Carmi Sports Hall of Fame to Induct Six New Members

By: Toby Brown
Jun 6th, 2014

The Carmi Sports Hall of Fame has six new members.

Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Scott Rice has announced the Hall’s latest induction class, which includes one coach, a member of the Carmi graduating class of 1995, a member of the Class of 2003 and three honorees from the Class of 2004.

They are former softball skipper Larry Gariepy, the 2001 individual state co-champ in Class A golf, Kyle Hosick, multi-sport standout Kevin Wolff, Lady Bulldog basketball stars Jessica Minnick and Mandy Cummins, and an All-State center from the Bulldog football team, Daryl Simmons.

According to Rice, the committee will hold a formal induction ceremony for the six some time this fall.  The time, date and location will be announced later.

Hosick, a member of the Class of ’03, was a three-time qualifier and two-time medalist at the Class A state golf tournament.  He was the individual co-champ in 2001 and finished third in 2002.  He helped Terry Austin’s team to a third-place team finish in ’01 and a tie for fourth in ’02.

Hosick, a member of the Southern Illinois Golf Association Hall of Fame, was a four-time All-South pick, a four-time All-North Egypt Conference selection, the NEC individual champ in 2001 and co-champ in 2002, the individual regional champ in 2001 and 2002, and the SIGA junior champion in 2001 and 2002.

Until it was broken last fall by Neal Northcott, Hosick had held the school record for the lowest nine-hole round with a 31.  He earned a scholarship to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and later transferred to the University of Illinois.

At SIU-C, Hosick earned All-Missouri Valley Conference Honors as a freshman, and as a senior at U of I, he tied for 10th individually at the Big 10 Championship.

After graduating from Illinois, he turned professional and played one season on the Hooters Pro Tour.

Wolff, from the Class of 2004, was a three-year starting quarterback in football, a four-year starting shortstop/centerfielder in baseball, a state medalist in track and a three-year starting point guard in basketball.

At the time of his graduation, Wolff was the Bulldogs’ all-time leading career passer (2,249 yards) and single-season passer (1,145), and held records for most touchdown passes in a season (18) and a career (26).  He also established a new record for most return touchdowns and was second in career points (now sixth) and TDs scored (now sixth).

Wolff is the only known Carmi player to ever throw for, rush for and catch a touchdown in the same game (at Cairo in 2003).

In track, he broke the school record in the long jump (21-6 1/4, which still stands today) as a sophomore and also placed fourth at the Class A state meet that year (2002).

In baseball, where Wolff was known as much for his stellar defense as he was his offense, he was a big part of coach Craig Winter’s regional championship teams in 2003 and 2004. 

He earned a baseball scholarship to McKendree University, but later transferred to the University of Southern Indiana.  He was a two-time All-South pick and a two-time all-conference First Team pick in baseball.

It seemed there was nothing on a basketball court that Cummins (Class of 1995) couldn’t do -- and do well.  She finished her career with 951 points, putting her in the top 10 all-time for the Lady ‘Dogs.

She led the team in scoring (327) her senior season, was second on the team her junior season (314) and fifth during her sophomore campaign (165).   Cummins also holds the Lady Bulldog record for career steals with 331 and also the single-season record with 133 in 1994-95.  She is second in career assists for the Lady Bulldogs with 281.

An All-NEC First Teamer in 1993-94 and 1994-95 (and also the honorary captain in ’94-95), Cummins is also 10th on the Lady Bulldogs’ all-time rebounding list with 436 in her career.

Gariepy, a Bridgeport native, won nearly 300 games and took two teams to the Class A state softball tournament during his 12-year tenure as Lady Bulldog coach from 1991 through 2002.

Gariepy’s teams compiled an impressive 269-96-1 record in that span, a .737 winning percentage.  He is the all-time winningest softball coach in Carmi history.

Gariepy won 20-or-more games in nine of his 12 seasons, and was especially dominant in the North Egypt Conference, where he went 62-1 in his first nine seasons.  He won nine straight NEC crowns from 1991 through ’99, and also shared the title in 2002.

In 1991, Gariepy guided the Lady Bulldogs to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament and brought home a third-place trophy from the 1997 tourney.

In all, the Lady Bulldogs won eight regionals under Gariepy, who was diagnosed with colon cancer shortly before the start of the 2002 softball season. He overcame the cancer, retired briefly from coaching after the ’02 season, then re-emerged at Pope County.  He’s still coaching today in Clay County, where his daughter and twin granddaughters reside.

Only fellow Hall of Famer Jennifer Goin has scored more points in a Carmi basketball uniform than Minnick, a 2004 graduate who finished with 1,576 points in just three years as a starter.

She holds the Lady Bulldog records for most rebounds in a season (294), is second for career rebounds (704), and set the record for highest field goal percentage in a season (.651, set in 2001-02) and in a career (.623).

Minnick, the NEC MVP in the final year of the conference’s existence, also holds the Lady Bulldog record for highest scoring average in a season (20.7, set in 2003-04).

She was the Black Diamond Conference East MVP in 2003-04, a two-time All-South pick, a three-time all-conference First Team pick, an honorable mention on the Associated Press and Champaign News Gazette’s All-State girls’ basketball teams, and was named MVP of the Illinois squad at the USA Junior Nationals in Columbus, Ohio in 2003.

Minnick’s 661 points in the 2003-04 season is the most ever scored in a single season by a Lady Bulldog player.  She averaged 20.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game that season.

She helped the Lady Bulldogs to a 60-29 record during her three years as a starter and earned an athletic scholarship to play for the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

Another member of the Class of 2004, Simmons, is on the very short list of Bulldog football players who have ever earned a starting role as a freshman.

The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder, in fact, started on offense and defense for Kurt Simon’s team, and won plenty of accolades along the way, including a spot on the Illinois Football Coaches Association All-State team in 2003, Simmons’ senior season.

The center/defensive tackle was also named to the All-South, All-Black Diamond Conference and All-North Egypt Conference First Teams.  He was the defensive captain of the All-BDC team in 2003.

Like Wolff (to whom he snapped the ball for three years), Simmons was on the first Bulldog football team to ever win a playoff game in 2003.  CWC went 11-1 that year and made it all the way to the Class 3A quarterfinals.

Simmons’ play on the gridiron earned him a football scholarship to McKendree University.

Simmons also left his mark on the CWCHS track record book.  He is still the record holder in both shot put and discus.  He qualified for the Class A state meet in both events in 2004, and placed third in discus.  He had also qualified in both events in 2003.  He was named to the All-South track team both years.