The Somonauk Athletics Hall of Fame Committee will induct three new members on the school's Blue and Gold Scrimmage Night this Friday. The induction ceremony will take place between the girls and boys varsity scrimmage at approximately 7 p.m.
The 2018 class will include former girls golf standout and softball student-athlete Jessica Schultz, former two-sport athlete in girls basketball and softball Lauren (Brummel) Townsend and the 2011-2012 girls competitive cheer team that finished in third place at state that year.
As a starting pitcher on the 2010 Somonauk Sweet Sixteen softball team, Schultz as a freshman compiled a 23-5 record in the circle on her way to an Illinois Coaches Association All-State team selection, Times All-Area and Little Ten All-Conference honors that year. This accomplishment occurred after she had qualified to go downstate in girld golf in the fall, where she finished second overall. Schultz would continue on her remaining three years, focusing on golf where she would qualify for state all three years and medaling again her sophomore (6th overall) and senior years (8th overall).
She was a three-time All-State golfer, four-time Little Ten Conference champion, a two-time regional and two-time sectional golf champion. Schultz went on to receive a scholarship to play golf at Division I Western Illinois University after high school.
Brummel (Townsend) also played softball and was recognized twice as a Little Ten All-Conference player and was a Times All-Area selection during her time at Somonauk. It was, however, on the basketball court where she excelled.
She was a three-time Little Ten All-Conference selection, three-time Times All-Area pick as well as a two-time Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team selection. She would complete her exceptional basketball career at Somonauk as the third all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,168 points and was a key member of the last regional championship basketball team in 2011. (Brummel) Townsend would go on to play all four years at St. Ambrose University on the basketball court.
The 2011-2012 competitive cheer team, under coach Laci McConnaughay, had the highest overall team score at the Joliet Central Sectional with an 84.40 to advance downstate in the Small school division. The team was sitting in a tie for eighth place after day one at state, but nailed its best performance of the year at just the right time to win third-place hardware after day two was over. The 2011-2012 team was the first girls’ group/team to finish in the top four at an IHSA state event in Somonauk’s history and launched what has become a tradition of competitive cheer excellence in the Small division.