Marquette Academy will honor its past on Friday.
At the conclusion of the sophomore boys basketball game Friday against Roanoke-Benson, Marquette will officially welcome two new members into the John Pocivasek Hall of Fame.
This year’s hall of fame class features 1990 graduate Brad Hughes as well as the 1983 football team.
Below is a look at the inductees:
1983 football team
The 1983 football team has a special place in Marquette history.
In the fall of 1983, the squad became the first Crusaders football team to finish the regular season unbeaten and untied at 9-0 and also became the first Marquette football team in school history to win 10 games in a season.
The squad, which had four shutouts and allowed seven points or less in three other games, was the No. 1-ranked team in the state heading into the Class 2A playoffs.
In the postseason, Marquette beat No. 2-ranked Amboy in the first round but fell the following week to No. 3-ranked Woodstock Marian, who won the state title.
The team finished 10-1 and was the second of four straight playoff appearances for the Crusaders, whose senior class lost three games in two years on varsity, all to state champions.
“We had two excellent coaches who had us prepared every week, both mentally and physically,” said Ron Paquette, a senior defensive back on the team. “We didn’t have a lot of superstars, but we had a lot of really talented athletes.
“As is with any great team, we had an outstanding offensive line and defensive line.”
The team was led by longtime coach Jeff Johnson and was assisted by Dave Wultzen, Tom Peterson, Mike Clair and Fr. Jim Spanagel.
Team members included Paquette, Joe Hettel, Rich Wheatland, Ron Partridge, Dave Smith, Mike Stoudt, John Walsh, Dan Weber, Marcos Gonzalo, Dan Krause, Curt Baker, Mark Dettore, Marty Wheatland, Andy Durdan, Stefan Fischer, Rodrigo Grant, Steve Gonzalo, Dave Oleson, Ed Dougherty, Tom Doermann, Jim Renner, Chad Peruba, Ray Gerkitz, Shane Nagle, Jason Geiger, Dana Bilyeu, Tim Graves, Brett Carroll, Jim Eustice, Ray Ortiz, Rich Smith, Tim Seibert, Sam Bucalo, Dean Crowley, Barry Cates, Terry Carr, Kalon Majors, Kevin Townsend, Dan Sabol, Jim Thumm, Tim Durdan and Glenn Serby.
“The thing I probably remember the most is the competitiveness amongst the team itself,” said Hettel, a junior linebacker on the 1983 team and a 1985 Marquette graduate. “One of our strengths was we had a pretty large group of kids playing so practices weren’t a lot of walkthroughs. We’d go at it pretty hard and it was a lot of fun. We enjoyed football, not just on Friday but during the week, too.”
The 1990 Marquette alumnus made his name on the hardwood.
A three-time letter winner in basketball, Hughes finished his prep career with 1,342 points, which is third all-time in Marquette history.
“It’s a great honor and a privilege to be with some of these other people who are already in the hall of fame,” said Hughes, who also lettered two years in football. “It caught me a little off-guard. It was something I never really thought about in the past, but it’s great to be thought of in this way.”
Hughes was named Marquette’s team MVP in both the 1988-89 season and the 1989-90 season.
During his senior season, Hughes was named honorable mention all-state in 1990.
To this date, he still holds Marquette records for single-season and career 3-point field goals made.
“Sports were really such a huge part of my life, and basketball was obviously my favorite sport followed by football,” Hughes recalls. “I still remember all the fun we had with teammates at practices and playing over the summer.”
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