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5 men joining ranks of Ottawa High Hall of Fame

1967-68 football team also to be inducted

Five individuals and one team have been selected as 2020 inductees to the Ottawa High School Hall of Fame.

The Ottawa High School Hall of Fame was established in 2006 by the OHS District 140 Educational Foundation Inc. The focus of the Hall of Fame is to recognize an individual's or team's excellence in achievement while a high school student, after leaving OHS or a combination of both. Honorees may or may not have attended Ottawa High but were significant and accomplished contributors to the school.

A banquet will be held to present and honor inductees on Saturday, Feb. 8. Additionally, inductees will be introduced at the OHS basketball game on Friday, Feb. 7.

The inductees for 2020 are:

ARTHUR HENTRICH, Class of 1912: Arthur Hentrich, while still a junior at Ottawa High School, organized the first band at OHS in 1910. Hentrich was a prominent musician in the community playing cornet solos since the age of 5. He continued to perform in a variety of venues and orchestras throughout his life.

In 1932, he accepted an invitation from Ottawa High School officials to formally institute a band program. He formally organized the band on Oct. 10, 1932, with a first public appearance of the band on Nov. 16, 1932, at the dedication ceremonies of Ottawa High School’s Kingman Memorial Gymnasium. He later formed a grade school band to prepare performers for their high school years.

The band performed extensively within Ottawa, making numerous public appearances at school functions, civic events, parades, military reviews and concerts. After 18 years of leading the OHS Band, Hentrich retired to devote his full time to business, operating the family music store that had been in existence since 1899. He passed the reins of the band program to Ray Makeever, who then led the award-winning program for more than three decades.

MARK FURLONG, Class of 1975: After graduating from Ottawa High School, Mark Furlong received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, finance and business from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He became certified as a CPA, rising through various positions at major accounting firms to eventually become an audit partner for Deloitte & Touche.

Furlong then transitioned to other corporate finance positions, among others, serving as chief financial officer of Old Kent Financial Corporation, before moving to Marshall & Ilsley Bank (M&I) as CFO in 2001, then elected president of M&I in 2004, adding the titles of chief executive officer in 2007, and chairman of the board in 2010. At the time, M&I was the largest bank in Wisconsin and the 38th largest bank in the U.S. In 2011, M&I was acquired by BMO Harris Bank, which is the U.S. presence of the Bank of Montreal, and Furlong was immediately named president and CEO of the combined U.S. institution.

At the time of Furlong's retirement from BMO Harris in 2015, it was the 25th largest bank in the United States. He currently serves on corporate boards for Boston Private Financial Holdings Inc., Kforce Inc., Antares Capital and Heska Corporation.

His current and past commitments include serving on the Chicago Board of Education as an appointee of then-Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, LEAP Innovations, Common Ground Foundation, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Froedtert Health, and the United Performing Arts Fund and Chicago United, among others.

KANE FARABAUGH, Class of 1995: Kane Farabaugh is an award-winning television broadcast journalist, documentary filmmaker, writer and digital producer in a career that spans three decades and datelines ranging from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to riots in Ferguson, Mo., to U.S. presidential elections to the Olympics. He also is an experienced interviewer discussing world events with, among others, presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton; vice presidents Walter Mondale, Al Gore and Joe Biden; actors Tom Hanks, William Shatner, Ewan McGregor and Robin Williams; film directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg; German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, Polish President and Nobel Peace prize recipient Lech Walesa, and former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. 

Farabaugh currently serves as Midwest correspondent for Voice of America, one of the largest broadcasting organizations in the world. In 2019, he was awarded first place in the National Headliner Awards for his coverage of the trade dispute between the United States and China and the impact on farmers in the American heartland. 

His career began in Korea and Japan as a military broadcaster with the U.S. Air Force, later working as a commercial TV reporter in cities including Rockford; Tampa, Fla.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Charleston, W.V.; and Syracuse, N.Y.  As a civilian director of special projects for the American Forces Network Europe in Germany, Farabaugh managed complex television projects including coverage of military operations in the Middle East. He was honored as the 2002 Army Civilian Broadcast Journalist of the Year, and was twice awarded the Civilian Service Commendation Medal. 

Farabaugh also creates independently produced, original television programming from concept through production to broadcast, including the five-part documentary series “A Golden Cross to Bear: A Story of the 33rd Division in World War I,” which earned two Midwest Emmy Awards. It is the fourth Emmy Award among over 20 Emmy nominations for his production company KaneStar Productions in association with PBS. 

