Most people in the Sidney area knew that Arch Ellwein’s name will live on for a long time, but now his name will be seen whenever anybody enters Sidney High School’s gym.
The radio announcer’s booth was officially named the “Arch Ellwein Press Box” during basketball games against Laurel on Friday night.
Ellwein, a longtime radio sports announcer and actor of historical figures, passed away suddenly on Oct. 2, 2018, at the age of 62.
During the ceremony on Friday night, Power 95’s Kent “The Maverick” Simonis read a biography of “The Voice of the Eagles.” There was also a moment of silence.
“Every time I go in the press box, I think of Arch,” Simonis said.
He noted that Arch is still at all Sidney High School games. “He just has a better seat.”
Sidney Mayor Rick Norby told the Herald that Ellwein meant so much to the community. “It’s a major loss.”
He noted that Ellwein would do anything to support the city and he especially loved helping children.
“It’s a loss that we will feel the rest of my life,” Norby said.
Sidney School Board chair Ben Thogersen said he listened to Arch broadcast games when he was young and later as a father listening to his sons’ games.
“Arch was the Voice of the Eagles for as long as I can remember,” Thogersen said. “He was always energetic and positive especially as far as the Eagles.”
Thogersen noted that Ellwein was knowledgeable and always had correct information.
Sidney boys basketball coach Chad Quilling remembers once turning on the radio to a Class C basketball game. He thought it was a close game because of Ellwein’s excitement level, but it turned out to be a blowout.
“He made it more interesting,” Quilling said.
When Quilling was in high school, his mother would record radio broadcasts of football and basketball games.
“It was much more interesting to listen to the games with Arch than actually watching it on film,” Quilling laughed.
Sidney’s first-year basketball coach said he misses the radio announcer “big time.”
“I was looking forward to talking to him this year,” Quilling said. “He will be missed.”