Inductees No one has had a bigger impact on Peoria area soccer than Joe Spies. An "Ethnic Team Sport" prior to the Depression, soccer did not re-surface in Peoria until the 50's. And Joe has been a part of the Peoria Soccer story ever since then.
Joe came to Peoria direct from Bavaria at the age of 16. He started playing sqccer here immediately. The big, extremely friendly and very muscular Bavarian, eventually became a star with the Peoria Blues, the outstanding team sponsored by the Sport Verein of the German-American Society.
Such was his skill at the "striker" position, that he was recruited to play in both St. Louis and Chicago, playing for the Chicago Schwaben team when it was the U.S. Cup Champion. In their heyday, the Blues were members of the strong Chicago-based National Soccer League, and Spies was one of the league's outstanding performers, a prolific scorer who ranked with the best in the Midwest.
Spies coached Bradley's club soccer team some years ago and at one time was player-coach of the Blues. He later played with the Peoria Kickers of the Central Illinois Soccer League. He also coached teams in almost all age groups, attracting many players to the sport with his capability and friendly attitude.
Today, over 2000 boys and girls are a part of the local soccer scene. Soccer fields are in abundance for the sport that everyone can play.
And Joe Spies has been a part of it all with his inspiration and dedication.
No one has had a bigger impact on Peoria area soccer than Joe Spies. An "Ethnic Team Sport" prior to the Depression, soccer did not re-surface in Peoria until the 50's. And Joe has been a part of the Peoria Soccer story ever since then.
1974-75 Richwoods Boys Basketball Team
Left to right: Coach Hammerton, K. Sims, J. Hohstadt, J. Grigsby, K. Westervelt, A. Cornelius, M. Smith, D. Marr, D. Holcomb, C. Williams, S. Miller, G. St. Julian, D. Stein, J. Dixon, K. Kowalis, Assistant Coaches Eisele and Snarr.
The Knights looked promising with four-returning lettermen. They remained undefeated through every MS-9 bout including a sellout game with Peoria High. The Knights only fell once to upstate Thornton, to take second in the Pekin Holiday Tournament. The perfect conference record got Richwoods its second consecutive crown. It was only the second time in conference history that a perfect record had been accomplished. The Knights were led by Chris Williams with 801 points that season which was a school record. Other players that performed outstanding that year were Kevin Westervelt, all-conference guard; Derek Holcomb, a defensive specialist and all-conference center; and Jim Hohstadt, conference leader in free-throw shooting. The Ricwoods Regional proved to be two of the best games they played all year. They set a school scoring record with 121 points in defeating Canton. In the title game they defeated Galesburg and won a chance to meet arch rival Peoria High in the Sectional. The Knights were able to avenge their loss from last year and beat Peoria High and advance to the Super Sectional, where they defeated North Central Sterling Warriors. The Knights found themselves in the Elite Eight for the first time. They won their first game at state then dropped the last two to finish fourth in the state. The Knights finished with a 30-3 record and 16-0 in conference play.