TriCounty The Illinois High School Association began conducting a girls swimming and diving state series in 1976. It wasn't until 2009 that an entry from the Tri-County Area won a championship.
Peoria Notre Dame junior Becky Stoughton engineered the breakthrough, winning the 200-yard freestyle in I minute, 50.01 seconds after placing 11th in the 200 free as a freshman and 10th as a sophomore.
Six events later, the Peoria Area Water Wizards product added the 500 free title. Stoughton finished in 4:52.40 after qualifying the day before in a career-best 4:48.18.
Senior Olivia Scott of team champion Rosary in Aurora was the only other swimmer in the 2009 state finals to win two individual events.
The Illinois High School Association began conducting a girls swimming and diving state series in 1976. It wasn't until 2009 that an entry from the Tri-County Area won a championship.
1947 Pekin Basketballl Team
Row 1: left to right, Mgr. Jim Lee, Bert Van Horn, Dave Hughes, Jack Miller, Chuck Busby, Herb Gerecke, John Rose.
The 1947 and 1948 Pekin Basketball Teams had many similarities at the time. Both teams were led by head coach Jim Lewis and assistant coach John Moss. Both teams won more games combined (59) in a two year period than any other Pekin teams at that time. Six players; Don Ehrett, Herb Gerecke, Howie Harris, Bert Van Horn, Chuck Busby, and Jay Nelson played on both squads that placed 4th in state in 1947 and 3rd in state in 1948. Both teams were their respective season’s Greater Peoria Conference Champs and were ranked in the top ten in the regular season basketball poll; #10 in 1947 and #1 in 1948. In 1948, Herb Gerecke was named to the Chicago Daily News all-state team and 6-2 senior, Chuck Busby (top vote getter), Bob Watson, Jay Nelson, and Herb Gerecke were voted to the all-state tournament squad.