NSA Girl's Fast Pitch Softball
Illinois NSA

Hall of Fame Class of 2009

Tim Demetrulias
Director/Player
Cahokia, Illinois
Inducted December 5, 2009

Tim "Demo" Demetrulias' spark for the game of softball came at an early age attending his older brother's games. In 1986 that spark ignited when he got an opportunity to start playing the game. The fire still blazes in his heart and soul today! "Demo" attributes his success as a player and coach to the teams he played for and especially his teammates which made the game a thrill ride every season Some of the teams "Demo" played for include the Diamondbacks, Alton Eagles, Mobandy, Grand Master, C City Sox, Red Devils, Nuggets, Wizards, St. Clair A's and the Renegades.

"Demo" played over 23 years of State, World and Super World Tournaments, including 6 State Titles, 4 NSA Super NIT Titles, 3 NSA Super Regional Titles, 12 top ten finishes in worlds and 2 top ten finishes in super worlds!

Demo said, "When Gerry Gund asked me to join the Illinois NSA team as a director in 2003, I saw this as a chance to give back to a game that has given me so much! Directing State, Regionals and NIT tournaments has given me a chance to see the future of the game and provide teams a chance to play NSA Softball!"

In 2005, Demo was awarded the NSA North Zone 110% award.

Gund said, "Demo has done a great job in establishing a NSA presence in Southern Illinois. He is a big part of the plans to expand the program in the south and central portion of Illinois!"

Demo said, "To be successful you have to have a great supporting cast. I would like to thank all of them - my family, friends, teammates, umpires and parks for the wonderful ride!"


Les Duncan
Director
Matteson, Illinois
Inducted December 5, 2009

A longtime contributor to competitive sports in the South Suburbs, Les Duncan of Matteson, has just completed his 40 years in softball and has many accomplishments during that span. Duncan started his softball career in 1969 as an ASA umpire. In 1972 he became a ASA Area Director until 1980. Duncan umpired four National ASA tournaments and was the National ASA Umpire Coordinator in 1979. Duncan went independent in 1980 and formed the MUA (Metro Umpires Alliance) In 1981, USSSA was started in Illinois and Duncan served not only as the 16 inch State Director but became the National Director of all 16 inch softball in the country until 1999. During that span, USSSA had the largest and best Class "A" State and World tournaments in the history of 16 inch softball with many of the tournaments on Television.

Duncan started the 16 inch Chicago Softball Tournament in 1991, as it became the biggest 16 inch tournament in the world. More that 2400 teams participated in the tournament. During the 1998 Chicago Classic, Duncan was presented with the Lifetime Chicago 16 inch Achievement Award. Duncan was also inducted into the Chicago 16 Hall of Fame in 1998 as one of the top organizers in 16 inch softball. Duncan also had a television softball show. Let's Talk Softball for 4 years as four cable stations aired the show six times a week for the entire softball season.

In 1999, Duncan joined the rapid growing NATIONAL SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION (NSA) and became the NSA 16 inch National Director. Duncan, received the 1999 New Comer of the Year award from CEO Hugh Cantrel and the 1999 NSA REGION 6 President award. The NSA started a baseball program, Baseball Players Association (BPA) and Duncan was named Assistant State Director by Gerry Gund.

In 2006 and 2007 Duncan received from the North Central NSA zone the 110 percent award.


EastSide Centre
Complex Complex
East Peoria, Illinois
Inducted December 5, 2009

EastSide Centre opened in 1997. It is a 110 acre sports complex with ten ball fields, four soccer fields, a 4,000 seat football stadium and track, and a recreation center with four thousand members with an attached water park. EastSide Centre is host to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Softball Championships and the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Baseball and State Track Meets. EastSide also hosts the Great Lakes Valley Conference Softball Championships annually and has hosted the Missouri Valley Conference Softball Championships several times.

EastSide Centre plays host to numerous National Softball Association (NSA) events including numerous qualifier tournaments leading up to the NSA State Tournaments and various national NSA tournaments events. EastSide Centre has hosted Illinois NSA Girl's Fast-Pitch State Championships in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and is scheduled for 2010! EastSide Centre has hosted NSA Girl's Fast-Pitch World Series Championships in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 and is scheduled for 2010!

