Inductees Pekin's state champions, taking a 16-5 record into the elite field at Caterpillar's Tom Connor Field, used a combination of Tom Trumpy's skilled pitching arm and timely hitting to whip Big 12 conference foes Streator and Decatur in the first two games before belting Alton 11-5 in a wild title game.
Rich Lee's single in the top of the seventh drove in the winning run as Streator was edged 8-7 in the first round.
Trumpy then blanked Decatur on two hits for a 3-0 victory to set up the title match with Alton.
And this one was easy, Pekin scoring eight runs in the first inning to allow Don Lee and Whitey Phillips to combine for a three-hitter.
Pekin placed six players on the all-tournament first team - second baseman Rich Lee, shortstop Pete Brown, outfielders Pete Berardi and Steve Holzapple, catcher Dick Heihs and Trumpy. First baseman Emil Monge along with Phillips, mainly an outfielder, and Don Lee were on the second team.
Others on the team were Gary Kinder, Phil Shannabarger, John Trenholm, Bob Jones, Les Plotner, Darrel Bailey, Cliff Houghton, John Watson and Jack Rockhold.
Pekin's state champions, taking a 16-5 record into the elite field at Caterpillar's Tom Connor Field, used a combination of Tom Trumpy's skilled pitching arm and timely hitting to whip Big 12 conference foes Streator and Decatur in the first two games before belting Alton 11-5 in a wild title game.
1989 Peoria HS Basketball Team
Front Row, left to right: Daniel Rogers-Mgr., Chris Jones-Mgr., Larry Burnett, Marcus Albert, John Seckler, Mike Kirksey, Lamont Thomas, Ray Davis, Tremayne Coleman, Kerby Link-Mgr., Corey Ching-Mgr.
Twenty-two years ago, the 1989 Class AA boys' basketball tournament had it all. It all added up to an unforgettable, magic-filled weekend in Champaign and the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall and the most exhausting and exhilarating finish determining a champion. The 1989 Peoria High School Boys Basketball team was coached by Chuck Buescher and led by tough point guard Chris Reynolds. Mike Hughes was a long and lean scoring threat, Tyrone Howard's shot in the final 15 seconds gave Central a 1 point quarterfinal win, and undersized forward Charles White did whatever was needed. The team won their first 32 games to reach the title game.