Updated: September 27, 2022
EFFINGHAM — Grant Wolfe, Callaway Smith, Reed Schafer and Jacob Donaldson have been inducted into the Effingham Flaming Hearts Hall of Fame, according to a press release from EHS Athletic Director Dave Woltman.
The hall of fame was established in 1946 to honor Effingham athletes who contributed to the success of the Flaming Hearts.
To qualify for the hall of fame, an athlete must earn nine letters during their prep career or be nominated by a head coach to be placed on the ballot. Then, the athlete must gain 75 percent of the committee vote to be inducted. Members of the committee include each high school head coach (one vote per sport), the athletic director and the principal.
Six letters: Four in basketball, Two in football
Wolfe scored 1,669 points during his basketball career and is third on the boys scoring list for the most points in a career.
He earned third team IHSA Class 3A All-State his senior year and fourth team IHSA Class 3A All-State his junior year. Wolfe was also a member of the All-Apollo Conference Team for three years and helped lead the Flaming Hearts to 65 wins and three conference championships during the time he was a varsity starter.
Wolfe continued his education and basketball career at Illinois Wesleyan University.
In football, Wolfe had 73 tackles and five interceptions for his career. He was second team All-Apollo Conference Team member as a junior.
Wolfe was a first team All-Apollo Conference Team member as a senior, when he was an EHS team captain.
Four letters: Four in golf
Smith is possibly the most accomplished golfer in Effingham history.
As a junior, he had an incredible season, averaging 74.9 strokes per 18 holes and followed that in his senior year by averaging 75.5.
Smith won the most tournaments of any golfer at EHS, including the Apollo Conference championship. He finished third in regional play, fifth in sectional play and 21st at state as a senior.
Smith’s scores counted in every high school match that he played, which was more than 50. He was a part of Flaming Hearts’ teams that went a collective 45-9.
Smith represented EHS with the highest character and was the valedictorian of his class. He is continuing his education and golf career at Maryville University.
Eight letters: Four in golf, two in basketball, two in baseball
Schafer was a three-sport athlete who played all at a very high level and was a very coachable player.
Schafer was an All-Apollo Conference Team member in golf, who played on four IHSA sectional-qualifying teams.
In four seasons as a golfer, Schafer was a part of EHS teams that were a collective 51-7, which is the most wins and the highest winning percentage in a four-year period. He led Effingham to a pair of regional team championships and one Apollo Conference team title.
Schafer played a big role in two 20-win basketball seasons and two conference championships during his junior and senior years. As a senior, he led the Flaming Hearts in taking charges and often drew the toughest defensive assignments.
Schafer was second for EHS in assists and shot better than 70 percent from the free-throw line. His overall play, leadership, character and hustle helped Effingham to a very successful two-year run.
Schafer was a two-year starter and team captain in baseball, who played for a pair of 20-win teams. He was a leader on-and-off the field with a great attitude, great work ethic and a great team player.
Schafer, the valedictorian in 2016, was the 2015 baseball Rookie of the Year and the Hustle Award winner in 2016.
Eleven letters: Four in cross country, three in basketball, four in track and field
Donaldson was the EHS Top Newcomer as a freshman cross country runner and the Most Valuable Runner as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was the No. 1 runner for the Flaming Hearts for three years. Donaldson was an IHSA sectional qualifier in his senior year.
Donaldson was an Apollo All-Conference basketball performer who made the all-tournament team at the St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament and the Effingham-Teutopolis Christmas Tournament. He averaged 13 points per game and led Effingham in blocked shots as a senior.
Off the court, he is a fine young man, good student, and is highly thought of by his peers.
Donaldson was a talented middle distance runner and team leader for the EHS track and field team. His main events were the 800- and 1600-meter runs, but he was always willing to do other events to help the team, including the 1,600 relay.
Donaldson is the freshman/sophomore record holder for the 1,600 meter run with a time of 4:36.64.
Donaldson continued to further his education and basketball career at McKendree University.