Inductees A member of the 1965 Pekin Lettes softball team enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Kerwin holds 13 single-season and career records for the Lettes. The infielder competed in 12 national tournaments (49 games) and played five seasons as a professional - starting in 1949 with the Peoria Redwings - to finance her education at Illinois State University.
Kerwin has won 75 Senior Olympics gold medals in 20 sports - with at least one gold in every sport. An elementary physical education teacher for 30 years, she coached two unbeaten teams at Oak Grove School in Bartonville.
Kerwin played a total of 31 softball seasons, spending time at every position except pitcher. Her career started at age 14 with Farrow Chix. She was player-coach for the Peoria Pekin Independents, twice Illinois AAU basketball champions, and played in three national AAU tournaments.
She also starred in basketball for four seasons at Academy of Our Lady High School, then was high scorer for the Caterpillar Dieselettes from 1942-47. She led Illinois State University in scoring four years and also played collegiate volleyball, softball and field hockey.
Kerwin is a member of the ISU and the ASA Illinois Halls of Fame.
A member of the 1965 Pekin Lettes softball team enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Kerwin holds 13 single-season and career records for the Lettes. The infielder competed in 12 national tournaments (49 games) and played five seasons as a professional - starting in 1949 with the Peoria Redwings - to finance her education at Illinois State University.
Jim Lewis served as Athletic Director, head football, golf, basketball, and baseball coach at Pekin Community High School during his career from 1933-1955. Jim received his BA from the University of Illinois and a masters from the University of Iowa. During his days at the University of Illinois he played football and basketball. Jim also served in the military. Jim Lewis started his coaching career at Pekin in 1933 with the baseball team. He compiled a record of 118-71-1 in eleven seasons under his direction. Lewis led Pekin to six regional titles in his seven seasons as basketball coach, including state trophies in 1947 (4th place) and 1948 (3rd place). Jim coached football for eleven seasons with a 71-30-1 record. The 1951 unbeaten Pekin football team was the first team in the history of the school to win ten games. The 1951 team was considered the mythical Number 1 team in the state. Pekin won both the Greater Peoria Illini Conference and the Big 12 Conference titles that year. Jim's golf teams excelled, winning a 3rd place (1948) and a 2nd place (1949) in the state tournament during his seven years as coach. Jim Lewis was one of the driving forces behind building Pekin Memorial Stadium. Jim was a member in three Halls of Fame, the Pekin High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the IBCA Hall of Fame. Even by today's standards, Coach Lewis' coaching achievements are legendary.