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Latin Welcomes New Members to Athletic Hall of Fame at the Big Games

Latin Welcomes New Members to Athletic Hall of Fame at the Big Games

On January 31, 2020, Latin’s Athletic Hall of Fame was formally reignited with the induction of eight outstanding new members. The individuals ranged in age from the class of 1969 to the class of 2006 and represented a swath of Latin’s athletic offerings including: football, basketball, baseball, swimming, water polo, tennis, volleyball, track, cross country and soccer.

The alums and their families gathered at Latin prior to the Big Games event for the official ceremony where, following remarks by Assistant Head of School Shelley Greenwood and Director of Athletics Sonny Lim, former Director of Athletics Tom Bower had the honor of presenting each with a plaque. He also shared the accomplishments of each new member during their time at Latin and beyond (see below for full detail). According to Bower, despite their respective sport, the Hall of Famers share several important characteristics including, “outstanding athleticism, dedication, willingness to make sacrifices, ability to excel under pressure, consistency, and the most impressive: perseverance in the face of adversity.” Following the ceremony at Latin, the Hall of Famers were announced and recognized with a standing ovation by Latin fans during half-time at the Big Games.  

Latin’s Athletic Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor Latin student-athletes, coaches, team and sports contributors for achievements and/or contributions to the Latin athletic program. The eight new athletes join an impressive group of 23 individuals and five teams previously inducted. 

Congratulations to all.

Go Romans!


Complete list of current members:


John Goodwillie '27
Duke Zeigler '37
Johnny Groth '45
Jack Otis '51
Norm Wissing '53
Kenneth Fisher '54
Jeff Cohn '59
Russ Cangelosi '68
Michael McCarthy '69
Peter Bastone '75
Diana Tratner '77
Thor Malek '78
Robert Goshen '80
Thomas Sass '80
Lloyd Biddle '82
Brennan Washburn '83
Stacey Knowles '84
Cyril 'Tommy' Mowatt '85
Adedunla Akerele-Ale '86
Nathaniel Coffman '86
Leslie Johnson '87
Traci Taylor '87
Christina Trevino '89
Lesley Young '89
Alexi Giannoulias '94
Zach Spreitzer '95
Laura Granville '99
Santia Jackson ’99
Johanes Maliza '99
Katherine Paglini '02
Emily Maynard '06 


'76-'77 Field Hockey
'80-'81 Girls Basketball
'81-'82 Boys Basketball
'83-84 Boys Cross Country
'83-'84 Girls Volleyball

Accomplishments of athletes inducted in January 2020:

Michael McCarthy,  Class of 1969
Football, Basketball, Baseball

  • Earned 11 varsity letters
  • Captain of all three sports
  • Member of championship football and baseball teams in 1968
  • All-league in all three sports, including 1st team Baseball 3 years and Basketball 1 year
  • MVP for Basketball & Baseball teams
  • Latin School Athlete of the Year ‘69
  • Average 25 pts/game in basketball and set record for most points in a game (43), a record which stood for 41 years
  • In 1969 led Latin basketball team to best record since 1954
  • Considered one of Latin’s best all-around athletes of the 1960’s

Alexi Giannoulias, Class of 1994

  • MVP- 3 years
  • All-League - 3 years
  • Led ISL in scoring his junior year
  • ISL Player-of-the-Year 2 years
  • Chicago Tribune All-Area player as a junior
  • All-State qualifier in 3-point Shootout as a senior
  • All-time leading scorer in Latin history when he graduated (1,506)
  • 4 years of collegiate basketball (1-year University of Chicago, 3 years at Boston University)
  • Professional basketball in Greece for Panionios Basketball Club in the top tier of the Greek Basketball League

