We all share in Sikma’s Hall of Fame call

April 13, 2019

All of the major American sports have a hall of fame, but they were largely devoid of a direct local link until last weekend.

That’s when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2019. Among the group is Jack Sikma, a man who grew up in Wichert, led St. Anne Community High School to a fourth-place finish in the 1973 Class A state tournament and advanced on to become one of the best to ever play the center position at the small-college level and in the NBA.

When the announcement was made, congratulations poured in from all corners, including dozens of congratulatory notes from past and present area residents who either know Sikma directly, know some of the members of his large extended family or at least know of him through the many stories that have circulated about his athletic achievements.

Sikma called the honor “the ultimate recognition.’’ What makes it increasingly special is the obvious fact that so many others who have and continue to call this area home share in it by merely expressing their happiness for him.

Jack Sikma made this area proud long before last weekend, but that pride now has reached its pinnacle. We offer another hearty note of congratulations.