Inductees If you had skill with the tennis racquet and had John Moss as your coach, your chances of playing at the college level were excellent.
For 32 seasons, John Moss coached tennis at Pekin High School, and his success rate was truly amazing: 19 district titles, four Big 12 conference titles, eight Illini Conference crowns, six Mid-State 9 championships, and a dual meet record of 471-105 with six undefeated seasons.
At the state tournament level, his teams were second in 1951, third four times, fourth four times and fifth once.
Individually, he produced state doubles champions four times, and for 17 consecutive years had had players on the University of Illinois varsity. Two of his players, Doyle Glass and Joe Epkins, captained the Illini while many others played at other schools, including Purdue and Bradley. Karl Wilson was the NAIA national tournament runner-up.
He was also an assistant coach in football and basketball for many years. One of his 12 frosh-soph basketball teams went 21-0, while his frosh-soph football teams were 69-12 with five undefeated seasons.
He also served as Pekin athletic director in the 1955-1964 period.
If you had skill with the tennis racquet and had John Moss as your coach, your chances of playing at the college level were excellent.
1990 Tremont Boys Cross Country Team
Front Row, left to right: Chad Gingrich, Brad Horton, Ty Petro, Brad Kaufmann
The 1990-1991 Tremont Cross Country team provided a great example of resiliency. Although the team enjoyed a second place showing at state in 1988, they finished a disappointing 12th in 1989. This served as motivation to achieve both individual and team goals as they rose like a great Phoenix from the ashes to bring home a state championship in 1990. Coach Mike Lynn, York Cross Country Alumni, inspired the team and held them together with his calm demeanor during this roller coaster season.