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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.

2015 Individual Inductees

Wayne McClain

A 1972 graduate of Peoria Manual High School and 1977 Bradley University graduate, McClain enjoyed a nationally-recognized basketball coaching career at both the prep and collegiate levels.  Following 18 seasons as an assistant for Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Famer Dick Van Scyoc, culminating with the 1994 IHSA AA state championship, McClain succeeded Van Scyoc for the next seven seasons and led the Rams to the final three state titles in 1995, 1996 and 1997 during their unprecedented state championship four-peat. The 1997 USA Today National High School Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, McClain’s Rams were USA Today’s No. 1 ranked boys basketball team in the nation in 1996-97.  The three-time (1995-96-97) Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year, McClain led Manual to five straight Mid-State Conference championships from 1995 through 1999 and his teams advanced to the at least the Sweet 16 in the IHSA AA state tournament in each of his first five years. McClain joined the University of Illinois coaching staff in 2001 and helped the Illini to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including a run to the 2005 national championship game in St. Louis.  Following one year as the director of student-athlete development for men’s basketball at Kansas State, McClain returned to high school basketball as the head coach at Champaign Central in 2013.  He guided the Maroons to a 13-win improvement in his lone season on the bench before his untimely death in 2014.


Tim Broe

Broe’s ascendancy to the international running stage began at East Peoria High School, where won back-to-back state cross country championships in 1993 and 1994, as well as the 3,200-meter track championships in 1994 and 1995.  He went on to become a 12-time NCAA All-American while running at the University of Alabama, winning the national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2000 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Broe continued running after college and was the three-time national cross country champion (2001, 2002, 2005), a three-time national champion in the 5,000 meters (2003, 2004, 2005) and a two-time national champion in the indoor 3,000 meters (2001 and 2002).  Broe set the American indoor track record (7:39.23) in the 3,000 meters Jan. 27, 2002, breaking the mark of 7:39.94 that had stood for 21 years. A veteran member of USA Track and Field teams in international competition, Broe qualified for 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and finished 11th in the 5,000 meters. The Tri-County Male Athlete of the Year in 1995 and 1999, Broe also won Peoria’s four-mile Steamboat Classic in 2002 with a time of 17:47, becoming the first American to win the event since 1992 and the first local runner to take the title since 1981.


Matt Savoie

A member of the Bradley University Athletics Hall of Fame, Savoie achieved international recognition in men’s figure skating during the 1990s and 2000s, highlighted by a seventh-place finish while competing for Team USA at the XX Olympic Winter Games in 2006 in Turin, Italy.  Savoie qualified for the 2006 Olympic Games by winning the bronze medal at the U.S. Championships. Savoie learned to skate in group lessons operated by the Peoria Park District.  He went on to represent the Illinois Valley Figure Skating Club and he based his training at the Owens Center in central Peoria throughout his career. Among his many achievements on the ice, Savoie was a three-time bronze medalist at the U.S. Championships, earning first-alternate for the 2002 Olympic Games.  He won the gold medal at the 1997 U.S. Junior Championships and he finished fourth at the 1999 World Junior Championships.



Barb Waddell

Waddell has played a prominent role in the advancement of women’s athletics as an athlete, coach and administrator.  A 1978 inductee into the Illinois State University Athletics Hall of Fame, Waddell earned 16 varsity letters at ISU, playing basketball, field hockey, softball and volleyball for the Redbirds. After graduation, Waddell continued to compete by playing women’s major fast pitch softball for the Pekin Lettes from 1958-63.  She also was a member of the Central Illinois Field Hockey Association and the Midwest Field Hockey Team, earning selection to the second EAM All-National Tournament.  She also continued her basketball career as a starter for the Peoria/Pekin Independent AAU Basketball Team that won several Illinois AAU state tournaments and competed in national AAU events. Waddell served as site director for the IHSA state softball tournament in Pekin for 25 years and she was the originator and co-director of the Pekin Lassie League softball program, which is credited with providing youth sports opportunities for girls before high school programs gained varsity status in the 1970s.


