TriCounty Tammy Van Oppen earned the coveted title of Illinois Ms. Basketball following the 1991-92 season with averages of 20.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3 blocks per game for the 32-1 Limestone Community High School state girls high school tournament runners-up. The Rockets advanced to the Elite 8 in three of her last four years as a varsity starter.
Van Oppen was named to four all-state teams after her senior season in basketball, as well as to all-Metro teams by the Journal Star in basketball, volleyball, and softball.
The daughter of Jerry and Cheryl Van Oppen, Tammy set a state finals record for most three-point baskets in a single game (seven vs. Lyons Township) and was a 40 percent shooter from there, with 53.4 high school career shooting accuracy from all distances.
She ranks No. 2 in school scoring history with 1,814 points and set single-season records for most rebounds (323) and blocked shots (102). Now a freshman at the University of South Florida, Van Oppen poured through 27 points to lead an early-season Bullsí victory.
Tammy Van Oppen earned the coveted title of Illinois Ms. Basketball following the 1991-92 season with averages of 20.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3 blocks per game for the 32-1 Limestone Community High School state girls high school tournament runners-up. The Rockets advanced to the Elite 8 in three of her last four years as a varsity starter.
Jim Lewis served as Athletic Director, head football, golf, basketball, and baseball coach at Pekin Community High School during his career from 1933-1955. Jim received his BA from the University of Illinois and a masters from the University of Iowa. During his days at the University of Illinois he played football and basketball. Jim also served in the military. Jim Lewis started his coaching career at Pekin in 1933 with the baseball team. He compiled a record of 118-71-1 in eleven seasons under his direction. Lewis led Pekin to six regional titles in his seven seasons as basketball coach, including state trophies in 1947 (4th place) and 1948 (3rd place). Jim coached football for eleven seasons with a 71-30-1 record. The 1951 unbeaten Pekin football team was the first team in the history of the school to win ten games. The 1951 team was considered the mythical Number 1 team in the state. Pekin won both the Greater Peoria Illini Conference and the Big 12 Conference titles that year. Jim's golf teams excelled, winning a 3rd place (1948) and a 2nd place (1949) in the state tournament during his seven years as coach. Jim Lewis was one of the driving forces behind building Pekin Memorial Stadium. Jim was a member in three Halls of Fame, the Pekin High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the IBCA Hall of Fame. Even by today's standards, Coach Lewis' coaching achievements are legendary.