Jim Sommer, a graduate of Pekin (Ill.) High School, earned four letters in basketball and two in football. He holds school records in basketball and earned postseason honors in both sports.
In basketball, Sommer holds the single-game mark for rebounds (29) and career records for most rebounds (1,030) and best rebound average (12.4). He led the team in rebounding three years and in scoring once.
Sommer was first-team All-Mid-Ohio Conference twice in basketball and a second-team selection once, and was first-team All-NAIA District 22 once.
He led the football team in receiving twice and was the first non-back ever to lead the Beavers in scoring (50 points in 1967). Sommer had eight touchdown receptions that year. He was All-MOC twice in football and earned first-team all-district honors once.
Sommer, who graduated in 1968 with a major in business administration, taught and coached at Delphos Jefferson High School for four years and served as sales manager at Sommer Brothers Seed Co.