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Residents to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Thursday, September 26, 2002

SIKESTON - Sometimes people do things simply because it's the right thing to do. That kind of attitude is why several current and former Sikeston residents will be inducted Oct. 4 into the Sikeston Public Schools' Hall of Fame.

Those added to the Hall of Fame are individuals and/or teams who made outstanding and lasting contributions to Sikeston Public Schools in athletics and school activities.

Their friends and colleagues believe the obvious choices for this year's honor are Brent Taylor, Dennis Bean, Undra Lane, Ned Tanner Sr. and Kevin Vent.

A 1993 graduate of SHS, Brent Taylor lettered three years in football and two in baseball for SHS, earning first team All-Conference his senior year and second team All-Conference his junior year.

Taylor earned a scholarship to the University of Illinois where he lettered four years in football. Also he batted 383 his senior year and hit a home run out of Busch Stadium during an American Legion Game.

A three-year letterman in football, two-year letterman in basketball and baseball and one-year letterman in track, Dennis Bean earned second team All-Conference running back as a sophomore and first team All-Conference running back as a junior and senior, as well as second team All-State defensive back in 1984.

Bean is described in his nominator's letter as being an outstanding all-around athlete and was career rushing leader at graduation.

Undra Lane was a three-year letterman in varsity football at SHS, two-year letterman in varsity basketball, first team All-Conference senior year football tight end, second team All-Conference junior year football tight end and second team football senior year tight end.

Lane made first term All-Conference basketball his junior and senior years and first-term All-District basketball his senior year.

"He was an outstanding all-around athlete," the nomination letter read. "He was voted the Outstanding Football Player in Southeast Missouri in 1980 by the Poplar Bluff Letter Club."

"My father was a very successful Sikeston Bulldog player," Gregg Tanner wrote in the letter nominating his dad, Ned Tanner Sr., for the Hall of Fame. "He was active in everything from honor society to the school play and sports."

In 1946-47 Tanner won state champion, first place for track in the medley relay, was a state competitor in discus, 44-yard run and medley relay and was class secretary.

From 1947-48, he was on the All-SEMO All Star team for football, co-captain of the football team and at the district meet for track was the high point man with 13 1/4 points. He also served his class as secretary and vice president.

"He now participates in the Senior Olympics and the National Veterans Golden Age Games," the younger Tanner wrote. "He won the gold medal last year in the national games for the pentathlon, discus, shot putt, air rifle, free throws and softball hitting."

Kevin Vent lettered in baseball two years and was first team All-Conference his senior year at SHS. The letter nominating Vent noted he was named All-American at Mineral Area College and was a starter for two years at the University of Arkansas. He was an eighth-round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in 1999, and is currently an AA pitcher for the Shreveport Giants.