Ashley Fauser

Fauser is one of the most-accomplished softball pitchers in the area, excelling at Morton High School before starring at the University of Wisconsin.  A two-time Peoria Journal Star Softball Player of the Year (1994, 1995), Fauser led Morton to three straight conference championships and back-to-back appearances in the IHSA state tournament, earning a second-place finish in 1994 and a third-place trophy in 1995.  Named to the all-tournament team in both 1994 and 1995, Fauser was the 1994 state tournament MVP after pitching back-to-back no-hitters.  She still holds school records with 20 strikeouts in a game, 294 in a season and 882 in her career, as well as the school marks with 25 wins in a season and 81 wins in a career. After graduating from Morton, where her jersey was retired in 1996, Fauser starred on the pitching rubber at Wisconsin, appearing in 125 games during her four-year collegiate career.  The 1997 team MVP and 1999 recipient of the Coaches Award, Fauser pitched 747.2 innings at Wisconsin, compiling 52 wins, 551 strikeouts and a 2.72 earned run average with 15 shutouts. Fauser went on to play with several area women’s fast pitch teams after graduation, including East Peoria Hits and Avanti’s, and she remains active in area youth softball as a coach and clinic speaker.





Major League Baseball Players

A quintet of former Major League Baseball players with ties to the Tri-County area are being inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame posthumously.


Peoria native Mike Donlin played in 1,049 Major League games from 1899-1914 and helped the New York Giants to the 1905 World Series championship.  Playing for five teams during his 16-year career, Donlin hit .334 with 51 home runs.


Born in Peoria in 1877, Norwood Gibson signed with the Boston Red Sox after earning his master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.  Part of a pitching rotation that included Cy Young, Gibson compiled a 34-32 record in 85 career appearances with a 2.93 earned run average during his four-year career.


A native of Princeville, John Emmett Seery played in four different major leagues during a nine-year career from 1884-1892.  An outfielder with a career .252 batting average, 300 runs batted in and 27 home runs, Seery played for Baltimore and Kansas City in the Union Association League; St. Louis, Indianapolis and Louisville in the National League; Brooklyn in the Players League; and Cincinnati in the American Association.


Born in Peoria in 1904, Allyn Stout broke into the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1931.  Although he posted a 6-0 record in 30 pitching appearances in his rookie season, arm trouble prevented him from participating in the 1931 World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics.  Well-respected by his teammates, however, Stout was voted a full share of the World Series bonus pay and he was presented a World Series ring.  Stout went on to a 6-year career with St. Louis, Cincinnati, New York and Boston, appearing in 180 games with a 20-20 record and 4.54 ERA.


Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Dick Weik moved to Peoria in 1941 and starred at Peoria High School.  He broke into the majors with the Washington Senators in 1948 and pitched for five years at the big league level with Washington, Cleveland and Detroit.  Weik appeared in 76 games during his career, finishing with a 5-23 record and 5.90 ERA.

2015 Team Inductees

1986-87 Manual H. S.  Boys Basketball Team

The Rams finished the season with a 31-1 record, including a perfect 14-0 mark to win the Mid-State 10 Conference title.  Ranked No. 1 in the state all season and No. 5 in the USA Today high school basketball national rankings, Manual defeated state #2 Rock Island High School and eventual state champion East St. Louis Lincoln High School during its undefeated regular season.  Its bid for the state title was derailed in a classic game, however, as the Rams were knocked out of the state tournament when Quincy ended an epic, triple-overtime game with a 25-foot buzzer beater.  Manual’s starting lineup in 1986-87 included three players who went on to play NCAA Division I basketball – Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Famers David Booth (DePaul) and Curtis Stuckey (Drake/Bradley), as well as Lynn Collins (Arizona State).


1973 Princeville H. S. Football Team

Coached by Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Famer Tom Bruna, the 1973 Princeville High School Football team completed an undefeated season in the final year before the IHSA instituted the state playoff system.  At 9-0 for the first time under Bruna, the 1973 Princes won the Blackhawk Conference title, clinching the championship with a 38-28 win against Wyoming High School.  The Princes averaged 36.3 points per game and outscored their opponents by 23.0 points per game.  Running back Alan Martin led the team with 2,014 yards rushing in the nine games (223.8 yards per game), including 274 yards and five touchdowns against Wyoming and 311 more yards in the season-ending, 34-20 win against Buda Western High School.


