TriCounty Dave Darnall, in his 20th season as men's basketball coach at Eureka College, is one of the state's most successful coaches. Last season his team went 24-5, his third consecutive season of 24 or more wins, won the championship of NAIA District 20 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II national tournament at Nampa, Idaho before bowing out, Eureka's second consecutive appearance in the national tournament.
Eureka ranked 13th in the final NAIA Division II poll last year, finished first in rebound percentage, second in team scoring margin, third in three-point field goal shooting, fourth in team scoring defense and sixth in team field goal shooting.
Darnall entered this season with a 356-148 record, placing him 16th on the NAIA percentage win list and 14th on the NCAA Division Ill ranking.
Dave Darnall, in his 20th season as men's basketball coach at Eureka College, is one of the state's most successful coaches. Last season his team went 24-5, his third consecutive season of 24 or more wins, won the championship of NAIA District 20 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II national tournament at Nampa, Idaho before bowing out, Eureka's second consecutive appearance in the national tournament.
Neve Harms Award
The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Neve Harms Award, formerly the Peoria Advertising and Selling Club's Annual Meritorious Service to Sports Award, was named the Neve Harms Award in 1966 and for a very good reason.
As Director of Proctor Recreation Center, Harms observed the need for all youths to experience participation in sports activities, and not just the few who excelled. He, therefore, adopted a firm policy which assured that all youths would have an opportunity to play in games of the various sports controlled by Proctor Center. This plan met with much success and certainly with acceptance by parents whose children became more interested in sport activities at Proctor and consequently made good use of their free time.
Neve carried through this policy when he was appointed Superintendent of the Peoria City Recreation Department which later became part of the Peoria Park District. In addition, he also developed a system of recognition for all youths so that each young person could feel good about his or her efforts.
This kind of interest in all youths regardless of ability came from a most competitive and outstanding athlete. Neve was a four-sport player at Manual High School and a three-sport letter winner at Bradley University. He was a member of the 1929 Manual High School State Championship Basketball team.
Awards prior to 1981 were offered through the Peoria Advertising Club, rather than the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. We don't have biographies for these individuals. If anyone would be able to provide the bios that were written by the club at the time of the awards, we would very much appreciate receiving them for posting. We are also missing the Bruce Saurs' bio that was written in the 1991 Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Banquet book, and we would like to receive it also. We are specifically interested in the bios written at the time of the awards, not more or less current. Please contact Rick at email@example.com.
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