Inductees Hiles Stout was one of the most versatile and talented athletes in the annals of Peoria high school athletics. He went on to become one of the few bonafide two-sport standouts in the history of the University of Illinois.
A rugged competitor and inspirational leader, Stout established unprecedented records at Peoria Central High School as an all-star performer in football, basketball and baseball. He was a standout quarterback who gained over a mile in total offense in his career. A brilliant center in basketball, he led Central to a second place finish in the 1953 state tournament. He was also a long-ball hitting first baseman On the Central baseball team.
At one time Stout's 1,546 career basketball points and single-game high of 48 (against Spalding) led all local prep players. Currently, he is fourth on the alltime list in both career and single-game scoring.
After his prep days, Stout earned three letters each in football and basketball at the University of Illinois. He was the No. 1 quarterback in 1956 and a starting forward on the basketball team.
Hiles Stout was one of the most versatile and talented athletes in the annals of Peoria high school athletics. He went on to become one of the few bonafide two-sport standouts in the history of the University of Illinois.
Very few athletes had a high school career to match Howard Nathan. With a rainbow jumper and his high-top fade hairdo back in the`90s, Nathan epitomized the in-your-face, slap-the-floor defense that is a trademark of Peoria hoops. He led Manual high school to three Illinois state tournament appearances (1988, 90, 91). In his senior season he led Manual to a 2nd place finish. By playing the late quarterfinal Friday, Manual had to play three games in 23 hours, culminating in a championship loss that Saturday night. Nathan scored 19 points, 11 in the last 5 minutes. He finished his prep play with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. He was tournament scoring leader, and his 13 3-point attempts are still a record for a title game.
Back in Peoria Nathan’s basketball legend grew. His teams won five straight Gus Macker titles from 1998 to 2002. In July 2006, Howard was paralyzed in an automobile accident and confined to a wheelchair.