Inductees No Peoria area team had won the State High School Basketball title for 34 years. That is until the 1963-64 Pekin team hit Champaign. With a superb record of 30-3, that team brought home Pekin High School's first state title.
The 1963-64 team started out the season with two early losses - to Limestone 66-61 in its fifth game and to Bloom Township by a point in game nine. Next came a 14-game winning streak before losing by five to Moline in the final game of the regular season. Pekin rolled through the regional, sectional and tournament games before edging Cobden 50-45 for the championship.
Jim Sommer led the team in scoring with 612 points and an 18.5 average. Dave Golden, who later played for Duke, average 14.3. Other key players on the team were Ron Rhoades, Amel Massa, Jim Couch, Tony Buzick, Mike Gilliam, Rick Venturi, Tom Waskowski and Dan McDonald.
No Peoria area team had won the State High School Basketball title for 34 years. That is until the 1963-64 Pekin team hit Champaign. With a superb record of 30-3, that team brought home Pekin High School's first state title.
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Gilbert repeated as the IHSA 2A state track champion in the 3,200 meters in the spring, clocking a school-record 10:34.13, and added a third-place medal in the 1,600 meters. The Peoria Notre Dame senior went on to defend her IHSA 2A state cross country championship this past fall. She also finished third at the Midwest Regionals, then earned All-America honors by finishing runner-up at the Foot Locker National Championship in San Diego. She completed the year by earning one of six positions for Team USA at the Junior Women’s International Cross Country Meet in Scotland.