Inductees Hiles Stout was one of the most versatile and talented athletes in the annals of Peoria high school athletics. He went on to become one of the few bonafide two-sport standouts in the history of the University of Illinois.
A rugged competitor and inspirational leader, Stout established unprecedented records at Peoria Central High School as an all-star performer in football, basketball and baseball. He was a standout quarterback who gained over a mile in total offense in his career. A brilliant center in basketball, he led Central to a second place finish in the 1953 state tournament. He was also a long-ball hitting first baseman On the Central baseball team.
At one time Stout's 1,546 career basketball points and single-game high of 48 (against Spalding) led all local prep players. Currently, he is fourth on the alltime list in both career and single-game scoring.
After his prep days, Stout earned three letters each in football and basketball at the University of Illinois. He was the No. 1 quarterback in 1956 and a starting forward on the basketball team.
Hiles Stout was one of the most versatile and talented athletes in the annals of Peoria high school athletics. He went on to become one of the few bonafide two-sport standouts in the history of the University of Illinois.
|Dawdy Hawkins |
"Dawdy" Hawkins, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the nation, directed his teams to state titles in two different states. His Lincoln Northeast High School team won a Nebraska state prep crown in 1948, just before he left to take over at Peoria Central. He quickly forged a powerhouse at Central, his 1952-53 team, led by brilliant center Hiles Stout, making it to the championship game of the Illinois state finals at the University of Illinois' old Huff Gym before bowing to LaGrange, 71-60. Hawkins took three other Peoria Central teams to the state tournament (1954, 56, 59) and then, switching to Pekin, had five other state appearances (1964, 65, 66, 67, 73), including state championship teams in 1964 and 1967.