Inductees Jerry Blundy began an auto racing career that saw him acclaimed as one of the finest drivers in the Midwest as a 22-year-old stock car driver at the old Mt. Hawley Speedway in Peoria.
He went on from there to compile a national reputation in the fast and dangerous sprint cars on dirt tracks from coast to coast.
He was one of racing's busiest drivers and is considered to be the Midwest's winningest driver ever during a 31-year career on state and county fair ovals, in all winning over 200 races and 10 championships.
Racing in all divisions of competition, Blundy campaigned from California to Florida. Among his achievements was winning the IMCA midget title in 1969, the IMCA sprint car crowns in 1970 and 1971, the Mississippi Valley Spring Association title three times and the Heart of Illinois sprint championship in 1952 at Exposition Gardens.
During one stretch he won eight consecutive sprint car races on mile dirt tracks.
A native of Brimfield now living in Oak Run near Galesburg, he was voted the finest sprint car driver of all time from the Peoria area and National Speed Sport News, racing's foremost publication, has installed him as a "racing legend." He also has been voted into the National Sprint car Hall of Fame and Museum at Knoxville, IA.
Jerry Blundy began an auto racing career that saw him acclaimed as one of the finest drivers in the Midwest as a 22-year-old stock car driver at the old Mt. Hawley Speedway in Peoria.
|1978 AOL-Spalding Girl's Golf Team|
Good beginnings! Coached by Mickey Schallau and in its first season as a team sport, the 1978 AOL/SI Girls Golf Team finished 3rd in the IHSA State Finals. The Lady Irish finished only behind 2nd place Palatine (Fremd) and 1st place Quincy (defending champion). Showing impressive consistency, the team finished no lower than 3rd in any tournament all season. The team’s top performers were senior, Therese Ehrhart, and sophomore, Mary Jo Ferlman. Ehrhart finished the 2 rounds of the finals with a score of 176 (89-87), and Ferlman was a stroke behind her at 177 (84-93). After graduation, Ehrhart continued playing competitively at the University of Iowa Golf and was named the MVP for the Lady Hawkeyes in 1983. Coach Schallau actually played double-duty for the State Finals, spending Day 1 with the Lady Irish in Bloomington and Day 2 with the Spalding team in Springfield, where the Boys earned a 2nd place finish.