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Vince Holtkamp
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2010 Individual Award Winner


  Vince Holtkamp played multiple positions as a varsity football starter for Centralia High School in 1971 (4-5), 1972 (5-3-1), and 1973 (8-2).  He played Offenseve Guard, Defensive Linebacker, Tackle,  and Defensive End.  

  For his talent at Offensive Guard he garnered many accolades.  For both the 1972 and 1973 seasons Holtkamp was named to the Southern Illinois Coaches Association First Team.  He was also named First Team All-South Seven Conference by the Southern Illinoisan and the Evansville Courier each year. The Southern Illinoisan also named him to their All-Southern Illinois First Team for both years.  He received honorable mention All-State recognition from the Chicago Daily News for 1972.

  For the 1973 season, the Evansville Courier named Holtkamp to their All-Southern Illinois  First Team and recognized him as the Southern Illinois Lineman of the Year. He received the WILY A.L. Trout Lineman of the Year award and the Champaign News Gazette as well as the Chicago Daily News gave him special mention all-state recognition. Holtkamp was also listed in the Coaches’ and Athletes’ All-American Yearbook

  He played one year of football at Eastern Illinois University.

  Not only did he show his prowess on the football field, but Holtkamp was an accomplished wrestler at CHS. His senior year he wrestled at 210 pounds in the heavyweight (unlimited) division.  He was South Seven Conference Champion as well as taking first at the IHSA Regional and the Mattoon Invitational and the Murdale Tourney.

  Since his playing days Holtkamp has given back to the Centralia community by being involved with the youth football program for over 13 years, serving as President for 10 of those years.  He was also Athletic Director and coach for several years at St. Mary Grade School.



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