Inductees Darryl Ashmore lettered in football, basketball and track while at Peoria High. Twice all-conference, Darryl was a consensus all-state football player as well as the 1986 Journal Star football player of the year.
Ashmore accepted a scholarship to Northwestern University where he lettered four years and was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection his senior year. He was a 7th round draft pick (171st overall) by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1992 NFL draft.
The 6' 7", 310 Ib. offensive tackle played 9 NFL seasons with the Rams, Redskins and Raiders. In all, Darryl appeared in 119 games, 36 as a starter. He retired after the 2001 season. He is a member of the Peoria High and the Northwestern Halls of Fame.
"Darryl was an extremely motivated, hard-working kid who reached his potential," said his high school coach, Larry Lavery.
Darryl Ashmore lettered in football, basketball and track while at Peoria High. Twice all-conference, Darryl was a consensus all-state football player as well as the 1986 Journal Star football player of the year.
Larry Leitner was among the state's elite officials for more than 40 years, officiating high school, college and professional sporting events from 1960 through 2003 and he remains involved in sports by serving on the board of directors for the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament, as well as evaluating current officials and moderating IHSA rules clinics.
Among his officiating highlights, Leitner worked more IHSA basketball and football tournament games than any official in the state's history, earning 27 consecutive boys basketball regional assignments. He also worked the IHSA boys basketball state finals in 1973, 1974 and 1976, including the 1976 championship game, and three IHSA football finals, including the first-ever 2A state championship game in 1974. A charter member of the Gateway Conference officiating crew in 1988, Leitner was part of the crew that officiated the 1990 and 1993 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals and he served as an associate official for the Big Ten Conference from 1984-88.
Leitner also was called upon to officiate two IESA state championship games, the 1990 National Catholic Basketball finals, three Shriner All-Star football games and the 1980 IBCA All-Star Classic, while also working for two seasons in the Midwest Professional Football League.
Leitner is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Peoria Officials and Bloomington/Normal Officials Halls of Fame.