Kevin Barry

Racine native and Green Bay Packers' rookie Kevin Barry on the side lines during the game against the Chicago Bears', Sunday December 1, 2002 at Lambeau Field.

Think of all the players who have donned the green and gold uniform for the Green Bay Packers.

Think of the all the legendary Packers players, Hall of Fame players like Bart Starr, Don Hutson, Ray Nitschke and so many more.

Now, think of all the Packers who have had the distinction of having a play specifically designed for their unique skill-set. Undoubtedly, you’ll have to think long and hard because it hasn’t happened often.

But after Racine native and former Park High School standout Kevin Barry joined the Packers in 2002, their coaching staff designed a package of plays that took full advantage of Barry’s extraordinary size and strength. The play/package was called U-71 after Barry’s uniform number.

The Packers often deployed the U-71 in short-yardage situations, running Ahman Green behind the behemoth 6-foot-5, 332-pound Barry, who usually anchored the right side of the line.

The U-71 carved a special place in Packers’ lore for Barry, who’ll be inducted into the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame in October.

Barry will be a part of a stellar 2015 RCSHOF class that also features former multi-sport star Abby Garchek Jaramillo, state hall of fame track and cross country coach Bill Greiten, golfing great Charlie Brown and former major league infielder Dick Phillips.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Oct. 22 at the Racine Marriott, 7111 Washington Ave.

Here are, in alphabetical order, capsule summaries of each of the Hall of Fame inductees:

Kevin Barry

Barry’s exceptional football talents became obvious to the general public during his days at Park High School.

Barry was a three-year varsity performer for the Panthers, starting at offensive tackle and defensive tackle. In 1996, Barry was chosen The Journal Times’ Racine County Player of the Year and received All-American recognition by USA Today.

He is one of only two Racine County football players to be named the Associated Press Player of the Year in Wisconsin. Barry earned the honor as a senior in 1996 and Park running back Johnny Clay was named the state’s top player as a junior in 2005.

Barry, who also excelled in track and field for the Panthers — he placed second in the shot put in Division 1 at the WIAA state meet as a senior — took his considerable football talents to the University of Arizona.

Then, it was on to Green Bay, playing for the Packers from 2002-2005. He wound up his pro career with the Florida Tuskers in the United States Football League, where he suffered a career-ending arm injury.

Barry has worked for Pulaski High School the last three years and has served as an assistant varsity football coach.

Charlie Brown

Racine County has produced a slew of top-flight golfers over the years with some longtime observers contending Brown is the best of them all.

Brown, a 1986 graduate of Horlick High School, not only made his mark locally but on the state level as well.

His glittering résumé includes five Racine County Men’s Open championships, two WPGA Match Play titles and a WPGA Professional Championship.

Brown was selected the WPGA Player of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and was so dominant on the state scene that he was chosen the WPGA Player of the Decade for 2000-2009.

Brown, who broke seven course records and has recorded 18 holes-in-one, has received three citations from the Wisconsin State Assembly during his illustrious career.

Brown, who once shot a 60 at H.F. Johnson Golf Course, is the assistant golf professional at Tuckaway Country Club in Franklin.

Bill Greiten

No person has been more influential on the running scene in Racine County than Greiten.

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For more than three decades, Greiten coached both track and field and cross country in Racine, starting at St. Catherine’s High School (1964-1969) and then at Case High School (1969-95).

Greiten’s cross country teams at St. Catherine’s advanced to the private schools’ state meet two times, winning the title in 1968.

At Case, Greiten constructed powerhouses in both sports. In boys cross country, Greiten guided the Eagles to WIAA Division 1 state championships in 1973, 1975 and 1989. The Eagles advanced to the state meet on 18 occasions and finished in the top five 14 times.

In boys track, the Greiten-led Case team won the 1984 WIAA Division 1 state title and finished second in 1981, 1982 and 1985.

Greiten’s coaching talents have been recognized by his peers who have inducted him into both the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association and Wisconsin Track and Field Coaches Association hall of fames in 1993 and 2007, respectively.

In 1997, Greiten started a cross country program at Gillett High School and was the head coach until 2013. The 75-year-old Greiten plans to continue being an assistant track and field coach next spring, a position he’s had at Gillett since leaving Racine.

Abby Garchek Jaramillo

When you talk about the most amazing all-around athletes ever in this county, you’ll certainly have to mention Jaramillo.

While attending St. Catherine’s High School in the early '90s, Jaramillo (nee Garchek) starred in basketball, tennis and soccer.

During her senior season with the Angels, Jaramillo was remarkably selected The Journal Times All-County Player of the Year in all three sports.

It is believed to be the only time a female or male athlete has ever been accorded All-County Player of Year honors in three sports in the same school year.

Jaramillo accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of New Mexico and led the Lobos to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in her senior season in 1998.

She finished her banner career at New Mexico as the Lobos’ all-time leading scorer with 1,836 points.

Jaramillo, who went on to play professionally in Finland, Greece and Portugal, is a stay-at-home mother and youth coach in Racine.

Dick Phillips

Phillips was a baseball “lifer,” He was in the Major League Baseball system in a variety of positions for more than 40 years.

A baseball star at Racine Lutheran High School before attending Valparaiso University for one year, Phillips started his pro career in 1951.

During a 10-year stint in the farm systems of the Milwaukee Braves and San Francisco Giants, Phillips spent three years serving his country as a Marine.

He was selected the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player in 1961 and then made his major league debut with the Giants the following season.

Phillips, who was primarily a first baseman but also had the versatility to play second and third base, had his contract sold by the Giants to the Washington Senators.

He started 67 games in his inaugural season with the Senators and played three seasons with them. He appeared in 263 major league games, batting .229.

Following his playing career, Phillips was a scout, minor league assistant general manager, minor league manager and major league coach.

Phillips died in 1998 at the age of 66. He will be represented at the induction ceremony by his son, Danny Phillips.

Gery Woelfel is a sports reporter for The Journal Times. Gery can be reached by calling 262-631-1713 or by email at gery.woelfel@lee.net

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Gery Woelfel is a sports reporter for The Journal Times. Gery can be reached by calling 262-631-1713 or by email at gery.woelfel@lee.net


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