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February 01 06:44 PM

Northwood High School Inducts Newest Hall Of Famers

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Joe Lawler Inducted To Northwood Hall Of Fame - By Chris Redford

Northwood High School announced its four newest athletic hall of famers in a very special ceremony Friday evening.

"These people helped make Northwood athletics what it is today," said Head Basketball Coach Larry Bagley.

The four inductees include basketball star Eric Bonner, track & field star Jeff Kent, basketball star Jennifer Edwards and community, business and family leader Joe Lawler.

"He (Joe Lawler) has greatly supported us with his time and money," said Bagley.

As a member of the Booster Club, Lawler approached the school board about building a football stadium for Northwood, but was turned down.  Lawler says he and the Booster Club decided to build the stadium themselves.  "It took a lot of sweat and hard work, but the club built one of the finest stadiums ever," said Lawler.

Lawler accepted the award on behalf of his late wife, Mary Ann, his children and grandchildren.  "I don't think I deserve this," said Lawler.

Coach Bagley disagrees.  He says Lawler is more deserving of the honorary athlete induction than anyone will ever realize.

"He blessed us with this support," said Bagley.

Bagley says Lawler's support is responsible for one of the best basketball tournaments in the state.  "

The Mary Ann Lawler Invitational is one of the hardest tournaments to get in because it's so popular," said Bagley.

Immediately following the ceremony, the four newest hall of famers hung their awards in Northwood Athletic Hall Of Fame room.

Friday night's reception was very special for Jennifer Edwards.  She and her father are both hall of famers.

"I will always cherish the memories here in the classroom and especially on the court," said Edwards after receiving her award.

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