Inductees BERGAN HIGH SCHOOL, which began a state meet Class A dynasty by bagging the state championship in 1981 and 1982, continued its amazing string in 1983.
Coached by Tim Dougherty, the team's third coach in three years, Bergan, after winning the 1982 title without winning an event, won four first place medals in this one.
At the end, Bergan had 51 points, its most in its three-year championship run. Chicago Luther South was second, with 46.
Sophomore Suzie Tuffey, who would become one of the top distance runners in Peoria girls' running history, won both the 1600 and 800, taking the 800 in 2:14.6, at that time her best ever and only .04 seconds off the state record. She then won the 1600 in 5:06.
The 800 medley relay team of Julie Szidon, Cheryl Geier, Jill Mattern and Carrie Eggerichs set a state record of 1:48.9 in winning a third gold medal for the Trojans.
And Eggerichs, who began her prep career in Connecticut and ran in the state meet there, also won the 400 in 57.7 seconds.
Bergan's 400 relay team of Szidon, Geier, Annette Pisano and Mattern finished second in 50.4 seconds and the Trojans' 1600 relay team of Mary Hiavach, Tuffey, Maria Pasquel and Eggerichs was sixth in 4:07.3.
There was confusion at the end of the meet when it was announced that Bergan first had just 31 points, and then, in another announcement, only 41.
Eventually state officials straightened out the point total and Bergan was declared state champion for the third consecutive year.
BERGAN HIGH SCHOOL, which began a state meet Class A dynasty by bagging the state championship in 1981 and 1982, continued its amazing string in 1983.
Jim Lewis served as Athletic Director, head football, golf, basketball, and baseball coach at Pekin Community High School during his career from 1933-1955. Jim received his BA from the University of Illinois and a masters from the University of Iowa. During his days at the University of Illinois he played football and basketball. Jim also served in the military. Jim Lewis started his coaching career at Pekin in 1933 with the baseball team. He compiled a record of 118-71-1 in eleven seasons under his direction. Lewis led Pekin to six regional titles in his seven seasons as basketball coach, including state trophies in 1947 (4th place) and 1948 (3rd place). Jim coached football for eleven seasons with a 71-30-1 record. The 1951 unbeaten Pekin football team was the first team in the history of the school to win ten games. The 1951 team was considered the mythical Number 1 team in the state. Pekin won both the Greater Peoria Illini Conference and the Big 12 Conference titles that year. Jim's golf teams excelled, winning a 3rd place (1948) and a 2nd place (1949) in the state tournament during his seven years as coach. Jim Lewis was one of the driving forces behind building Pekin Memorial Stadium. Jim was a member in three Halls of Fame, the Pekin High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the IBCA Hall of Fame. Even by today's standards, Coach Lewis' coaching achievements are legendary.