TriCounty Heather Cassady was only a sophomore in the 1995-96 school year, but the Dunlap High School two-sport standout showed such talent she was named the Tri-County Female Athlete of the Year.
First came basketball.
The 5-foot-5 guard averaged 15.5 points (including such monstrous scoring games as 30 and 35 points in the sectional and super-sectional, respectively), 8.5 assists and 4.6 steals.
She was named the Journal Star's Player of the Year in Class A and was a vital reason why Dunlap made the school's first appearance in the state finals, finishing fourth after bowing to Byron 59-57 in the third-place game.
Then the softball season arrived.
Dunlap's second baseman, Cassady hit .562, the highest on the Journal Starís Class A all-star team.
Attending grade school in East Peoria, Cassady became a basketball standout playing against boys.
"I was sort of a tomboy because I grew up around the guys," Cassady has said. "That's why I can play like a guy, because I played with boys like Mark Vershaw and Jason Jenkins (East Peoria's very large standouts)."
Heather Cassady was only a sophomore in the 1995-96 school year, but the Dunlap High School two-sport standout showed such talent she was named the Tri-County Female Athlete of the Year.
1977 Manual Football Team
Row 1: Man. Kenny Daniels, Scott Elger, Dale Reeser, Billy Reed, Darwin Gulley, Dick Crain, Ernie Baldock, Dan Sweety, Troy Burns, Wayne Welch, Tim Braggs, Frankie King, Marion Young, Otto Waller, Eric McClain, Sam Risby, Man. Greg Cox, Man. Tim Holmes.
The 1977 Rams were led by All-Staters Mark Dismuke, Joe Moton, and a defense that registered 5 shut-outs and allowed an average of 5.7 points a game. The regular season ended with an undefeated Conference Championship before a loss to LaSalle-Pem in the state play-offs.