Urbana Hall of Fame
Three athletes and a former coach will be inducted today into the Urbana High School Hall of Fame at halftime of the Tigers' homecoming game against Decatur Eisenhower. The Class of 2007:
CODY ABBOTT (1996)
Abbott is one of the most decorated wrestlers in school history, earning three team MVP awards and four Most Aggressive Awards. A Big 12 Conference and sectional champ at 140 pounds, Abbott was a three-time state qualifier, collecting third- and second-place finishes. He still holds Urbana's school records for wins (158) and pins (101). He attended Illinois on a wrestling scholarship. Abbott now lives in Telluride, Colo., where he owns Top Notch Construction and Property Management.
MATT BUSEY (2000)
Busey was a high-energy soccer player for Randy Blackman's squads, becoming the first Tiger to earn all-state recognition. He was a two-time honoree on the All-Big 12, News-Gazette All-Area and All-Sectional teams. He finished his career as the team MVP, collecting 17 goals and eight assists. Busey was killed in a motorcycle accident last December in Arizona. In his honor, the school created the Matt Busey Spirit Award, given to the player who most exemplifies the characteristics Busey displayed as an Urbana student.
MATT MINNES (2000)
A letter winner in football, swimming and baseball, Minnes was best known as a standout on the baseball field, earning News-Gazette Area Player of the Year honors as a senior. The All-Big 12 Conference honoree and team MVP, Minnes established several school records including hits in a season (53) and a career (110). Minnes also gained acclaim in football, receiving all-conference honors as a punter. He went on to earn three letters in football as a punter at Illinois. Minnesis a financial service representative at Regions Bank.
JOHN STERGULZ (Honorary coach; 1967-81)
Stergulz helped develop some of the top teams in Urbana history, first as a coach at the junior high level. His 1972 junior high team finished second at state and eventually comprised an accomplished varsity team. He coached the freshman football team to an undefeated season and later moved on to coach the high school track and field team, with his last boys' team winning the Big 12 title. He is retired and lives in Arizona.