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Ronald Crawford - 2022 Hall of Fame Inductee

Ronald Crawford

(Graduated from Pana High School – 1959)


Ron was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track & field. Ron especially excelled in football where he earned a reputation of being a fierce hitter laying waste to opposing ball carriers. Ron was recruited by the University of Notre Dame and spent one year there. He moved on to play at Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington. After college, Ron came back to Pana and was employed by CIPS (Ameren today). He married his wife in 1971, together raising 4 children. A 1,000-point scorer in basketball, Ron still holds several Pana High School basketball records including most rebounds in a career (1,260), most rebounds in a season (561), and most rebounds in a game (34). Ron is also third in PHS single season rebounds with 432. Ron’s IHSA basketball play still ranks him twelfth in career rebounds, fifth in single season rebounds and fourth in single game rebounds. Ron also placed third in the 1959 IHSA shot put event in the State track & field meet.




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