the Year was a 3-sprot athlete, making his mark in each sport. He was a member of the track and field team, placing 1st in the 100 yard dash. 2nd in the discus, and setting a record in the shot put, which would lead the Tigers to a conference championship. Bill was also a member and leading scorer, of the now BHS Hall of Fame, inducted 1948 basketball team.
- Ron Beem-A teacher in Byron from 1988-2005. He was the founder of the American Culture and AP History programs and the advisor of the Key Club. Ron’s yearbooks consistently gained the highest award for excellence at the national level. He was also recognized as a Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers for 12 consecutive years.
- Betty Boehm-Betty began playing sports at Byron High School in its initial phase of girls’ athletics. A four year varsity letter winner in track and field, Betty would set and break her own school records in the 440, high jump, 220 sprint, and as a member of the 880 medley relay team. Betty has the esteemed honor of becoming the first BHS female athlete to win a state competition medal.
- Glen Dallman-Glen’s teaching and administrative career spans over 47 years. This 1990 Illinois Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee went on to coach 29 state qualifiers, 10 medalist, and 4 state champions; adding several conference championships, and a five year run from 1989-1993 of two Sweet 16 and 3 Elite 8 Team appearances, while amassing a stellar overall record of 308-129-3.
- Bill Lutz-A natural athlete and tenacious competitor, Bill earned Co-MVP and 1st team All-Conference honors in both 1966 and 1967 in basketball. He held the record for most points scored in a game with 39. And while earning 3-time MVP, 4-time 1st team All-Conference honors, and a trip to the state meet in the broad jump. Remarkably, to this day, Bill remains the record holder for long jump with a leap of 21’ 10 ½’.
- Doug Reber-A 3 sport athlete competing in football, basketball, and track and field. He earned honors for and from All-Conference, All-Area, Rockford Register Star Player of the week, Team MVP, and as a senior was selected special mention All-State. Doug held records with 1,751 career rushing yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. His athletic abilities locked his name in Byron football history, as he would become the 1st ever Byron football player to receive a Division 1 scholarship, sending him to NIU.
- Penny (Beachum) Reber- This Most Athletic Female Award winner for the class of 1982 did more than kick start girls sports for Byron. Penny Beachum was a true inspiration and role model for dozens of young female athletes that were to follow. A fierce competitor, Penny was a 3-sport athlete, excelling in, and earning multiple varsity letters, MVP awards, and All Conference honors in volleyball, basketball, and track. She was a former record holder in the 1600 meter run and a state qualifier in track and field during her senior season.
The class of 2015 was presented at the first home football game vs. Marengo on Friday, August 28, 2015 and introduced at the halftime of the varsity game. In addition, there was an induction ceremony on Saturday, August 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Byron Forest Preserve Jarrett Center for members of the Hall of Fame. Their families, friends, former teammates, and coaches were invited to attend.