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Welcome to the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame website. We have inducted numerous individuals and teams. Their plaques are located in the Peoria Civic Center. As you browse through our site, you will learn that the Peoria area is rich in talent. Many individuals, teams and organizations have contributed to our sports history. If you have any comments or requests, please feel free to contact us at any time.

2021 Team Inductees

 

1985 Limestone Women's Softball

Coached by Lou Dobrydnia, the Limestone Rockets spent the entire season ranked among the state’s best teams and validated the voting support by finishing second in the Class AA state tournament. The Rockets won the Mid-Illini Conference championship. Throughout the season, they posted 10 shutouts and allowed only one run seven times. Posting a 25-4 final record, each of their four losses came by either one or two runs, including the 2-0 defeat to Rock Island Alleman in the state championship game. Seven of the nine starting players went on to play college softball.

 

 

1975 Princeville High School Football 

Coached by Tom Bruna, the 1975 Princeville Princes capped a 9-0 regular season with a second-place finish in IHSA Class 1A, dropping the championship game to Concord Triopia, 36-6. The Princes averaged 42.8 points during the regular season, during which they did not yield a first-quarter touchdown until the ninth game. They won their third successive Blackhawk Conference title, then defeated Forrest-Strawn Wing (40-8), Stronghurst Southern (26-24) and Deer Creek-Mackinaw (26-3) in the playoffs to reach the title game. Princeville finished 12-1, and quarterback Rob Butler completed 85 of 171 passes for 1,633 yards and 21 touchdowns. Tailbacks Dan Clark and Bill Allen combined to rush for more than 2,100 yards.

 

 

1984 Washington High School Football

Coached by John Venturi, the Washington Panthers played six conference champions during an 11-2 season that ended with a second-place finish in the IHSA Class 4A playoffs. Washington finished second in the Mid-Illini Conference, losing only to Limestone, then beat perennial power Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin (27-6) to open postseason play. The Panthers then defeated Libertyville (28-18) and Harrisburg (21-3) before falling to Woodstock (41-28) in the title game. Running back Kenny Hopp led the Peoria area in rushing with 1,631 yards and 24 touchdowns, and quarterback Jon Gasperi threw for 10 TDs. Gasperi, Bob O’Dea and Calvin Fuller combined for 10 interceptions, while Hopp, Matt Hodges and Spencer Roosevelt led the team in tackles.

2021 Individual Inductees

Zach Glavish

An 800-meter specialist out of Illinois Valley Central High School in Chillicothe, Zach Glavash won two state championships, then added championships in both the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences in college and was named first-team all-America. Glavash won IHSA Class A championships in 2002 and 2003, setting the Class A state record with a 1:52.81 clocking in 2003. He also won the 400 at the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet in 2002 and the 800 there in 2003. He signed with the University of Illinois, where in 2005 he was Big Ten indoor champ in the 600 and Big Ten outdoor champ in the 800. He also helped the Illini win the Big Ten outdoor title in the 4 x 400 relay and the Drake Relays title in the distance medley. Glavash transferred to Texas Tech, where in 2006 he set the indoor school record in the 800 at 1:46.80 and then won the Big 12 outdoor title in 2007. He earned indoor all-America honors in 2006 and outdoor all-America in 2007, when he went on to finish seventh at the U.S. national championship meet. When his competitive career ended, Glavash coached at Texas A&M, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, and Texas before returning to Texas Tech as an assistant coach, helping direct the team to the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field championship.

 

Rick LeHew

Rick LeHew started playing championship golf as a teenager and never stopped, becoming one of the most accomplished players in area history and competing in the Senior British Open. A two-time “Outstanding Peoria Junior Golfer,” LeHew captained the 1981 Dunlap High School team that took second in the IHSA state tournament and placed seventh individually. He earned all-America honors at Illinois Central College in 1982 and 1983, leading the Cougars to seventh in the national tournament in ’82 and 15th in ’83. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction in 2022, LeHew had won a record-tying seven Peoria Men’s City championships and finished runnerup four times; won five Tri-County match play championships; played in every River Cup (26) and was the Peoria points champion seven times. LeHew was Illinois State Mid-Amateur champion in 2004, runnerup in 2003 and 2011 and runnerup in Illinois State Amateur Championship match play in 2005. From 1987-89, LeHew played on the J.C. Goosie Space Coast Pro Mini-Tour. He became a seven-time USGA National qualifier and played in seven Radix Cup matches (top Illinois amateurs vs. top Illinois pros). He was one of eight amateurs to qualify for and play in the 2014 Senior Open Championship, a.k.a. the Senior British Open.

