The Northwest Illinois Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 34th induction banquet Saturday, Oct. 16, at Manny’s Pizza in Savanna.
A social hour begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m.
Twelve individuals and two honor teams will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1987. No induction banquet was held in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.
Northwest Illinois Sports Hall of Fame individual inductees for 2021 include:
Mount Carroll—Devon Schneider.
Hanover—Charles “Gus” Gray.
Stockton—Bobbie (Arand) Decker.
Lena-Winslow—Sue (Lotz) Amendt.
East Dubuque—Kevin Rouse.
Pearl City—No candidate.
Scales Mound—No candidate.
Also to be inducted into the Hall of Fame are the 1995 and 1996 Forreston girls track team and the 1951-52 Elizabeth boys basketball team.
Devon Schneider was a 4-year varsity baseball starter at Mount Carroll High School, graduating in 2003, a 4-year player and 3-year varsity basketball starter and a football varsity starter his senior year (he did not play his sophomore and junior years).
He received Honorable Mention All-State Basketball his senior year and was also all-conference and all area MVP Northwest Sports All Star Game, played in the Sauk Valley All Star Game, all conference baseball his sophomore, junior and senior years, and all area as a junior and senior, and was named All-Conference in football his senior year.
He graduated in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he played basketball for two years. He coached 6th grade basketball at Platteville and signed a 1-day contract to play for the Sauk Valley Rollers of the ABA.
He received a church scholarship in 2003, umpired youth baseball for many years in Mount Carroll and Platteville and umpired in Pleasant Prairie this past summer. He enjoys playing golf and is a Cubs and Bears fan.
He currently lives in Bettendorf, Iowa, with his wife Dalena. The couple has a child, Addison Quentin, and one on the way. He currently works as a salesman for L & M Corrugated Container Corp.
Lyle Klein was a 3-sport athlete for the Savanna Indians, graduating from Savanna High School in 1986. He played football from 1982-1985 and was tri-captain in 1984-1985, named Best Defensive Player in 1985 and was a Three Rivers All-Conference Linebacker in 1985.
He participated in track and Ffeld in 1983 to 1986 where his team was 1985 Sectional Champions and 1985 State Runner-up. He set the school record in the 4/800 of 8:26.8 in 1986.
He wrestled for the Indians in 1983 through 1985 and was a 1983 member of the IHSA State Third Place Team. The team was the 1984 Regional Champions. After high school he played for the 1986 Augustana Vikings who were the NCAA Division III National Champions. He was the Defensive Line Coach for the 1989 11-1 4-A Semifinals Bettendorf Bulldogs.
From 1990 to the present he has been a defensive line coach, defensive coordinator and head coach of the Carthage Blueboys/Illini West Chargers. The team was IHSA 1A State Champions in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2000; IHSA 2A Runner-ups 2002, 2003 and 2004; IHSA 3A State Champions in 2008 and 2010; and IHSA 3A Semifinals in 2009; and from 2013 to the present he has been an assistant coach and head coach for the Illini West Chargers Wrestling program. From 1990 to 2020 he served as head coach for the Carthage Blueboys/Bluegirls Middle School Track program that had the following accomplishments: 1st 2014 Girls, 2010 Boys, 2009 Boys, 2008 Boys, 2007 Boys, 2003 Girls; 2nd 2009 Girls; 3rd 2013 Girls, 2008 Girls; and 4th 2014 Boys, 2013 Boys.
His interests and hobbies include grilling and smoking meats, yard work, reading history books, and improving his coaching knowledge. He has served as a Carthage Middle School history teacher from 1990 to the present. He and his wife, Denise, live in Carthage and have four children: Erick (Julie), Nick, Chloe and Jaxon.
While playing basketball for the Thomson Trojans, Devin Ehrich was the 2004-05 Regional & Sectional IHSA 3-point shooting Champion and qualified for the IHSA 3-point Showdown where he finished in 2nd place. In 2005-06 He received IBCA All-State Honorable Mention and was team captain that year. He also received the free throw award and was named to the All-Tourney Turkey Tournament Team.
After consolidation into West Carroll for the 2005-6 school year, he was named MVP of the Oregon Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament, was named to the West Carroll Holiday All-Tournament Team and was team captain and won the free throw award. In 2006 he was a 3-point shooter in the Regional & Sectional tournaments.
Following high school he attended Sauk Valley Community College from 2006 to 2008 and then attended Ashford University from 2009 to 2012. While at SVCC he was named to the 2007-2008 DuPage All-Tournament Team, was leader in assists in 2007-2008 and was team captain in 2007-2008. While at Ashford he broke his leg and did not play for two years.
He was named Academic All-Conference at Ashford from 2010 to 2012, was on the NABC Honor Court from 2010 to 2012, NAIA Academic All-American 2011-2012, was Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete 2011-2012, was named Ashford University Comeback Player of Year 2011-2012 and Ashford University Male Scholar Athlete of the Year 2011-2012. He was on the Ashford Dean's List 2010 to 2012 and the Ashford Honor Society 2010 to 2012.
He and his wife Haley currently live in Dubuque. He helps teach Bitty Basketball and still is involved with basketball, baseball and hiking. He has been a banking call center supervisor for five years.