NeveHarms Lew Williams, a former standout Bradley and semi-pro baseball player who has served for 40 years as secretary-statistician of the Sunday Morning League, has won the 1984 Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award of the Peoria Ad Club.
Williams will receive his award at the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet set for Feb. 16 at the Continental Regency Hotel. The award is given annually to a Tri-County sports figure who has toiled for many years at a particular task without compensation.
He has serviced the league for 54 years as player, manager and officer, putting in countless hours supervising the league's scorekeeping and keeping complete batting and pitching records of every player throughout the season.
He also handles all advance publicity for the league and is the league's contact man for all local media.
Williams is a physical science technician at the Northern Regional Research Center.
Lew Williams, a former standout Bradley and semi-pro baseball player who has served for 40 years as secretary-statistician of the Sunday Morning League, has won the 1984 Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award of the Peoria Ad Club.
Dave Golden attended Pekin High School from 1961-65 where he lettered in three seasons under legendary coach Dawdy Hawkins. Dave led Pekin High School to 58 wins in 63 games as a junior and senior including the 1964 Illinois State High School championship game. As the starting junior guard on the Pekin State championship team of 1964, he led Pekin in scoring 18 points in the championship game against the Apple knockers from Cobden Illinois.
Dave was named to All-State Tournament Team in 1964. Dave received All-State honors in 1964 and again in 1965. He is the number 5 all time scorer in Pekin High School basketball history with 1334 points and ranks as number 35 in the Greater Peoria Area. Dave was selected to the Parade Magazine’s 1965 high school boy’s all-American third team.
Of the more than 66 colleges to recruit Dave he decided to play at Duke University for Coach Vic Bubas. Dave lettered at Duke in 1967, 68, 69 where he played in 80 games and scored 752 points. During the 1967, 68 seasons he played in the NIT and in 1968 Duke had risen to AP ranking of number 10 in the country. Always a leader, Dave was team captain during his senior year. Today Dave makes his home in Parlin, NJ.