Farabaugh is the recipient of several RTDNA Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, Associated Press Awards, International Clarion Awards, Chicago Headline Club, Society of Professional Journalists, Religion News Association and New York Festivals Awards, among others. He is a member of Rotary Club and serves on the board of the Ottawa YMCA.

TRAVIS HAGENBUCH, Class of 2003: After graduation from Ottawa High School, Travis Hagenbuch attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater design and production in 2007. He has specialized in directing lighting for live television events.

Hagenbuch has received numerous awards for his work, including six Emmy Awards and four additional Emmy nominations. His Emmy Awards were: 2010 for the Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, 2011 for the Grammy Awards, 2012 for the Grammy Awards, 2015 for the Baku European Games Opening Ceremony, 2016 for "Grease Live!," and in 2018 for "Jesus Christ Superstar." The additional Emmy Nominations were in 2013 for the Grammy Awards, 2014 "The Queen Latifah Show" (Season 1), 2017 for the 89th Academy Awards, and again in 2018 for the 90th Academy Awards.

Among the projects for which he has directed lighting for live television events are the Olympics, President Barack Obama’s inaugural celebration, Super Bowl halftime show with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, BET Awards and television specials for Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, and Betty White’s 90th birthday.

Hagenbuch has continued his connection with Ottawa High School, returning to do the lighting for a Walt Willey show as well as retired music director Roger Amm’s final OHS choir concert, as well as providing additional advice when requested.

MICHAEL HERMOSILLO, Class of 2013: Michael Hermosillo excelled in both football and baseball at Ottawa High School and the high school's first Major League Baseball player, currently playing outfield for the Los Angeles Angels.

While at OHS, Hermosillo was twice the Times’ Football Player of the Year and also twice the Baseball Player of the Year. He received a scholarship to play football at the University of Illinois after being one of the top running backs and defensive backs in the state during his three-year varsity career. He continues to own numerous all-time and season rushing records at OHS, including first in career scoring (296 points), first in season scoring (180 points), second in career rushing (3,470 yards), first and fourth in season rushing (2,005 and 1,324 yards), and first, fifth and sixth in single game rushing (351, 291, and 283 yards). He was an All-State selection his senior year, leading OHS to the quarterfinals of the state football playoffs with the team finishing 11-1.

In baseball at OHS, he was All-State his senior year, batting .485, and during his four years on the OHS varsity team had a batting average of .435.

In 2013 Hermosillo was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels and signed with them, foregoing football at the University of Illinois. He worked his way through the Angels’ farm system before being called up to the Major League with the Los Angeles Angels on May 18, 2018.

1967-68 VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM: The 1967-68 varsity football team was described by head coach Bill Novak as “one of the greatest football teams in the history of Ottawa High.” They were a perfect 9-0, winning the NCIC Northeast Conference title. The record pushed Ottawa’s winning streak to 28 straight games. They scored a total of 319 points (35.4 average) to their opponents’ 58 points (6.4 average). Their closest game was won by 12 points, with only two opponents all season scoring more than one touchdown, four opponents did not score at all, and the most any opponent scored was 25 points (in a 60-25 OHS victory).

Senior lineman Al Dooley was named the team’s most valuable player. Seniors Ken Herington and Randy Olson were co-captains. Center Scott Willis and end Randy Olson were named to the All-State team.

The All-NCIC team included Scott Willis, Randy Olson, Al Dooley, Jim Zidow, Ken Herington and Brian Neilsen. Leading scorer and rusher was Brian Neilsen, rushing for 820 yards and scoring 113 points on 13 touchdowns and 35 point after touchdown conversions. Juniors Mike Barber and George Sutherland shared quarterbacking duties and combined passed for 917 yards and 11 touchdowns. Randy Olson was the leading receiver with 21 catches for 353 yards and six touchdowns.

Team members were: Kent Wagner, Ernie Mathews, Mike Barber, Brian Neilsen, Gary Mooney, Gary Grunstad, Mike Hoskinson, Dan DeBernardi, George Sutherland, Fletcher Wells, Kim Besse, Gary Schuett, Dave Cheli, Joel Cechowicz, Ron Sanders, Mike Bretag, Tom Jobst, Bob Foutch, Dave Varatto, Ken Herington, Randy Olson, Larry Carroll, Scott Willis, Gary Grenter, Jim Zidow, Al Dooley, Tim Jobst, George Yednock, Don Jakubek, Dale Claus, Bob Maierhofer, Larry Pike, Chuck Willet, John Wendt, Mike Lacke, Kent Freise, Randy Capitani, Ted Pumo and Colen Willis, with managers Bob Risberg and Larry Goodin, equipment manager Jake Clausen, Head Coach Bill Novak and assistant coaches Dean Riley, Ralph Nelson and Ron Slack.

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