Junk, Liston prepare to enter Knox-Lombard Hall of Fame

From The Register Mail 
To most young athletes today, the second-best thing to going pro in their sport is earning an NCAA Division I scholarship. That means the bright lights, big arenas and TV attention is often not much different than the play-for-pay athletes enjoy.

A generation apart, Galesburg’s Mark Junk and Knoxville’s John Liston had those D-I opportunities. Instead, both chose to study and play basketball at Knox College.

This weekend, Junk (1991) and Liston (1958) are part of the 2010 class to be inducted into the Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall of Fame along with Tom Neagle (2004) and Steven Varick (1976).

“I had offers from Northern Iowa, Loyola, Northwestern and WIU,” said Junk, a three-year basketball star at Galesburg High School before becoming a four-year starter at Knox. “I have no regrets whatsoever. From the experience and education I got, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Liston actually played at Iowa for two years before transferring to Knox. “I have no regrets because I didn’t like it,” he said. “If I would’ve stayed, I would’ve started. But I wouldn’t have liked it.”