Inductees Doug Altenberger is a former Richwoods star who went on to a brilliant career at the University of Illinois.
He set a single game scoring mark among Peoria schools in 1982 against Pekin when he scored 55 points for the Knights, topping the old mark of 49 set by another Richwoods standout, Mark Smith.
At one time he held the University of Illinois' record for three-point accuracy with a .474 percentage and currently is No. 15 in all-time Illini scoring at 1,271 points. He was also No.8 in steals with 133 and ninth in assists.
He was named the IIlini's most valuable player during his junior year in the 1984-85 season and was a third team all-Big Ten selection in his senior year. A four-year starter, the Illini averaged 25 wins during his career.
Illinois coach Lou Henson on Altenberger, "Doug truly exemplified the total package student-athlete. He had the unique talent to inspire his teammates to reach for the next level. He issued challenges and they responded. The intense personal effort that he exerted made him one of the most hard-nosed defensive stoppers I've ever coached. His offensive skills are legendary, a three-point shooter before the inclusion of the three-point shot.
"Doug proved to be one of the most popular and well-respected athletes among the student body, his own teammates and IIlini fans. I consider Doug one of the finest young men I've ever coached."
Doug Altenberger is a former Richwoods star who went on to a brilliant career at the University of Illinois.
|Ron Dwyer, Sr.|
Ron was an All-Conference, athlete in football, basketball, and baseball at Spalding Institute and achieved All-State honors in basketball. He accepted a full scholarship to Western Illinois University for basketball. After his freshman year he transferred to Bradley University on a baseball scholarship. At BU he played baseball for three years and football for two years. In 1964, he was selected for the All-Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Team. Ron was invited to play on the first Peoria Pacers Baseball Team in the Central Illinois Collegiate League, batting 4th in the lineup and playing 3rd base alongside Don Kessinger, the eventual star shortstop for the Chicago Cubs. After college he shared his sports acumen as an assistant coach for Spalding’s basketball teams that were the state runners-up in 1969 and 1970 Class AA Tournament. He was the pitching coach for the 1974 East Peoria team that placed 2nd in the Class AA Baseball Tournament. Ron was a player/manager in Peoria’s Sunday Morning League for 15 years; for 20 years he served as supervisor of the softball program for the Peoria Park District; for 6 years was active in Little League; and for 2 years helped lead a youth basketball program. He was an umpire/official in baseball, basketball, and football at various levels of competition over 21 seasons.