EastSide Centre has hosted NSA Girl's Fast-Pitch Super World Series Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005! EastSide Centre has earned the NSA NATIONAL OUTSTANDING PARK AWARD in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009!


Gordy "Mac" McFarland

Sports Complex Complex Randy Ackerman
Troy, Illinois
Inducted December 5, 2009

In 1972 at the age of 21, Mr. Ackerman started playing and managing softball with friends. He won his first tournament and league with J & J. in 1974. In 1976, he joined Depot II and over the next 5 years won numerous tournaments and leagues.

In 1978, Depot II finished 2nd in the ASA Class A State and in 1979 placed 6th in the ASA Class AA State tournament! Randy pitched a no-hitter in the1978 Class A state tournament. In 1992 Randy joined a 40+ team Randy's Restaurant, which won 3 state tournaments and a World tournament. Randy was awarded tournament MVP once and was named to the All-Tournament team 4 times. Softball Central Complex opened in 1982. Randy Ackerman took a corn field and built 2 quality softball fields. It is one of the only privately owned ball complexes left from all the parks in the 80's.

In 2006, Softball Central was renamed the Gordy "Mac" McFarland Sports Complex after a very good friend and teammate of Mr. Ackerman who said about McFarland that "When you played against him or with him you played better!" Gordy Mac Fields has been the host of countless leagues and weekend tournaments for 27 years! It has some of the best outfields in the state and it is very hard to get rained out. Infield sprinklers were added in 1996. The first big tournament hosted was the ASA AA women's state tournament in 1983.

In 2003, Randy started running NSA tournaments and leagues at Gordy Mac Fields assisted by Tim Demo, NSA Southern Illinois Director. Gordy Mac Fields has hosted annual NSA Cash Bashes, World Series Qualifiers, Super NITs, Super Regionals as well as Men's Class D and Class E Southern Illinois State Championships!

Mr. Ackerman said, "My wife Carol and I still sit and watch softball, as if we do not see enough softball at our park. If we get a weekend off, we go to other ball parks to watch softball. I have sponsored over 120 teams throughout the years!"


Gordon Greenley
Meritorious Service
Kankakee, Illinois
Inducted December 5, 2009

Gordon "Boo" Greenley and his wife Dawn have been married for 15 years. He has two sons Gordie and Melvin. In November of 2007 he retired from the Kankakee post office where he carried mail for 30 years. He played for Windys Tap, Tiny Tap, Salkelds Sporting Goods, Franks Truck Stop, T J Donlin's, Great American Tap, AJ's, Manteno A's and Belcher's Construction. His lifetime batting average is .600 and has hit numerous home runs (over 1500 in 28 years). He is an all round player who played every position. He won countless MVP awards in many tournaments. He is a 5 tool player, one who excelled at hitting for average, hitting for power, base running and speed, throwing ability and fielding ability.

The lasting impression that the game of softball left with Boo was the lasting memories and countless friendships of teammates and competitors he forged during his softball career. Boo Greenley considers being elected to the softball hall of fame a great honor and sign of respect for all his accomplishments during his softball career.


Vic Laredo
Director
East Peoria, Illinois
Inducted December 5, 2009

Vic Laredo has coached for 30 years. Nine of those years coaching an adult softball team, 3 years with boy's baseball, and the remaining 18 years with girl's fast-pitch softball. During his coaching of girl's fast-pitch softball, Vic Laredo managed to find time to direct tournaments and leagues for 12 years. His teams from the East Peoria Express have always been competitive and were a force to deal with at State Tournaments every year in any age group.

The East Peoria Express and Vic Laredo carried the Illinois Banner to the NSA World Series showing good sportsmanship, skills, and plenty of spirit while representing our great state! The tournaments in East Peoria, most directed by Vic Laredo, helped boost the NSA program in that area as well as for Central Illinois. Vic Laredo's commitment and dedication has helped the community of East Peoria recruit and host the NSA Super World Series, NSA B World Series, and NSA North-Central B World Series.

Illinois NSA State Director Bob Biehl said, "There may not be any one person in Central Illinois recognized more than Vic Laredo at parks and not think of the NSA! He deserves to be one of our Hall of Famer's as a director/coach!"


