Inductees Kenneth Jones served as Sports Editor of the Peoria Journal Star for over four decades and in the process played a major role in shaping athletics in Central Illinois.
A lifelong journalist, he covered the local and national sports scene for 45 years and was presented the Neve Harms Meritorious Award by the Ad Club for his outstanding contribution to the betterment of athletics in Central Illinois.
A Bradley trackman, he began his writing career in Des Moines but joined the staff of the old Peoria Star in 1920 and became sports editor of the Peoria Journal Transcript in 1924.
Under his direction, such major local sporting events as the men's and women's city golf tournaments began, and for years he directed a Golden Gloves tournament that ranked with the largest in the Midwest. He was elected President of the Golden Gloves of America in 1950. He also originated the first of the junior baseball leagues in 1925, and those leagues continued for 25 years before being taken over by the Peoria Park Board.
Over the years, he covered many national sporting events and was on hand when Bradley began its move into big-time collegiate basketball in the mid 1930's under coach A. J. Robertson. Jones retired Jan. 1, 1965.
Kenneth Jones served as Sports Editor of the Peoria Journal Star for over four decades and in the process played a major role in shaping athletics in Central Illinois.
Fauser is one of the most-accomplished softball pitchers in the area, excelling at Morton High School before starring at the University of Wisconsin. A two-time Peoria Journal Star Softball Player of the Year (1994, 1995), Fauser led Morton to three straight conference championships and back-to-back appearances in the IHSA state tournament, earning a second-place finish in 1994 and a third-place trophy in 1995. Named to the all-tournament team in both 1994 and 1995, Fauser was the 1994 state tournament MVP after pitching back-to-back no-hitters. She still holds school records with 20 strikeouts in a game, 294 in a season and 882 in her career, as well as the school marks with 25 wins in a season and 81 wins in a career. After graduating from Morton, where her jersey was retired in 1996, Fauser starred on the pitching rubber at Wisconsin, appearing in 125 games during her four-year collegiate career. The 1997 team MVP and 1999 recipient of the Coaches Award, Fauser pitched 747.2 innings at Wisconsin, compiling 52 wins, 551 strikeouts and a 2.72 earned run average with 15 shutouts. Fauser went on to play with several area women’s fast pitch teams after graduation, including East Peoria Hits and Avanti’s, and she remains active in area youth softball as a coach and clinic speaker.