TriCounty A truly dominating player in every facet of the game, Manual High School all-state basketball standout Sergio McLain is the Tri-County Male Athlete of the Year.
Son of Manual coach Wayne McClain, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior has triple threat ability: he can score, averaging 17 points; rebound, bagging 6.3 a game; and play sturdy defense.
McClain has had a career that high school players only dream about. In his first three varsity seasons, he had been a major reason Manual has won three consecutive state Class AA tournaments.
He has been an automatic all-stater several times, honored by the Chicago Tribune and the Champaign News-Gazette, and named to the first team of the Journal Starís Class AA team.
Wrote veteran Journal Star prep expert Bob Leavitt of McClain: "The strength muscular McClain added to Manual's lineup was nothing compared to the mental toughness his leadership gave the Rams."
Pursued by dozens of major college coaches, McClain and teammate Marcus Griffin, also a consensus all-stater, will attend the University of Illinois.
A truly dominating player in every facet of the game, Manual High School all-state basketball standout Sergio McLain is the Tri-County Male Athlete of the Year.
1984 Elmwood Cross Country Team
Left to right: Coach Tom Meyers, Bill Troutt, Mike Heffron, Curt Smith, Joe Harkness, Jeff Kalteux, Stan Johnson, Brian Opper, Tony McCoy, Brent Simpson. Not pictured: Assistant Coach Greg Silzer.
The 1984 Elmwood Cross Country team accomplished what no other Elmwood team has; they completed their season undefeated. The schedule included three large "AA" invitation wins, against most of the "AA" powerhouses from Central Illinois and several Chicago area "AA" schools. The ’84 team finished their record-setting season by winning the state meet over runner-up Rushville 68-149. Elmwood placed five runners in front of Rushville’s #1 to complete the 81 point win. The Elmwood runners were: Sr. Mike Heffron, 11th in 15:14; Sr. Joe Harkness, 19th in 15:24; Sr. Jeff Kalteux, 24th in 15:32; Sr. Brian Opper, 27th in 15:37; Sr. Curt Smith, 28th in 15:38, So. Tony McCoy, 50th in 16:01, and So. Brent Simpson, 78th in 16:15.