Mattoon Pride
Girl's Fast-Pitch Team Wade Bradley
Mattoon, Illinois
Inducted December 5, 2009

Mattoon Pride started their girl's fast-pitch organization back in 1992 with one 12 & under team. Eventually they grew to have teams in all five age groups and have continued that tradition since 1999. Mattoon Pride has participated in the NSA Class "A" World Series Qualifiers, NSA Class "A" Illinois State Championships and NSA Class "A" World Series every season since 1995. Mattoon Pride has hosted a NSA Qualifier in Mattoon for the past 10 years with the field climbing to as many as 65 teams. They have received numerous compliments relative to the organization and success of their tournament during this time. Mattoon Pride has collected five Illinois NSA Class "A" State Championships in 2002, 2006, 2008 (2 ages) and 2009.

Mattoon Pride teams have brought home the "hardware" seven times from the Class "A" World and Super World Series Championship tournaments.
Here is a list of those teams:
2002 - 16u finished 2nd in Chattanooga, TN
2003 - 18u won Super World in East Peoria, IL
2006 - 16u finished 2nd in Columbus, OH
2007 - 14u finished 4th in Charlotte, NC
2008 - 16u finished 3rd in Columbus, OH
2008 - 10u tinished 5th in Columbus, OH
2009 - 16u finished 2nd in Chattanooga, TN

Organizer and Coach Wade Bradley said, "We take "PRIDE" in fair play, sportsmanship and building character in the players that pass through our organization!"


Jim Parks
Umpire
Quad City, Illinois
Inducted December 5, 2009

In the summer of 1964, Jim Parks went out and umpired Little League, got hooked on it, and has been umpiring ever since. Mr. Parks started umpiring ASA Softball in 1985, NCAA and NAIA College Softball in 1986 and IHSA Softball in 1990. For the last ten years, Jim has been the college and high school umpire assigner for several areas. As NSA became popular in Illinois, Jim Parks started working Illinois NSA Men's, Women's and Co-ed State Slow-Pitch Tournaments for Bob Kerness, Illinois State UIC and Kankakee NSA Girl's Fast-Pitch Tournaments for Barry Parks Illinois Area UIC. He also worked the Men's B and Men's C Slow-Pitch Super World Series for Bill Suich, Northern Zone UIC.

Jim Parks started umpiring Illinois NSA Girl's Fast-Pitch tournaments for Leonard Winchester, Illinois State Fast-Pitch UIC. He has been a site UIC for the NSA Class A State Fast-Pitch Tournament in Quad City and also the B Youth Fast-Pitch State Tournament in Kankakee and in East Peoria. Jim Parks is the area UIC for the Quad City Area and was the UIC, Scheduler and Director of the Iowa NSA State Youth Fast- Pitch Tournament. In 2008, he umpired in The NSA Class B Youth Fast-Pitch World Series in East Peoria, Illinois.

Jim Parks' said, "I'm getting ready to start my forty- sixth year of umpiring. I've been around long enough to be umpiring my third generation of softball player in my area. I always said if I live long enough to see my fourth generation, I would be a happy man!"


Mike Peters
Meritorious Service
Kankakee, Illinois
Inducted December 5, 2009

Mike Peters was born in Kankakee, Illinois on November 23, 1952. He is married to Linda and have one son, one daughter and six grandchildren. Mike began his softball career in 1974 at Pier 6 in Aroma Park with the Homestead which later became No Dogs Allowed for 10 years. From there he played with the St. Anne Foundry for 4 years. His teams made it to the State tournament every year with both teams finishing in the top 5 several times.

He was also a part of many all tournament teams. Mike also played with Armstrong in the Industrial State tournament for 5 years making the all tournament team 3 times. With the Manteno A's he won the 35 and over State tournament and was named the MVP. He competed in the 35 and over World Series in Cincinnati and his team finished in 3rd place. Once again, Mike was named a part of the all tournament team.

After his tournament career he continued to participate in 2 leagues until his retirement. 2 years ago Mike retired after playing his last game in a 50 and over tournament in Las Vegas.