TriCounty A former athlete at Notre Dame High School (when it was Bergan), Cindy Clark returned to coach her alma mater's basketball team to its first appearance ever in the Class AA state basketball finals.
Ending the season with a 24-5 record while winning the Galesburg sectional, the Limestone super-sectional and Mid-State 6 conference title, Clark was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District Coach of the Year for 1994.
She began the current basketball season with a 109-58 record in six years at Notre Dame and was 156-93 for nine years of coaching overall.
She has a 141-48 record in volleyball, her 1994 volleyball team winning a third consecutive Mid-State 6 title and third straight Class AA regional crown.
A former Illinois Central College and St. Ambrose athlete, she played softball and basketball at both schools. She made the all-regional basketball team at ICC in 1979 and all-regional softball teams in 1979 and 1980.
A former athlete at Notre Dame High School (when it was Bergan), Cindy Clark returned to coach her alma mater's basketball team to its first appearance ever in the Class AA state basketball finals.
Hockey was a sport local fans could watch only if they went to Chicago or St. Louis until BardezBanian founded the Peoria Stars in 1959.
The two were with the Pekin Stars until 1970, when they formed the Peoria Blades, on the outdoor rink at Logan, in 1971. The Logan "bubble" went up the next year and the Blades, through membership in the Continental League, gave Peoria a solid taste of hockey.
BardezBanian played with the Blades for a few years, then became president while Olson always served as the team's general manager.
And the two gave hockey a boost whenever they could. BardezBanian coached the Bradley University club team for many years and both were instrumental in starting and maintaining youth hockey in Pekin and Peoria.
Both are now retired, Olson from Caterpillar's Mossville plant and BardezBanian from a management position with the City of Peoria.