NeveHarms Jim Watson has devoted more than forty years to the youth and public of our community. He is recognized throughout central Illinois as an excellent official, coach, administrator and league organizer.
An enthusiastic volunteer in Peoria, he's been a superb role model for our youth. Instrumental in a variety of sports essential to Peoria, Jim spent twenty-seven years in service as a coach, official and director of the Junior Football League. Primarily associated with basketball, he's served as a longtime scorer for Peoria Manual, helped to establish the Moonlight Basketball League, worked as chief statistician for both Bradley basketball and WMBD radio, and supervised activities for the Boys and Girls Club as well as Taft and Warner Homes.
Numerous other contributions have been made to such activities as YMCA 1-ball, soccer and touch football, Carver Center, IBCA All-Star basketball, and every job imaginable for the success of the Gus Macker Tournament.
Due to his tireless dedication and outstanding example to our community, we are honored to bestow the Neve Harms Award on Jim Watson.
Jim Watson has devoted more than forty years to the youth and public of our community. He is recognized throughout central Illinois as an excellent official, coach, administrator and league organizer.
|1983-84 Richwoods Girl's Basketball Team|
Continuing the success of the state champion 1982-83 team, the 1983-84 Richwoods High School girls basketball team set the state record by extending the program’s winning streak to 63 consecutive games before falling in the IHSA Class AA state championship game to Elmhurst York High School, 55-46. The 63-game winning streak remains the second-best in IHSA girls basketball history, topped only by a 65-game run by Maine West High School from 1987-89. Entering the state tournament as the No. 1 ranked team in the state, the 1983-84 Knights finished the season with a 31-1 overall record and they won the fourth consecutive conference championship. Led by state tournament scoring leader Nora Lewis, Richwoods set the tourney record by shooting 71.4 percent from the field in its quarterfinal victory against Dundee-Crown High School.