TriCounty Tammy Van Oppen, voted the Tri-County Female Athlete of the Year, had a Bradley basketball career that will be surpassed only with great difficulty. "She leaves the Hilltop," says the 1997-98 Bradley women's basketball press guide, "as arguably the best all-around player in the history of the program."
The 6-foot-1 former Limestone High School standout (she was named Tri-County Female Athlete of the Year in 1992) forged a truly dream career:
She was selected to the 1996-97 All-Missouri Valley Conference defensive team and all-conference tournament team. She was Bradley Athlete of the Year. She recorded the first "triple double" in the history of the women's or men's basketball program.
She also led Bradley in scoring and rebounding in her two varsity seasons (she started her career at South Florida) and also led the Lady Braves in assists and steals in her senior year. She was an NCAA Woman of the Year Award nominee.
At Limestone she was voted Illinois Miss Basketball when she led Limestone to a 32-1 record and second place in the state.
Tammy Van Oppen, voted the Tri-County Female Athlete of the Year, had a Bradley basketball career that will be surpassed only with great difficulty. "She leaves the Hilltop," says the 1997-98 Bradley women's basketball press guide, "as arguably the best all-around player in the history of the program."
|1995 Roanoke-Benson/L-W Baseball Team|
The 1995 Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn Baseball Team capped a perfect season (30-0) by winning the IHSA Class A state championship, becoming the first Illinois baseball team to enjoy an undefeated state championship since Peoria Manual (25-0) in 1950.
While the RB/LW squad was averaged 6.8 runs per game with a .318 team batting average, the team truly excelled defensively by committing just 27 errors in 30 games with a .967 team field percentage. The defensive effort helped the pitching staff allow just 30 runs the entire season with 12 shutouts, three no-hitters and three more one-hitters. The pitchers also struck out 274 opposing hitters, while allowing just 31 walks.
The state tournament run included a 13-0 win against Stronghurst Southern (13-0) in the quarterfinals, a 5-4 victory against Harrisburg in the semis and an 8-2 win against Byron in the state championship game.