Inductees "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.
"Dawdy" Hawkins, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the nation, directed his teams to state titles in two different states.
|1983 Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure|
MARY KAY HUNGATE
Richwoods High School 1984 girls varsity basketball team, coached by Mary Kay Hungate, has been ranked first in the nation by USA Today. Their record thus far for 1984 is 9 wins and no losses. In 1983 the Richwoods Lady Knights won the Class AA State Championship and ended a perfect season at 32-0. They were ranked second in the nation in 1983 by USA Today.