Inductees Richwoods High School lost only five of 124 games during the '81-'85 career of this six-foot forward, who went on to help Louisiana Tech capture the 1988 NCAA women's basketball championship.
Lewis set an Illinois high school scoring record with 3,134 points as the Knights took first, second and third-place state tournament trophies.
She shot 70 percent from the field with a 30.8 scoring average and grabbed 12.6 rebounds per game as senior to earn "National Prep Player of the Year" recognition from USA Today newspaper and Parade magazine.
Lewis also received the coveted Dial Award in 1984 as the top female high school athlete/scholar of the year.
As a collegian, Lewis topped double figures in scoring 25 times and in rebounding 17 times during the Lady Techsters' championship season that ended with a rally from a 14-point halftime deficit for a 56-54 victory over Auburn.
Lewis led the Ruston, LA., school in rebounding three consecutive seasons. She was a member of the America South all-Conference first team and a Kodak Regional all-American.
The daughter of Mrs. Louella Ruffin, Lewis is one of seven children - sister Charlotte will also be inducted tonight into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame - who majored in medical technology and now lives in Seattle, Washington.
Richwoods High School lost only five of 124 games during the '81-'85 career of this six-foot forward, who went on to help Louisiana Tech capture the 1988 NCAA women's basketball championship.
|1987 Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure|
Mike Dunne, an outstanding baseball pitcher with Limestone High School and Bradley University, made his major league debut this past June. In his first game he was on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates and gave a good account of himself against the Mets All-Star Dwight Gooden. He then went on to finish with a 13-6 record and an ERA of 3.03, second in the National League to Nolan Ryan. Mike was named Rookie Pitcher of the Year by the Sporting News and was runner-up to San Diego catcher Benito Santiago as National League Rookie of the Year. He had a great day against his former ball club, the St. Louis Cardinals, beating them 3-1 on a 4-hitter, and then later repeated his control over the Cardinals by a 1-0 victory.