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In 1964 Keith Ryan wasn’t just sports announcer WKRS-AM. He also had two-hour music show weekday afternoons. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA

In 1964, Keith Ryan wasn’t just a sports announcer at WKRS-AM. He also had a two-hour music show on weekday afternoons. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA FILE PHOTO

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TICKET INFORMATION

Magestic Midlane Country Club on the far northwest side of Waukegan will be the site of the banquet.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person or $360 for a table of eight and are available by calling the Foundation at (847) 543-2646.

2012 KEITH RYAN SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

ELIZABETH GUTIERREZ

Attended Stevenson High School where she participated in soccer for four years.

She plays on the CLC soccer team and plans to be a special education teacher or an aide at the elementary school level.

JOSHUA MAY

Graduated from Stevenson High in 2009 and is in his second year at CLC.

He currently is co-editor-in-chief of CLC’s student newspaper, The Chronicle. Last March, he won two awards at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association Conference, including a first place in news writing.

FRANCISCO RIVERA

Attended Zion-Benton High School, where he participated in soccer and wrestling for four years.

He plays on the CLC soccer team and is majoring in physical education. After graduating from CLC, he plans to pursue a health and fitness career.

HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2012

Gary Bereiter (Zion-Benton High School)

Brian Colbert (North Chicago and Zion-Benton)

Eric Eckenstahler (Antioch),

Norm Erickson (Libertyville)

Andy Farrisey (Stevenson)

John Graham (Mundelein)

Randy Kuceyeski (Libertyville)

Dr. Edward May (Warren)

Quiande Moore (Zion-Benton)

Joel Peebles (Grayslake Central

Don Swanson (Northern Officials Association)

Kevin Walter (Libertyville)

Updated: December 28, 2012 1:15AM



A couple of weeks ago, there was much reminiscing on the airwaves and in print about The Sportswriters/The Sportswriters On TV talk shows.

The reason was the passing of one of the shows’ anchors, Bill Jauss.

But long before there was a Sportswriters talk show on WGN radio or The Sportswriters On TV show, there was Keith Ryan.

For Lake County high school basketball fans, Keith WAS our “sportswriter” on the air.

Each Saturday and Sunday morning, he filled the 9 a.m. time slot on gone-but-not-forgotten radio station WKRS-AM (1220) with hoops talk, followed by the tape-delayed airing of a hoops game he called the night before.

He made high school basketball come alive for multiple generations of Lake County sports fans.

And when he lost his battle with illness, we all lost.

To honor his memory, the College of Lake County Foundation holds a banquet each year in his honor.

This year, the CLC Foundation’s 24th Keith Ryan Scholarship Fund and Sports Banquet will be held Thursday at Midlane Golf Resort (Yorkhouse Road, west of Delany Road) on the far northwest side of Waukegan.

The banquet will recognize 12 new inductees into the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame and three CLC scholarship recipients — Elizabeth Gutierrez, Joshua May and Francisco Rivera (pictured at top of this page)..

Ryan spent nearly 25 years promoting local sports in Lake County. Proceeds from the event help fund three annual $1,000 scholarships for CLC students — one for a student pursuing a career in print or broadcast communications and two for a sophomore male and female student-athlete.

Since the scholarship’s inception, more than $60,000 has been raised for journalism students and student-athletes.

Being inducted into the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame are Gary Bereiter (Zion-Benton High School), Brian Colbert (North Chicago High School and Zion-Benton High School), Eric Eckenstahler (Antioch High School), Norm Erickson (Libertyville High School), Andy Farrisey (Stevenson High School), John Graham (Mundelein High School), Randy Kuceyeski (Libertyville High School), Dr. Edward May (Warren High School), Quiande Moore (Zion-Benton High School), Joel Peebles (Grayslake Central High School), Don Swanson (Northern Officials Association) and Kevin Walter (Libertyville High School).

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person or $360 for a table of eight and are available by calling the Foundation at (847) 543-2646.



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