 

Fred Miller

Pekin's Fred Miller goes up for a shot during the 1966-67 boys basketball season.

Playing for Pekin High School, Fred Miller is recognized as one of the all-time greatest performers in the history of the Illinois High School Association state basketball tournament. Miller was a two-time all-state selection, including first team as a senior in 1967. From the 1964-65 season through 1966-67, Miller led Pekin to an 85-8 record, reaching the Sweet 16 in 1965 and ’66, then winning the single-class state championship in 1967. In its title run, Pekin won its four state-tournament games by an average of 17 points, the closest a 13-point victory over Toluca in the Sweet 16. And Miller was the star, capping off his high school career by making 16 of 20 field-goal attempts, then the record for most shots made in a title game, and scoring 36 points to lead Pekin past Carbondale for the championship. He scored 1,452 points in his career, then second in Greater Peoria Area history. In the 2008 celebration of the first century of the IHSA basketball tournament, Miller was named one of the “100 Legends of March Madness.” He accepted a scholarship to the University of Illinois, where he averaged 6.8 points through his three-year varsity career, including a 9.1 average as a junior, and was named captain for his senior season in 1970-71.

 

Eric “SHEIK” Monti

Growing up in a golf family in Pekin, Eric Monti’s talents took him to the PGA Tour and later a reputation in Hollywood as “teacher to the stars.” Monti started as a caddy at the age of 6 and later won the Pekin City Championship seven times. He moved to Los Angeles in the 1940s and played his way onto the PGA Tour in three decades. He won three PGA Tour titles – the 1955 Miami Beach Open, 1959 Hesperia Open Invitational and 1961 Ontario Open. His best finish in a major championship was a tie for sixth at the 1961 U.S. Open. He became club pro at the Los Angeles Country Club and then for 45 years at Hillcrest Country Club in California. Known as the “Sheik,” he was much sought-after as a golf instructor, and his students included celebrities Jack Benny, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Danny Kaye, Burt Lancaster, Dinah Shore and Danny Thomas. Monti died in 2009, at the age of 91.

 

Shaun Livingston

Heralded nationally as a basketball prodigy in middle school, Shaun Livingston lived up to the hype, winning three NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors – in 2015, 2017 and 2018. He led Peoria High School to IHSA Class AA state championships in 2003 and 2004, winning Illinois Mr. Basketball and being named first-team all-America by Parade Magazine and McDonald’s. A 6-foot-7 point guard, he averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 3.5 steals as a senior. After a nationwide recruiting battle, Livingston signed to play at Duke University, but skipped college and was the first high school player taken in the 2004 NBA draft, selected No. 4 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. He was named NBA Rookie of the Month in April 2005 and was averaging 9.3 points and 5.1 assists in his third pro season when a devastating knee injury nearly ended his career. After missing a year and a half, Livingston played for seven teams in six seasons, finally re-establishing himself as a starter in 2013-14 with Brooklyn. He then signed with the Warriors and became a key reserve, as his defense, passing and deadly mid-range game helped propel the club to five successive NBA Finals and three titles before retiring in 2019. In 126 career playoff games, he shot 50.7% from the field and 81.9% from the free-throw line.

 

 

Jeff Simons

A three-sport athlete at Richwoods High School, Jeff Simons made his biggest impact in wrestling, earning all-America honors in college and a fourth-place finish in the World Championships. As a senior at Richwoods, Simons posted a 42-2 record with 30 pins en route to winning the IHSA state championship at 185 pounds. He was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy, where he competed in the 190-pound and heavyweight classes, qualifying for the NCAA Championships three times and earning all-America honors with a fifth-place finish in 1974. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines Corps, Simons continued to wrestle and won nine gold medals in the Interservice Championships. Wrestling at 220 pounds in the Greco-Roman style, he took the silver medal at the 1978 World Military Games and followed by winning the gold in 1979. He competed for two U.S. national teams at the World Championships, where in 1977 he took fourth place in Greco-Roman, the highest finish for a U.S. wrestler that year. Simons also coached All-Marine wrestling teams to Interservice titles in 1978 and 1979 and mentored two future Olympians. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his accomplishments as a wrestler and coach during his service in the Marines.

