TriCounty During her senior year at Dunlap High School, Shawna proved not only her athletic ability, but her athletic versatility by excelling on the soccer field as well as the basketball and volleyball courts.
In a rare "double," Shawna was named Journal Star Soccer Player of the Year, and also Journal Star basketball Class A Player of the Year.
Neff became Dunlap's first all-state soccer player, in part by leading area players with 19 assists while scoring 22 goals. Shawna is currently a starter for the Air Force Academy Falcons basketball team. [written 2001]
During her senior year at Dunlap High School, Shawna proved not only her athletic ability, but her athletic versatility by excelling on the soccer field as well as the basketball and volleyball courts.
A two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at both Limestone High School and Illinois Central College, Thome went on to a legendary baseball career as one of the top sluggers in Major League Baseball history. A 13th-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, Thome made his MLB debut in 1991. After a 22-year career with Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, Thome ranks seventh in Major League history with 612 home runs and 24th with 1,699 runs batted in, while boasting a .276 career batting average. He was a five-time All-Star and received Most Valuable Player votes in nine different seasons. Thome helped Cleveland to World Series appearances in both 1995 and 1997 and he hit 17 career postseason home runs. Thome led the American League in slugging in 2002 (.677) and the National League with 47 home runs in 2003 and he received a 1996 Silver Slugger Award. Thome also was the 2006 Americal League Comeback Player of the Year. Recognized for his integrity, sportsmanship and community involvement, Thome received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004, as well as the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award and the 2004 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. The Cleveland organization dedicated a statue of Thome outside Progressive Field following his official retirement in 2014.