Larry Morts

Larry was a 7-time letterman in football, wrestling, and track.  In football, Larry was a 2-year letterman, 2 year starter, co-captain in 1968, the team punter and recorded a 50-yard punt in one game.  In wrestling, he was a 2-year letterman and had the school record of 22-13-1 in its inaugural two years.  In Track Larry was a 3-year letterman, a member of the County champs in 1967, was undefeated in dual meets in the 880 yard run both in 1968 and 1969, was a member of the conference champion mile relay team in 1968, dual winner in the Hoopeston Relays (880 and 440) in 1969, and broke the school and county record in 880 yard run in 1969.  He was selected to the Football All County and All Conference teams in 1968, in wrestling was the most valuable wrestler in 1968, and in track was county champion and conference champion in the 880 yard run in 1968.  In 1969, Larry was selected as the VFW Athlete of the Year.

After high school, Larry received 4 varsity letters in college cross-country, wrestling, and track at Danville Junior College and Eastern IL University.  In track at Eastern, he recorded personal bests in the 440 yard run in 49 seconds, 1:56 in the 880 yard run, and 4:19 in the mile.

After college, Larry coached football, wrestling, and cross-country at Palmetto High School in Miami, FL where he coached 1 state championship team, had 7 state champions, and 1 All-American in wrestling.  He also coached one wrestler who was the first in the state of Florida to win 3 consecutive state titles and another former wrestler who was recently selected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a coach.

In 1979 Larry went into the welding and fabrication business.  In the 1980's, Larry fabricated and donated weight-lifting equipment to Hoopeston High School to start their first weight room.  He has continued to donate additional equipment over the years including some Olympic equipment.

Larry Morts and his wife currently lives in Valdosta, GA and is the owner/operator of Village Metalworks.  He actively competes in 5K runs and is one of the top runners in his age division in south Georgia.