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Newark High School inducts Sam Akre Anderson into Hall of Fame

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 9:02 a.m. CDT
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Sam Akre Anderson (left) accepting the Hall of Fame plaque from Bill Lidinski, who nominated her for the award.

NEWARK — Samantha Akre Anderson graduated from Newark High School in 2009, was a four year starter in volleyball and basketball and earned nine varsity letters in basketball, volleyball, and softball.

She can add to her list of accoplishments that she was inducted into the Newark High School Hall of Fame in 2017.

She is sixth in all time scoring for girls basketball at Newark with 1,163 points. As a junior she was selected Class 1A All-State and was a key member of the 2008 basketball team that finished second in the state. She holds the school volleyball record with 359 kills in a season and 663 kills in her career. She also holds the volleyball record of 101 blocks in a season when her volleyball team set a school record for wins at 32-3.

Her high school teams earned three conference championships and seven regional championships. She continued her volleyball career at Olivet Nazerene University. She currently coaches freshmen volleyball and serves as assistant softball coach at Newark High School. 


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Mackenzie Bugg had 18 points to lead Coal City, while Maddie Halladay had 15 points and nine rebounds. Cali Caruso added 10 points.

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