 

 

Jerry Rashid

Over 39 years coaching high school baseball, Jerry Rashid compiled an overall record of 808-456-1 for a .639 winning percentage, reaching the IHSA state tournament three times and winning the 2006 Class A state championship with a 40-2 record. That Illinois Valley Central team was ranked No. 40 in the nation by Baseball America. He was head coach at Princeville (1979-86), Bergan (1986-89), Peoria Notre Dame (1989-2005) and IVC (2005-2017). His teams won 17 regional titles and four sectionals. In addition to the state title, his IVC teams took second in 2008 and third in 2010, both in Class 2A. Rashid was inducted into the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and was named Tri-County Male Coach of the Year for 2006. In 2008, he was a finalist for the National Federation of High Schools National Coach of the Year. Upon his retirement from high school coaching, Rashid’s 807 victories ranked sixth all-time in Illinois. He came out of retirement to coach baseball at Eureka College. Rashid coached several players who were selected in the Major League Baseball draft, most notably Zach McAllister, who was drafted by the New York Yankees and pitched for the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. Rashid also coached MLB Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett in the Central Illinois Collegiate League.

 

2021 Neve Harms Meritorious Service Award

Shawn Stever

Shawn Stever has been a volunteer in the Peoria running community for decades. He began volunteering at the state cross country meet in 1977 and has only missed two IHSA championships in 44 years. He has taken vacation time to help set up the course the week before the state meet at Detweiler Park, managed the start and finish lines during the meet and helped take down tents and retrieve the fencing, rope, and signage after the races are completed.

2021 Tri-County Athlete and Coach of the Year Awards

Tri-County Female Athlete of the Year:

LAUREN DOERR (MORTON HIGH SCHOOL)
 

 

Female athlete: Lauren Doerr (Morton track): Earned three medals at state track and field meet, winning the 100 and 200 meter races in class 2A where she also took third in the long jump. Her time of 11.88 seconds in the 100 meter state final is a Tri-County area record. She was named IHSA female track athlete of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tri-County Male Athlete of the Year:

SETH GLATZ (MORTON HIGH SCHOOL)
Male athlete: Seth Glatz (Morton football): All-state football player, who plays offense and defense. Ran for 3,246 yards and scored 47 touchdowns in 13 games. He averaged 249.7 yards a game rushing in leading the Potters to a 10-3 record and their first state semifinal game. Also plays basketball and runs track at Morton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tri-County Female Coach of the Year:

LINDSEY LOX ( ILLINI BLUFFS HIGH SCHOOL)
 

Female coach: Lindsey Lox (Illini Bluffs softball): Took Illini Bluffs to a 17-1 record and class 1A state title in her first season in the dugout. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 all season, won the state championship game, 3-2 over Effingham St. Anthony on a bases loaded single in the bottom of the eighth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tri-County Male Coach of the Year:

BRETT CHARLTON (EUREKA HIGH SCHOOL)
Male coach: Brett Charlton (Eureka track and field): Eureka moved up from class 1A to 2A and he took the smallest school in the field to the class 2A state runner-up trophy in boys track and field. Coached champions in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay, along with medalists in both hurdles races and the high jump. Named Illinois boys track and field coach of the year by the NFHS Coaches Association and Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.

 

Events

Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven individuals and three teams at its 40th induction banquet, set for March 19, 2022, at the Peoria Civic Center. Ticket information is available below.

 

Social @  5:00 pm

Dinner @ 6:00 pm

Ceremony to follow.

 
Tickets are $40 through March 11, $50 after that date
 
Order tickets through Susie Stockman

Call:    309-691-3553

Email: susie1026@comcast.net

 

Credit Card/Check(complete form) and mail to GPSHOF P.O. Box 9338 Peoria, IL 61612-9333
 
 
******Tickets will NOT be available at the door the day of the banquet.******

 

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Mission Statement

The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the rich sports heritage of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. We will promote and encourage the many varied sports programs in our area, share our pride and honor the accomplishments of the individuals, teams and organizations that contribute to our enjoyment and area sports history.

 

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