Though by becoming two separate high schools may have cut the number of potential athletes in half for Waukegan East High, this did not result in a let down of athletic successes at the school. Waukegan East had many great teams and athletes succeed in several different sports. The best of these as found on the IHSA website (www.ihsa.org) are acknowledged below. We are still in need of Waukegan East High School’s school fight song.
The lady linksters of Waukegan East High School were one of the best golf programs in the state duriung their tenure!! Check out their incredible run in the IHSA Finals for the 15 year period the school was officially open. Two STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Eleven TOP-TEN Team Finishes, Five Regional titles, Four District titles, and Three Sectional titles.
1975-76 IHSA STATE CHAMPIONS!! Coach Carol Voight
Alicia Ogrin 5TH Place
Lori Sackman 8TH Place
1976-77 IHSA State Finals – FOURTH Place!!
Alicia Ogrin STATE CHAMPION!
1977-78 IHSA State Finals – FOURTH Place!!
1978-79 IHSA State Finals – FIFTH Place!!
Claudia Ogrin 14TH Place
1979-80 IHSA State Finals – FIFTH Place!!
Claudia Ogrin 5TH Place
1980-81 IHSA STATE CHAMPIONS!! Coach Bob Franz
1981-82 IHSA State Finals – SECOND Place!!
Amy Salata 11TH Place
1982-83 IHSA State Finals – SEVENTH Place!!
1986-87 IHSA State Finals – NINTH Place!!
1987-88 IHSA State Finals – SEVENTH Place!!
Kim Hodge 11TH Place
1988-89 Team Won Regional Championship
Kim Hodge 4TH Place
1989-90 IHSA State Finals – FIFTH Place!!
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
The boys track team left their mark on the WEHS sports scene as well. A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP and several Individual GOLD MEDALISTS helped the tracksters make a name for Waukegan East High School on the IHSA track & field circuit.
1976-77 Individual Medalists
Relay Team 1 Mile Relay 6TH Place
1977-78 Individual Medalists
Relay Team 1 Mile Relay 4TH Place
Artis Yancey 440 Yard Dash 7TH Place
1979-80 IHSA STATE CHAMPIONS!! Coach Marvin Arrington
David Greathouse Long Jump STATE CHAMPION!!
300 M Hurdles 6TH Place
Nate Sloan 200 M Dash STATE CHAMPION!!
100 M Dash 7TH Place
Relay Team 4×100 M Relay STATE CHAMPIONS!!
4×400 M Relay 4TH Place
1980-81 Individual Medalist
Kevin Johnson 400 M Dash 5TH Place
200 M Dash 7TH Place
Clint Solomon Long Jump 7TH Place
1981-82 Team Placed EIGHTH at IHSA State Meet!
Clint Solomon Long Jump 4TH Place (tie)
Dwight Newsome Long Jump 4TH Place (tie)
Wayne Norman 800 M Run 4TH Place
Trent Robinson Triple Jump 6TH Place
Relay Team 4×100 M Relay 7TH Place
1982-83 Team Placed THIRD at IHSA State Meet!!
Don Wells Long Jump 2ND Place
200 M Dash 7TH Place
Trent Robinson Triple Jump 2ND Place
Clint Solomon Long Jump 3RD Place
Triple Jump 3RD Place
1985-86 Individual Medalists
Stan Griffin Triple Jump 5TH Place
Qahhar Islam Triple Jump 8TH Place
The boys baseball team brought home two Regional Titles in back to back seasons during the mid-1980’s. Unfortunately, the team records and coach’s names of these and other great baseball teams in WEHS history are not currently available.
1983-84 Regional Champions
1984-85 Regional Champions
The boys’ basketball team also enjoyed several solid seasons on the hardwood court. Five different teams won Regional Titles, all under the leadership of Coach Larry Lennartz. Four of these titles were in consecutive years during the mid-1980’s as well.
1975-77 Coach Robert Joor
1977-79 Coach Mel Yancey
1979-80 Coach Larry Lennartz
1980-81 18 – 7 Coach Larry Lennartz
1981-82 22 – 5 Regional Champions Coach Larry Lennartz
1982-83 Coach Larry Lennartz
1983-84 11 – 11 Coach Larry Lennartz
1984-85 17 – 10 Regional Champions Coach Larry Lennartz
1985-86 12 – 12 Regional Champions Coach Larry Lennartz
1986-87 12 – 12 Regional Champions Coach Larry Lennartz
1987-88 15 – 12 Regional Champions Coach Larry Lennartz
1988-89 Coach Larry Lennartz
Two seasons of basetball for the girls lead to Regional Titles as well. Unfortunately, the coach’s names and team records of these and other great girls’ basketball teams are not currently available.
1981-82 Regional Champions Coach James Askew
1982-83 Regional Champions Coach James Askew
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Dave Erdal was the only Waukegan East harrier to earn medalist honors at the IHSA State Cross Country meet.
1975-76 Individual Medalist – Dave Erdal 10th Place
We know the boys competed on the grid iron, however, currently no records are available for the years that Waukegan East High School was technically open.
The linksters of East High School had some nice seasons as well. In fact, Dave Ogrin brought home the IHSA Individual Championship in the school’s first year of existence, 1975-76! Even today, Ogrin continues playing as a card-carrying member of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).
1975-76 Team Won District Championship
Dave Ogrin STATE CHAMPION!!
