Inductees COACH TOM PEELER LED RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL to a third unbeaten season in four years in 1972 although the Knights were tied by Spalding, 14-14, in the third game of the year. The team was ranked No. 2 in the state and won its fourth consecutive Mid-State Nine crown.
Richwoods again showed a potent offense, scoring 302 points and producing 28 or more points in seven games.
Once again the Mid-State Nine All-Conference team included many Richwoods players.
The Offensive team included end Bruce Lyon, tackle Scott Haynes, guard Rob McMickle, center Joe OíBrien and running back Doug Olikainen. The second team honored guard Scotty Watson and quarterback Dave Peeler.
The Defensive unit included linemen Dennis Brown and Scotty Watson, linebacker Scott Haynes and back Rusty Davis. The second team included linebacker Rob McMickle and back Gary Corwin.
Special mention went to offensive tackle Dave Metz and running back Cleo Ingram.
THE 1972 SEASON
Richwoods 38, Thornridge 8
Richwoods 30, Central 19
Richwoods 30, Pekin 13
Richwoods 44, Limestone 12
Richwoods 14, Spalding 14
Richwoods 48, Manual 14
Richwoods 34, Woodruff 6
Richwoods 28, Galesburg 6
Richwoods 22, Bergan 12
Richwoods 14, East Peoria 9
COACH TOM PEELER LED RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL to a third unbeaten season in four years in 1972 although the Knights were tied by Spalding, 14-14, in the third game of the year. The team was ranked No. 2 in the state and won its fourth consecutive Mid-State Nine crown.
Mark Olson came to Peoria in 1963, and because of his most successful background in hockey in Michigan, he immediately involved himself in the promotion and development of hockey in the Peoria area. He became player-coach of the Pekin Stars from 1964-68, and then in 1971 he provided a leadership role in cooperation with Pete Bardezbanian, his sons, Mike, Rick and Joe, and other volunteers to form the Peoria Blades hockey team. At the same time, Mark gave liberally of his time and talents to further youth hockey in the Peoria area.