Inductees The unbeaten 1967 Spalding High School football team, coached by the late Merv Haycock, was the only team in the school's history to finish 10-0.
The Irish outscored its foes 261-87 and had nine all-conference players and 12 who rated all-state first team, special mention or honorable mention. Highly successful Manual coach Ken Hinrichs, beaten 54-20 by Spalding, said the Irish were "the best team he ever coached against."
Named to the Mid-State Nine all-conference team were end Pat Atkins, tackles Bryant Welch and Mike Nauman, guards Bob Mishler and Larry Mishler, quarterback Joe Gilfillan, halfback Jim Moore and fullback John Voorhees.
Middle guard Dave Stickelmaier was named an "outstanding specialist" while end Dave Trinite and halfback Jim Hinton rated Special Mention and center Ken Schaftnit honorable mention.
Voorhees, the Mishler brothers, Nauman, Moore and Marty McGann went on to play for Northwestern, while Trinite went on to Dayton U.; Atkins and Hinton to Wyoming; Gilfillan and Bill Lucas to Utah; Stickelmaier to Illinois State; Moore to Western Illinois and Welch to the Naval Academy.
THE 1967 SEASON
Spalding 12, Limestone 6
Spalding 54, Manual 20
Spalding 27, Danville 0
Spalding 21, East Peoria 6
Spalding 20, Richwoods 6
Spalding 27, Pekin 6
Spalding 26, Central 6
Spalding 26, Chicago St. Pat 21
Spalding 41, Woodruff 6
Spalding 7, Bergan 0
The unbeaten 1967 Spalding High School football team, coached by the late Merv Haycock, was the only team in the school's history to finish 10-0.
A 1956 graduate of Peoria High School, Ralph Lawler has continued the area's tradition of supplying some of the nation's top sports broadcasters. Already an established broadcaster among the nation's major sports leagues, Lawler became the voice of the NBA's San Diego Clippers in 1978 and has now announced more than 2,000 Clippers game in more than 30 years. Lawler began his broadcasting career at Pekin's WSIV radio station while he was a student at Bradley University. The 1976 Pennsylvania Broadcaster of the Year, Lawler enjoyed stints as the radio voice for the Philadelphia Phillies (Major League Baseball), Flyers (National Hockey League) and 76ers (National Basketball Association). Upon moving to the West Coast, he served as the voice of the National Football League's San Diego Chargers before locking in as the long-time Voice of the Clippers.