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.
Al Smith was one of the greatest high school athletic stars in Peoria history, earning All-State recognition in football, basketball and baseball. He went on to a brilliant basketball career at Bradley University and then starred for the Denver Nuggets and Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association.