1976-77 Team Qualified for IHSA State Finals
1977-78 Team Won District Championship
1979-80 Team Won District Championship
The boys soccer program at WEHS had some nice seasons to remember. Including some good records and TWO Regional titles.
1975-78 Coach Mike Radakovich
1978-79 7 – 7 – 3 Coach Mike Radakovich
1979-80 Coach Mike Radakovich
1980-81 10 – 6 – 2 Coach Ray Martinez
1981-83 Coach Robert Smith
1983-84 Coach Rommel Guzman
1984-85 7 – 4 – 4 Coach Rommel Guzman
1985-86 Coach Rommel Guzman
1986-87 13 – 5 – 1 Coach Rommel Guzman
1987-88 12 – 5 – 5 Regional Champions Coach Rommel Guzman
1988-89 Regional Champions Coach Rommel Guzman
1989-90 Coach Rommel Guzman
Four District Championships highlighted the successes of the lady’s tennis program at Waukegan East High School.
1976-77 District Champions
1977-78 District Champions
1978-79 District Champions
1979-80 District Champions
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Several lady tracksters earned individual medals at the IHSA State Track Meet. Included in this group is Long Jump State Champion Kim Atwater!
1981-82 Individual Medalist
Vanessa Vernon Long Jump 4TH Place
1982-83 Individual Medalists
Relay Team 4×100 M Relay 6TH Place
Brenda Lee 100 M Dash 8TH Place
1983-84 Individual Medalists
Relay Team 800 M Med Rel 5TH Place
Kim Atwater 400 M Dash 7TH Place
Brenda Lee 100 M Dash 7TH Place
1984-85 Individual Medalist
Kim Atwater Long Jump STATE CHAMPION!!
400 M Dash 8TH Place
1988-89 Individual Medalist
Kiecia Webb 400 M Dash 6TH Place
The WEHS girls volleyball program was highly competitive in the IHSA Tourney. Three District, Three Regional, and One Sectional title helped make the girls volleyball program one of the best in its area.
1975-76 10 – 5 District Champions Coach Kat Kincaid
1976-77 Coach Kat Kincaid
1977-78 12 – 8 IHSA SWEET 16 Finalist!! Coach Laura (Menser) Dunn
1978-79 10 – 12 Coach Laura (Menser) Dunn
1979-80 9 – 9 Coach Laura (Menser) Dunn
1980-81 17 – 15 District Champions Coach Laura (Menser) Dunn
1981-82 7 – 10 Coach Laura (Menser) Dunn
1982-83 11 – 7 Regional Champions Coach Laura (Menser) Dunn
1983-84 7 – 8 Coach Laura (Menser) Dunn
1985-86 22 – 12 Regional Champions Coach Gina Ensalaco
1986-87 19 – 15 Regional Champions Coach Gina Ensalaco
1987-88 10 – 18 Coach Gina Ensalaco
The grapplers earned Three Top-Ten finishes in State Finals Competition. Two District titles, Two Regional titles, and One Sectional title concluded the team successes. Dan Mota led the Indivdiual Medalists with TWO GOLD MEDALS in consecutive seasons.
Waukegan East HS’s freshmen wrestling coach was Lawrence TenPas. Coach TenPas was once known as State Champion wrestler Larry TenPas of Waukegan High School. As a high school wrestler Larry TenPas won consecutive state championships at the 145 lbs. weight class in 1951 and 1952. His brother, Charles TenPas, took 2nd place at 120 lbs. in 1952 as well. Coach Larry TenPas has a record for pinning all four of his opponents in the State Finals. He is also only 3-Time all American Wrestler from Waukegan!
1975-76 Individual Medalist Coach Lawrence TenPas
Mark Smith 145 lbs. Wgt. Class 3RD Place
1978-79 Individual Medalist Coach Lawrence TenPas
Chris Nicholson HWT Wgt. Class 6TH Place
1979-80 Team Placed SIXTH in the State Finals! Coach Lawrence TenPas
Chris Nicholson HWT Wgt. Class 3RD Place
Mario Urbina 112 lbs. Wgt. Class 4TH Place
1980-81 Team Placed NINTH in the State Finals! Coach Lawrence TenPas
Dan Mota 145 lbs. Wgt. Class STATE CHAMPION!!
Tyrone Harris 138 lbs. Wgt. Class 5TH Place
1981-82 Team Placed THIRD in the State Finals! Coach Lawrence TenPas
Dan Mota 155 lbs. Wgt. Class STATE CHAMPION!!
Tyrone Harris 145 lbs. Wgt. Class 3RD Place
Otis Boose 167 lbs. Wgt. Class 3RD Place
1986-87 Team Won Regional Championship Coach Tim Albers
Freshmen coach – Lawrence TenPas
1987-88 Individual Medalist Coach Tim Albers
Keith Elrod 155 lbs. Wgt. Class 5TH Place
Freshmen coach – Lawrence TenPas
1988-89 Team Won Regional Championship Coach Tim Albers
Freshmen coach – Lawrence TenPas
INDIVIDUAL EVENTS COMPETITION
Three individuals earned medals in the IHSA’s Individual Events Speech Competition. In fact, Neil Flynn and Mike Shklair won GOLD Medals in their respective duet event in 1978!!
1977 Lee Murkey Prose 3RD Place
1978 Neil Flynn Humor Duet STATE CHAMPION!
1978 Mike Shklair Humor Duet STATE CHAMPION!
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