Mark Buehrle Selected for First Francis Howell North Athletic Hall of Fame

Ten will be inducted into FHN Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.

Nine Francis Howell North High School alumni plus one parent comprise the inaugural class of the FHN Athletic Hall of Fame. 

The class was selected by a panel of current and former coaches, boosters and administrators. The ten people will be honored at 6:45 p.m. Friday in between the Varsity basketball games.

Among the inductees is pitcher Mark Buehrle who graduated in 1997. Buehrle, who is currently with the Toronto Blue Jays, is a two-time winner of MLB.com's GIBBY Award and has thrown two perfect games. 

Other inductees include: 

Kathy Anderson, parent of three graduates, served as president and treasurer of the Athletic Booster Club and took on the task of fixing the club's IRS status. 

Tracy Grose, class of 1995, played on the championship soccer team and remains the all-time leading scorer for the Lady Knights.

Erin Hurt-Pollard, class of 1990, played softball, basketball and ran track for FHN. Her long jump record still stands at FHN and she was name MVP in softball for all four years.

Jeremy Iwaszkowiec, class of 1996, played on the state final team in soccer in 1994 and on the final four team in 1995. He is the career leader in assists and points. 

Lisa Kowalewski Sweeney, class of 2001, played basketball, golf and track and field. She is the FHN Girls all-time lead scorer with 1,338 points. 

Kendall Emmanuel Matthews, class of 1993, played football and ran track and was named the GAC football player of the year. He was projected to be drafted in the fourth round of the National Football League while in college but had a career-ending leg injury.  

Jackie Pirtle-Hall, class of 2001, holds the FHN track record in the 1600 M, 3200 M, and the 3200 M relay. She's the Go! St. Louis Marathon couse record holder and an Olympic Trials qualifier for 2012. 

Jason Sexton, class of 1990, was the school's first state champion in any sport, he went on to be a three-time state wrestling champion. 

Chris Sloan, class of 2000, played basketball and holds the record for career points, rebounds and double doubles at FHN.

Information courtesy Activities Director Mike Janes. 

Update: An earlier version of this article listed the incorrect graduation year for Jason Sexton. 


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