Zach Spreitzer, Class of 1995
Swimming, Water Polo

  • Swimming- MVP each year - 4 years
  • As a senior he held all 8 individual school records at Latin
  • State qualifier in Backstroke, 3 years
  • Water Polo- MVP for 3 years
  • Water Polo- 1st team All-State 3 years (only 3-time 1st team all-state player in Latin history)
  • All-time leading scorer in Latin history when he graduated
  • Latin School Athlete of the Year ‘95
  • Columbia University- 2 years of swimming & 4 years of water polo

Laura Granville, Class of 1999

  • Illinois State Singles Champion in 1996 (an undefeated singles record)
  • 2-time NCAA singles champion while at Stanford University
  • 2-time NCAA All-American
  • Holds current NCAA record for most consecutive singles victories – 58
  • 2-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player-of-the-Year 
  • Played 7 full years on the Women’s Tennis Association tour. During her career, she advanced to the 3rd round or better at the 4 Grand Slam tournaments
  • Among her notable professional highlights were Wimbledon victories over Grand Slam champions Mary Pierce and Martina Hingis
  • Currently, the coach of women’s tennis at Princeton University, who are the defending Ivy League champions

Santia Jackson, Class of 1999
Volleyball, Basketball, Track

  • 3-time team MVP
  • Twice ISL Player of the Year
  • Latin’s all-time leader in points scored at graduation (1,301 pts)
  • Latin School Female Athlete of the Year ‘99
  • IBCA All-State
  • Top 100 Player in USA
  • 4-year player at Georgetown University
  • Played professionally 7 years 2003-2010 in Russia, Finland, Ecuador, Spain, Puerto Rico, and last July played in the International Military Sports Council World Games (109 countries/10,000 athletes) in China.
  • Nominated this year for Air Force Athlete of the Year

Johanes Maliza, Class of 1999
Soccer, Cross Country

  • State qualifier in cross country
  • Led Latin to 2 ISL soccer championships
  • Twice ISL Player of the year
  • Twice IHSSCA All-State
  • Chicago Tribune All-State team ‘99
  • Twice NSCCA All-Midwest team
  • NSCCA All-American selection senior year ‘99
  • Parade Magazine High School All-American ‘99
  • All-time Latin School leader in goals scored in a season (43) and in a career (79)
  • Latin School Male Athlete of the Year ‘02
  • 4-year player at Stanford University, playing in the NCAA College Cup Final vs UCLA in 2002
  • 2002 First Team Academic All-American (1 of 10 in Stanford soccer history)
  • Drafted 46th in the Major League Soccer draft by the San Jose Earthquakes
  • After MSL, played professionally for the Puerto Rico Islanders in the USL First Division

Katherine Paglini, Class of 2002
Swimming, Water Polo

  • 2-time MVP in swimming
  • State qualifier in 8 events over 2 years
  • Latin School Female Athlete of the Year ‘02
  • Current school record holder in 100-yd Backstroke, 200-yd Individual Medley, and the 50-yd Freestyle making her the longest swim record holder in school history
  • Illinois High School State Champion in the 100-yd Backstroke for two years
  • ChicagoTribune Athlete of the Week in 2000 & 2001
  • US Open finalist in the 100-yd Backstroke in 2001
  • 2-year 1st team All-American in 200-yd Individual Medley & 100-yd Backstroke
  • Participated in the Olympic Trials in 2000
  • A Stellar 4-year career in swimming at Northwestern University

Emily Maynard, Class of 2006

  • 4-time team MVP
  • 4-time all-conference 
  • 3-time ISL Player of the Year
  • 4-time All-Sectional
  • 2-time All-State
  • Latin’s career leader in career goals scored (79) and career assists (90) and holds the record for most assists in a single season (25)
  • Latin School Female Athlete of the Year ‘06
  • Member 4 ISL championships, 4 regional championships and led Latin to the Illinois State Soccer Championship, the first team state championship in Latin’s history
  • 4-year DI athlete at University of Maryland (led Maryland in scoring during her freshman year) and Central Florida University (played in NCAA tournament both years at UCF)


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