TriCounty Van Scyoc coached the Manual Rams to a 31-3 record and second place in the Class AA state high school tournament, losing last March to Proviso East 68-61 in the championship game. The Rams were ranked No. 1 statewide throughout much of the season.
The Rams captured the Mid-State 9 championship, Van Scyoc's 19th conference title in 44 years of coaching, and started their state tournament bid with a 93-57 regional victory over Streator. Morton, Woodruff, Central, Danville, Rock Island and Chicago Marshall were then beaten on the way to the finale at the Assembly Hall in Champaign.
Van Scyoc-coached high school teams - at Hittle Township in Armington, Washington and Manual - came into February, 1992, with a record of 770 victories and 384 losses. His teams have won six of the last seven Pontiac Holiday Tournament titles.
Van Scyoc has received eight Illinois Basketball Coaches Association "Coach of the Year" awards. He's a past member of the IHSA Basketball Advisory Board and a member of the IBCA Hall of Fame.
The Rams came into this season with 10 consecutive years of 20 or more victories. Van Scyoc has coached nine teams to the ìSweet 16î and four teams in the Final Four at Champaign.
Van Scyoc coached the Manual Rams to a 31-3 record and second place in the Class AA state high school tournament, losing last March to Proviso East 68-61 in the championship game. The Rams were ranked No. 1 statewide throughout much of the season.
A two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at both Limestone High School and Illinois Central College, Thome went on to a legendary baseball career as one of the top sluggers in Major League Baseball history. A 13th-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, Thome made his MLB debut in 1991. After a 22-year career with Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, Thome ranks seventh in Major League history with 612 home runs and 24th with 1,699 runs batted in, while boasting a .276 career batting average. He was a five-time All-Star and received Most Valuable Player votes in nine different seasons. Thome helped Cleveland to World Series appearances in both 1995 and 1997 and he hit 17 career postseason home runs. Thome led the American League in slugging in 2002 (.677) and the National League with 47 home runs in 2003 and he received a 1996 Silver Slugger Award. Thome also was the 2006 Americal League Comeback Player of the Year. Recognized for his integrity, sportsmanship and community involvement, Thome received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004, as well as the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award and the 2004 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. The Cleveland organization dedicated a statue of Thome outside Progressive Field following his official retirement in 2014.