TriCounty Brandon Hughes became the latest in a long line of standout Manual High School basketball players in 1994 when he led the Rams to their first state championship since 1930.
Averaging 20.3 points and shooting .498, Hughes was Manualís "go-to" guy in vital situations and it was his two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining that put down Carbondale 6 1-60 in the title game of the Class AA tournament in Champaign.
He was named to the Mid-State 6 all-conference team, was the Journal Star's Metro Player of the Year and selected to all-state teams by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign News Gazette and the Associated Press.
He was also named Male Athlete of the Year by the IHSA Sports Report and honored by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
He is now attending Barton County Junior College in Kansas.
Brandon Hughes became the latest in a long line of standout Manual High School basketball players in 1994 when he led the Rams to their first state championship since 1930.
Jenelle Deatherage has covered a lot of ground since winning the 1993 state cross country championship. Jenelle and classmate Tim Broe put East Peoria high school on the map when as juniors, they both won IHSA state cross country titles. They were the first boy and girl runners from the same school to accomplish that feat. This was the first state championship in any sport at East Peoria high school since 1952. She also was the champion in the 1600 meter run in 1995, her senior year in high school. She later accepted a full scholarship to run for the University of Wisconsin Badgers.