Pomatto, Moriarty, Palm, 2007 boys basketball team honored
GRANVILLE — Three persons and a team were inducted into the Putnam County High School Hall of Fame on Jan. 11.
Pomatto, a 1972 graduate of Putnam County High School, was a guiding force on the 1972 state team that finished 23-7. On the mound was where Pomatto asserted his dominance as a pitcher. In the 12 ⅔ innings he pitched his sophomore season, he went 1-1, struck out 15 while only walking four batters. His junior year, he went a perfect 4-0 and pitched only 29.2 innings, striking out 45 batters and walking 8 while tallying an ERA of only .96. In his senior campaign, he pitched 73 innings, struck out 134 and only walked 27. He went 9-2 with a 1.24 ERA. Pomatto finished his PC baseball career with an overall record of 22-3. In the 171.1 innings pitched, he struck out 278 batters and yielded 55 walks. His career ERA is 0.82.
Moriarty, a 1973 graduate of Putnam County High School, was another driving force on the 1972 state team. In his sophomore season, he went 9-1 in his 59 ⅔ innings pitched. He struck out 71 and walked 17 while compiling an ERA of 1.88. During his junior year he was undefeated, going 8-0. In the 56 innings pitched, he struck out 77 and walked 18 earning an ERA of 1.00. During his senior year, he pitched 82.1 innings. He collected 10 wins and suffered 3 defeats. He struck out 108 batters while only allowing 17 free passes while collecting an ERA of 1.11. His overall win/loss record was 40-5. In the 290 innings pitched, he struck out 389 batters and only yielded 83 walks. His career ERA is an 0.97.
Palm, a 1985 graduate of Putnam County High School, was a three sport standout in volleyball, basketball, and softball during her high school career. While she excelled in volleyball and softball, much of her fame came by way of her time spent on the hardwood. As a member of PC girls basketball, Tracy was a 4-time member of the All-Tri-County Conference Team, a 4-time member of the All-Tri-County Conference Tournament Team, she was a member of the Tri-County Senior Team, and member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game Team. She guided PCHS to two sectional championships, three regional championships and 3 TCC Conference Championships. Tracy finished her basketball career boasting a 52.2 career field goal percentage. She handed out 237 career assists, and snatched 280 career steals. She still remains the all-time leading scorer in PC girls basketball history with 1,558 career points.
2007 Boys Basketball Team
The 2007 Boys Basketball Team finished with an overall record of 30-4. This team was Tri-County champions, regional champions, sectional champions, and super-sectional champions. In the final year of only two classes in IHSA postseason play, the Panthers held their own. In regionals, PC defeated Princeton, 62-51. In the sectional semifinal game, Putnam County beat Serena, 46-36. The sectional championship game saw PC win against Seneca, 47-36. The Panthers were matched up against Byron in the super-sectional game. Putnam County came out victorious, 43-30, earning them a trip to state and the title of Elite 8. Managers were Jake Sale, Michael Slingsby, and Cody Veronda. Assistant coaches were Mike Moriarty, Mike Olson, Doug Veronda, and Jim Vipond. Head coach was John Slingsby. Players were Anthony Ahlers, Joe Brizgis, Zach Butler, Carlton Fay, Kevin Fay, Tyler Gualandi, Cody Newhalfen, Brad Passini, Jared Sale, David Seibert, Josh Smith, and David Yeager.