1983-84 Richwoods H. S. Girls Basketball Team

Continuing the success of the state champion 1982-83 team, the 1983-84 Richwoods High School girls basketball team set the state record by extending the program’s winning streak to 63 consecutive games before falling in the IHSA Class AA state championship game to Elmhurst York High School, 55-46.  The 63-game winning streak remains the second-best in IHSA girls basketball history, topped only by a 65-game run by Maine West High School from 1987-89.  Entering the state tournament as the No. 1 ranked team in the state, the 1983-84 Knights finished the season with a 31-1 overall record and they won the fourth consecutive conference championship.  Led by state tournament scoring leader Nora Lewis, Richwoods set the tourney record by shooting 71.4 percent from the field in its quarterfinal victory against Dundee-Crown High School.

2015 Neve Harms Meritorious Service Award

Mike Ulrich

Ulrich has coached in the Junior Football League and youth baseball for 32 years, while also serving as president of numerous youth leagues and director of the Peoria Diocesan basketball tournament. He began volunteering as coach for the Richwoods Browns JFL team in 1971 and served in a coaching or administrative capacity for the Richwoods JFL program from 1971-89.  In addition, he served as a coach and president of the Richwoods League League, as well as Pony League, from 1975-85.  During that same period, he coached the Bergan All-Star Pony League from 1981-84.  In his role as St. Thomas Grade School athletic director for 32 years, Ulrich directed the 11 boys (six) and girls (five) basketball teams for 27 years, scheduling tournaments, ordering uniforms and hiring officials among his many duties.  He also served as director of the Peoria Diocesan Tournament for 14 years.  Ulrich coached basketball at Peoria Heights Grade School from 2006-11 and he volunteered as manager of a fastpitch team in the Peoria Park District Softball League for 23 years, while also playing on the team for several seasons.  He currently is completing his two-year stint as the St. Philomena School 5th Grade boys basketball team and is preparing for his second year of coaching in the Irish youth baseball program.

2015 Tri-County Athlete and Coach of the Year Awards

Randy Meneweather

Male Athlete of the Year

The top-ranked wrestler in the state at 160 pounds, Meneweather posted a 43-4 record and won his second consecutive IHSA 2A state title in 2015.  He also led Washington Community High School to a 20-6 dual meet record and a runner-up finish in the state dual meet tournament.  This past fall, he captained WCHS to an undefeated Mid-Illini Conference championship and the quarterfinals of the state tournament.  Helping the Panthers to an 11-1 record, Meneweather ran for 1,049

yards and 15 touchdowns, becoming the school’s all-time leader in career rushing yards (2,835) and career points (245).



Maryjeanne Gilbert

Female Athlete of the Year

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.



Scott Carlson

Male Coach of the Year

Unranked despite a 24-2 regular season, Carlson guided Brimfield High School to the 2015 IHSA A boys basketball state title.  Part of a 20-game winning streak to end the season, the Indians beat five state-ranked teams in the postseason to claim the school’s first-ever boys basketball state championship.







Stephanie Ramsey

Female Coach of the Year

Ramsey guided Washington Community High School to the IHSA 3A state championship in dramatic fashion.  Finishing with a final 29-10 record, the

underdog Panthers won their sectional championship, state tournament quarterfinal and semifinal games in their final at-bat.





April 8, 2017


36th Induction Banquet

The 36th Greater Peoria Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Banquet will be held Saturday, April 8th at the Peoria Civic Center. Social Hour begins @ 5:00 pm, followed by dinner @ 6:00 pm and the induction ceremony. Tickets are $35 before March 29th and $40 if purchased between March 29 thru April 4.

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Tickets will NOT be available at the door the night of the banquet.


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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The first official Board of Directors meeting was held October 14, 1979. Officers were elected. Early decisions determined that the Hall of Famers would be from the Greater Peoria Area; the name would be The Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame; its purpose would be to promote and encourage the many varied sports programs in our area, to share with the area the pride we have in the accomplishments of area athletes, and to honor those men, women and teams contributing to our enjoyment and rich sports history.

With the cooperation of the Peoria Civic Center Commission and generous community support, the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame is a reality and it's future is bright..


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