TriCounty Tim Broe came out of East Peoria High School to become perhaps the most successful long-distance runner in local prep circles.
When he won the 3200 meter event in the Class AA state track meet last spring he completed a track-cross country sweep that is unparalleled in local high school history.
He started his streak by winning the 1993 state Class AA cross country title at Detweiller Park, won his first state 3200 event in the spring of 1994 and returned to again win the Class AA cross country title in 1994.
Along the way to his four state championship medals, Broe, coached by long-time East Peoria coach Ed McGraw, won several Mid-Illini conference titles in cross country and track as well as winning seven regional and sectional championships.
Broe is currently on track scholarship at the University of Alabama. He finished his cross country season as the No. 2 team for the Tide and will run the 5000 meters in the spring.
Tim Broe came out of East Peoria High School to become perhaps the most successful long-distance runner in local prep circles.
Paul Reatherford was the main ramrod in establishing Peoria's first Biddy Basketball program in 1951 at the old Salvation Army gym with 275 boys. He started as Coach and Director in that league in 1947 where he stayed for 23 years. That first year in the official Biddy program his team won the state title but lost its first game in the national tournament in Scranton, Pa., home of the Biddy program. In subsequent years, his teams would have first and third place finishes, plus one season where our town hosted the national tournament.