Inductees MANUAL AND COACH KEN HINRICHS rolled to a second consecutive unbeaten season in 1959, producing 249 points while allowing just 45.
The potent Rams blanked Limestone, Spalding, Woodruff and Richwoods and only Decatur Eisenhower was able to score more than one touchdown in a narrow 13-12 Manual win.
Quarterback Art Schilling, named to the Chicago Daily News all-state team, led the Mid-State 8 in passing with a .625 completion average. End Chuck Siebel was named the team's most valuable lineman and halfback Ed Brooks, who set a conference individual scoring record, was the most valuable back.
All-conference honors went to Siebel, Brooks, tackle Thurman Albritton, Schilling, halfback L. C. Pannell, fullback Bill Harper, guard Bill Purcell, halfback Wardell Faulkner, center Lem Van Laningham, tackle Bill Harris, tackle Sam Robinson and guard Bill Porch.
THE 1959 SEASON
Manual 33, Galesburg 6
Manual 19, Spalding 0
Manual 38, East Peoria 6
Manual 25, Woodruff 0
Manual 13, Decatur Eisenhower 12
Manual 40, Richwoods 0
Manual 34, Limestone 0
Manual 14, Springfield Lanphier 7
Manual 13, Pekin 7
MANUAL AND COACH KEN HINRICHS rolled to a second consecutive unbeaten season in 1959, producing 249 points while allowing just 45.
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.