Inductees The 1980 Bergan High School boys cross country team did the unprecedented at the IHSA state
finals at Detweiller Park.
Coach Mike Sullivan's Trojans became the first program in the five-year history of the Class A state
series to sweep individual AND team championships.
Senior Eric Volkert led the way, winning the 3-mile race in a time of 14 minutes, 46.9 seconds.
Junior Dan Ray and senior Jack Spring also earned all-state honors by placing 15th and 16th individually.
Junior Richard Spring and senior Bruce Kettler also figured in Bergan's team score of 89 points. Princeton, with 123, was runner-up for the second year in a row.
The team title was the first in any sport for Bergan, which opened in 1964.
Volkert went on to compete as a collegian at Augustana College in Rock Island, where his best efforts included a 3:48.85 in the 1,500-meter run. That's the equivalent of a 4:07.09 mile.
The 1980 Bergan High School boys cross country team did the unprecedented at the IHSA state
This East Peoria native and Spalding ('82) graduate took the Irish to the 1982 state finals before obtaining an industrial engineering degree from Northwestern where he was an All-Big Ten catcher in 1985 and 1986. Drafted in the 5th round MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs, Joe turned a successful major league playing career into a managerial career, first as bench coach of the New York Yankees, and recently as manager of the Florida MarIin.