Jane (Mueller) Fly was a student at St. Bede Academy when sports for girls were first introduced at St. Bede, graduating in 1978. There was no recognition from the newspapers or all-conference awards for girls while she was at St. Bede. She recalls playing “for the love of sport, because we didn’t get much attention, but we had a blast.”
Her freshman year was the first time track for girls was offered at St. Bede. While running sprints, she was very successful holding the school’s high jump record for more than 20 years.
Fly was named MVP her senior year and was also recognized for the Most Points Scored Award the same year.
Softball was offered her junior and senior year. Fly was an exceptional pitcher for the Lady Bruins going 9-1 her senior year. Using an aluminum bat, which her father had purchased for the team, she led the team with a .448 batting average. She was named the Most Valuable Player her senior year.
Fly continued her athletic career on the volleyball court which also first started up during her junior year. Girls basketball would not be offered until 1982 at the Academy, Fly cheered on the boys as a cheerleader for two years.
Fly earned the distinction as the Female Athlete of the Year for St. Bede Academy and may arguably be one of the best female athletes in St. Bede history.
Fly went on to graduate from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in geology where she was a pitcher on the softball team. She got her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1989 from the University of Houston Law School and served as an attorney specializing in energy, oil and gas, and real estate law with the office of Fulbright and Jaworski LLP in Houston from 1989-2007. She opened her own law office in 2007 and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston.
Fly is married to Steven Fly, and they have three boys, Ross, Chuck and Mitchell.
While he was a two-year varsity letter winner in basketball, it is the sport of baseball in which Hanley excelled as a four-year letter winner for the Bruins. He received a scholarship offer to attend Detroit University, but decided to stay close to home and help with the family farm and went to Joliet Junior College before moving on to Loyola University in Chicago receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology. Hanley taught biology at Coal City High School for 34 years before retiring in 2010.
During Hanley’s sophomore year, both he and the team found their most success in his four years. He finished the season with a 5-2 record striking out 45 in 46 total innings pitched. The Bruins lost in the sectional championship game that year to East Moline, but along the way, defeated L-P in the district championship (10-7), DePue in the regional championship game (5-1), and Amboy in the first sectional game by a score of 11-3.
Sixteen major league scouts watched his final high school appearance when he faced L-P in the district championship game throwing a complete game but taking the loss 6-1.
His basketball career was highlighted by a 23-point night versus DePue in his senior season on a 10 of 15 shooting night as the Bruins won 53-50.
It is important to note that Hanley was a left-handed pitcher. Not by design but rather by medical procedure. It was discovered shortly after his birth that his brachial plexus had been injured, and he was placed in a cast from his waist to his right hand with his right arm extended above his head. During his first year of life, Hanley endured five different casts to keep up with his growth since birth. Hanley also endured rheumatic fever between the ages of 3 and 4 and was treated by a new medication called “penicillin.”
Hanley is married to Mary, and they have two children, Erin and Tim.
Throughout his high school career, David Maciejewski participated in football for three years, basketball all four years, and track for three years. He earned a total of seven varsity letters in those sports.
In football he was a two-way starter his junior and senior year. He also played on all special teams and only came off the field at half time and the end of the game. The Bruins’ co-captain was given the Jim Troglio Award for heart, spirit, desire and pride.
While known for his solid defense in basketball, Maciejewski had several games in which he led the team in scoring. In one memorial game against Morris. Maciejewski scored the winning basket in the final seconds and was carried off the court on the shoulders of cheering students when the game was over.
In track Maciejewski ran the 880 and was just short of the school record time. He also ran the final leg of the mile relay team that set a record at that time.
Maciejewski was named Athlete of the Year in 1969 for his accomplishments and leadership in sports.
Maciejewski played on the first football team at IVCC after the sport was reinstated. He went on to Quincy University and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a teaching certification. He accepted a position with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as a social worker. In this position, he had the opportunity to work as an adoption specialist and due to his exceptional work he was chosen to receive one of the highest awards given in the public welfare field. In 1977, in an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., he received the American Public Welfare Association’s Exceptional Direct Service Award. This award was given to Maciejewski in recognition of his outstanding service to his client and the community.
Maciejewski and his wife, Nancy, have three children who have all attended SBA — Timothy (’92), Jenny (’95), and Molly (’02). For the past 34 years, Maciejewski has been a local insurance agent and now specializes in employee benefits.
2004 Cross Country team
The 2004 St Bede boys’ cross country team finished the season with a perfect 19-0 non-invitational meet record for head coach Mike Skoflanc. The team had a very small amount of experience but delivered big success when it mattered most. The team was led by senior co-captains Jeff Mills and Scott Potthoff and fellow seniors Kyle Entwistle, Peter Faletti and Jonathon Jereb. Juniors on the team were Matt Skoflanc, Mark Kelley and Andy Gatza and sophomore, team MVP Matt Morse and freshman Jordan Jereb.
The team won the Seneca and Montini Invitationals as well as capturing the first-ever Tri-County Conference championship in school history with four all-conference runners team with Morse taking top honors (16:03).
The Bruins placed second at regional meet and fifth at sectional to qualify the team for the state meet the first time in school’s history. No other team has since gone on to place at the state meet for cross country.