Downers Grove South High School will welcome seven new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame next month, school officials announced Thursday.
The inductees include three former athletes and two coaches—all of whom have made substantial contributions to South High's athletic programs.
“We are pleased to honor these people for their athletic accomplishments and vast contributions to our programs,” said South High School Athletic Director Randall Konstans. “Each one of them has set an example for all of us and a foundation of athletic success at our school.”
The inductees will be welcomed into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday, Feb. 9, at South High, 1436 Norfolk St. A social hour will be held at 4 p.m., followed by the sophomore basketball game at 4:30 p.m. The induction ceremony will be held in the main gym at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity boys basketball game.
South High Class of 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame
- Jennifer (Gabel) Buckley, Class of 1991, will receive an “Athlete” award. She was “most valuable player” in girls basketball at South High in 1991. She was a four-year varsity letter winner and starter in girls basketball, and served for three years as captain. She was West Suburban Conference All-Conference in 1989, 1990 and 1991 and Sun Times All-area team girls basketball in 1990 and 1991. In addition, Buckley was also a starter in girls volleyball for three years. She went on to serve as captain and an NIIC all conference player at Aurora University from 1992 to 1995, and holds several women’s basketball records there. Currently Jennifer Buckley, Ed.D, is Director and Associate Professor in the School of Health and Physical Education at Aurora University.
- Richard and Pat Costante, Sr. will receive the “Friends of the Program” award. Dick (who is deceased) and Pat Costante, former owners of Jakes Pizza in Lisle, were tireless friends of multiple sports at South High from 1984 to 1998 and supported all team causes with their time, money and food service. They supported baseball, football, boys and girls basketball, volleyball, softball and cheerleading, providing team dinners, award banquets and countless celebrations. They donated pizzas to concession and sponsored fundraisers at their restaurant, donated the first concession trailer used by numerous sports, rented coach busses for state trips in football and volleyball and hosted WSC pre and post season meetings. The couple also funded the Costante scholarship for a male and female athlete each year until 2010.
- Phil Fox, who coached at South High from 1985 to 2007, will receive the “Coach” award. He coached football for 24 years and baseball for 23 years. As a head baseball coach, he averaged 23 wins per season, ending with a career record 279-150. Six of his teams were WSC champions, and he coached five all-state players and seven players that were drafted into professional baseball. Fox also brought numerous pieces of equipment to the baseball program including screens, bullpens, the concession trailer, and more. He was an IHSBCA Hall of Fame and Man of the Year recipient in 2007. Today, Fox serves as a substitute teacher at South High and an instructor at the Bull/Sox Academy.
- Ouida Gabel, who coached girls basketball from 1973 to 1990, will receive the “Coach” award posthumously. She established the girls basketball program at South High, and led the program to DPVL conference champions three times and regional champions four times. She achieved six consecutive years of over 20 win seasons, and was named the Suburban Life Coach of the Year two times. Gabel also served as assistant varsity softball coach from 1974 to 1978. She founded the DOLLS girls softball league in 1969.
- Jim Moyar, Class of 1979, will receive the “Athlete” award. Moyar ran cross country and track and was named “most valuable player” in track. He set school record in the 880 yd. dash and was conference champion; he was also a state qualifier in the 880 yd. dash and two mile relay and placed 5th in state in the 880 yd. dash. He went on to run cross country and track at Notre Dame and was team captain, earning four varsity letters. He also set a Notre Dame record in the 4 x 1600 relay and qualified for the NCAA championship meet.
- Egle Staisiunaite, Class of 2007 will receive the “Athlete” award. She is one of the most decorated athletes in school history. She was a state qualifier in three track events her freshman year, and won six state medals in her career, including state championships in the 100m and 300m. She was honored as Gatorade Illinois Track and Field athlete of the year in 2007. She went on to complete in track at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and was a multiple NCAA national qualifier. She also participated in international competitions as a member of the Lithuanian National Track and Field Team, including the European Championships and the London 2012 Olympics. Staisiunaite will serve as the new head coach for girls track in the upcoming season.
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