TriCounty Repeating as Tri-County male Athlete of the Year, Peoria Manual high school star Sergio McClain simply drove the Rams to their fourth consecutive state championship in Carver Arena last March.
Voted Mr. Basketball for the 1996-97 season, McClain overcame a shoulder injury to drive his Ram teammates to yet another state crown.
With Harvey Thornton threatening to oust Manual in the semi-final game, McClain ignored his injury to lead the Rams on a 25-1 run in nine and a half minutes, scoring 11 points in a row during one stretch.
He was named to every All-State team in the state and was named to play in the Magic Roundball Classic.
The Peoria Journal Star declared Sergio was the "most successful prep basketball player in United States history."
McClain is now a key part of the University of Illinois basketball team as a freshman.
Repeating as Tri-County male Athlete of the Year, Peoria Manual high school star Sergio McClain simply drove the Rams to their fourth consecutive state championship in Carver Arena last March.
1977 Manual Football Team
Row 1: Man. Kenny Daniels, Scott Elger, Dale Reeser, Billy Reed, Darwin Gulley, Dick Crain, Ernie Baldock, Dan Sweety, Troy Burns, Wayne Welch, Tim Braggs, Frankie King, Marion Young, Otto Waller, Eric McClain, Sam Risby, Man. Greg Cox, Man. Tim Holmes.
The 1977 Rams were led by All-Staters Mark Dismuke, Joe Moton, and a defense that registered 5 shut-outs and allowed an average of 5.7 points a game. The regular season ended with an undefeated Conference Championship before a loss to LaSalle-Pem in the state play-offs.