NeveHarms Lew Williams, a former standout Bradley and semi-pro baseball player who has served for 40 years as secretary-statistician of the Sunday Morning League, has won the 1984 Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award of the Peoria Ad Club.
Williams will receive his award at the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet set for Feb. 16 at the Continental Regency Hotel. The award is given annually to a Tri-County sports figure who has toiled for many years at a particular task without compensation.
He has serviced the league for 54 years as player, manager and officer, putting in countless hours supervising the league's scorekeeping and keeping complete batting and pitching records of every player throughout the season.
He also handles all advance publicity for the league and is the league's contact man for all local media.
Williams is a physical science technician at the Northern Regional Research Center.
Lew Williams, a former standout Bradley and semi-pro baseball player who has served for 40 years as secretary-statistician of the Sunday Morning League, has won the 1984 Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award of the Peoria Ad Club.
|Mary Ellen Hill-Schupbach|
Hill-Schupbach starred in the area as both a prepster and collegian, first at Princeville High School then at Bradley, as one of the area's top female distance runners. After winning four conference championships in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters at Princeville, Hill-Schupbach claimed 10 Missouri Valley Conference cross country and track individual championships at Bradley from 1996-2000, while also twice earning NCAA Division I All-America honors in the 5,000 meters. In addition to her individual titles at the 1998 and 1999 Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships, Hill-Schupbach led the Braves to their first-ever conference crown in any women's sport in school history as co-champions with Drake in 1998. A seven-time Academic All-American, Hill-Schupbach received a prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and was the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Charlotte West Award as the year's top all-around, graduating student-athlete in the Missouri Valley Conference. She also was selected the Illinois NCAA Woman of the Year in 2000.