The Mercer County School District Hall of Fame Committee has chosen former Westmer coach Doug Crowell along with the 2005 and 2006 Aledo football teams for the 2014 Hall of Fame induction. The induction ceremony will be held at a high school basketball game on January 31st.
Coach Crowell had several coaching assignments throughout his career, but he is best known for his work with the cross country team. Many of his student athletes had state-level victories and five of his teams qualified for the state cross country meet. The 1985 boys’ team finished 4th at the state meet and the 1992 boys’ team finished 5th. In 1991 and again in 1992, the boys’ AND girls’ teams qualified for the state meet. Coach Crowell’s teams won over 100 meets, and in 1994, he was inducted into the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
In 2005, the 8-1 Aledo Green Dragon Football team won its first four playoff games and advanced to the championship game in Champaign where they lost to Dakota. The next year, the team returned to the state championship game where they fell to Tuscola 35 to 20. The 2006 team finished the season with a 13-1 record.