Racine’s athletic legacy grew by five new inductees to the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame Thursday evening in ceremonies held at Festival Hall. This was the eighth annual induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame which is housed in the Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main Street.
The Class of 2018 includes:
John Clay, one of the most honored football players ever in Wisconsin. He starred for Park High School and the University of Wisconsin before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent. He scored his only NFL touchdown on his first carry on December 24, 2011, before his career was cut short by injuries. Clay lives in Racine and works for Reinhart Foodservice in Oak Creek.
Camille Jackson, a track and field star at Horlick High School and then at Louisiana State University. She also represented the United States in the World Championships and in the University Games. Jackson, a college counselor, now lives in Los Angeles.
Harvey Riekoff was a star track and field member of the Park High School and University of Wisconsin teams. He returned to Park as track and field coach and led the team to three state championships as well as to numerous conference, regional, and sectional titles. He was named the 1997 Wisconsin Track Coaches Association District VII Coach of the Year in 1997 and was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame. He is retired.
Jack Taschner thought of himself as a center fielder, not a pitcher, when he played baseball at Horlick High School. But his coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh saw his potential as a pitcher. Taschner was a second-round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 1999. He also pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Dodger before arm issues forced his retirement. Taschner serves with the Appleton Police Department.
Jerry Woods was known as much for his academic prowess as his football skills as a student at Park High School. He later earned NCAA Division II All-American recognition when playing at Northern Michigan University. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1989 NFL draft. He also played for the Green Bay Packers before ending his football career in the World League of Football and the Arena Football League. He lives near Minneapolis where he works as a design engineer for Cummins Power Generation.
Visit racineheritagemuseum.org for visiting hours to view the Hall of Fame exhibits.
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