TriCounty For Manual High School basketball coach Wayne McClain it is three-for-three in Tri-County Male Coach of the Year honors.
In an unprecedented success story, the long-time former Manual assistant coach has been head coach for three seasons and has won three state championships!
Each of the first two won him Tri-County honors and so has the third, the first time anyone has been honored three years in succession.
The 1996-97 season saw Manual go 31-1 to raise McClain's three-year record to an amazing 94-4 (he was 32-2 and 31-1 in his first two seasons). The Rams were 15-1 against ranked teams from eight states.
In the state finals Manual whipped Chicago Young 51-46 in the first round, staged a brilliant rally to down Harvey Thornton 65-62 in the semi-finals and wound up the second state finals played in Peoria with a 47-43 win over Aurora West.
Manual was named the No. 1 team in the nation.
For Manual High School basketball coach Wayne McClain it is three-for-three in Tri-County Male Coach of the Year honors.
1991 Farmington SoftballTeam
Front Row, left to right: Shannon Adkins, Angie Isbell, Jody Patterson, Marni Johnson, Dawn Stanley, Bridget Bales, Heidi Donath
In 1991 the Farmington girls compiled a 24-4 overall record. After the 1989 first place and 1990 fourth place finishes in the class A softball tournament, the Farmington girls returned to Pekin IL. to capture their second first place class A championship trophy.
So for the second time in three years Wierzba and his Lady Farmers defied heavy odds enroute to capturing their second class A state softball title at Pekin.