Inductees BERGAN HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCED ITS SECOND STRAIGHT CLASS A GIRLS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP through a total team effort - the Trojans scored 48 points, 11 more than second-place Teutopolis, without winning one event.
Coached this season by Sister Diane Franque, Bergan qualified a dozen athletes for relay and individual events and all 12 won at least one state medal.
Suzie Tuffey and Sandy Geier came the closest to a win for Bergan. Tuffey was second in both the 800 and 1600 meter runs, going the 800 in 2:16.4 and the 1600 in 5:01.9, while Geier was second in the 200 meter low hurdle in 29.6 seconds.
Geier joined Julie Szidon, Cheryl Geier and Diane Joseph on the 400 meter relay team that finished fourth, Carrie Eggerichs was fourth in 58.7 in the 400 meter dash and the 1600 meter relay team of Amy Converse, Barb Beyers, Marie Pasquel and Eggerichs was third in 4:07.7.
The 800 medley relay team of Szidon, Joseph, Cheryl Geier and Annette Pisano finished sixth in 1:48.5 and Sandy Geler was sixth in the 200 dash in 26.8. Joan Murphy was seventh in the 3200 in 11:36.9.
BERGAN HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCED ITS SECOND STRAIGHT CLASS A GIRLS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP through a total team effort - the Trojans scored 48 points, 11 more than second-place Teutopolis, without winning one event.
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.