The Hammond Sports Hall of Fame selected seven Hammond products for its 2018 class that will be inducted during its 32nd annual dinner on March 13.
The inductees include a marathon runner, a Minnesota Twins farmhand, an IHSAA official, a former St. Louis Cardinals minor league player, a national wrestler, a multisport athlete and a basketball high scorer.
John Bobalik (Bishop Noll), Wilbur P. Buerckholtz (Clark), David Tyrone Higgs (Hammond), Elias "Lee" Marks (Hammond), Marcus Smith (Bishop Noll), Rick Stanford (Hammond) and Frank Tokoly (Morton) were selected to the 2018 class.
The committee also picked Anderson-Peterson Family Distinguished Athlete Award recipients Brittany Anderson of Noll and Malcolm Lang from Gavit. The Anderson-Peterson award goes to 2017 grads who show dedication, contribution, ability and citizenship.
Anderson won 11 varsity letters at Noll in softball, volleyball and basketball. She was also peer tutor, youth coach and summer camp volunteer. She finished her first volleyball season at Valparaiso University and will play softball in the spring.
Lang won 12 varsity letters at Gavit, earning all-conference recognition in football, wrestling and track and field. He was also an academic all-state honoree in football. He participated at Gavit in the Natural Helpers program and attends Wabash College, playing football.
Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance at Rich’s Barber Shop in Hammond, Cheers in Munster, House of Pizza in Hammond, Purdue University Northwest, Cavalier Inn in Hammond, The Office in Whiting and the athletic offices of all Hammond high schools. Advance tickets are $25 each or $200 for an eight-seat table for the event at the Hammond Civic Center. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $35.