TriCounty The Illinois High School Association began conducting a girls swimming and diving state series in 1976. It wasn't until 2009 that an entry from the Tri-County Area won a championship.
Peoria Notre Dame junior Becky Stoughton engineered the breakthrough, winning the 200-yard freestyle in I minute, 50.01 seconds after placing 11th in the 200 free as a freshman and 10th as a sophomore.
Six events later, the Peoria Area Water Wizards product added the 500 free title. Stoughton finished in 4:52.40 after qualifying the day before in a career-best 4:48.18.
Senior Olivia Scott of team champion Rosary in Aurora was the only other swimmer in the 2009 state finals to win two individual events.
The Illinois High School Association began conducting a girls swimming and diving state series in 1976. It wasn't until 2009 that an entry from the Tri-County Area won a championship.
|1973 Metamora Football Team|
Coached by Bill Roper, the 1973 undefeated (11-0) Metamora Redbirds broke 9 school records including points scored (323). Carrying on the solid gridiron foundation established by Marty Stromberger (GPSHOF class of 2009), the Redbirds defeated East Division Champion, Normal U. High, in a tight defensive battle, to capture the Heart of Illinois Conference title. Metamora’s potent offense was led by quarterback Brian Wernsman, receiver Torrey Weichmann, and running back Brent Garber. The 1973 season marked the last before the introduction of the IHSA state-championship playoff system.