Inductees The 1980 Bergan High School boys cross country team did the unprecedented at the IHSA state
finals at Detweiller Park.
Coach Mike Sullivan's Trojans became the first program in the five-year history of the Class A state
series to sweep individual AND team championships.
Senior Eric Volkert led the way, winning the 3-mile race in a time of 14 minutes, 46.9 seconds.
Junior Dan Ray and senior Jack Spring also earned all-state honors by placing 15th and 16th individually.
Junior Richard Spring and senior Bruce Kettler also figured in Bergan's team score of 89 points. Princeton, with 123, was runner-up for the second year in a row.
The team title was the first in any sport for Bergan, which opened in 1964.
Volkert went on to compete as a collegian at Augustana College in Rock Island, where his best efforts included a 3:48.85 in the 1,500-meter run. That's the equivalent of a 4:07.09 mile.
The 1980 Bergan High School boys cross country team did the unprecedented at the IHSA state
Howard Maple was one of the most amazing athletes ever to come out of Peoria. A football, basketball and baseball standout at Central High School, he went on to become a brilliant quarterback at Oregon State in the late 1920s and later played in both the National Football League and in major league baseball with the Washington Senators.