Inductees The 1951 unbeaten Pekin High School football team was the first team in the history of the school to win 10 games. Coached by the highly successful football and basketball coach, Jim Lewis, the team was considered the mythical No.1 team in the state.
The team, then known as the Chinks, scored 309 points and permitted 71 and completely dominated Greater Peoria and Illini Conference foes except Manual, a 7-6 victim of Pekin in a storied game played at the Peoria Stadium.
Pekin won the Greater Peoria, Illini Conference and big 12 Conference titles, cementing the latter in a thrilling 33-27 win over previously unbeaten Springfield before 7,500 fans in Pekin in the ninth game of the season.
The potent Pekin offense was led by Dick Heihs, who scored 14 touchdowns; Gary Newell, who tallied nine and Jim Herget with six.
Rugged lineman Ed Skaggs was named a guard on the first all-state teams of both the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. Herget was selected to the fourth team of the Daily News. Pekin was not included in coaches' balloting for Greater Peoria honors.
THE 1951 SEASON
Pekin 28, Argo 13
Pekin 6, Streator 0
Pekin 26, East Peoria 6
Pekin 33, Central 6
Pekin 47, Canton 0
Pekin 39, Spalding 6
Pekin 50, Lincoln 0
Pekin 33, Springfield 27
Pekin 7, Manual 6
Pekin 40, Woodruff 7
The 1951 unbeaten Pekin High School football team was the first team in the history of the school to win 10 games. Coached by the highly successful football and basketball coach, Jim Lewis, the team was considered the mythical No.1 team in the state.
|Jerry & Elaine Reibling|
For four decades Jerry and Elaine have volunteered their time and effort to benefit the runners competing in events within the Tri-County. Just prior to Jerry’s induction into the Steamboat Classic Hall of Fame in 2015, the race’s co-founder, Steve Shostrom said, “Jerry and Elaine are treasures in the running community. They have made substantial, lasting contributions to the Steamboat Classic and the Illinois Valley Striders over the years. They have worked tirelessly at countless local races through heat, rain, ice, snow and wind to get quick, accurate results for runners of all ages and abilities." Jerry was involved with the Steamboat Classic for 35 years and Elaine has been a part of the Race for the Cure for about 30 years. Married over 50 years, the Rieblings helped pioneer the transformation from hand timing to computerized timing for the major running events in the Tri-County area. In addition to the Steamboat Classic and Race for the Cure, they have served at the following events over their decades of service: the IHSA State Cross Country Meet; Illinois Valley Striders events; countless high school invitationals including the Richard Spring Memorial Invitational (Peoria Notre Dame) and the Peoria High Invitational at Detweiler Park; and Bradley University and the University of Illinois cross country meets and invitationals. Jerry has also raised funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the Memphis to Peoria Run and running the satellite event from Canton to Peoria. The dedication and passion of Jerry and Elaine for these events has enabled thousands of others to experience achievement and enjoyment while competing in running events.