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Every year, Seminole County enshrines new local athletic icons into its Sports Hall of Fame. The 2020 induction took place without the usual fanfare, but the honorees deserve no less of a celebration. Let’s meet this year’s worthy inductees:

Legacy Award - Bobby Lundquist

Robert W. “Bobby” Lundquist was a member of several Seminole High School athletic teams in the late 1960s and was a longtime contributor to Sanford’s Parks and Recreation Department. While at Seminole High School, he won multiple letters in football, basketball, and baseball and pitched in the State High-School Championship Game in 1968. Bobby eventually walked on to the University of Florida baseball team and later earned a full scholarship to UF. He began teaching and coaching at Seminole High School in 1974, coaching the baseball team to the District 3 Championship in 1977, 1979 and 1981. The 1977 team made the State Final Four, which featured future MLB Hall of Famer Tim Raines. Bobby eventually moved to Oviedo High School as principal, where he retired. In 2017, he was inducted into the Oviedo High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and the OHS gym is named in his honor.

Male Athlete of the Year - Mark Bellhorn

Mark Bellhorn, a Major League Baseball infielder from 1997 to 2007, graduated from Oviedo High School. Following his career at Oviedo, he helped the Auburn University Tigers win the 1994 College World Series. Mark was initially drafted in the second round by the Oakland Athletics, but through a series of trades, he joined the Boston Red Sox and was the starting second baseman during Boston’s historic 2004 World Series Championship season. During that playoff run, Mark became the first second baseman in MLB history to homer in three consecutive postseason games.

Female Contributor of the Year - Suzy Reno

Suzy Reno is widely recognized as a pioneer. She started Sanford’s first girls’ soccer club in 1973 and founded the girls’ soccer program at Seminole High School. Suzy served as the district commissioner for the Greater Central Florida Youth Soccer League (GCFYSL) covering Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, and Volusia counties for many years. To this day, the GCFYSL awards the Suzy Reno Scholarship to a graduating high-school senior within its district each year.

Male Contributor of the Year - Bob McCullough

Bob McCullough was named head baseball coach at Lyman High School in 1970. During his 36-year career, he amassed 625 wins, four Coach of the Year awards, six conference titles, three regional titles, one State 6A Championship (1995) and one 6A State Runner-Up title (1996). The baseball field at Lyman High bears Bob’s name. He continues to serve as Lyman’s supervisor of game fields, preparing the football, baseball, softball, and soccer fields for use throughout the school year.

Legacy Award - Jackie Caolo

 Jackie Caolo, known as “Miss Jackie,” gave swimming lessons and taught water safety for more than 60 years in the backyard pool of her Sanford home. She has taught infants, children, and adults since 1957, welcoming every child and family who wanted to learn to swim. Her expertise was especially valuable for area African-American families who did not have access to public pools because of Jim Crow laws. Her list of former students includes NFL quarterback Jeff Blake, a Seminole High alum.

Legacy Award - Jim Jernigan

Jim Jernigan began his career with the City of Sanford Parks and Recreation Department in 1961. He started the Summer Playground Program, which was held at the Sanford Civic Center when it first opened. In the mid-1970s, Jim began the Sanford Golden Age Olympic Games for senior citizens. Now called the Florida Senior Games, the event is open to seniors throughout the state. Jim was also the State Commissioner of Baseball for several years and was inducted into the Central Florida Sports Commission Hall of Fame in 2000.

Inclusion Award - Brittany Tagliareni 
Brittany Tagliareni, the first-ever recipient of the Seminole County Sports Hall of Fame Inclusion Award, was diagnosed with autism at an early age and has regularly received occupational, speech, and physical therapies. Despite those challenges, she has become one of the most dominant amateur tennis players in the nation. Brittany is a Florida Special Olympics Hall of Fame member, and in 2019, she brought home two silver medals from the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. For eight consecutive years, Brittany has won the women’s singles gold medal at the Special Olympics Florida State Championship. In 2015, she was the gold medalist in the men’s division, too! She has competed and won tennis tournaments in Australia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Greece, and across the United States.

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