Inductees Bob Carney was one of the finest guards in Bradley basketball history and paced the Braves to a second place finish in the NCAA tournament. His 23 free throws against Colorado in a single game and his 55 free throws in the NCAA Tournament are tournament records which have never been broken.
Carney was an All-State performer in Aurora before coming to Bradley. At Bradley he scored 1,355 points for a 15.5 career scoring average. Both figures place him among the top ten in Bradleyís illustrious cage history. He was also a brilliant passer and playmaker and also led the team in assists.
His all around play and leadership were most apparent in the NCAA Tournament in which the Braves caught fire after a 15-12 regular season. He led the team to victories over highly regarded Oklahoma City, Colorado and Oklahoma to bring Bradley to the final four. He then paced the Braves past Southern Cal to qualify for the championship game. Despite an outstanding performance by Carney, Bradley lost the NCAA title to LaSalle and All American Tom Gola, 92-76. Carney was selected to the All Tournament and All American teams.
Bob Carney was one of the finest guards in Bradley basketball history and paced the Braves to a second place finish in the NCAA tournament. His 23 free throws against Colorado in a single game and his 55 free throws in the NCAA Tournament are tournament records which have never been broken.
Jim Querciagrossa was a wrestling coach at Woodruff High School from 1968-1992. He guided his grapplers to 36 individual conference titles and 64 individual regional championships. 151 boys qualified for sectional competition and 19 qualified for State matches, eight of whom earned a medal. One of his wrestlers, Jeff Sutherland, was a State Champion in 1990 at 160 lbs. His teams combined for an impressive 303-102-6 record in dual meets with five conference, 14 city championships, and four regional championships. He coached 22 winning seasons. In his final season the Warriors strung together 24 consecutive dual meet wins before losing in the Class AA state competition. Jim was named Central Illinois Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1992. He has been inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches Association and Woodruff High School Halls of Fame. “Coach Q” sparked interest in wrestling with younger boys by hosting the area’s first Kids Wrestling Tournament in 1978, and beginning in 1969, he hosted the Peoria Freshmen Tourney for 42 years.