Inductees Bill first made a name for himself in the athletic field by capturing 2nd place at the 1970 IHSA track and field finals. He won it the following year with a jump of 6'9" as a senior at Illini Bluffs (Glasford) High School.
He matriculated to SlU where he became a world-class Decathlete during the l970s.
Hancock won the Decathlon at the 1973 Drake Relays and became the world's 1st Decathlete to clear 7-feet in the high jump. While at SlU, he set school records in the high jump, long jump and javelin.
Bill was named to the 1975 All-American Track & Field Team as he finished 5th at the Outdoor Nationals and also 5th at the Indoor Nationals. He long jumped 25' 7" for the Salukis in the 1975 conference tournament
The following year he finished 5th in the Olympic Trials behind Bruce Jenner, where his 7' 2" high jump at Eugene, Oregon set a record not broken until 2004.
Bill first made a name for himself in the athletic field by capturing 2nd place at the 1970 IHSA track and field finals. He won it the following year with a jump of 6'9" as a senior at Illini Bluffs (Glasford) High School.
|1995 Roanoke-Benson/L-W Baseball Team|
The 1995 Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn Baseball Team capped a perfect season (30-0) by winning the IHSA Class A state championship, becoming the first Illinois baseball team to enjoy an undefeated state championship since Peoria Manual (25-0) in 1950.
While the RB/LW squad was averaged 6.8 runs per game with a .318 team batting average, the team truly excelled defensively by committing just 27 errors in 30 games with a .967 team field percentage. The defensive effort helped the pitching staff allow just 30 runs the entire season with 12 shutouts, three no-hitters and three more one-hitters. The pitchers also struck out 274 opposing hitters, while allowing just 31 walks.
The state tournament run included a 13-0 win against Stronghurst Southern (13-0) in the quarterfinals, a 5-4 victory against Harrisburg in the semis and an 8-2 win against Byron in the state championship game.