TriCounty Brandon Hughes became the latest in a long line of standout Manual High School basketball players in 1994 when he led the Rams to their first state championship since 1930.
Averaging 20.3 points and shooting .498, Hughes was Manualís "go-to" guy in vital situations and it was his two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining that put down Carbondale 6 1-60 in the title game of the Class AA tournament in Champaign.
He was named to the Mid-State 6 all-conference team, was the Journal Star's Metro Player of the Year and selected to all-state teams by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign News Gazette and the Associated Press.
He was also named Male Athlete of the Year by the IHSA Sports Report and honored by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
He is now attending Barton County Junior College in Kansas.
Brandon Hughes became the latest in a long line of standout Manual High School basketball players in 1994 when he led the Rams to their first state championship since 1930.
Winner of the Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure for 1969, 1972 and co-winner in 1984, Tom Peeler ended his career as head football coach at Richwoods High School last year after 30 years of coaching. But Peeler ended that career on a very high note, after leading the Knights to a Class 5A State Championship in a 21-14 win over Deerfield. It was a proud moment in Tri-County football history - the first time in 11 years an area team had made it past the second round.