Rantoul introduces 2018 HOF class

At halftime of its game against Olympia Friday night, Rantoul Township High School honored its 2018 Hall of Fame class.

Mike Brown

Class of 1980

A standout in both basketball and track, Brown earned four letters while playing each sport four years. During his junior year, Brown led the Eagles in rebounds and was the team’s second-leading scorer while shooting 49 percent from the field. In track, he helped lead RTHS to a 9-0 record at dual meets, and he long-jumped 21 feet, 6 inches and triple-jumped 44 feet, 6 inches.

As a senior, Brown was voted the team’s most valuable player and was named to The News-Gazette’s all-area team while leading the Eagles to their best record since the 1960s (19-6), leading them in points (16.9 per game) and rebounds (228), and he shot 52 percent from the floor. In track, he also won MVP, leading the Eagles to a second straight unbeaten dual-meet record, and he set a school record in the long jump (22 feet, 8 ¾ inches), becoming a state qualifier in the long jump and triple jump. He placed eighth in the long jump and finished with a personal best in the triple jump at the state meet (46 feet, 6 inches).

Frank Bryan

Class of 1987

Bryan earned six letters at RTHS, competing in football, basketball and track. His biggest achievements came in track, where he earned four letters and graduated as of the all-time greats in RTHS history. As a freshman, Bryan triple-jumped more than 40 feet and topped that the next season with a mark of 46 feet, 8 inches to set a sophomore school record in qualifying for state. As a junior, an injury slowed Bryan , but he still led the Eagles to an undefeated dual-meet season while qualifying for state once again with a season-best triple jump of 45 feet, 3 inches.

As a senior, Bryant was the Eagles’ second-leading tackler in football as a safety, and on the basketball court, his most memorable moment came in making the game-winning shot to beat state-ranked Centennial. He again led the Eagles to an unbeaten dual-meet mark in track and helped them win a sectional championship. He finished eighth in state in the triple jump with a mark of 46 feet, 11 ½ inches, and his best triple jump of the year (48 feet, 9 ½ inches) gained him notoriety from USA Today, which listed Bryan as having the best high school triple jump in the country.

Randy Koch

Class of 2004

One of Koch’s most remarkable achievements was earning 11 letters at RTHS in football, wrestling and baseball. Koch was the Eagles’ starting catcher as a freshman and wrestled on the varsity level at 160 pounds. As a sophomore, he led the team in pins and was a Big 12 Conference champion, and he led the baseball team in hitting with a .426 average and was named to the Big 12 all-conference team.

As a junior, Koch was the Eagles’ starting quarterback, and on the wrestling mat, he won five tournaments, including a Big 12 title and regional championship at 189 pounds. He led the team in pins and was voted MVP. In baseball, he again led the club in hitting with a .420 average as a catcher and pitcher while garnering all-Big 12 recognition. During his senior season, Koch was named the football team’s most valuable offensive player at quarterback, and at 189 pounds, he repeated by winning five tournaments (including Big 12 and regional titles for a second straight year) and finished one spot below qualifying for state while winning team MVP. In baseball, Koch led the Eagles in home runs and was voted all-Big 12, and at the end of the year, he was voted the Bill Walsh Exemplar Athlete at RTHS.

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