Inductees COACH TOM PEELER LED RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL to a third unbeaten season in four years in 1972 although the Knights were tied by Spalding, 14-14, in the third game of the year. The team was ranked No. 2 in the state and won its fourth consecutive Mid-State Nine crown.
Richwoods again showed a potent offense, scoring 302 points and producing 28 or more points in seven games.
Once again the Mid-State Nine All-Conference team included many Richwoods players.
The Offensive team included end Bruce Lyon, tackle Scott Haynes, guard Rob McMickle, center Joe OíBrien and running back Doug Olikainen. The second team honored guard Scotty Watson and quarterback Dave Peeler.
The Defensive unit included linemen Dennis Brown and Scotty Watson, linebacker Scott Haynes and back Rusty Davis. The second team included linebacker Rob McMickle and back Gary Corwin.
Special mention went to offensive tackle Dave Metz and running back Cleo Ingram.
THE 1972 SEASON
Richwoods 38, Thornridge 8
Richwoods 30, Central 19
Richwoods 30, Pekin 13
Richwoods 44, Limestone 12
Richwoods 14, Spalding 14
Richwoods 48, Manual 14
Richwoods 34, Woodruff 6
Richwoods 28, Galesburg 6
Richwoods 22, Bergan 12
Richwoods 14, East Peoria 9
COACH TOM PEELER LED RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL to a third unbeaten season in four years in 1972 although the Knights were tied by Spalding, 14-14, in the third game of the year. The team was ranked No. 2 in the state and won its fourth consecutive Mid-State Nine crown.
Dave Golden attended Pekin High School from 1961-65 where he lettered in three seasons under legendary coach Dawdy Hawkins. Dave led Pekin High School to 58 wins in 63 games as a junior and senior including the 1964 Illinois State High School championship game. As the starting junior guard on the Pekin State championship team of 1964, he led Pekin in scoring 18 points in the championship game against the Apple knockers from Cobden Illinois.
Dave was named to All-State Tournament Team in 1964. Dave received All-State honors in 1964 and again in 1965. He is the number 5 all time scorer in Pekin High School basketball history with 1334 points and ranks as number 35 in the Greater Peoria Area. Dave was selected to the Parade Magazine’s 1965 high school boy’s all-American third team.
Of the more than 66 colleges to recruit Dave he decided to play at Duke University for Coach Vic Bubas. Dave lettered at Duke in 1967, 68, 69 where he played in 80 games and scored 752 points. During the 1967, 68 seasons he played in the NIT and in 1968 Duke had risen to AP ranking of number 10 in the country. Always a leader, Dave was team captain during his senior year. Today Dave makes his home in Parlin, NJ.