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.
|1985 Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure|
After long years of promoting and supporting sports projects and activities in the Peoria area, Pete Vonachen took on a leadership role in late 1983 as owner of the Peoria Chiefs, Class A professional baseball team. He returned pro baseball to Peoria in a most successful way. Under his direction Meinen Baseball Field was completely modernized to create comfort for the fans. An electronic scoreboard was installed, and adequate parking was provided. He made fun at the ballpark a reality.