TriCounty No high school boys basketball coach in Illinois has ever had a start like Wayne McClain of Manual, for the second consecutive time named the Tri-County Male Coach of the Year by the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.
In his first season as head coach after a long apprenticeship to Dick Van Scyoc, the state's winningest coach of all time, all McClain did was direct the Rams to a 32-2 record and a state championship, the second in a row for Manual.
And for an encore?
Manual was just as potent last season, going 31-1, was ranked the No. 1 team in the state all season and climaxed things by whipping Harvey Thornton for the second straight time to again win the state title.
Which means McClain is two-for-two in the search for the most coveted state trophy in basketball and Manual had won three consecutive state titles.
A former Ram player who also played one season at Bradley, McClain put teams on the floor, led by 6-foot-5 son Sergio McClain and 6-foot-9 Marcus Griffin, that boasted great firepower, strong rebounding and a style of play that was so intense it totally disrupted team after team.
For his first two seasons, McClain's teams went 63-3.
No high school boys basketball coach in Illinois has ever had a start like Wayne McClain of Manual, for the second consecutive time named the Tri-County Male Coach of the Year by the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.
|1973 Princeville Football Team|
Coached by Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Famer Tom Bruna, the 1973 Princeville High School Football team completed an undefeated season in the final year before the IHSA instituted the state playoff system. At 9-0 for the first time under Bruna, the 1973 Princes won the Blackhawk Conference title, clinching the championship with a 38-28 win against Wyoming High School. The Princes averaged 36.3 points per game and outscored their opponents by 23.0 points per game. Running back Alan Martin led the team with 2,014 yards rushing in the nine games (223.8 yards per game), including 274 yards and five touchdowns against Wyoming and 311 more yards in the season-ending, 34-20 win against Buda Western High School.