Inductees Veteran coach Walter Grebe produced his fourth unbeaten team in six seasons when he led Farmington to an 8-0-1 record and another Illio Conference championship in 1950.
Over the six seasons Grebe's teams went 52-2-2, one of the most successful runs of any team in the state.
The Farmers outscored their opponents 179 to 54 and shutout Canton 13-0 to end the season. The only blemish on the year came in a 14-14 tie with Chillicothe.
Halfback Geno Muzzarelli was named to the Little All-State team and the Illio all-conference team. Fullback Les Franks and end Ray Fatheree also earned all-conference honors.
THE 1950 SEASON
Farmington 25, Tremont 13
Farmington 14, Lewistown 0
Farmington 13, Washington 7
Farmington 14, Cuba 7
Farmington 23, Morton 6
Farmington 54, Dunlap 0
Farmington 7, Lewistown 0
Farmington 13, Canton 0
Veteran coach Walter Grebe produced his fourth unbeaten team in six seasons when he led Farmington to an 8-0-1 record and another Illio Conference championship in 1950.
Chad Clift is considered the first stand-out star in soccer from the Peoria area. He competed at Bergan High School, Viterbo College, and Bradley University. At Bergan, Chad was a three time All-Conference selection and earned 1st Team All-State and All-Midwest honors in 1987 and 1988. He achieved honorable mention NAIA All-America status in 1990 while playing for Viterbo College (La Crosse, WI) and holds school soccer records for career goals (59) and assists (17) in a season. Chad transferred to Bradley and earned 2nd Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1992 and 1993. He was also the team’s offensive MVP each season and holds two Bradley records: most goals in a game (5) and most points in a game (10). He was the 1st soccer player inducted into Bradley’s Hall of Fame. After his playing days, Chad remained active in soccer. He coached at East Peoria High School, leading the Raiders to titles in the Mid Illini Conference and a regional tournament. As a soccer official, he was assigned to the IHSA Boys State Finals in 2014 and for the Girls State Finals in 2015 and 2016.