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.
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Henry Van Arsdale (H.V.) Porter
A native of Manito, Ill., Henry Van Arsdale Porter is credited with coining the phrase "March Madness," but his influence on high school athletics in the state of Illinois and nationally is much more tangible. After graduating from Illinois State University in 1913, Porter began his career as a high school coach, athletic director and principal. He led the Athens High School boys basketball team to a 29-1 record and a runner-up finish in the 1924 state tournament, as well as a 36-3 record and fourth-place state tournament finish in 1926. Well known for his administrative skills, however, Porter served as an IHSA Assistant Executive Director from 1929-40, before moving on to the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations (NFHS) staff in 1940 as the organization's first executive secretary and editor of publications. Throughout his career, Porter's contributions in a wide range of areas led directly to the evolution of basketball. During his service to the IHSA, Porter organized the department to train and license high school officials in football, basketball and baseball and he oversaw the introduction for state tournaments in the sports of tennis, golf, swimming and wrestling. He also published the first high school basketball rules book in 1936, standardizing the game across the country. Among his contributions to the game, Porter designed the popular, fan-shaped backboard in 1933 and in 1935 he pushed for the replacement of the 32-inch sewn leather basketball with a 29.5-inch, molded leather basketball. The new ball was much easier for youth players to handle and made dribbling a more prominent skill in all levels of the game. Porter also pioneered the use of motion pictures to study proper playing techniques. Porter was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960 and the Athens High School gymnasium is named in his honor.