Inductees BERGAN HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCED ITS SECOND STRAIGHT CLASS A GIRLS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP through a total team effort - the Trojans scored 48 points, 11 more than second-place Teutopolis, without winning one event.
Coached this season by Sister Diane Franque, Bergan qualified a dozen athletes for relay and individual events and all 12 won at least one state medal.
Suzie Tuffey and Sandy Geier came the closest to a win for Bergan. Tuffey was second in both the 800 and 1600 meter runs, going the 800 in 2:16.4 and the 1600 in 5:01.9, while Geier was second in the 200 meter low hurdle in 29.6 seconds.
Geier joined Julie Szidon, Cheryl Geier and Diane Joseph on the 400 meter relay team that finished fourth, Carrie Eggerichs was fourth in 58.7 in the 400 meter dash and the 1600 meter relay team of Amy Converse, Barb Beyers, Marie Pasquel and Eggerichs was third in 4:07.7.
The 800 medley relay team of Szidon, Joseph, Cheryl Geier and Annette Pisano finished sixth in 1:48.5 and Sandy Geler was sixth in the 200 dash in 26.8. Joan Murphy was seventh in the 3200 in 11:36.9.
BERGAN HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCED ITS SECOND STRAIGHT CLASS A GIRLS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP through a total team effort - the Trojans scored 48 points, 11 more than second-place Teutopolis, without winning one event.
This East Peoria native and Spalding ('82) graduate took the Irish to the 1982 state finals before obtaining an industrial engineering degree from Northwestern where he was an All-Big Ten catcher in 1985 and 1986. Drafted in the 5th round MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs, Joe turned a successful major league playing career into a managerial career, first as bench coach of the New York Yankees, and recently as manager of the Florida MarIin.