TriCounty Richwoods High School swimmer Andy DeVooght wound up an amazingly successful season by being named the Senior Swimmer of the Year in the state by the Illinois Swimming Association.
During the state high school meet he won both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and was a member of the state championship 400 freestyle relay team and the 200 freestyle relay team that finished third.
Ranked nationally in all four events, he was 10th in the nation in the 100 backstroke, 21st in the 100 butterfly, 15th in the 400 freestyle relay and 25th in the 200 freestyle relay.
In Junior National competition he was second in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 200 backstroke last March and then second in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 200 backstroke last August.
Richwoods High School swimmer Andy DeVooght wound up an amazingly successful season by being named the Senior Swimmer of the Year in the state by the Illinois Swimming Association.
Waddell has played a prominent role in the advancement of women’s athletics as an athlete, coach and administrator. A 1978 inductee into the Illinois State University Athletics Hall of Fame, Waddell earned 16 varsity letters at ISU, playing basketball, field hockey, softball and volleyball for the Redbirds. After graduation, Waddell continued to compete by playing women’s major fast pitch softball for the Pekin Lettes from 1958-63. She also was a member of the Central Illinois Field Hockey Association and the Midwest Field Hockey Team, earning selection to the second EAM All-National Tournament. She also continued her basketball career as a starter for the Peoria/Pekin Independent AAU Basketball Team that won several Illinois AAU state tournaments and competed in national AAU events. Waddell served as site director for the IHSA state softball tournament in Pekin for 25 years and she was the originator and co-director of the Pekin Lassie League softball program, which is credited with providing youth sports opportunities for girls before high school programs gained varsity status in the 1970s.